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Michael W. Chunn
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Office: MSP, E104
Office Phone: (330) 672-9234
Degree Offerings

Graduate programs in music lead to the degrees Master of Music, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy, all of which are accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music.

Program Options

Music Performance Certificate

Master of Music (M.M.)

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Kent State University Graduate Admissions Application

Kent State University Graduate Catalog

Audition Guidelines

Music Performance Certificate and Master's degree applicants in performance and conducting must audition in their major performing medium.  Students planning a major in Performance (vocal or instrumental) and Conducting will be expected to demonstrate ability on the level of the Bachelor of Music in Performance senior recital.

For students residing at an inconvenient distance from Kent, an audition tape may be sent to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the School of Music.  It should contain up to thirty minutes of material covering a variety of performance styles (and language for vocalists).  A list of repertoire studied in the past year should accompany the tape or be brought to the audition.  Students desiring a return of the audition tape should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

While it is not required for admission, students applying to the Master of Arts and doctoral programs, who are planning to study applied music, must audition.

Graduate Audition Requirements


Music Theory Placement Examination

All entering master's and doctoral students (except for the online Music Education program) take an entrance examination in music theory.  The examination must be taken before the start of enrollment in a graduate degree program.  Graduate theory coursework required as a result of this examination will be counted toward the degree requirements.  Students may retake the examination once.

The examination is given in August and January.

FALL 2015

Music Theory              Saturday, August 29, 2015                       9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.             E-202


Music Theory              Saturday, January 16, 2016                       9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.             E-202

All entering graduate students must take the Music Theory Placement Examination before beginning their program of study.

Graduate Assistantships

The Hugh A. Glauser offers graduate assistantships in applied music, band, choral conducting, ethnomusicology, graduate string quartet, music education, piano and theory.  Students interested in a graduate assistantship must submit an application.  Please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the School of Music for further information regarding graduate assistantships.

Apply for a graduate assistantship.

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