MM in Music

About the MM

The principal function of the MM program is to provide students with opportunities for continued development of their musical talents--in a specific area--and overall musicianship. This degree is designed to prepare the graduate for a career in performance or composition, teaching, or continued graduate studies toward a doctoral degree.


Completion of a Bachelor of Music degree (or demonstrated equivalent) is required, normally with the same major as that to be pursued at the graduate level, and a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit-hours. In the event that a candidate does not meet the required prerequisites for a specific curriculum (listed below), then appropriate course(s) may be added to the degree program as additional requirements.


  •  Senior recital  


  • Senior recital
  • Proficiency in French, Italian, and German languages and diction. 


  • Senior Recital
  • 1 upper-level music history course
  • 3 credits of 18th-century counterpoint 


  • Senior Recital 
  • 2 courses in either French or German
  • 2 courses in French, German, or Italian diction
  • 1 upper-level music history course
  • 3 credits in 18th-century counterpoint 


  • 1 upper-level music history course
  • 3 credits in 18th-century counterpoint
  • A senior recital and undergraduate courses in piano pedagogy or teaching experience are desirable, but not required for admission. 


  • Senior Recital 


  • 3 credits of 18th- or 16th-century counterpoint
  • 2 credits of orchestration
  • 2 credits of a theory elective
  • 4 credits of music history (equivalent study to MUS_H_LI 2307-MUS_H_LI 2308)
  • 16 credits of applied instruction (or equivalent) 


  • 3 credits of 18th- or 16th-century counterpoint
  • 2 credits of orchestration
  • 8 credits of composition
  • 4 credits of music history (equivalent study to MUS_H_LI 2307-MUS_H_LI 2308)
  • 16 credits of applied instruction (or equivalent) 

CONDUCTING (Choral, Orchestral, or Wind Ensemble) 

  • 2 undergraduate conducting courses
  • Previous conducting experience
  • Proficiency in French, Italian, and German diction (Choral Conducting only)
  • Proficiency in vocal pedagogy (Choral Conducting only) 

Priority Application Deadline

All graduate applicants are expected to submit required application materials (for both the School of Music and the Graduate School) by January 15 for fall semester matriculation, in order to receive full consideration for admission and assistantship or scholarship support. Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered as space permits on a rolling basis. Applicants interested in spring semester matriculation should contact the Associate Director of the School of Music (see below).

Application Process

  1. Apply online directly to the Graduate School through ApplyYourself.
  2. Complete the following directly with the School of Music at
    1. Register for an audition or interview (see further information below).
    2. Submit an essay explaining professional goals.
    3. Submit an unofficial transcript.
    4. Request three references to submit letters of recommendation.
    5. For some performance areas, a recording will be required once you are logged into the system.

Notes: The School of Music does not require GRE scores.

International Student Information

Strong English reading, writing, and speaking abilities are necessary for success in the graduate programs in the School of Music. The following scores are required for admission to a graduate degree program in the School of Music:

  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
80 550

Note: No TOEFL subscores below 50 (paper) or 15 (internet), or IELTS 5

  • Minimum Academic IELTS scores:
Item Score

Note: No IELTS subscores below 5

FOOTNOTE: If you have a TOEFL score between 500 and 550 (paper) or between 61 and 79 (internet), or an IELTS score between 5.5 and 6.5, you may still be admitted to the School of Music but may be required to take courses from the English Language Support Program at the University of Missouri. These courses will increase the length of your program by one or two semesters, assuming you make good progress in English and eventually achieve the School of Music’s required TOEFL or IELTS scores. Note: the University of Missouri's institutional code for the TOEFL is 6875.

Audition Information

A visit to the School of Music and in-person audition are strongly encouraged for applicants planning to major in an applied area (brass, classical guitar, jazz, percussion, piano, strings, voice, woodwinds), either on one of the graduation audition days (see above) or at another arranged time. In-person auditions are required for all conducting applicants. MM jazz performance and pedagogy applicants should contact the Director of Jazz Studies to confirm the audition repertoire for video submissions. Applicants who audition initially by recording may be required to participate in a video conference interview (Skype, iChat, etc.) or to audition on campus at a later time.  Please visit the School of Music website,, for more information regarding graduate audition days.

Professor Dan Willett, Associate Director
School of Music
215 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211-6120
(573) 882-0933

Audition/Interview Information by Area

Piano: click here for detailed audition requirements for all MM piano programs (collaborative, pedagogy, and performance).

Voice: eight selections required, including at least one operatic aria and selections in French, Italian, German, and English.

Jazz Performance and Pedagogy: Please see the audition requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Jazz Studies and contact the Director of Jazz Studies for more information.

Other Applied Areas: contact the appropriate applied faculty member for information about audition repertoire and procedures.

Composition: submit representative original compositions and register for an interview. Portfolio materials are due by the Priority Application Deadline.

Theory: submit examples of written scholarly work and register for an interview. Portfolio materials are due by the Priority Application Deadline.

Conducting applicants should arrange an audition and interview with the appropriate faculty member:

  • Dr. R. Paul Crabb, Choral Conducting
  • Professor Edward Dolbashian, Orchestral Conducting
  • Dr. D. Bradley Snow, Wind Ensemble Conducting

Additional information for Choral Conducting applicants: Students applying for MM in Choral Conducting or PhD in Music Education with choral emphasis will rehearse one MU choir for 15-20 minutes (music will be assigned and sent to you before the audition); take a short conducting lesson on the same music; sing a prepared aria or art song; demonstrate proficiency in sight-reading and ear-training; demonstrate basic piano proficiency.

Degree Completion Requirements

 See Courses of Study. In addition, students must complete the following: 

  • Comprehensive Exam.  
  • Music Theory majors must satisfactorily complete a Thesis on an approved topic, and Composition majors must complete a substantial compositional project. Both Music Theory and Composition majors must pass a final oral examination, administered by a faculty committee, about their projects.