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Graduate Admission Process

Summer Admission Deadline (MM or MS Music Education):

  • April 1:  All application materials, including the audition (if private lessons are desired), must be completed and submitted to receive full consideration for the summer music education program, as well as for a summer assistantship.

Admission Requirements & Instructions:

Admission Requirements Instructions
Application to Ithaca College

Applicants must submit the online Graduate Application and $40 application fee. Assistantship applicants must indicate their intentions on the online application.

More information: Graduate Assistantships

Audition Form

All applicants must submit the Audition Form to access the application page for the School of Music. When prompted to select a date if you wish to audition live for private lessons during your summer session. If you do not require summer lessons, or if you'd prefer to submit a recorded audition, select the "N/A (Summer Masters Only)" option. This will take you to the SOM page where you can input the information outlined below.

The Audition Form will ask applicants for:

  • Personal Statements
    • What are your career goals and aspirations?
    • What are the skills and experiences you believe are most important to you achieving your career goals and aspirations?
    • Why do you believe Ithaca College and the School of Music are a good fit for you and your collegiate studies?
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation: 
    • Applicants must provide the contact information for their reference(s) when completing the Audition Form. 
    • Reference(s) will be contacted via e-mail to complete an online Teacher Recommendation Form. 
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for all applicants
    • Two (2) additional letters are required if applying for a graduate assistantship.
  • Musical Résumé: 
    • Applicants must provide a brief résumé, including previous teaching employment, musical activities, honors and awards received, leadership activities or offices held, and other significant non-music activities.
  • Photo

There is a $40 submission fee for the Audition Form.

Undergraduate Transcripts

General admission to a degree program is granted to applicants who have a good undergraduate scholastic record (a 3.0 average on the 4.0 system is generally considered sufficient) and have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least 36 credits in music. Transcripts must be sent directly from the Registrar's office of your undergraduate school to our Office of Admission. This is usually done electronically, but the land address of our Office of Admission is:

Ithaca College
Office of Admission
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Additional Requirements:

Applicants must have completed the requirements for New York State initial or provisional certification, including successful practice teaching in music, or the equivalent requirements for another state, before beginning coursework. Generally, students entering this degree program have professional music teaching experience. All candidates must submit a 500-750 word scholarly essay on a contemporary issue in music education that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to craft the English language, using and citing scholarly sources. NYSED requires that all students entering programs in education complete some form of standardized test as part of their application. Please plan on taking the GRE and submit your results to fulfill this requirement. Applicants also must perform an audition on their major instrument or voice.

For summers-only M.M. in Music Education applicants, auditions are required only for those wishing to have private lessons. Required credits in performance studies may also be fulfilled through advanced instrumental techniques classes. No audition is required for students selecting this option.

Voice applicants interested in having private lessons must submit prescreening footage with their application to the School of Music. Review prescreening requirements here.

Tracking Your Application Status

Through the Application Checklist you can monitor what items we've received and what items are outstanding -- and track your decision.

Tuition Expenses:

Tuition for all music degrees is calculated by the credit hour, and can be found online: Graduate Tuition & Fees