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Admission Requirements

Master of Music

Checklist of Required Documents:

Transcripts: Original academic records (with English translation). Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Music or Music Education from an accredited educational institution.

Audition: A successful audition in the student's chosen area of performance; piano, voice, orchestral instrument, composition.Overseas applicants may submit a CD or DVD with their application information. (click here for information about what needs to be included in the audition CD or DVD). Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for specific audition requirements.
Additional requirements for composition:

  • undergraduate paper on theory/composition
  • portfolio of four to six works for different ensembles, including at least one for orchestra.
  • Recordings on CD or tapes (cued to the sections desired).
  • Interview with the faculty.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from former private instructors and/or professors familiar with the student's work. Letters of recommendation must be sealed and forwarded directly from the recommender, or delivered using the Online Graduate Application system.

Writing Competency: Applicants must submit a written paper on a music history or music theory topic, including footnotes and bibliography, that demonstrates the student's the ability to write about music in a cogent, scholarly fashion, exhibiting a high standard of academic English.

English: Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based). Other methods of documenting English language proficiency can be found here. Once students have been admitted to IU South Bend, they must participate in our English language placement exam and take any language course work prescribed from the results of the exam through G-013 (ESL) and G-020 (ESL).

Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Jeffrey Wright (jeffwrig@iusb.edu) or the Office of International Student Services for more information. 


The Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma program is the most advanced non-degree track, and provides focused studies for artists in the pre-professional stages of their careers.The Artist Diploma in Performance exists for the few highly gifted and experienced performing musicians at the post-bachelor's or post-master's level who wish to pursue focused studies in their major field leading to specific professional goals. With an emphasis on repertoire, the program is designed to develop both the artistry and professionalism in performers who possess the ability and determination to realize their talent in the contemporary world. Qualification to enter the program is predicated principally on the level and quality of performance and/or achievement, rather than the attainment of specific academic credentials. The performance level of applicants must be equivalent to acceptance into a major international competition.The Artist Diploma is a two-year program. Artists in the program must be invited to continue their studies into the second year. 

Checklist of Required Documents:

Transcripts: Original academic records (with English translation). Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Music or Music Education or its demonstrated equivalent.. Additional requirements for vocal majors, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for specific information for vocal majors.

Audition and Dossier: A successful audition in the student's chosen area of performance; piano, voice, orchestral instrument, composition.Overseas applicants may submit a CD or DVD with their application information. (click here for information about what needs to be included in the audition CD or DVD). Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for specific audition requirements. On the basis of auditions and dossier, applicants must be accepted by the appropriate faculty committee and by the studio teacher.

English: Minimum TOEFL score of 510 (paper-based) or 71 (internet-based). Other methods of documenting English language proficiency can be found here. Once students have been admitted to IU South Bend, they must participate in our English language placement exam and take any language course work prescribed from the results of the exam through W-130 (ESL).

Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Jeffrey Wright (jeffwrig@iusb.edu) or the Office of International Student Services for more information. 


The Performer Diploma

The Performer Diploma Program is a special two-year curriculum for outstanding students in performance who show promise of becoming concert artists and who do not wish to pursue study leading to an academic degree. The purpose of the program is to provide concentrated study in solo and chamber music literature.

Checklist of Required Documents:

Transcripts: Original academic records (with English translation). Applicants must have a A high school diploma or its demonstrated equivalent and demonstrated proficiency in musical performance at a very high level of technical and musical proficiency.

Audition: A successful audition in the student's chosen area of performance; piano, voice, orchestral instrument, composition.Overseas applicants may submit a CD or DVD with their application information. (click here for information about what needs to be included in the audition CD or DVD). Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for specific audition requirements. On the basis of auditions and dossier, applicants must be accepted by the appropriate faculty committee and by the studio teacher.

English: No English requirement for admission; however, student must still take English placement tests and appropriate ESL classes to maintain enrollment. Once students have been admitted to IU South Bend, they must participate in our English language placement exam and take any language course work prescribed from the results of the exam through W-130 (ESL).

Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Jeffrey Wright (jeffwrig@iusb.edu) or the Office of International Student Services for more information.