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Administrative Unit:Music
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans:M.A., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.A., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor in Music
Specializations: Music History, Ethnomusicology, and Music Theory

Faculty: Professors Cook (director), Aley, Bartley, Blasius, Bowles, Calderon, Chisholm, Crook, Davis, Dembski, DiSanza, Dill, Doing, Earp, Fischer, Fulmer, Hyer, Jensen, Johnson, Jutt, Karp, Koza, Leckrone, Perry, Potter, Radano, Rowe, Schaffer, Schwendinger, Smith, Stowe, Swack, Beverly Taylor, Christopher Taylor, Thimmig, Vardi; Associate Professors Dobbs, Hetzler, Johnson, Teeple, Vallon; Assistant Professors Grabois, Wallmann

Overview

The mission of the School of Music is:

  • to provide a rich, integrated program of undergraduate and graduate education that promotes the highest levels of professional, creative, and scholarly development while challenging students to achieve their greatest potential;
  • to cultivate an environment that inspires creativity, stimulates intellectual curiosity, and fosters critical thinking; and
  • to serve the university community, the public, and the profession through performance, composition, scholarship, music education, outreach, and engagement.

Degrees and Majors

The master of music is offered in music: performance with concentrations in brass; composition; percussion; piano performance; collaborative piano; piano performance and pedagogy; organ; strings; string development; guitar; voice; opera; woodwinds; multiple woodwinds; choral conducting; orchestral conducting; wind conducting.

The master of music is also offered in music: education.

The master of arts in music is offered with concentrations in ethnomusicology, music history, and music theory.

A double master's degree with the School of Library and Information Studies is also offered.

The DMA (doctor of musical arts) and the Ph.D. are the highest degrees conferred by the School of Music. The DMA is granted for evidence of general proficiency and distinctive attainment in a specialized field of performance. The student's ability in independent investigation is demonstrated through a series of recitals and in a final project presenting original research or creative scholarship.

The DMA in music: performance is offered with concentrations in: brass; composition; percussion; piano performance; collaborative piano; piano performance & pedagogy; organ; strings (includes guitar); string development; voice; opera; woodwinds; multiple woodwinds; choral conducting; orchestral conducting; wind conducting.

The Ph.D. in music, a research degree, is offered in the areas of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and music theory.

Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 credits; Ph.D. and DMA degrees require significant work beyond the Master's, including the extensive independent work described above. Each degree track varies slightly and may impose additional requirements. Contact the School of Music graduate office for complete explanations of the degrees offered at the master's or doctoral levels: gradadmissions@music.wisc.edu

Facilities

The School of Music enriches students' educational experience by hosting guest artists and scholars for master classes, recitals, colloquia, seminars, and festivals. School of Music organizations and ensembles perform more than 350 recitals and concerts every year, making a significant contribution to the cultural life of the university and the wider Madison community.

The Mosse Humanities Building, built in 1969, houses most of the music classrooms, rehearsal rooms, faculty studios, and 111 practice rooms. Most recitals and concerts take place in one of three performance spaces: Mills Concert Hall, Morphy Recital Hall, and Eastman Organ Recital Hall. The school's extensive collection of instruments, both common and unusual, is available to both faculty and students. Music Hall with its clock tower, built in 1879, is a campus landmark. Renovated in 1985, it is the home of the opera program.

Memorial Library is the home of the Mills Music Library, which offers extensive research and circulating collections, an attractive study space and personal assistance with research. Music materials on campus number over half a million, ranging from scores and sheet music to archival collections and historic audio recordings. Online access to millions of articles, books and streaming media is provided by the Mills Music Library and other libraries on campus. All genres of music are represented, with notably strong collections in Americana and ethnic music. Nationally known special collections include the Tams-Witmark Collection, a treasury of early American musical theater materials, and the Wisconsin Music Archives.

The School of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accreditation body for schools of music, and was reaccredited in 2014.

Doctoral Minor

The music Ph.D. and music: performance DMA doctoral programs in the School of Music require a minor field of study. Doctoral minors provide students with the opportunity to broaden their course of graduate study. Students, in consultation with their major professor and the director of graduate studies, may choose among internal minor options within the School of Music, minors in other fields, or even a self-designed minor. All minors require 9–12 credits of graduate-level work. Some restrictions apply to combinations of certain minor and major programs. For details of the specific course work involved and options available, contact the School of Music graduate office.

Financial Aid

Through the generosity of Paul J. Collins, the School of Music is the recipient of a substantial fellowship fund which, in combination with the Graduate School and University Foundation, allows the school to offer multiple-year funding to the highest quality graduate students in performance. The Collins fellowships, along with The Lorna Wendt and Anonymous fund Fellowships for Choral and Voice students are offered as Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowships and provide full tuition and fees, a generous stipend, additional funds, and comprehensive health care. Nomination by a performance faculty member—usually following an on-site audition—is required for consideration.

The School of Music also offers teaching and project assistantships in music history, music theory, piano, conducting, voice, and other performance areas. These positions offer tuition remission plus a salary and health care benefits. In addition, the School of Music selects qualified applicants for the Chancellor’s Fellowship, University Fellowship, and Advanced Opportunity Fellowship. The UW–Madison Office of Student Financial Services assists students in obtaining general grants and loans. All School of Music students who receive funding are required to enroll full-time with 8–12 graduate credits.

Admission to the Master of Music and Master of Arts Programs

Minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School apply to all applicants for graduate study in music. The School of Music has additional requirements. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in music or equivalent foundational course work as required by each area of study. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale, calculated on the last 60 credit hours) is necessary for full admission. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required for M.A. candidates. Both the M.A. and the M.M. programs involve substantial academic work and require excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills. Therefore, all international students are required to submit a TOEFL score. See the music website for minimum score requirements. The School of Music does not waive the TOEFL score requirement for students who have completed a degree at an American university. Further, M.A. candidates must submit samples of research and writing. Typically, performance applicants are required to audition in person. For details on specific audition requirements and additional application materials, visit the School of Music website.

Admission to the DMA and Ph.D. Programs

Minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School apply to all applicants for graduate study in music. The School of Music has additional requirements. Applicants should have a Master’s degree in music or equivalent foundational course work as required by each area of study. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale, calculated on the last 60 credit hours) is necessary for full admission. Admission to the DMA program assumes a high level of performance ability determined by audition. Composition applicants must have completed a Master’s degree or equivalent in Composition. Both the DMA and the Ph.D. programs involve substantial academic work and require excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills. Therefore, all international students are required to submit a TOEFL score. See the music website for minimum score requirements. The School of Music does not waive the TOEFL score requirement for students who have completed a degree at an American university. Further, Ph.D. applicants and DMA piano applicants must submit a scholarly paper as part of the application. Ph.D. students are expected to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Typically, performance applicants are required to audition in person. For details on specific audition requirements and additional application materials, visit the School of Music website.

For more information: School of Music Graduate Admissions Office, 5553 Mossee Humanities Building, 455 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706-1483; 608-263-3220; gradamissions@music.wisc.edu; music.wisc.edu