Graduate Studies and Assistantships

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis offers major degree programs in music from the bachelor's and master's through the doctorate. It is the only university in Tennessee that offers the doctorate in music. The School excels in all performance areas, with artist teachers of the highest quality and reputation. It has a music computer lab, an electro-acoustic composition lab and an electronic music studio. It also offers a complete recording studio, with digital soundboard and complete professional quality recording capabilities. The Music Library, which is housed in the Music Building, holds more than 45,000 books and scores, over 17,000 recordings and a large collection of historical manuscripts in microfilm.

DEGREES OFFERED

A list of degrees can be found at Degrees Offered.

Degree outlines can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

The University

The University of Memphis is one of the state's largest universities with an enrollment of over 20,000 students. It features comprehensive degree programs in all major areas. It is committed to excellence, with emphasis on community involvement abd is an urban research university.

ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY

All prospective students must apply to and be accepted by both the Graduate School of the University and the School of Music. Acceptance to the University does not guarantee acceptance into the music program. Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent on acceptance by the University.

The University requires sealed, official transcripts from an accredited college that should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions
The University of Memphis
FedEx Institute of Technology Building, Suite 201
Memphis, TN 38152

The Graduate School requires applicants whose native language is not English to take the TOEFL test and applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign institution to submit credentials to World Educational Services (WES).  For details, see http://www.memphis.edu/gradcatalog/admission_req/international.php.

Applicants to D.M.A. and Ph.D. programs must submit current GRE or Miller Analogies Test scores to the University. For master's degrees, standardized test scores are optional.

ADMISSION TO THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

All students must complete a Graduate Admission Application to the School of Music.  The School of Music requires an admission process which is separate from and in addition to the University of Memphis application.

The School of Music requires an audition for admission in Performance, Conducting, Pedagogy and Jazz; submission of scores for admission in Composition; and a writing sample for admission in Musicology, Music Education and Orff-Schulwerk.  Voice and Conducting applicants must be screened and then invited to audition.  Music Education applicants are expected to hold a current teaching license in music and will be required to illustrate proof of that as part of the online application.

All applicants who are accepted to the School of Music take proficiency examinations in Music History and Music Theory that are given on the Monday and Tuesday preceding the first day of class each semester.

AUDITION INFORMATION

All graduate applicants, may register to audition in Memphis on any of the following School of Music audition days.

 

December 2, 2017
February 3, 2018
February 17, 2018
February 24, 2018

Private auditions may be arranged by contacting applied faculty.

TO DOs for the University of Memphis

Master of Music and Artist Diploma

Submit an application to the University of Memphis Graduate Admissions. Have sealed, official transcripts sent from your colleges/universities to the University of Memphis Graduate Admissions

Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy:

Submit an application to the University of Memphis Graduate Admissions. Have sealed, official transcripts sent from your colleges/universities to the University of Memphis Graduate Admissions. Submit GRE or MAT scores to Graduate Admissions.

TO DOs for the School of Music

Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Vocal Performance
Log in to Acceptd to begin your application.  Re-enter as often as you like to complete.  Submit your prescreening video, curriculum vitae, repertoire list, head-shot and the names and email addresses of two recommenders before November 2.

Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Conducting
Log in to Acceptd to begin your application.  Re-enter as often as you like to complete.  Submit your prescreening video, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of two recommenders before February 1 but earlier in order to allow time to be invited to audition and make travel plans for an audition early in the Spring semester.

Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Performance, Pedagogy, and Jazz
Log in to Acceptd to begin your application.  Re-enter as often as you like to complete.  Submit your live audition day request, curriculum vitae, repertoire list if required, and the names and email addresses of two recommenders before February 1.

Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Composition
Log in to Acceptd to begin your application.  Re-enter as often as you like to complete.  Submit your musical scores, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of two recommenders before February 1.

Master of Music Music Education, Musicology and Orff-Schulwerk
Log in to Acceptd to begin your application.  Re-enter as often as you like to complete.  Submit your writing sample, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of two recommenders before February 1.  Music Education applicants will need to provide proof of your current licensure in music.

Doctor of Philosophy Historical Musicology, Music Education and Musicology
Log in to Acceptd to begin your application.  Re-enter as often as you like to complete.  Submit your writing sample, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of two recommenders before February 1.  Music Education applicants will need to provide proof of your current licensure in music.

Deadlines for Fall 2018

All graduate applicants seeking assistantships should have submitted all application materials required by the School of Music to the School by February 1 and should have submitted all application materials required by the University of Memphis to the University by March 1.  Those required to audition should have auditioned for the School of Music by the end of February.

Deadlines for application to the University for international students are much earlier than for domestic applicants.  Please consult the Graduate School Admissions website.

Deadlines for application to the University for domestic applicants who are not seeking assistantships are:  July 1 for admission in fall and December 1 for admission in spring.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available for up to $6,000 for master's students and up to $7,000 for doctoral students plus tuition remission for both. Assistantships carry teaching responsibilities of two undergraduate classes or other responsibilities not to exceed twenty hours per week. The University provides remission, including student activity fees, for all graduate assistants working at least 20 hours per week during the regular school year. The student is, however, responsible for any music fees (from applied lessons) that are generated.

Graduate Federal Work Study

In addition graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for the Federal Work Study Award. Student participation in this federal program allows the School of Music to increase the number of assistantships granted. If approved, the work study funds may increase awards over the designated stipend amount. Graduate assistantship contracts will detail the final awarded amount received during the academic year.

For details see the School of Music Graduate Handbook.

Assistantship Opportunities

Applied Music Teaching
- Brass
- Classical Guitar
- Guitar Class
- Choral Conducting
- Orchestral Conducting
- Wind Conducting
- Percussion
- Jazz Percussion
- Piano
- Class Piano
- Strings
- Jazz Studies
- Voice
- Woodwinds

Collaborative Piano
- Accompanying
- Opera Accompanying

Composition

Ethnomusicology

Music Education

Musicology

Performance
- Large Ensembles
- Chamber Ensembles

Information on applying to the School of Music may be obtained from the School of Music website or contacting the Music Admissions office (Graduate Studies) at musicadmissions@memphis.edu or 901.678.3532

Detailed information about all graduate music programs can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Please use these addresses for any U.S. postal correspondence:

Music Admissions
The University of Memphis
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
121 Music Building
Memphis, TN  38152-3160

Graduate Admissions
The University of Memphis
FedEx Institute of Technology Building, Suite 201
Memphis, TN  38152-3520