Graduate Music Information, Policies and Procedures
A. Application Requirements for Degree-seeking Students
Butler University offers the following Master of Music (M.M.)
degrees in music:
- Conducting - choral track
- Conducting - instrumental track
- Music Education - both thesis and non-thesis options
- Music History
- Music Theory (program available to those students
matriculating no later than Fall 2011)
- Performance - piano, voice and orchestral instrument
- Piano Pedagogy - both thesis and non-thesis options
MM Degrees with a Double Major
- Students may also earn an MM degree with a double major by
combining two of the above areas. One area will be declared the
primary major; the other will be the secondary major. Applicants
will need to complete the relevant audition/interview for both
majors. For complete details download the MM Degrees with a Double
Contacting the Office of Admission:
Office of Graduate Admission
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3485
- Local: (317) 940-8407
- Toll Free: (888) 940-8100
- Fax: (317) 940-8150
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: www.butler.edu/admission
- CEEB code: 1073
Contact the School of Music:
Dr. Eric Stark
Director of Graduate Studies in Music
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3485
- Local: (317) 940-9064
- Toll Free: (888) 940-8100
- Fax: (317) 940-9258
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for graduate admissions in music must be
completed by February 15.
Standard admission requirements (included for every degree
The application for Graduate Admission. This is
available online or from the University Graduate Admissions Office.
There is a $35 application fee; this fee is waived if the
application is filed online. Former Butler students are also not
required to submit the application fee.
- The School of Music Graduate Application. This
application will be provided to you once you submit your University
Graduate Admissions Application. (The School of Music application
deadline is February 15, 2013.)
An official transcript from each college or university
previously attended. These must be mailed directly from
the issuing institution to the University Graduate Admissions
Office. An undergraduate degree must be completed before graduate
study can begin. If the undergraduate degree is other than music,
the requirements of Butler's Bachelor of Arts degree will be used
by the Director of Graduate Music Studies, together with the
appropriate faculty, to create an individualized plan of study,
including any remedial work. Remedial work may also be required in
other instances depending upon the undergraduate degree and the
graduate degree program.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General
Test. Admission decisions are based on a number of factors
including undergraduate GPA, audition/interview results, letters of
recommendation, and GRE scores. Typical GRE scores (middle 50%) for
Butler Master of Music students are 970-1270 (verbal plus
quantitative) and 4.5-5.0 (analytical writing).
- This requirement is waived for applicants who have an earned a
master's degree in any field.
- To take the GRE, students may visit GRE.org
OR take the exam at a Sylvan Learning Center. (One location in
Indianapolis is 2727 E. 86th Street; (317) 257-7546.) Butler's GRE
code is 1073.
Three letters of recommendation. The letters
must be on letterhead stationery that reflects the place of
employment of the person providing the recommendation; the
recommender should comment on the applicant's musical and academic
abilities. The letters should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3485
For international students, a TOEFL score of 550
(paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79
(internet-based test) is required. In addition, the
applicant must demonstrate financial resources sufficient to meet
all education and living expenses prior to visa issuance.
Additional details are available from the Admissions Office at
317-940-8100 or toll-free at (888) 940-8100.
- If the undergraduate degree is from an American university, or
from a country where English is the official language, there is no
TOEFL requirement. This requirement is also waived for students who
successfully complete the highest level of English instruction at
the American Language Academy (ALA). Also acceptable is an IELTS
(International English Language training System) score of 6.0.
- To clarify, the United States Bureau of Citizenship and
Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State require
non-immigrant students to demonstrate financial resources
sufficient to meet all education and living expenses for at least
one year of study prior to visa issuance.
Specific additional admission requirements, by
Composition: The candidate must submit scores
and recordings of his/her original music. In addition, the
applicant must arrange for a personal interview with the
composition faculty of the School of Music.
Conducting - Choral: An audition, including
both conducting and a solo performance on either piano or in voice,
is required; a videotape of the applicant conducting a rehearsal or
performance (front view) may be substituted for the live audition.
In addition, the applicant must arrange for a personal interview
with the choral conducting faculty of the School of Music.
Conducting - Instrumental: An audition or
videotape of a recent performance is required to be approved by the
instrumental conducting faculty of the School of Music.
Music Education (both tracks): The applicant
must arrange for a personal interview with the music education
faculty of the School of Music.
Music History: A document representing
undergraduate music history work should be submitted. In addition,
the applicant must arrange for a personal interview with the
musicology faculty of the School of Music.
Music Theory: A representative analysis paper
from the applicant's undergraduate music theory work should be
submitted. In addition, the applicant must arrange for a personal
interview with the music theory faculty of the School of Music.
Performance: An audition is required; a
recorded audition, preferably a DVD, may be sent in lieu of a live
audition. A list of performance audition requirements is available
Piano Pedagogy (both tracks): The applicant
must present an audition (live or videotaped) that demonstrates
both teaching and performance proficiencies, as well as arrange for
a personal interview with the piano pedagogy faculty of the School
B. Audition Requirements
Each audition includes a short interview. Sight-reading and
scales/arpeggios are not required in any of the auditions.
Prepare 30 minutes of memorized repertoire from which the audition
committee will choose. The audition will last approximately 20
minutes. Repertoire must include at least one selection in French,
Italian and German, as well as one aria from opera or oratorio.
Repertoire should represent various periods and styles. Auditioners
should bring a copy of undergraduate transcripts (unofficial) and a
résumé detailing his/her performance history and repertoire.
Auditioners may bring their own accompanist or, with sufficient
notice, one will be provided.
Be prepared to play for 20-30 minutes, with repertoire
representing at least three different periods (Baroque, Classic,
Romantic, 20th Century). No accompanist will be provided or
required, however you may bring your own accompanist if you choose.
At least one piece must be memorized. Sight-reading may also be
included in your audition. The audition will include a short
Brass and Woodwinds:
Students should be prepared to play entire work(s) from the
standard repertoire. Selected works should be musically and
technically advanced, i.e. suitable as major works on a senior
recital. An accompanist is strongly recommended. Etudes, scales,
arpeggios, and orchestral excerpts may also be included. Students
should confer with the faculty member with whom they wish to study
about specific requirements and appropriate repertoire.
Applicants must perform one major solo in 3 of the 5
instrumental areas listed below:
I. Snare Drum: concert style and/or rudimental style
IV. Multiple-Percussion or Latin Percussion: an audio recording
and score of a recent solo performance will satisfy the
Multiple-Percussion requirement. For Latin Percussion:
demonstration of techniques on bongos, congas and timbales
V. Drum Set: demonstration of time keeping in contrasting styles
(jazz, rock, funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian) and a prepared solo -
with or without audio accompaniment
In addition, it is recommended for each applicant to prepare 2
contrasting orchestral excerpts for snare drum, xylophone and
timpani. A demonstration sight-reading ability on snare drum,
marimba and timpani may be asked.
The audition will include a short interview.
Performance: Applicants should plan to play from memory selections
from at least three of the following areas: J. S. Bach: Prelude and
Fugue or larger work; Classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart or
Beethoven; Significant work from the Romantic Period; Standard 20th
century work. You will also be asked to sight-read as part of this
All other degrees: Applicants should plan to play from memory
three important contrasting works from different styles and periods
(Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary).
Piano Pedagogy (thesis and non-thesis):
- A live audition/interview. Applicants should plan to play from
memory selections from at least three of the following areas: J. S.
Bach: Prelude and Fugue or larger work; Classical sonata by Haydn,
Mozart or Beethoven; Significant work from the Romantic Period;
Standard 20th century work. You will also be asked to sight-read as
part of this audition. Each audition/interview is scheduled for 30
- A 45-60 minute videotape or DVD demonstrating teaching
abilities, postmarked no later than one week before the audition
The Graduate Office of Admissions will notify each applicant by
mail as to whether admission has been granted. Any qualifying
conditions will be indicated in the acceptance letter.
Upon admission, a student is assigned to an academic
To change from one music degree program to another, a student
must submit a new graduate application to the Office of Graduate
Admissions and be admitted into that program.
Students who do not enter with a bachelor's degree in music will
be required to complete the coursework required for Butler's
Bachelor of Arts degree in music in addition to the graduate
coursework prescribed for their degree program.
D. Diagnostic Exams
The Graduate Music Diagnostic Exams are administered prior to
the start of classes, and are required for placement purposes. The
following exams are administered:
- music theory - required of all degree plans
- music history - required of all degree plans
- diction - required of vocal performance and choral conducting
- translation - required of music history and music theory
majors. The student may choose either French or German; a
dictionary may be used.
A student who does not pass one or all of these exams will be
required to take the required remedial course in their area of
deficiency within the first 12 credit hours of coursework. These
remedial courses count as elective credit in the student's degree
plan, but will not fulfill specific course area requirements.
All incoming graduate students are required to take the
appropriate exams, including Butler University graduates. More
information concerning these exams is sent to all incoming
E. Non-degree Graduate Students
A person holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally
accredited college or university who wishes to take graduate work
for purposes other than obtaining an advanced degree (e.g., for
teacher licensure to transfer to another institution, or for
self-enrichment) may file a non-degree application. Application
forms may be obtained from and submitted to the Office of Graduate
Admission, and are also available online.
An official transcript with a baccalaureate degree posted must
be mailed directly from the issuing institution to the Office of
Graduate Admission. Applications must be received one week prior to
the first day of class.
If a non-degree student chooses to enter a graduate degree
program, the student must complete a graduate degree-seeking
application and follow the applicable admissions procedures for the
All non-degree students are urged to become degree-seeking by
the time they have completed 9-12 semester hours of graduate
credit. A student can petition the Director of Graduate Music
Studies to have up to 12 hours of non-degree work applied toward
the degree program.
F. Renewed Enrollment
Any student whose attendance is interrupted by one academic year
or more must file an Application for Renewed Enrollment. The
application should be submitted to the following:
- Office of Graduate Admission - if the student is seeking
enrollment into a new degree program or changing status from
non-degree to degree-seeking
- Office of Registration and Records - in all other
Students enrolled in a graduate program at Butler University 10
or more years ago may be considered for re-admission for graduate
study. Candidates must submit a new graduate degree-seeking
application (see section above on applying for graduate admission)
and meet current admission requirements.
Only coursework taken subsequent to the new admission will be
counted toward degree requirements. All academic records, however,
will be maintained so that the transcripts will reflect all of the
studies and cumulative grade point average undertaken at Butler
An official transcript for any college work taken since a
student's last enrollment at Butler must be mailed directly from
the issuing institution to the Office of Registration and
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