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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Musicology

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 history is required.
  2. Applicants must complete the graduate application, including transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, and personal statement of academic and professional goals and objectives. Include your future goals and purpose for applying to the Musicology program.
  3. Applicants must also submit an essay or research paper on a topic in musicology, ethnomusicology or music history. This paper should demonstrate critical and independent thinking in conjunction with the appropriate use of primary and secondary sources. 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) as part of the application process. Your application will not be processed until your GRE scores have been received. Allow at least four weeks for DU to receive your scores. For more information concerning the GRE, please visit www.gre.org. The institution code for DU is R4842.
  5. Musicology Graduate Teaching Assistants lead discussion sections on a regular basis. Thus, please submit a 5-10 minute video of your teaching. In the ideal video, you will teach some musical/musicological concept to a group of two (2) or more people (three [3] or more preferred) in an interactive manner (i.e., not solely in a lecture format). The video should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Non-Musicology Applicants interested in a musicology graduate teaching assistantship

If you are applying to a master's program outside of Musicology, and you would like to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) in Musicology, you must complete items #3 and #5 above, as well as the following:

  1. A personal statement of academic and professional goals and objectives. Include your future goals and purpose for applying to the Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Musicology.
  2. A letter of recommendation specifically addressing your academic performance.

Please contact Professor Sarah Morelli, Chair of the Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology, at [email protected] with questions and for more information.