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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Music Theory

Graduate (MA)

  1. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree or the equivalent, or in exceptional cases, a superior score on the Lamont School of Music entrance examination in music theory.
  2. Completed application, including transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose for graduate study in this degree program. Please include a list of your theory teachers and the textbooks assigned for their theory courses in your statement.
  3. Applicants must also submit an analytic essay or research paper that engages a music-theoretic issue. This paper should demonstrate critical and independent thinking in conjunction with the appropriate use of analytic tools, relevant musical examples, and primary and secondary sources as necessary. The document should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
  4. Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or comparable graduate standardized test as part of the application process. Your application will not be processed until your scores have been received. Allow at least four weeks for DU to receive your scores. For more information concerning the GRE, please visit The institution code for DU is R4842.
  5. Please submit, along with your other materials, a 5-10 minute video of your teaching—either a single student or a group. Videos should be uploaded through the online application system.
  6. For Theory GTA consideration (non-theory applicants must also complete items #3 and #5 above):
    1. Please submit the syllabi from your undergraduate theory courses.
    2. Please ask your recommenders to comment on your teaching abilities, or potential.
    3. Note that we may ask candidates for GTA positions to take a keyboard and sight-reading test via Skype.
Please contact Dr. Kristin Taavola, Theory Coordinator, at [email protected] with questions and for more information.