Applications for admission should be submitted online to the School of Graduate Studies. The application form can be found on their web site at www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/. Information about the admission procedures for the School of Graduate Studies can be found in the University Calendar at www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/sectionNo=GRAD-4515. Please consult this information for full details. Additional information for international students can be found at www.mun.ca/become/graduate/international/index.php.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Music program will normally hold a Bachelor of Music or equivalent, with a GPA of at least 2.75, from a recognized university or conservatory. Preference will be given to applicants who hold first class standing in their undergraduate program. Admission is further determined by audition and diagnostic examinations.
In addition to the audition, applicants to all M.Mus. programs will be required to write diagnostic examinations measuring their skills and knowledge in the standard areas of musical literacy. These include music theory and analysis, aural skills, and music history and literature. Applicants who display deficiencies in any of these areas may still be considered for admission. Once admitted, however, they will be required to take remedial course work in addition to the required program.
Voice and choral conducting applicants will also have language competency assessed. Students admitted in voice and in choral conducting who lack sufficient background in English, German, French and Italian diction and basic comprehension will be required to take remedial undergraduate course work.
Applications must include a list of recent and relevant conducting experiences, as well as a video recording of high quality demonstrating the candidate’s skills in both rehearsal and performance. The recording should include music of different styles and style periods. It may be submitted on DVD or uploaded on a secure website and should be submitted directly to the School of Music..
After the videos have been reviewed, selected candidates will be invited for a live audition where the applicant will rehearse with a university ensemble. Music for this rehearsal will be determined in consultation with the School of Music.
A recorded audition may be submitted on DVD or uploaded on a secure website if an in-person audition is an impossibility. Recordings must be of professional calibre and should be submitted directly to the School of Music.
The audition program should display a range of performance styles and repertoire. All candidates are encouraged to include some repertoire composed within the last fifty years. Chamber music may be included up to a maximum of either: 25% of the total audition time OR one work as part of a balanced and varied audition program. Applicants might not be asked to play the entire program, but must be prepared to do so.
All accompanied repertoire, including concertos, must be performed with an accompanist. On request, the School will provide contact information for professional accompanists who are available for the live auditions.
Specific audition requirements for each instrument are as follows:
A balanced program of approximately 50 minutes of music which must include, among other works, the following:
Piano and Organ: