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Graduate Information

M.M./D.M.A.

Peabody offers the following master of music (M.M.) and/or doctor of musical arts (D.M.A.) programs. Each listing links to further information.  Scroll down for information on our Graduate Performance Diploma program, and on Graduate Assistantships.

  • Collaborative Piano (M.M. only)
        Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble Arts
  • Composition
        Department homepage
  • Computer Music (M.M. only)
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    The computer music program offers tracks (emphasis) in composition, performance, and research. Each track involves different entrance requirements. This program brings music and computers together. Applicants are required to have a Bachelor of Music degree or the equivalent. That having been said, students with less than ideal backgrounds are sometimes accepted on a provisional basis, which can result in the program lasting more than the usual two years.

  • Conducting
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    Most good conducting programs have more applicants than they can handle, and this is also true of Peabody. Our conducting students work with a full orchestra or wind ensemble which puts severe limits on the number of students we can accommodate. Taken together, these two factors make the acceptance process highly competitive. We start with 70-80 applicants, of which 13-16 pass pre-screening and are invited to work with an orchestra on campus during Audition Week. Four to five are accepted and typically two more are put on a waiting list.

    In general, successful candidates are those with a passion for conducting. While there are other legitimate reasons for getting a conducting degree (like getting a MM or DMA in "something or other" in order to qualify for college teaching) we are looking for students who seem to have something exceptional to give to the ensemble. Students can tailor their program to emphasize orchestral, wind, vocal or choral conducting. However, at this time Peabody does not offer a specialized "Choral Conducting" degree program.

    Peabody's Wind Conducting program has recently changed its audition requirements to include a video. Please see department homepage for details.

  • Early Music
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    Peabody offers an MM in Early Music Performance with majors in the following instruments:

    • Baroque Oboe
    • Baroque Violin
    • Baroque Violoncello
    • Harpsichord
    • Recorder
    • Renaissance Lute
    • Baroque Lute
    • Theorbo
    • Traverso (Baroque Flute)
    • Viola da Gamba
    • Voice

    See the Early Music page for details.

  • Music Performance
        Admissions info

    Peabody accepts around 47% of those who complete the audition or interview process. The percentage can be significantly higher for orchestral instruments, and lower in piano and voice. Graduate level audition requirements are rather general—stating only that a full recital of various musical periods and styles must be prepared. However, in certain majors (check your major department's page) the faculty is more specific.

    Keep in mind that our graduate programs are built on the assumption that students entering will have a background at least equivalent to a Bachelor of Music (or Master of Music) degree from a selective school like Peabody. Applicants with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a music major can be considered for admission to an MM program. We use the results of the theory and eartraining placement tests as indicators of sufficient background.

  • Music Performance/Pedagogy Track
        Admissions info

    Acceptance to the pedagogy track of the performance program is based on an interview with a representative of the pedagogy faculty. Please note that "pedagogy" in this program refers to teaching private lessons, and not to teaching in the public school systems. For students accepted to the performance program, the acceptance rate to the pedagogy track is very high.

    The pedagogy track is not available in all majors. Check your "How to Apply" instruction sheet for the latest list.

  • Music Education (M.M. only)
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    The Master of Music program in music education is designed for those already certified to teach in the public schools. It is quite flexible in order to adapt to individual needs. If you have the necessary certification, it is very likely you will be accepted to the program. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in music education must be rejected. International applicants must not only have a degree in music education (public school music teaching), but also a strong command of the English language.

    Peabody offers a certification program for applicants who wish to become certified to teach (usually students who were performance majors as undergraduates). Program requirements may be completed on a part-time basis.

    In addition, Peabody offers a Masters program geared to Maryland teachers looking to maintain their credentials. This version of the MM in music education has special pricing, and is designed to accommodate the needs of teachers currently employed in the field.

  • Musicology (M.M. only)
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    This program is academic in nature. An aptitude for scholarly research and the ability to write well are required. For international students from countries where English is not the language of instruction, the TOEFL score plays an important part in the acceptance decision.

  • Music Theory Pedagogy (M.M. only)
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    Graduate Music Theory Pedagogy is intended for students with a strong ability in music theory and a strong interest in teaching who are also accomplished musicians on their primary instrument and competent pianists. Prerequisites for admission are a Bachelor's degree in music and 18 credit hours in undergraduate music theory, including at least one semester each of form and analysis and tonal counterpoint. A semester of orchestration is highly recommended. An interview will be required at which students will be asked to analyze music, speak about their interest in music theory pedagogy, and demonstrate piano skills. All students must take and successfully pass the Peabody music theory placement exam."

    The Music Theory faculty had a certain type of student in mind when they designed the program. If you fit the profile above, your chance of acceptance is high.

  • Audio Sciences (M.A. only)
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    The Master of Arts program in Audio Sciences was developed in conjunction with members of the professional audio community to provide the technical knowledge and musical skills necessary to work at an advanced level in the field of audio and/or acoustics. The program is intended both for current audio professionals wishing to obtain a post-baccalaureate credential and for individuals with a background in science, technology, and/or music seeking additional training in order to gain employment in the audio industry.

    Students entering the program are expected to have a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Audio Technology, or Music. Undergraduate coursework must include one year of Physics, one year of Calculus, one year of audio fundamentals (the equivalent of Basic Recording I), and basic audio engineering knowledge (the equivalent of Basic Recording II). A background in music which includes courses in Music History, Sightsinging or Solfeggio (moveable or fixed Do), and skills sufficient to enter Music Theory I is also required.

D.M.A. programs are available in various tracks (dissertation, performance, or pedagogy) depending on major. Note that D.M.A. auditions are only held during our February audition period.

The DMA program at Peabody has equal emphasis on academics and performance. Some of the majors have curricula with several options. Voice and Piano majors, for instance, can choose between the dissertation track, and the performance track. Piano has a curriculum emphasizing collaborative playing (Ensemble Arts). Voice has one emphasizing pedagogy. Other options in other majors are already listed, or can be arranged.

No matter what track is chosen, anyone with a DMA is expected to be a scholar, so successful applicants must demonstrate ability in scholarly writing as well as in performance. Applicants for whom English is a second language may have difficulty entering the program. The standards (both scholarly and performance) are high. The acceptance rate is well under fifty percent.

G.P.D.

In addition to graduate degree programs, graduate performance diplomas (G.P.D.) may be earned in the following majors:

  • Conducting
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    Most good conducting programs have more applicants than they can handle, and this is also true of Peabody. Our conducting students work with a full orchestra or wind ensemble which puts severe limits on the number of students we can accommodate. Taken together, these two factors make the acceptance process highly competitive. We start with 70-80 applicants, of which 13-16 pass pre-screening and are invited to work with an orchestra on campus during Audition Week. Four to five are accepted and typically two more are put on a waiting list.

    In general, successful candidates are those with a passion for conducting. While there are other legitimate reasons for getting a conducting degree (like getting a MM or DMA in "something or other" in order to qualify for college teaching) we are looking for students who seem to have something exceptional to give to the ensemble. Students can tailor their program to emphasize orchestral, wind, vocal or choral conducting. However, at this time Peabody does not offer a specialized "Choral Conducting" degree program.

    Peabody's Wind Conducting program has recently changed its audition requirements to include a DVD or a videotape. Please click here for details.

  • Chamber Music
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    The GPD in Chamber music is considered an "internal" option for currently accepted performance majors, offering an alternative to the usual GPD emphasis on solo and large ensemble performance. It is based instead on small ensemble performance practice and repertoire. The diploma earned is in "Chamber Music."

    As an "internal" program you cannot apply for it directly. You must apply, and be accepted on your major instrument. If you are interested in a GPD in Chamber music, please let us know in writing, or announce your intentions to admissions staff when you visit the school to audition. Entrance requirements for the GPD in Chamber Music are identical to those for the Performance GPD, so there will be no difference in audition activities.

    For further information, see the Chamber Music web site.

  • Early Music
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    Peabody offers an MM in Early Music Performance with majors in the following instruments:

    • Baroque Oboe
    • Baroque Violin
    • Baroque Violoncello
    • Harpsichord
    • Recorder
    • Renaissance Lute
    • Baroque Lute
    • Theorbo
    • Traverso (Baroque Flute)
    • Viola da Gamba
    • Voice

    See the Early Music page for details.

  • Jazz
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    The jazz performance program is designed for two types of students. One type started with classical study, and blossomed into a primary interest in jazz. This type of student will be attracted to the Peabody program because of the opportunities to excel in jazz without being completely divorced from more traditional forms of "art music." The second type of student is entirely focused on jazz—a "purist" if you will. This type of student will be attracted to Peabody because of a wish to study with our jazz-specific faculty. They are the core of the program. Students applying for the jazz program will audition only for the jazz faculty—either in person or via CD recording.

    Recently we have had to reject an unusually large number of Jazz applicants, so I asked the faculty what was going on. The faculty emphasized that they were very serious about scales—major, and all three types of minors. You will be required to play them at the audition. The second element has to do with repertoire performed. Jazz standards are required. If the term "jazz standard" is not familiar to you, check with your teacher for guidance. You will find more details on the repertoire page.

    Jazz auditions are not held at regional sites. Jazz applicants are not required to perform a "classical" audition. The best source of detailed information about jazz at Peabody is Ian Sims, Jazz Studies Academic Coordinator. He invites you to email him with your questions. The address is: ian.sims@jhu.edu.

  • Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Organ, Harpsichord)
        Piano admissions info

    The acceptance rate for graduate applicants in piano is only about 40% of those who complete auditions. Roughly 23% are rejected at pre-screening, and another 14% are rejected after a live audition.

    Defining the attributes of an acceptable applicant is very difficult. The level of acceptance is tied to what we expect from our own undergraduates, but that doesn't mean you have to graduate from a conservatory in order to be accepted. A representative list of accepted MM piano applicants showed them coming from large schools like the Universities of Iowa, Southern California, Maryland, Michigan, and Oregon. Smaller schools listed include Concordia, Harvard, Rowen, and Swarthmore. International schools include Seoul National, Soochow, Toho, Victoria, Fu den, and Ewha. This is only a partial list, but these are mostly schools with exceptional music programs. If you are one of the best undergraduate performers at a music conservatory, or an outstanding performer at a more widely focused school, it is reasonable to apply to Peabody.

    As implied above, all applicants in piano must submit a pre-screening recording as part of the application process. Those passing the pre-screening are invited to come to Peabody to audition in person. All auditions for acceptance to Peabody in piano must be performed on campus. The audition requirements will show the level of development required.

  • Orchestral Instruments (Brass, Harp, Percussion, Strings & Woodwinds)
        Admissions info

    If your undergraduate program included four years of private lessons—culminating in a senior recital—and if you were a leader in performing groups, there is a good chance you will be accepted to Peabody. This does not mean that Peabody is particularly "easy" to get into on orchestral instruments. Instead, it is a reflection of our efforts (like this web site) to help people identify themeslves as good candidates before sending in an application. In general our efforts have been successful. On average, we accept about 60% of those who complete the audition process. As you would expect, though, the figure is different for each instrument, dropping below 20% for flute.

  • Vocal Accompanying 
        Admissions info

    The Vocal Accompanying faculty tells us they are looking for candidates with levels of performance development similar to those entering at the master's level in Piano. The critical difference at the audition is that Vocal Accompanying auditions will emphasize accompanying skills (a singer will be provided). In addition, there will be two memorized selections (one classical and one romantic) performed. The accept/reject decision will be made with primary input from both the Vocal Accompanying Faculty and the Piano Performance Faculty.

    Due to the concentrated nature of this program, it is not available as an "add on" to the piano performance program. In other words, if you want to apply for both Piano Performance and for Vocal Accompanying, there will be two separate auditions. If accepted to both programs you can choose between the two, but you can't pursue both at the same time.

  • Voice
        Admissions info | Department homepage

    Peabody has been averaging about 260 voice auditions a year, with roughly half being graduates. The acceptance rate for graduates centers around 45%, but that varies by program and by gender.

    While we enjoy having visitors to our campus during Audition Week, we tend to run short on audition time, so all voice applicants who intend to audition in person at Peabody are pre-screened. Here are some items to help you judge whether the time and expense of applying to Peabody is likely to end with a positive result. The information varies according to the program to which you are applying, so we will divide this page accordingly.

    Only one graduate voice applicant in four applies for the GPD program. It is considered more specialized because the program does not lead to an academic degree. The good news about the pre-screening is that if you are invited to come to Peabody to audition, you will certainly be in the running for acceptance. Still, you should be sure your repertoire is at least as strong as the repertoire listed for the MM program.

  • Opera (Special G.P.D. program)
        Department homepage
     

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available on a limited basis.

 
Peabody does not offer graduate degree programs in:

  • Dance (Dance is taught at the Peabody Prep, but no degrees are offered)
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Jazz (We do have an undergraduate jazz degree, and a Graduate Performance Diploma program, but no masters or doctoral degrees.)
  • Music industry programs (like Arts Administration)
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Theory (We do have Theory Pedagogy)
  • Music Therapy

 

 

 

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