James Madison University School of Music

Master of Music Admissions



Prescreening deadlines (for all audio/video materials plus Music Education interview and Composition portfolio):

January 15, 2015 - MM and DMA Voice
January 31, 2015 - MM and DMA Piano, Strings, Brass, Percussion, Woodwinds
February 13, 2015 - MM Music Education (year-round program), MM Composition
February 27, 2015 - MM and DMA Conducting

Deadlines for All Other Materials:

February 27, 2015 - all programs: all materials must be submitted for full consideration for an assistantship.

March 6, 2015 - all programs: on campus audition/interview must take place by this date for full consideration for an assistantship.

March 27, 2015 - all programs: all materials must be submitted for admission only (no consideration for an assistantship).
MM Music Education 2015 summer-only program: application must be complete.


The School of Music offers a master's degree program that provides students with the necessary opportunities to achieve the highest degree of musical development and professional training. Students seeking admission to a program leading to the Master of Music degree must meet JMU Graduate School requirements, general School of Music requirements for all majors and specific requirements for entrance into a specific concentration. Admissions decisions will be determined without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, handicap or national origin of individuals.



Financial Aid is administered by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in Warren Hall. The chief source of aid for graduate study is through assistantships awarded by the school. Teaching and non-teaching graduate assistantships in music are awarded each year on a competitive basis. Specific assignments in administration, applied music, bands, literature, music education, orchestra and theory are based on qualifications and School of Music needs. In addition to a stipend, assistantships include a tuition award. For more information about graduate assistantships including current stipend amounts, click here. If you wish to be considered, please check 'yes' on your Graduate Application and apply for admission by the deadline given above.

Entrance Examinations:

Prior to the first week of classes, all music applicants must take JMU School of Music diagnostic examinations in music history, written theory and ear training. The results are used for placement and advising. Deficiencies may require election of certain classes within one's graduate program. Removal of deficiencies is required for acceptance into the final stage of study - Candidacy for the Degree.

If you would like more information about the Graduate Music Program, please download the JMU School of Music Graduate Studies Handbook (requires Adobe Reader). For further information or questions concerning graduate study in music, contact:

Dr. Mary Jean Speare

Director of Graduate Studies
School of Music, MSC 7301
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
E-mail: spearemj@jmu.edu
Phone: 540.568.3687