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Application Instructions

Please select your intended degree program from the list below. All applicants must complete the Florida State University Application as well as the College of Music Supplemental Application and submit all required materials to be fully considered for admission.

Current FSU students applying for a change of major or any student applying for a music minor should contact the College of Music Admissions Office for application instructions.

Bachelors Degrees

(Freshman and Transfer Students)

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Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts in Music

Music Theatre

Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the Music Theatre Supplemental Application to qualify for the live audition. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU. 

Submit your Pre-Screen Materials via the Application Status Check:

  • Theatrical Resume
  • Headshot
  • Music Theatre Future/Career Goals: A short statement describing your professional goals and your desire to major in Music Theatre (650 words max.)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required): You will enter your recommenders' contact information and they will be contacted via email and prompted to upload their letter.
  • Pre Screen Videos (Uploaded to the Portfolio section - see full description of Audition Requirements):
    • Two contrasting musical selections
    • One Contemporary Monologue
    • Two contrasting dance pieces (one ballet and one jazz or contemporary)

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 1. Final Deadline is December 1.

Step 3: Complete your Audition

  • Initial callbacks will be conducted via Zoom in December and early January. Students will be emailed a dance combination to record and upload prior to the audition.
  • Students under final consideration will be invited to campus for a live audition on February 20 or 27
  • Be sure to review the Audition Requirements 

Important Dates and Deadlines

November 1

  • Priority Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU

December 1

  • Final Deadline to submit prescreening recordings

December - early January 

  • Callback auditions via Zoom

February 20 and 27

  • Final Callbacks on campus

March

  • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis after the audition. 

Piano Performance

Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

  • Submit prescreening videos (see Audition Requirements)
  • Select an Audition Date
    • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
      • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
    • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
      • You will enter your recommender's contact information through the Application Status Check.

    Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition

    • Those who pass the prescreening phase will be invited to the final audition. Be sure to review the Audition Requirements for your instrument.

    Important Dates and Deadlines

    November 1

    • Priority Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.

    December 1

    • Final Deadline to submit prescreening recordings.

    January and February 

    February and March

    • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis after the audition. 

    Music (Commercial Music Emphasis)

    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

    • Select an Audition Date 
      • Commercial music applicants are required to audition on an acceptable principal instrument. See audition requirements for your instrument.
    • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
      • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
    • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
      • You will enter your recommender's contact information through the Application Status Check.
    • Commercial Music Portfolio (due at least two weeks prior to the audition - upload through the Application Status Check)
      • Essay (minimum 5 pages) containing mission statement, musical philosophy, and career goals. Required format: 12-pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced.
      • Unofficial Transcript
      • Two original songs in lead sheet (musical notation) form. This music should include:
        • Title
        • Composer (yourself)
        • Melody
        • Chords
        • Lyrics
        • Audio Recordings of these two songs

    Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition and interview

    • Be sure to review the Audition Requirements for your instrument.
    • Applicants to the Commercial Music program will interview with Professor Brian Gaber, Program Director, on audition day.

    Important Dates and Deadlines

    November 1

    • Priority Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
    • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. Admission to the College of Music is dependent upon a successful audition.

    December 1

    • Priority Deadline to submit the Music Supplemental Application and request an audition date.

    January and February 

    February and March

    • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis after the audition. 

    Composition

    Path to Admission

    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

    Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

    • Select an Audition Date
      • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
        • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
      • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
        • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

      Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

      composition portfolio and prerequisites

      Please read all of the information below carefully. If you have questions, contact Prof. Evan A. Jones.

      The B.M. composition degree is for students interested in composition of contemporary “classical” concert music that explores extended tonal and atonal harmonic languages in traditional and novel forms. Students interested in traditional tonal or popular styles of composing should consider the B.A. in commercial music or jazz. Prospective students should look closely at these curricula as they consider their options and interests. Students in the B.A. program may be able to study composition individually if studio space is available.

      Students must have completed or exempted MUT 1111 (Theory I) before taking individual lessons in composition. Lessons for credit during the freshman and sophomore year are normally taken with doctoral students. Exceptional students with prior training in composition may, pending approval, obtain lessons with faculty members immediately; others may be invited to study with faculty based on promise shown in studies with a doctoral student.

      Any prospective composition student must be admitted to the College of Music and have successfully auditioned on a principal instrument. Students should submit 2–3 compositions for consideration of admission to the composition program. These scores must be received no later than the Monday morning of the week before fall-semester or spring-semester classes begin. Please e-mail your scores to eajones@fsu.edu, or handdeliver them to Longmire 213B, or mail them to Prof. Evan A. Jones, Theory/Composition, College of Music, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180. Scores will be reviewed and students will be notified about lessons prior to the start of classes.

      Students who are at first denied individual lessons for credit are welcome to resubmit their work; they may also seek private instruction. Another option is our "Introduction to Composition" class (offered every spring semester), the completion of which guarantees the availability of individual lessons for credit in future semesters.

      Once individual lessons for credit are granted, a student is considered a tentative (lower-division) composition major. Each student's progress and work in private lessons is evaluated at the end of each semester. Students who do not progress well or who demonstrate inconsistent effort will not be permitted to continue in the program. At the end of the sophomore year, students will meet with faculty to discuss their compositions to date, which are submitted to the faculty for admission to the upper-division composition sequence. This is equivalent to the sophomore "applied" jury. One other requirement for admission to the upper-division sequence is to pass the undergraduate listening exam for composition. Students not admitted to the upper-division level should keep in mind that a B.A. in Music is a viable and flexible alternative.

      Important Dates and Deadlines

      November 1

      • Priority Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
      • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. Admission to the College of Music is dependent upon a successful audition.

      December 1

      • Priority Deadline to submit the Music Supplemental Application and request an audition date.

      January and February 

      February and March

      • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis after the audition. 

      Music Theory

      Path to Admission

      Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

      Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

      • Select an Audition Date
        • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
          • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
        • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
          • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

        Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

        Important Dates and Deadlines

        November 1

        • Priority Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
        • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. Admission to the College of Music is dependent upon a successful audition.

        December 1

        • Priority Deadline to submit the Music Supplemental Application and request an audition date.

        January and February 

        February and March

        • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis after the audition. 

        Music Therapy

        Path to Admission

        Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

        Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

        • Select an Audition Date
        • Music Therapy Personal Statement - Compose Personal Statements addressing the following points:
          1. How did you learn about the Music Therapy profession and the FSU program?
          2. Why do you want to major in Music Therapy?
          3. How is the Music Therapy major different from other music majors?
          4. What part of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) website do you find the most interesting? Why?
          5. Do you have experience accompanying yourself singing with the guitar and piano? If so, please describe your repertoire and performance experiences with each instrument.
          6. Please describe community volunteer service you have completed.
          7. Please describe part-time work experiences you have completed.
          8. What are some personal qualities you have now that are related to majoring in Music Therapy?
        • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
          • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
        • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
          • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

        Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

        Important Dates and Deadlines

        November 1

        • Priority Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
        • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. Admission to the College of Music is dependent upon a successful audition.

        December 1

        • Priority Deadline to submit the Music Supplemental Application and request an audition date.

        January and February 

        February and March

        • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis after the audition. 

        All Other Majors*/Music Minor

        Path to Admission

        Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

        Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU. Music Minors should contact the College of Music Admissions Office (musicadmissions@fsu.edu) for access to the Supplemental Application.

        • Select an Audition Date
          • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
            • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
          • Letter of Recommendation (1 required)
            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

          Step 3: Complete your College of Music audition.

          Important Dates and Deadlines

          November 1

          • Priority Deadline for Freshmen to apply to FSU.
          • Though not required, this option is suggested for all applicants to receive best consideration for merit scholarships. Admission to the College of Music is dependent upon a successful audition.

          December 1

          • Priority Deadline to submit the Music Supplemental Application and request an audition date.

          January and February 

          February and March

          • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis after the audition. 

          * Including: Music Performance, Music Education, Jazz, Music (Sacred Music Emphasis), and General Music

          Masters Degrees

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          Master of Arts in Music

          Arts Administration

          Path to Admission

          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

          • Please be sure to select the degree program "Arts Administration/Music - MA" as there is a similarly named degree in the Art department. Applicants to this degree program must have an undergraduate degree in Music, whereas the "Arts Administration - Art" degree does not have a specific undergraduate requirement.

          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

          • Vita/Resume
            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
          • Statement of Purpose
            • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
          • Professional Essay
            • Please discuss (in approximately 1 page) your assessment of the most pressing challenges facing non-profit arts organizations in the U.S. today. Include works cited page if appropriate. (PDF format preferred)
          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

          Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

          Please send transcripts directly to: 
               Florida State University 
               Office of Graduate Admissions 
               314 Westcott Bldg. 
               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410 

          Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

          Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

          International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

          Step 4: Complete the Interview.

          • Selected applicants will be invited to interview for admission and graduate assistantship consideration. Preference will be given to those students who complete the application by December 1. 

          Other Requirements

          Grade Point Average

          In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

          Foreign Language Proficiency

          All Master of Arts students at Florida State University must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by:

          • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests of the Educational Testing Service,
          • Certification by the appropriate language department,
          • Completion of 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 ("B"), or
          • Four years of a single language in high school.

          Applicants who do not already meet this requirement may complete it while enrolled at FSU.

          Important Dates and Deadlines

          December 1

          • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

          January & February

          • Interview period. Only applicants who complete the interview by the end of February will be considered for Graduate Assistantships. Applicants are free to interview in person or via Zoom.

          February 28

          • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

          April 1

          • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

          Music - Liberal Arts

          Path to Admission

          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

          • Vita/Resume
            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
          • Statement of Purpose
            • The statement should  discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program, and why the Music/Liberal Arts program specifically is the best fit for the applicant.
          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

          Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

          Please send transcripts directly to: 
               Florida State University 
               Office of Graduate Admissions 
               314 Westcott Bldg. 
               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

          Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

          Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

          International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

          Other Requirements

          Grade Point Average

          In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

          Foreign Language Proficiency

          All Master of Arts students at Florida State University must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by:

          • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests of the Educational Testing Service,
          • Certification by the appropriate language department,
          • Completion of 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 ("B"), or
          • Four years of a single language in high school.

          Applicants who do not already meet this requirement may complete it while enrolled at FSU.

          Applied Music Assessment

          Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

          Important Dates and Deadlines

          December 1

          • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

          February 28

          • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

          June 1

          • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

          Piano Technology Emphasis

          Path to Admission

          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select the major "Music/Liberal Arts - MA".

          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

          • Vita/Resume
            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
          • Statement of Purpose
            • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

          Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

          Please send transcripts directly to: 
               Florida State University 
               Office of Graduate Admissions 
               314 Westcott Bldg. 
               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

          Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

          Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

          International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

          Other Requirements

          Professional Experience

          Qualified candidates will hold an undergraduate degree in music (required) and have completed a Certificate in Piano Technology at a residence school (strongly preferred).

          Grade Point Average

          In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

          Foreign Language Proficiency

          All Master of Arts students at Florida State University must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by:

          • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests of the Educational Testing Service,
          • Certification by the appropriate language department,
          • Completion of 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 ("B"), or
          • Four years of a single language in high school.

          Applicants who do not already meet this requirement may complete it while enrolled at FSU.

          Applied Music Assessment

          Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

          Important Dates and Deadlines

          December 1

          • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

          February 28

          • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

          April 1

          • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

          Master of Music

          Composition

          Path to Admission

          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

          • Vita/Resume
            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
          • Statement of Purpose
            • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
          • List of Compositions
            • This should be a comprehensive list, not just the items you are submitting in your portfolio.
          • Composition Portfolio
            • Recent compositions, for different mediums.
            • Master's applicants should submit three; Doctoral applicants should submit four or five.
            • Recordings of performances, if available.

          Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

          Please send transcripts directly to: 
               Florida State University 
               Office of Graduate Admissions 
               314 Westcott Bldg. 
               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

          Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

          Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

          International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

          Step 4: Complete the Interview.

          • Select students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Interviews will be conducted on January 28, February 11, February 18, and February 25. 
          • New students are required to interview if interested in a graduate assistantship.
          • For those interested in an assistantship, plan to complete the application process by December 1.

          Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Evan Jones or other theory or composition faculty members so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

          Other Requirements

          Grade Point Average

          In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

          Important Dates and Deadlines

          December 1

          • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

          December/January

          • Initial review begins for applications completed by December 1.
          • Faculty will continue to review complete applications on a rolling basis until April 1.

          January/February

          • Admissions/assistantship Interviews will be conducted on January 28, February 11, and February 18. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

          April 1

          • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

          Music Theory

          Path to Admission

          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

          • Vita/Resume
            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
          • Statement of Purpose
            • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
          • Scholarly Writing Sample
            • Paper dealing with music theory or analysis (preferably a term paper).
          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

          Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

          Please send transcripts directly to: 
               Florida State University 
               Office of Graduate Admissions 
               314 Westcott Bldg. 
               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

          Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

          Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

          International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

          GRE

          • The GRE is recommended (but not required) of all applicants for Master's level study in Music Theory (waived for 2021-22)
          • To be submitted electronically to FSU by the testing agency (Institution Code: 5219).

          Step 4: Complete the Interview.

          • Select students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Music Theory/Composition Assistantship Interviews will be conducted on January 28, February 11, and February 18. 
          • New students are required to interview if interested in a graduate assistantship. 
          • For those interested in an assistantship, plan to complete the application process by December 1.

          Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Evan Jones or other theory or composition faculty members so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

          Other Requirements

          Grade Point Average

          In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

          Important Dates and Deadlines

          December 1

          • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

          December/January

          • Initial review begins for applications completed by December 1.
          • The College of Music will continue to review complete applications on a rolling basis until April 1.

          January/February

          • Admissions/assistantship interviews will be conducted on January 28, February 11, and February 18. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

          April 1

          • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

          Music Therapy (Masters or Music Therapy Equivalency Program)

          Path to Admission

          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select "Music Therapy - MM" even if you intend to complete the Equivalency Program prior to starting the Master's coursework

          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

          • Vita/Resume
            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
          • Statement of Purpose
            • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
          • Schedule an Interview (MM applicants only, Equivalency applicants are not required to interview)
            • Once your application materials (including transcripts) have been submitted, please contact Dr. Jayne Standley to schedule an interview.

          Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

          Please send transcripts directly to: 
               Florida State University 
               Office of Graduate Admissions 
               314 Westcott Bldg. 
               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

          Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

          Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

          International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

          Other Requirements

          Professional Experience

          It is expected that applicants will have earned the MT-BC credential prior to applying for the Master of Music Therapy Program. Those who have not, but have earned an undergraduate degree in music, may still apply for the Masters degree but must complete the Music Therapy Equivalency Program as a prerequisite.

          Grade Point Average

          In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

          Applied Music Assessment

          Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

          Important Dates and Deadlines

          December 1

          • Priority Deadline - All applications completed by this date are guaranteed consideration for admission. We will continue to accept applications after this date provided there is space remaining in the program.

          June 1

          • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

          Musicology (Historical or Ethnomusicology Emphasis)

          Path to Admission

          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

          • Applicants should select the Degree Program "Musicology - MM" on the FSU Application, regardless of intended emphasis. You will have the opportunity to specify your emphasis (Ethnomusicology or Historical Musicology) on the supplemental application.

          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

          • Vita/Resume
            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information
          • Statement of Purpose
            • In 1000 words or less, this statement should address your interest in musicology, what you hope to accomplish with an advanced degree in the field, the likelihood of your success, the music you would enjoy researching and how you would approach that task, and why you chose Florida State University
          • Sample of Research Writing
              • A thesis or major term paper demonstrating historical understanding, ability to write clearly about musical detail, mastery of bibliographic resources and forms, and control of writing style
            • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
              • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

            Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts and GRE scores 

            Please send transcripts directly to: 
                 Florida State University 
                 Office of Graduate Admissions 
                 314 Westcott Bldg. 
                 Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

            Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

            Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

            International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

            GRE

            • The GRE is required of all applicants for graduate study in Musicology (waived for 2022-23)
            • To be submitted electronically to FSU by the testing agency (Institution Code: 5219).

            Step 4: Complete the Interview.

            • First-round applications will be reviewed during the month of December. 
            • After review of complete applications, a select number of applicants will be invited to interview. Invitations to interview will be sent by email in late December.
            • Interviews will be conducted on January 28 and February 11. 

            Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform the Musicology Area Coordinator, Dr. Sarah Eyerly, so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

            Other Requirements

            Grade Point Average

            In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

            Important Dates and Deadlines

            December 1

            • Priority Deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

            December

            • Initial review period for completed applications.

            January 28 or February 11

            • Interviews. Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

            April 1

            • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

            Master of Music in Education

            Music Education (Full-Time Program)

            Path to Admission

            Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

              Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

              • Vita/Resume
                • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
              • Statement of Purpose
                • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                  • Valid Teaching Certification (K-12 Music)
                    • Admission is contingent upon having a valid Teaching Certificate for Music K-12. Scan and attach on the Application Status Check.
                    • Applicants seeking certification should instead apply for and complete a second bachelor's degree in Music Education before pursuing the Master's degree.
                  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                    • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                  Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                  Please send transcripts directly to: 
                       Florida State University 
                       Office of Graduate Admissions 
                       314 Westcott Bldg. 
                       Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                  Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                  Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                  International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                  Other Requirements

                  Professional Experience

                  Applicants to the MME degree programs must present a valid US teaching certificate in music. Applicants seeking certification should instead apply for and complete a second bachelor's degree in Music Education before pursuing the Master's degree.

                  Grade Point Average

                  In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                  Applied Music Assessment

                  Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                  Important Dates and Deadlines

                  December 1

                  • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                  February 28

                  • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

                  June 1

                  • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

                  Music Education (Summer Only Program)

                  Path to Admission

                  Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                  Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                  • Vita/Resume
                    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                  • Statement of Purpose
                    • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                      • Valid Teaching Certification (K-12 Music)
                        • Admission is contingent upon having a valid Teaching Certificate for Music K-12. Scan and attach on the Application Status Check.
                        • Applicants seeking certification should instead apply for and complete a second bachelor's degree in Music Education before pursuing the Master's degree.
                      • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                        • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                      Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                      Please send transcripts directly to: 
                           Florida State University 
                           Office of Graduate Admissions 
                           314 Westcott Bldg. 
                           Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                      Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                      Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                      International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                      Other Requirements

                      Professional Experience

                      Applicants to the MME degree programs must present a valid US teaching certificate in music. Applicants seeking certification should instead apply for and complete a second bachelor's degree in Music Education before pursuing the Master's degree.

                      Grade Point Average

                      In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                      Important Dates and Deadlines

                      December 1

                      • Priority application deadline

                      March 1

                      • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

                      Master of Music in Opera Production

                      Opera Coaching Emphasis

                      Path to Admission

                      Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                      • Please note that applicants should select the degree program "Opera Production - MM" on the FSU Application. You will have the opportunity to specify your emphasis (Directing or Coaching) on the supplemental application.

                      Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                      • Select an Audition Date
                        • You will select your preferred audition date: January 21 or February 18. This program requires a prescreening submission, due by December 1.

                        • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                          • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. You may create your own or use our form . (You must download the form, fill it out, and save it for changes to apply.) Upload through the Application Status Check. 
                        • Vita/Resume
                          • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                        • Statement of Purpose
                          • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                        • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                          • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                        Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                        Please send transcripts directly to: 
                             Florida State University 
                             Office of Graduate Admissions 
                             314 Westcott Bldg. 
                             Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                        Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                        Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                        International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                        Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                        • Those applicants who successfully pass the prescreen round will be invited to a live audition in January or February. 

                        Other Requirements

                        Grade Point Average

                        In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                        Foreign Language Requirement

                        • Graduation from the Opera Production degree requires reading proficiency in French, German and Italian. In addition, all candidates must exhibit a thorough knowledge of correct diction in these languages, including the ability to correctly transcribe them into the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
                        • “Proficiency” is to be interpreted as having completed one year of each language at the college level with a grade of “B” or higher OR satisfactory performance on the language entrance examination administered by the coaching faculty.
                        • Identified language deficiencies will have to be made up during the period of residence.

                        Prerequisites for Graduation

                        • Opera Coaching Project: The student will be responsible for the musical preparation and performance of an approved opera production: scenes program, chamber opera, etc.
                        • Recital: The student will accompany one vocal recital.

                        Important Dates and Deadlines

                        December 1

                        • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                        January 21 or February 18

                        • Live audition dates

                        January 25

                        • Final application deadline. Applicants to the Opera Coaching track must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.

                        Opera Directing Emphasis

                        Path to Admission

                        Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                        • Please note that applicants should select the degree program "Opera Production - MM" on the FSU Application. You will have the opportunity to specify your emphasis (Directing or Coaching) on the supplemental application.

                        Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                        • Vita/Resume
                          • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                        • Statement of Purpose
                          • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                        • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                          • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                        • Video clips of prior directing work (optional)
                          • Attach in the digital portfolio on the Application Status Check

                        Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                        Please send transcripts directly to: 
                             Florida State University 
                             Office of Graduate Admissions 
                             314 Westcott Bldg. 
                             Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                        Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                        Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                        International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                        Step 4: Complete the Interview

                        • On-campus interview/audition is strongly recommended but not required. In lieu of the interview, video clips of the applicant's work or other support materials are requested. Please contact Professor Lata to schedule an interview.

                        Other Requirements

                        Grade Point Average

                        In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                        Applied Music Assessment

                        Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                        Important Dates and Deadlines

                        December 1

                        • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                        February 28

                        • Application deadline for assistantship consideration for Opera Directing track applicants.

                        April 1

                        • Final application deadline. The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

                        Master of Music in Performance

                        Brass Performance

                        Path to Admission

                        Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                        Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                        • Select an Audition Date
                          • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26. Prescreenings for trumpet and tuba/euphonium due December 1.
                          • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                            • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                          • Vita/Resume
                            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                          • Statement of Purpose
                            • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                          Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                          Please send transcripts directly to: 
                               Florida State University 
                               Office of Graduate Admissions 
                               314 Westcott Bldg. 
                               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                          Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                          Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                          International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                          Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                          Other Requirements

                          Grade Point Average

                          In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                          Important Dates and Deadlines

                          December 1

                          • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.
                          • Final deadline for trumpet and tuba/euphonium prescreenings.

                          February 1

                          • Final deadline for all College of Music materials.

                          Conducting (Choral Emphasis)

                          Path to Admission

                          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                          • Vita/Resume
                            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                          • Statement of Purpose
                            • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                            • Conducting Recordings
                              • Two video recordings are required and consist of: (1) a Performance of a group you conduct (at least five minutes in length) and (2) a Rehearsal at least fifteen minutes in length. Recordings should be uploaded to your Application Status Check; please do not send DVD or CD recordings. Please take care to assure that audio quality from the video is sufficiently high.
                              • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that procuring videos according to the above specifications might not be feasible. Because of this, we will be happy to accept alternative submissions, including but not limited to (1) audio recordings of a group you conduct, (2) video recordings of you conducting along to an audio recording, or (3) video recordings of Zoom rehearsals or classes. If you need to submit alternative materials, please contact Dr. Michael Hanawalt (mhanawalt@fsu.edu) to consult on their composition.

                            Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                            Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                 Florida State University 
                                 Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                 314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                 Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                            Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                            Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                            International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                            Step 4: Complete the Audition (select applicants only)

                            • Upon review of completed application and conducting recordings, qualified applicants will be invited to give a live audition. Preference will be given to those whose applications are completed by December 1. 

                            Other Requirements

                            Grade Point Average

                            In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                            Applied Music Assessment

                            Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                            Important Dates and Deadlines

                            December 1

                            • Final deadline to submit application and conducting recordings.

                            January / February

                            • Conducting Exam for invited candidates. Dates TBA.

                            Conducting (Wind Band Emphasis)

                            Path to Admission

                            Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee - Select "Instrumental Conducting - MM" as your program

                            Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                            • Vita/Resume
                              • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                            • Statement of Purpose
                              • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                            • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                              • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                              • Conducting Recordings
                                • Two recordings are required and consist of: (1) an Audio or Video Performance Recording of a group you conduct and (2) a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal. Recordings should be uploaded to your Application Status Check; please do not send DVD or CD recordings.
                                • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of these recordings. Qualified conducting applicants may be asked to give a live (remote) audition at a later date.

                              Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                              Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                   Florida State University 
                                   Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                   314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                   Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                              Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                              Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                              International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                              Step 4: Complete the Conducting Exam (select applicants only)

                              • Upon review of completed files and conducting recordings, selected applicants will be invited to take an on-campus conducting exam and interview to determine assistantship placements
                              • Applicants should contact Patrick Dunnigan  or Richard Clary for details about the Conducting Exam. 

                              Other Requirements

                              Grade Point Average

                              In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                              Applied Music Assessment

                              Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                              Important Dates and Deadlines

                              December 1

                              • Final deadline to submit application and conducting recordings.

                              January / February

                              • Conducting Exam for invited candidates. Dates TBA.

                              Conducting (Orchestral Emphasis)

                              Path to Admission

                              Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select "Instrumental Conducting - MM" as your major.

                              Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                              • Vita/Resume
                                • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                              • Statement of Purpose
                                • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                              • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                • Conducting Recordings
                                  • Two recordings are required and consist of: (1) an Audio or Video Performance Recording of a group you conduct and (2) a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal. Recordings should be uploaded to your Application Status Check; please do not send DVD or CD recordings.
                                  • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of these recordings. Qualified conducting applicants may be asked to give a live audition at a later date.

                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                     Florida State University 
                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                Step 4: Complete the  Conducting Exam (select applicants only)

                                • The deadline to complete the MM Orchestral Conducting application is December 1st.
                                • Upon review of completed files and conducting recordings, selected applicants will be invited to take a conducting audition.  
                                • Exam Date TBA

                                Other Requirements

                                Grade Point Average

                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                Applied Music Assessment

                                Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                                Important Dates and Deadlines

                                December 1

                                • Final deadline to submit application and conducting recordings.

                                January / February

                                • Conducting Exam for invited candidates. Dates TBA.

                                Harp Performance

                                Path to Admission

                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                • Select an Audition Date
                                  • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26.
                                  • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                    • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                  • Vita/Resume
                                    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                  • Statement of Purpose
                                    • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                    • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                  Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                  Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                       Florida State University 
                                       Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                       314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                       Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                  Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                  Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                  International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                  Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                  Other Requirements

                                  Grade Point Average

                                  In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                  Important Dates and Deadlines

                                  December 1

                                  • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                  February 1

                                  • Final deadline for all College of Music materials.

                                  Jazz Studies

                                  Path to Admission

                                  Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                  Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                  • Select an Audition Date
                                    • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26.
                                    • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                      • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                    • Vita/Resume
                                      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                    • Statement of Purpose
                                      • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                      • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                    Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                    Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                         Florida State University 
                                         Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                         314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                         Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                    Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                    Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                    International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                    Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                    Other Requirements

                                    Grade Point Average

                                    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                    Important Dates and Deadlines

                                    December 1

                                    • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                    February 1

                                    • Final deadline to submit all College of Music materials.

                                    Organ Performance

                                    Path to Admission

                                    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                    Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                    • Select an Audition Date
                                      • You will select your preferred audition date: January 28, February 11, or February 25.
                                      • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                        • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                      • Vita/Resume
                                        • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                      • Statement of Purpose
                                        • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                      • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                        • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                      Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                      Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                           Florida State University 
                                           Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                           314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                           Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                      Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                      Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                      International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                      Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                      Other Requirements

                                      Grade Point Average

                                      In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                      Important Dates and Deadlines

                                      December 1

                                      • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.
                                      • Space at our on-campus auditions is limited. Applicants applying after the December 1 priority deadline may be asked to upload a prescreening recording to be considered for remaining audition slots.

                                      February 1

                                      • Final deadline for all College of Music materials.

                                      Percussion Performance

                                      Path to Admission

                                      Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                      Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                      • Select an Audition Date
                                        • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26.
                                        • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                          • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                        • Vita/Resume
                                          • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                        • Statement of Purpose
                                          • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                        • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                          • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                        Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                        Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                             Florida State University 
                                             Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                             314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                             Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                        Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                        Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                        International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                        Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                        Other Requirements

                                        Grade Point Average

                                        In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                        Important dates and deadlines

                                        December 1

                                        • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                        February 1

                                        • Final deadline for all College of Music materials.

                                        Piano Performance

                                        Path to Admission

                                        Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                        Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                        • Select an Audition Date
                                          • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, February 25, or February 26. Prescreening recordings due December 1.
                                          • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                            • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date.  
                                          • Vita/Resume
                                            • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                          • Statement of Purpose
                                            • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                          • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                            • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                          • Prescreening Recordings
                                            • All applicants must upload the prescreening requirements  to the portfolio on the Application Status Check by December 1. Results will be sent by email in mid-December.
                                            • Video recordings should be unedited, from within the last two years, and should consist of three (3) contrasting works from differing style periods. Individual movements of larger works are acceptable.

                                          Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                          Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                               Florida State University 
                                               Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                               314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                          Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                          Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                          International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                          Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                          • Upon review of the prescreening recordings, selected applicants will be invited to a live audition. Invitations will be sent by email in mid-December.
                                          • All applicants will be considered for Private Piano teaching assistantships.
                                          • Applicants who wish to be considered for Accompanying or Group Piano assistantships will perform an additional audition. More information will be provided after the prescreen round is complete.
                                          • Be sure to review the Audition Requirements for your instrument.

                                          Other Requirements

                                          Grade Point Average

                                          In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                          Important dates and deadlines

                                          December 1

                                          • Final Deadline to submit all prescreen and application materials.

                                          January and February

                                          • Live auditions. 

                                          Piano Accompanying

                                          Path to Admission

                                          Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. 

                                          Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU. 

                                          • Select an Audition Date
                                            • You will select your preferred audition date: January 21 or February 18. Prescreening recordings due December 1.
                                            • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                              • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                            • Vita/Resume
                                              • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                            • Statement of Purpose
                                              • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                            • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                              • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                            Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                            Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                 Florida State University 
                                                 Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                 314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                 Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                            Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                            Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                            International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                            Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                            Other Requirements

                                            Prerequisites for Admission

                                            • A completed bachelor’s degree in piano performance (or equivalent) from an accredited institution.
                                            • Repertoire lists and programs showing evidence of extensive performance experience and a thorough acquaintance with the appropriate vocal and instrumental repertoire (submitted at the time of application); a repertoire list of solo works should also be included.

                                            Admission is based on demonstrated ability comparable to the technical and musical proficiency of an entering graduate level performance major, and the additional artistic qualities and technical skills necessary for accompanying and ensemble playing.

                                            Grade Point Average

                                            In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                            Prerequisites for Graduation

                                            Foreign Languages - Proficiency in two of the following languages: French, German or Italian.

                                            • Proficiency is interpreted as having completed one year of each language at the college level with a grade of “B” or better OR satisfactory performance on the language entrance examination administered by the accompanying faculty.
                                            • Note: Identified language deficiencies will have to be made up during the period of residence, most likely at a credit level not applicable to the total graduate credit hour requirement of the degree.

                                            Recitals: Three degree recitals, which will include a combination of vocal and instrumental repertoire

                                            Important dates and deadlines

                                            December 1

                                            • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                            January 21 or February 18

                                            • Live auditions.

                                            Piano Pedagogy

                                            Path to Admission

                                            Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                            Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                            • Select an Audition Date
                                              • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, February 25, or February 26. Prescreening recordings due December 1.
                                              Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                              • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. You may create your own or use our form . (You must download the form, fill it out, and save it for changes to apply.) Upload through the Application Status Check. 
                                            • Vita/Resume
                                              • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                            • Statement of Purpose
                                              • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                            • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                              • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                            • Prescreening Recordings
                                              • All applicants must upload the prescreening requirements  to the portfolio on the Application Status Check by December 1. Prescreening materials will be evaluated and a select number of applicants will be invited to audition live on our campus. Results will be sent by email in mid-December.

                                            Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                            Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                 Florida State University 
                                                 Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                 314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                 Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                            Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                            Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                            International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                            Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                            • Upon review of the prescreening recordings, selected applicants will be invited to audition live. Invitations will be sent by email in mid-December.
                                            • Be sure to review the Audition Requirements for your instrument.

                                            Other Requirements

                                            Grade Point Average

                                            In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                            Important dates and deadlines

                                            December 1

                                            • Final deadline to submit all application and prescreening materials.

                                            January and February

                                            • Live auditions.

                                            String Performance

                                            Path to Admission

                                            Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                            Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                            • Select an Audition Date
                                              • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26. Prescreenings for violin due December 1. 
                                              • Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. You may create your own or use our form . (You must download the form, fill it out, and save it for changes to apply.) Upload through the Application Status Check. 
                                              • Vita/Resume
                                                • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                              • Statement of Purpose
                                                • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                              • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                              Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                              Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                   Florida State University 
                                                   Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                   314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                   Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                              Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                              Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                              International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                              Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                              Other Requirements

                                              Grade Point Average

                                              In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                              Important dates and deadlines

                                              December 1

                                              • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance. 
                                              • Final deadline for violin prescreenings. 

                                              February 1

                                              • Final deadline for all College of Music materials.

                                              Voice Performance

                                              Path to Admission

                                              Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                              Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                              • Select an Audition Date
                                                • You will select your preferred audition date: January 28, January 29, February 11, February 12, February 25, or February 26. Prescreening recordings due December 1.
                                                Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. You may create your own or use our form . (You must download the form, fill it out, and save it for changes to apply.) Upload through the Application Status Check. 
                                              • Vita/Resume
                                                • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                              • Statement of Purpose
                                                • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                              • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                              • Prescreening Recordings
                                                • All applicants must upload the prescreening requirements  to the portfolio on the Application Status Check by December 1. Prescreening materials will be evaluated and a select number of applicants will be invited to audition live on our campus. Results will be sent by email in mid-December.

                                              Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                              Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                   Florida State University 
                                                   Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                   314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                   Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                              Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                              Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                              International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                              Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                              Other Requirements

                                              Grade Point Average

                                              In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                              Important dates and deadlines

                                              December 1

                                              • Final deadline to submit all application and prescreening materials

                                              January and February

                                              • Live auditions. 

                                              Woodwind Performance

                                              Path to Admission

                                              Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                              Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                              • Select an Audition Date
                                                • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26.
                                                Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. You may create your own or use our form . (You must download the form, fill it out, and save it for changes to apply.) Upload through the Application Status Check. 
                                              • Vita/Resume
                                                • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                              • Statement of Purpose
                                                • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                              • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                              Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                              Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                   Florida State University 
                                                   Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                   314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                   Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                              Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                              Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                              International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                              Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                              Other Requirements

                                              Grade Point Average

                                              In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                              Important dates and deadlines

                                              December 1

                                              • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

                                              February 1

                                              • Final deadline for all College of Music materials. 

                                              Doctoral Degrees

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                                              Doctor of Music in Composition

                                              Composition

                                              Path to Admission

                                              Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                              Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                              • Vita/Resume
                                                • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                              • Statement of Purpose
                                                • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                              • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                              • List of Compositions
                                                • This should be a comprehensive list, not just the items you are submitting in your portfolio.
                                              • Composition Portfolio
                                                • Recent compositions, for different mediums.
                                                • Master's applicants should submit three; Doctoral applicants should submit four or five.
                                                • Recordings of performances, if available.

                                              Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                              Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                   Florida State University 
                                                   Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                   314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                   Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                              Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                              Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                              International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                              Step 4: Complete the Interview.

                                              • Select students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Music Theory/Composition Assistantship Interviews will be conducted on January 28, February 11, and February 18. 
                                              • New students are required to have an onsite interview if interested in a graduate assistantship.
                                              • For those interested in an assistantship, plan to complete the application process by December 1.

                                              Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Evan Jones or other theory or composition faculty members so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

                                              Other Requirements

                                              Grade Point Average

                                              In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                              Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

                                              While the GRE is not required for the DM in Composition, it is highly recommended. Applicants wishing to be considered for University-wide fellowships must submit official GRE scores.

                                              important dates and Deadlines

                                              December 1

                                              • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                              December/January

                                              • Initial review begins for applications completed by December 1.
                                              • The faculty will continue to review complete applications on a rolling basis until April 1.

                                              January/February

                                              • Interviews will be conducted on January 28, February 11, and February 18 (by invitation). Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance. 

                                              April 1

                                              • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

                                              Doctor of Music in Performance

                                              Brass Performance

                                              Path to Admission

                                              Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                              Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                              • Select an Audition Date
                                                • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26. Prescreenings for trumpet and tuba/euphonium due December 1.
                                                Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                              • Vita/Resume
                                                • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                              • Statement of Purpose
                                                • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                              • Scholarly Writing Sample
                                                • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
                                                  • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
                                                  • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
                                                • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
                                              • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.
                                                • Prescreening recordings due for trumpet and tuba/euphonium

                                                February 1

                                                • Final deadline for all College of Music materials. 

                                                Harp Performance

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Select an Audition Date
                                                  • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26.
                                                  Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                  • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Scholarly Writing Sample
                                                  • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
                                                    • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
                                                    • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
                                                  • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                February 1

                                                • Final deadline for all College of Music materials. 

                                                Percussion Performance

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Select an Audition Date
                                                  • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26.
                                                  Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                  • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Scholarly Writing Sample
                                                  • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
                                                    • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
                                                    • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
                                                  • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                February 1

                                                • Final deadline for all College of Music materials. 

                                                Piano Performance

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Select an Audition Date
                                                  • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, February 25, or February 26. Prescreening recordings due December 1.
                                                  Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                  • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Scholarly Writing Sample
                                                  • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
                                                    • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
                                                    • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
                                                  • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                                • Prescreening Recordings
                                                  • All applicants must upload the prescreening requirements  to the portfolio on the Application Status Check by December 1. Results will be sent by email in mid-December.
                                                  • Video recordings should be unedited, from within the last two years, and should consist of approximately 30 minutes of music from three style periods.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                                • Upon review of the prescreening recordings, selected applicants will be invited to a live audition requirements. Invitations will be sent by email in mid-December.
                                                • All applicants will be considered for Private Piano teaching assistantships.
                                                • Applicants who wish to be considered for Accompanying or Group Piano assistantships will perform an additional audition. More information will be provided after the prescreen round is complete.
                                                • Be sure to review the complete Audition Requirements.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Final Deadline to submit all application materials and prescreening recordings.

                                                January and February

                                                • Live auditions.

                                                Piano Accompanying

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select "Piano Performance - DM" as your major.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU. Select "Piano Accompanying - DM" as your major.

                                                • Select an Audition Date
                                                  • You will select your preferred audition date: January 21 or February 18. Prescreening recordings due December 1.
                                                  Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                  • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Scholarly Writing Sample
                                                  • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
                                                    • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
                                                    • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
                                                  • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Submit your audition repertoire.

                                                • Well in advance of your audition date, email a list of your selected audition repertoire directly to the Coordinator of Piano Accompanying, Professor Valerie Trujillo ( vtrujillo@fsu.edu)

                                                Step 5: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                important dates and deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • All application materials and prescreening recordings due.

                                                January 21 or February 18

                                                • Live auditions.

                                                String Performance (including Classical Guitar)

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Select an Audition Date
                                                  • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26. Prescreenings for violin due December 1. 
                                                  Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                  • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Scholarly Writing Sample
                                                  • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
                                                    • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
                                                    • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
                                                  • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.
                                                • Final deadline for violin prescreenings. 

                                                February 1

                                                • Final deadline for all College of Music materials.

                                                Voice Performance

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Select an Audition Date
                                                  • You will select your preferred audition date: January 28, January 29, February 11, February 12, February 25, or February 26. Prescreening recordings due December 1.
                                                  Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                  • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Scholarly Writing Sample
                                                  • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
                                                    • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
                                                    • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
                                                  • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                                • Prescreening Recordings
                                                  • All applicants must upload the prescreening requirements  to the portfolio on the Application Status Check by December 1. Results will be sent by email in mid-December.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Final Deadline to submit all application materials and prescreening recordings.

                                                January and February

                                                • Live auditions.

                                                Woodwind Performance

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Select an Audition Date
                                                  • You will select your preferred audition date: January 29, February 12, or February 26.
                                                  Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List
                                                  • This is a list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. 
                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Scholarly Writing Sample
                                                  • Acceptable scholarly writing sample may include either
                                                    • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
                                                    • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply)
                                                  • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Priority Deadline to be considered for merit aid

                                                February 1

                                                • Final deadline for all College of Music materials. 

                                                Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

                                                Music Education

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Educational Portfolio
                                                  • To include any of the following that may apply: Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
                                                  • Please upload this portfolio as a single document (PDF preferred).
                                                  • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                Applied Music Assessment

                                                Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                February 28

                                                • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                June 1

                                                • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

                                                Choral Conducting Emphasis

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select "Music Education - PhD" as your degree program.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Educational Portfolio
                                                  • To include any of the following that may apply: Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
                                                  • Please upload this portfolio as a single document (PDF preferred).
                                                  • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                                • Conducting Recordings
                                                  • Two video recordings are required and consist of: (1) a Performance of a group you conduct (at least five minutes in length) and (2) a Rehearsal at least fifteen minutes in length. Recordings should be uploaded to your Application Status Check; please do not send DVD or CD recordings. Please take care to assure that audio quality from the video is sufficiently high.
                                                  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that procuring videos according to the above specifications might not be feasible. Because of this, we will be happy to accept alternative submissions, including but not limited to (1) audio recordings of a group you conduct, (2) video recordings of you conducting along to an audio recording, or (3) video recordings of Zoom rehearsals or classes. If you need to submit alternative materials, please contact Dr. Michael Hanawalt (mhanawalt@fsu.edu) to consult on their composition.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                Applied Music Assessment

                                                Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Final deadline to submit application and conducting recordings.

                                                January / February 

                                                • Conducting Exam for invited candidates. Dates TBA. 

                                                Orchestral Conducting Emphasis

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select "Music Education - PhD" as your degree program.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Educational Portfolio
                                                  • To include any of the following that may apply: Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
                                                  • Please upload this portfolio as a single document (PDF preferred).
                                                  • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                                • Conducting Recordings
                                                  • Two recordings are required and consist of: (1) an Audio or Video Performance Recording of a group you conduct and (2) a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal. Recordings should be uploaded to your College of Music Supplemental Application - please do not send DVD or CD recordings.
                                                  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that procuring videos according to the above specifications might not be feasible. Because of this, we will be happy to accept alternative submissions, including but not limited to (1) audio recordings of a group you conduct, (2) video recordings of you conducting along to an audio recording, or (3) video recordings of Zoom rehearsals or classes. If you need to submit alternative materials, please contact Dr. Alex Jimenez to consult on their composition.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete the Conducting Exam

                                                • The Conducting Exam is by invitation only
                                                • Orchestral Conducting applicants should contact Dr. Alex Jimenez. The Orchestral Conducting audition will take place on TBA.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                Applied Music Assessment

                                                Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Final deadline to submit application and conducting recordings.

                                                January / February 

                                                • Conducting Exam for invited candidates. Dates TBA. 

                                                Wind Conducting Emphasis

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select "Music Education - PhD" as your degree program.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Educational Portfolio
                                                  • To include any of the following that may apply: Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
                                                  • Please upload this portfolio as a single document (PDF preferred).
                                                  • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                                • Conducting Recordings
                                                  • Two recordings are required and consist of: (1) an Audio or Video Performance Recording of a group you conduct and (2) a Video Recording of a 20-minute rehearsal. Recordings should be uploaded to your College of Music Supplemental Application - please do not send DVD or CD recordings.
                                                  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that procuring videos according to the above specifications might not be feasible. Because of this, we will be happy to accept alternative submissions, including but not limited to (1) audio recordings of a group you conduct, (2) video recordings of you conducting along to an audio recording, or (3) video recordings of Zoom rehearsals or classes. If you need to submit alternative materials, please contact Dr. Patrick Dunnigan or Professor Richard Clary to consult on their composition.

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Step 4: Complete the Conducting Exam

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                Applied Music Assessment

                                                Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                                                important dates and Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Final deadline to submit application and conducting recordings.

                                                January / February

                                                • Conducting Exam for invited candidates. Dates TBA. 

                                                Music Therapy Emphasis

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select "Music Education - PhD" as your degree program.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                  • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                                • Schedule an Interview
                                                  • Once your application materials (including transcripts) have been submitted, please contact Dr. Jayne Standley (850-644-4565 or jstandley@fsu.edu) to schedule an interview. 

                                                Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                     Florida State University 
                                                     Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                     314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                     Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                Other Requirements

                                                Professional Experience

                                                Applicants must have at least 3-5 years of clinical experience to qualify for admission to this program.

                                                Grade Point Average

                                                In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0, please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                Applied Music Assessment

                                                Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                                                Deadlines

                                                December 1

                                                • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                February 28

                                                • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                June 1

                                                • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

                                                Piano Pedagogy Emphasis

                                                Path to Admission

                                                Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee. Select "Music Education - PhD" as your degree program.

                                                Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                • Vita/Resume
                                                  • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                • Statement of Purpose
                                                  • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                • Educational Portfolio
                                                  • To include any of the following that may apply: Concert Programs, Scholarly Writing Samples, etc.
                                                  • Please upload this portfolio as a single document (PDF preferred).
                                                  • Preferred teaching experience of two-to-three years prior to application.
                                                • Sample of Best Scholarly Writing
                                                    • A thesis or major term paper demonstrating the ability to write clearly about musical detail, mastery of bibliographic resources and forms, and control of writing style
                                                  • Teaching Recording
                                                    • Compile a variety of 3-4 teaching video clips (up to 30 minutes total) that demonstrate your skills working with students of different ages and levels. Recordings should be uploaded to your portfolio on the Application Status Check 
                                                  • Performance Recording
                                                    • Video recordings should be unedited and from within the last 2 years.
                                                    • Approximately 30 minutes of music; solo or chamber music is acceptable, also uploaded to your portfolio on the Application Status Check
                                                  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                    • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.
                                                  • Interview
                                                    • Upon receipt of the materials listed above, a select number of applicants will be invited for an interview. 
                                                    • On the day of your interview, you will also be asked to give a group piano mock lesson in order to be considered for an assistantship. Approximately two weeks prior to the audition, applicants will be sent guidelines for this portion of the interview.

                                                  Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

                                                  Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                       Florida State University 
                                                       Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                       314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                       Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410

                                                  Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

                                                  Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

                                                  International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

                                                  Other Requirements

                                                  Grade Point Average

                                                  In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                  Applied Music Assessment

                                                  Please know that an applied music assessment is a part of most master's and doctoral programs in the College of Music. Non-performance graduate applicants are not assessed until actually arriving on campus for course enrollment and placement. Many non-performance students choose to complete this requirement during orientation week, prior to the start of the semester along with other curricular placement activities. This requirement must be completed by the end of the first term.

                                                  important dates and Deadlines

                                                  December 1

                                                  • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                  February 1

                                                  • Application deadline for consideration for merit-based financial assistance. All materials and recordings due.

                                                  Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory

                                                  Music Theory

                                                  Path to Admission

                                                  Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                  Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                  • Vita/Resume
                                                    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                  • Statement of Purpose
                                                    • There is no required format or prompt for the Statement of Purpose. Most are 1-2 pages in length and discuss the applicant's background, career goals, and potential for success in the program. This may be formatted as a cover letter to accompany the Vita/Resume.
                                                  • Scholarly Writing Sample (2 required)
                                                      • Master's Thesis if available or paper dealing with music theory or analysis (preferably a term paper).
                                                      • An additional Analysis Sample.
                                                    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                      • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                    Step 3: Submit official transcripts and GRE score.

                                                    • Official Transcripts
                                                      • Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                             Florida State University 
                                                             Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                             314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                             Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410
                                                      • Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.
                                                      • Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.
                                                      • International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.
                                                    • GRE (required)
                                                      • The GRE is required of all applicants for the PhD program in Music Theory.
                                                      • To be submitted electronically to FSU by the testing agency (Institution Code: 5219).

                                                    Step 4: Complete the Interview

                                                    • Select students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Music Theory/Composition Assistantship Interviews will be conducted on January 28, February 11, and February 18. 
                                                    • New students are required to have an onsite interview if interested in a graduate assistantship.
                                                    • For those interested in an assistantship, plan to complete the application process by December 1.

                                                    Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform Dr. Evan Jones or other theory or composition faculty members so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be report to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

                                                    Other Requirements

                                                    Grade Point Average

                                                    In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                    important dates and Deadlines

                                                    December 1

                                                    • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                    January

                                                    • Initial review begins for applications completed by December 1..
                                                    • The College of Music will continue to review complete applications on a rolling basis until April 1.

                                                    January/February 

                                                    • Interviews will be conducted on January 28, February 11, and February 18 (, by invitation). Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance. 

                                                    April 1

                                                    • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

                                                    Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology

                                                    Historical or Ethnomusicological Emphasis

                                                    Path to Admission

                                                    Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

                                                    • Please note that applicants should select the Degree Program "Musicology - PhD" on the FSU Application, regardless of intended emphasis. You will have the opportunity to specify your emphasis (Ethnomusicology or Historical Musicology) on the College of Music supplemental application.

                                                    Step 2: Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and additional materials. The Supplemental Application will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU.

                                                    • Vita/Resume
                                                      • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
                                                    • Statement of Purpose
                                                      • In 1000 words or less, this statement should address your interest in musicology, what you hope to accomplish with an advanced degree in the field, the likelihood of your success, the music you would enjoy researching and how you would approach that task, and why you chose Florida State University
                                                    • Sample of Research Writing
                                                        • A thesis or major term paper demonstrating historical understanding, ability to write clearly about musical detail, mastery of bibliographic resources and forms, and control of writing style
                                                      • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
                                                        • You will enter your recommenders' contact information through the Application Status Check.

                                                      Step 3: Submit official transcripts and GRE scores.

                                                      • Official Transcripts
                                                        • Please send transcripts directly to: 
                                                               Florida State University 
                                                               Office of Graduate Admissions 
                                                               314 Westcott Bldg. 
                                                               Tallahassee, FL. 32306-1410
                                                        • Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.
                                                        • Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.
                                                        • International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.
                                                      • GRE
                                                        • The GRE is required of all applicants for doctoral study in Musicology
                                                        • To be submitted electronically to FSU by the testing agency (Institution Code: 5219).

                                                      Step 4: Complete the Interview

                                                      • Complete applications will be reviewed during January and February.
                                                      • After review of complete applications, a select number of applicants will be invited to interview. Invitations to interview will be sent by email in late December.
                                                      • Interviews will be conducted on January 28 and February 11. 

                                                      Note that some University-wide fellowships have early January deadlines. If applying for one of these fellowships, please inform the Musicology Area Coordinator, Dr. Sarah Eyerly, so your application can be reviewed at the beginning of the review period and results can be reported to the University-wide committee before the deadline.

                                                      Other Requirements

                                                      Grade Point Average

                                                      In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the  GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Statement of Purpose.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.

                                                      Deadlines

                                                      December 1

                                                      • Priority application deadline for merit-based financial assistance.

                                                      December

                                                      • Initial review period for completed applications.

                                                      January 29 or February 12

                                                      • Interviews (by invitation). Only applicants with completed applications who interview during this period will be considered for merit-based financial assistance. 

                                                      April 1

                                                      • Final Admissions Deadline - The College of Music reserves the right to close admission earlier (and often does) if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
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