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Application Information

Application information for the MM and DMA degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy can be found here, and for the MME and PhD degrees in Piano Pedagogy can be found here.

Steps to take for admission to undergraduate degrees are available on the School of Music Website under Prospective Undergraduate Students.

Prospective Undergraduate Students:

Undergraduate students are encouraged to audition on the School of Music undergraduate audition dates, February 16 or February 28, for the school-wide audition day program planned for students and parents. However, undergraduates are welcome to audition on any of the additional piano audition dates. To set up an undergraduate audition, contact Dr. Igor Lipinski by email or at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, 500 West Boyd, Room 138, Norman, OK 73019-2071 at least two, preferably four, weeks prior to the desired audition date. Audition link or DVD/CD submissions from out-of-state students will be accepted until May 1. Students are encouraged to audition in person. All application materials required by the School of Music should be submitted online and completed at least two weeks before the desired audtion date. To apply, go to the School of Music website where you will find instructions on how to apply and information on various degree programs. Additional undergraduate information can be found on the OU site here or at the School of Music site here.

Prospective Graduate Students:

Complete application materials must be completed online and an email with links to audition samples, teaching sample (for DMA piano pedagogy applicants), and repertoire list emailed to Jan Russell in the School of Music by December 1. Application materials and audition links YouTube preferred) or CD/DVDs are reviewed by the piano faculty once the application file is complete and those invited to audition are notified in December or early January. Prospective graduate students in piano performance, piano performance and pedagogy (MM, DMA), or music education/piano pedagogy (MME, PhD) may contact Dr. Jane Magrath by email to request information on audition status after January 10. The writing sample for doctoral students is an important element in the audition process and must be uploaded with application materials for the PhD and DMA. Out-of state masters' (not doctoral) applicants who choose to audition by recording only may send digital links or an unedited CD or DVD for the audition by December 1 to the School of Music with application materials uploaded online. Students are encouraged to audition in person, and in-person interviews for graduate assistant applicants are required. Those who would like to be considered for graduate assistantships should schedule an audition prior to March 1, 2015. Please apply as early as possible to facilitate review of your application materials. Any materials that you are unable to upload to the application website should be emailed or mailed by USPS or equivalent carrier to Ms. Jan Russell, Graduate Music Office, School of Music, 500 West Boyd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019.

Audition Requirements for Full Admission

Bachelor of Music - A fifteen-minute audition of repertoireconsisting of two, preferably three, pieces, representing at least two style periods presented on campus or by CD, DVD recording pr online link, from those out of state. A repertoire list should be submitted with application materials or presented at the beginning of the audition and should include works that you have rehearsed and/or studied, even if you did not perform them in public recitals. Repertoire should be listed by a historical period, and then alphabetically by composer.

Master of Music - A thirty-minute audition of repertoire from at least three style periods presented on campus or by CD/DVD recording. A repertoire list should be submitted with application materials. Include works that you have rehearsed and/or studied. Repertoire should be listed by historical period, and then alphabetically by composer.

Master of Music Education - A twenty-minute audition of three pieces from at least two style periods presented on campus or by CD/DVD. A repertoire list similar to that outlined above should be submitted.

Doctor of Musical Arts - Links to your preformance, preferably on YouTube, or a CD/DVD of at least 45 minutes of solo performance is required and due on January 1 (see below). Those invited for an on-campus audition should prepare a 45 minute audition of repertoire from at least three style periods presented on campus. During the audition, the candidate normally performs a minimum of 35 minutes from the full program. All DMA applicants must audition in person before admission can be granted.

Applicants for the DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy also should submit aYouTube link(s) (preferred) or DVD of thirty minutes of teaching that demonstrates piano teaching effectiveness in a group and/or private situation along with application materials by January 1.

Doctor of Philosophy - A twenty-minute audition of repertoire from at least three style periods presented on campus. In addition, a digital link (YouTube preferred) or DVD to a thirty minute DVD that demonstrates piano teaching effectiveness in a group and/or private situation should be submitted by January 1.

Additional Application/Audition Recommendations:

The audition and application process should be completed prior to March 1, 2015 for full scholarship and graduate assistantship consideration. Live interviews are required for piano assistantships in teaching and are routinely scheduled as part of the audition process. Those coming for live auditions should expect to remain on campus all day.

Doctoral programs in piano pedagogy admit students to begin in fall or summer only.

Note that the application deadline is January 1 for full consideration for admission to all graduate piano programs and for funding. Applications materials received after that time will be accommodated if possible. Contact Dr. Magrath regarding extenuating circumstances with late materials and audition availability. It is the candidate's responsibility to see that all application materials including letters of recommendation (uploaded online directly by the writer) are received by the application deadline.