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Master of Music in Contemporary Music
Conveying the broad scope of applied musical practice in the 21st century
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Your best preparation for the Master of Music in Contemporary Music program:

To be admitted, you should already have:
  • Bachelor's degree in music from accredited university
  • Pass screening audition process
  • Graduate placement exams in music theory, aural skills, and music history.

Steps in applying to Master of Music in Contemporary Music program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Apply to Master of Music program
  3. We let you know via email about university acceptance within 30 days of application deadline.

Ready to get started? Request more information or start the application process.

Deadlines and key dates:

Graduate students may apply to the Master of Music program anytime in order to start the program next fall, but please note the following deadlines:

  • Apply to the program by February 6th for priority consideration of scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships.

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate Admission:

If you don’t live in Oregon and are applying for an online program:

We welcome applications from residents of most states. However, Western Oregon University is unable to accept new distance students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Indiana, or Minnesota at this time. Distance students in some other states may face additional restrictions regarding program admission and activity. Visit our State Authorization page to learn more.

  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission form: Submit this form to the Graduate Office, Administration Building Office 202. You must be admitted to the WOU Graduate School before being considered for admission to the Master of Music program. Submit all WOU Graduate School application materials to the Graduate Office at least one week prior to the program admission deadline.
  • $60 application fee
  • Sealed official transcripts: From the college or university that granted your bachelor's degree and from all other institutions of higher education where you completed coursework. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of coursework is required. If you have less than a 3.0 GPA, you can be admitted with sufficient MAT or GRE scores (see next point). Students who have already obtained a master's degree from an accredited institution will have their GPA requirement waived.
  • MAT or GRE score: If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, you do not have to submit test scores. If your GPA is less than 3.0, your minimum required score for the (a) MAT: 395 or higher; (b) GRE: minimum quantitative score: 147 and minimum verbal score: 148 and a 3.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section.
  1.  Apply for Master of Science in Education program admission:

Music Admission Requirements


To apply to the Music Department M.M. program applicants must:

  1. Hold an earned BM or BA/BS in Music at an accredited institution.

  2. Complete and submit the M.M. Application form from the WOU Department of Music. There is not a fee for the Department of Music Application.

  3. Submit three written recommendations from persons who know the applicant's professional and personal qualifications, at least one of which must be from a professor/professional in the proposed emphasis of study.

  4. Provide a writing sample (e.g., research paper, thesis, etc.). The writing sample will provide the evaluators with information concerning the potential of the applicant to successfully handle the academic component of the graduate degree. Evaluators will review the sample for command of English, the ability to present an argument in a cogent manner, and evidence of critical thinking.

  5. Optional: For those applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, complete and submit the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application and two copies of the Graduate Evaluation Form.

  6. Submit the following materials based on applicant's area of emphasis only:

     Audio Production

     Audio Production

    1. Three (3) sample recordings (CD and/or DVD formats only) of diverse styles that applicant has recorded and engineered.

    2. A current résumé or vita detailing your professional experience, recording/engineering credits, honors, and awards.

    3. A list of audio hardware and software with which applicant has substantial experience.

    4. Copies of select programs of concerts/music productions applicant has recorded/engineered.

    5. A personal statement that addresses 1] recording technology aesthetics and influences; 2] statement of purpose (why are you interested in pursuing graduate studies at Western Oregon University); and 3] long range professional goals. This personal statement is in addition to the required writing sample for the Music Department application.
     

     American Vernacular & Jazz Studies

     American Vernacular & Jazz Studies

    1. Performers: Pass a live audition that demonstrates 2-3 jazz and/or American vernacular styles and improvisation techniques. A VHS recording, CD, or DVD of performance skills may be submitted in lieu of the initial live audition; however, any applicant admitted on the basis of a recorded audition must perform a live placement audition upon arrival on campus to begin studies.

    2. Composers/Arrangers: Three (3) diverse, legible scores that best reflect the applicant's composition/arranging style. Recordings (CD, VHS Video, and/or DVD formats only) of three (3) representative works, at least two (2) of which should correspond with the scores submitted. If VHS videos are submitted, please include only one (1) work per tape. MIDI realizations are not acceptable.

    3. A repertoire list from the past five (5) years.

    4. A current resume or vita detailing your professional experience, honors, and awards.

    5. A personal statement that addresses 1] jazz/vernacular performing aesthetics and influences; 2] statement of purpose (why are you interested in pursuing graduate studies at Western Oregon University); and 3] long range professional goals. This personal statement is in addition to the required writing sample for the Music Department application.
     

     Composition

     Composition

    1. Three (3) diverse, legible scores that best reflect the applicant's compositional style(s).

    2. Recordings (CD, VHS Video, and/or DVD formats only) of three (3) representative works, at least two (2) of which should correspond with the scores submitted. If VHS videos are submitted, please include only one (1) work per tape. MIDI realizations may be used only in exceptional cases. Do not direct reviewers to a web site - please submit all materials in hard-copy format.

    3. A current resume or vita, which includes 1] a list of original compositions (including title, medium, date composed, and duration); 2] a list of performances of original works (including date, location, and performers); and 3] a list of prizes, commissions, grants, or other honors recently received.

    4. A personal statement that addresses 1] compositional aesthetics and influences; 2] statement of purpose (why are you interested in pursuing graduate studies at Western Oregon University); and 3] long range professional goals. This personal statement is in addition to the required writing sample for the Music Department application.
     

     Conducting

     Conducting

    1. Pass a live audition. A VHS recording or DVD of conducting skills may be submitted in lieu of the initial live audition; however, any applicant admitted on the basis of a recorded audition must perform a live placement audition upon arrival on campus to begin studies.

    2. A repertoire list from the past five (5) years.

    3. A current résumé or vita detailing your professional experience, honors, and awards.

    4. Copies of programs applicant has conducted in the last two (2) years.

    5. A personal statement that addresses 1] conducting aesthetics and influences; 2] statement of purpose (why are you interested in pursuing graduate studies at Western Oregon University); and 3] long range professional goals. This personal statement is in addition to the required writing sample for the Music Department application.
     

     Collaborative Piano, Instrumental Performance, and Vocal Performance

     Collaborative Piano, Instrumental Performance, and Vocal Performance

    1. Pass a live audition that demonstrates 2-3 works of appropriate literature from different music eras. A VHS recording or DVD of performance skills may be submitted in lieu of the initial live audition; however, any applicant admitted on the basis of a recorded audition must perform a live placement audition upon arrival on campus to begin studies.

    2. A repertoire list from the past five (5) years.

    3. A current resume or vita detailing your professional experience, honors, and awards.

    4. Copies of select programs applicant has performed in the last two (2) years.

    5. A personal statement that addresses 1] performing aesthetics and influences; 2] statement of purpose (why are you interested in pursuing graduate studies at Western Oregon University); and 3] long range professional goals. This personal statement is in addition to the required writing sample for the Music Department application.
     

  7. Graduate Placement Exams (GPE)
  8. Receive communication from us.
  9. Enroll in classes! (You will have to pay a one-time $300 matriculation fee at this point.)

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