Ithaca College

Music

Curricular Adviser: Verna Brummett, Chair of Graduate Studies, brummett@ithaca.edu
Admission and Audition Adviser: Townsend Plant, Director of Music Admission, tplant@ithaca.edu

The School of Music educates prospective teachers, performers, and composers in programs designed to develop persons of professional competence.

Six graduate programs leading to the master’s degree are offered: the master of music or master of science in music education; and the master of music in performance, conducting, composition, and Suzuki pedagogy. Programs range from 30 to 36 credits of graduate study. A minimum combination of two consecutive terms of full-time study in residence is required for the master of music degrees in performance and composition. The master of science or master of music in music education degrees may be pursued on a part-time basis. The master of music degrees in conducting and Suzuki pedagogy require two years in residence.

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the general admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least 36 credits in music.

M.S. and M.M. -- All applicants (except composition) must have an audition on the major instrument or voice or submit a taped performance. Contact the director of music admission regarding the content of the audition or tape recording to be submitted.

M.M. in performance -- Applicants who submit tapes also may be required to audition in person to demonstrate their recital potential. Applicants in percussion performance must audition in person on campus.

M.M. in composition -- Applicants are required to submit representative scores and, whenever possible, recordings. Based on a review of the scores and recordings, selected applicants will be invited to campus for a personal interview.

M.M. in conducting -- Applicants are required to submit an initial screening DVD of a rehearsal or performance they conducted recently. Based on a review of the video, successful candidates will be invited to come to the campus for an in-person conducting audition/interview.

M.S. and M.M. in music education -- Applicants must hold an initial or provisional teaching certificate, normally earned through an undergraduate music education degree. All candidates must submit a 500-750 word essay on a contemporary issue in music education that demonstrates the applicant’s writing ability and that uses scholarly sources and citations where appropriate.

Summer graduate music studies -- Only the M.S. and M.M. degrees in music education are available in the summer.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for all application materials is March 1 of the year the student wishes to begin study. All candidates will be notified of an admission decision by April 1, with an April 15 deadline for candidates to accept admission and pay the entrance deposit. For those entering the summers-only program, the deadline for application materials is April 1. Candidates will be notified of an admission decision by May 1, with a May 15 deadline for candidates to accept admission and pay the entrance deposit.

Comprehensive Examinations

All students must pass a final oral examination in their major field, as well as comprehensive exams in music theory, music history, and sight-singing. All written exams are given four times per year; the oral exam is taken at the end of the course of study, and the sight-singing exam is taken by arrangement. Sample exams and exam outlines are available from the graduate chair.

Tuition Expenses

Tuition for all music degrees has been set at $577 per credit for the 2007-8 academic year.