Required University Application Materials (https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/):
- Transcript(s): Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The institution logo and your name must be present on the copies. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the program.
- Official TOEFL/IELT Scores (international applicants only): Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.
- Personal/Goal Statement: Please provide a statement of your educational and career goals (be as specific as possible).
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Slate application.
- Writing Sample: Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate-level work.
- Portfolio: Refer to Step 2 below for Portfolio requirements.
- Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of the 2 recommenders within the application. An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request. It is strongly advised that letters of recommendation are completed before the application deadline and are written within the last year. Recommendations submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
- GPA: Students considered for admission into the graduate program generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Acceptd application.
Step One – Prerequisites
Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in music with evidence of strong training in composition. Students must have completed the fourth semester of undergraduate theory and aural skills or equivalent in transfer credits from another institution. Students must also have a minimum cumulative 3.0-grade point average from their undergraduate program for consideration of admission into the Master of Music Composition Concentration.
Step Two – Portfolio
Prospective graduate students must upload to Slate, the graduate application platform, a portfolio consisting of a minimum of five scores. These scores may be drawn from (but are not limited to) the following:
- solo for single line instrument
- solo for piano
- vocal work with piano or small chamber accompaniment
- choral work (with or without accompaniment)
- small mixed or standard chamber ensemble
- large ensemble work (orchestra, chamber orchestra, band, wind ensemble)
- electroacoustic work for fixed media and at least one acoustic instrument
- work for fixed media alone
The faculty is interested in a diversified and balanced compositional background. Therefore, it is highly encouraged that students refrain from submitting different works with the same instrumentation (i.e., three piano solos, three fixed media pieces, etc.). If a fixed media work (or works) is submitted, it is expected that the applicant would also include acoustic compositions in the portfolio (even if the student is interested in the Computer Music / Electroacoustic Music emphasis).
The scores turned in as part of the portfolio must represent a total minimum duration of 25 minutes of music. All pieces must be fully and neatly notated with computer notation software. Recorded performances of submitted works are highly recommended for inclusion with the portfolio. MIDI realizations are acceptable but there is a strong preference for performance recordings. Works for fixed media alone must provide a written overview of the work either in a graphic or narrative format in lieu of a traditional score. Recordings of works without a score or written overview in the case of fixed media alone pieces will not be considered.
Step Three – Transcripts
There will be a thorough examination of undergraduate transcripts with careful attention to undergraduate composition and theory grades.
Once application and portfolio materials have been submitted through the College Application link, the School of Music faculty and graduate committee will review them. All applicants for graduate programs will also be considered for any available graduate assistantships. Information on these assistantships may be found at the following website: https://music.gsu.edu/graduate/scholarships-financial-aid/
For questions about this concentration, please contact the composition area coordinator, Dr. Nickitas Demos: firstname.lastname@example.org