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2022-2023 Application Deadlines

Deadline for Assistantship Consideration*: December 1, 2022

Auditions/interviews must take place by February 15, 2023

Deadline for Admission Only (no assistantship consideration): March 30, 2023

All applicants who wish to be considered for an assistantship must have complete files by December 1, 2022. Application comprises two required parallel processes:

1. Submission of all materials required on including three letters of recommendation from recommenders qualified to write about the applicant.
2. Application to the Graduate School.

Applicants will be notified approximately by the end of the first week in January whether they have been invited to audition or interview at James Madison University.

*All candidates applying for study during the traditional academic year (fall/spring) who have complete applications by December 1 will be considered for assistantships. No assistantships are available for summer study in the MM Summer-Only Music Education program.

Music Education Degree Objectives
  1. communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  2. articulate, critique, and synthesize the foundations and principles of music education.
  3. demonstrate advanced methodologies in the student's area of specialization.
  4. apply the core principles of effective research as scholars and practitioners.
    See Music Education, M.M. curriculum
M.M. at JMU

Please note that this page is for information about the Masters of Music (M.M.) application process ONLY. For information about the Undergraduate and DMA programs, please visit those respective programs' application pages.

The School of Music offers a Master of Music in Music 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 M.M. 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.

Click here to apply for the M.M. Degree in Music.
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 before applying for graduation.


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, music history, 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.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. William Dabback
Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions
School of Music, MSC 7301
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

International Students

In addition to uploading the required materials on as explained above, international graduate applicants are also required to complete the graduate school application made specifically for international applicants. Applicants can find this application link and information including deadlines, language requirement, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and financial declaration here. You can also find information about international tuition and fees here. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is another page that could assist you in navigating various resources and services available to international students. ISSS provides (a) services, resources, and assistance to meet the students, scholars, and staff of JMU's visa and immigration needs, (b) programs and services to enhance their time at JMU, and (c) educational programs for the entire campus community.

Music Education Professors and Instructors

Lisa Maynard

Lisa M. Maynard
Associate Professor, String Music Education,
Coordinator of Music Education
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William M. Dabback

William Dabback
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Admissions
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W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Voice Area
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Director of Research, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
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Benjamin Guerrero
Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Instructor
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Scott Zane Smith
Coordinator, Supervisor, Instructor
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Rhonda Stees

Rhonda Stees
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