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Additional Requirements

Prior training and Degree Requirements

It is customary that all applicants to Hartt graduate programs have attained the requisite training through degree study in the same or similar field. Applicants to all master's degree and Graduate Professional Diploma (GPD) programs must provide evidence of undergraduate study and degree/diploma confirmation. Applicants for all Artist Diploma (AD) and Hartt doctoral programs (DMA, Ph.D), must provide evidence of study and achievement at both the bachelor's and master's level. Hartt faculty and administration reserve the right to determine whether an applicant's prior training and educational background meet the necessary standards for acceptance. 

Music Education Licensure and teaching experience

Applicants to the Master of Music Education degree program must have completed a bachelor's degree in music education at an accredited institution. Applicants to the Ph.D in Music Education degree program must provide evidence of educational training and accomplishment at both the bachelor's and master's levels at an accredited institution. All applicants to Hartt graduate programs in Music Education must hold a valid teaching license. Hartt's Music Education Division strongly recommends that applicants have at least one year (for master's degree) and three years (for Ph.D) of teaching experience at an elementary or secondary, public or private school before beginning their MMEd.

Preliminary video (prescreening) requirements

Please Note: When submitting prescreening materials, recorded auditions or compositions through dropbox, please be sure to allow harttadm@hartford.edu the ability to manage membership of the file/folder so that it may be circulated to appropriate faculty.

Preliminary Teaching Video for Music Education Applicants

Music Education applicants whose application requirements include a video (DVD) of their teaching must submit the video by the application deadline. The video should present 30 minutes of teaching elements, concepts, or performance techniques in a classroom setting demonstrating modeling, feedback and other effective instructional strategies. Confirmation of your interview date will follow a positive review of the preliminary teaching video.

Preliminary Conducting Video for Orchestral/Instrumental Conducting Applicants

Applicants for graduate programs in instrumental/orchestral conducting will submit application materials and prepare a short preliminary video (20 minute maximum, DVD), containing two or three sections of contrasting material. The position of the camera should be facing the conductor. It is recommended that the student also submit an audio recording, of approximately the same length, demonstrating additional conducting experience. If possible, a segment should be included showing the applicant conducting one movement of a substantial work. Enclosed with the video should be a cover letter indicating the applicant's intended program and major, and a written statement expressing the reasons for interest in the chosen career and major. Once the preliminary video is reviewed, applicants may be contacted with an invitation to audition in person on an arranged date. 

Preliminary Conducting Video for Choral Conducting Applicants

Applicants for the Master of Music, Master of Music Education, or Doctor of Musical Arts programs in Choral Conducting will submit application materials and prepare a short preliminary video (30 minutes total, DVD format), containing 15 minutes of the applicant conducting in performance as well as 15 minutes of rehearsal conducting. The camera should be positioned to be facing the conductor during a performance and appropriately placed at the rehearsal to show clearly the conductor as well as some view of the group if possible. It is recommended that the student also submit an additional unedited audio recording of approximately the same length as the video. The recording should demonstrate additional conducting experience in a variety of styles and/or situations. Enclosed with the video should be a cover letter indicating the applicant's intended program and major, educational expectations and eventual career goals. Once the preliminary video is reviewed, applicants may be contacted with an invitation to audition in person on a date to be arranged.

Prescreening Requirement for Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma candidates

Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma applicants in performance must submit with their completed application a preliminary recording electronically, via Youtube or Dropbox, on or before the application deadline. All recordings must contain music of contrasting styles and periods within a time frame of 20 to 30 minutes maximum. Confirmation of your audition date will follow a positive review of the preliminary audition recording. Additional information on prescreening requirements for instrumentalists can be found on the audition requirements pages.

Score and paper requirements

Research Paper Submission

All DMA, PhD, and graduate Music History and Music Theory applicants must submit with their application, a research paper on a topic in the field of music history, music theory, or music education. This requirement allows faculty to determine an applicant's scholarly ability to successfully meet master's and doctoral thesis requirements. 

Master of Music - Music Theory

Applicants are to submit two research papers. Both papers must be on music, one of which must be an analysis paper. 

A guide to graduate research paper requirements can be found by clicking a subject area below:

Music Theory

Music History

Music Education

Please note: Submitted research papers will not be returned.

COMPOSITION Score Submission

Submit copies of no more than three samples of your work in score and/or CD form. Please note: CD-Rs in AIFF format are acceptable, but applicants should NOT send MP3 files on disc.

Please note: Submitted compositions will not be returned.

INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

Composition

An interview (phone is acceptable, but in-person preferred) with a faculty member in the composition department is required. 

Music Education

All applicants in Music Education must interview with a music education faculty member. The interview will include singing a prepared patriotic song and a test of singing, where applicants echo-sing (a capella) 24 tonal patterns and 8 rhythmic patterns of varying difficulty.

Music History

Scholarship and Research Emphasis 
Applicants in Music History - Scholarship and Research emphasis are required to interview with a faculty member in the music history department. The required research paper must be received at least two weeks prior to the interview.

Performance Practice Emphasis 
Applicants in music history/performance practice emphasis are required to interview with a faculty member in the music history department. The required research paper must be received at least two weeks prior to the interview. 

Please note: All music history/performance practice emphasis applicants are required to audition on a classical instrument or voice.

Music Theory

Applicants are required to interview with a Hartt music theory faculty member on a scheduled audition day. The interview provides an opportunity for the applicant to discuss the program and a career in music theory. During the interview, the applicant will be asked to verbally analyze the melody, harmony, and form of an excerpt from the Beethoven piano sonatas. The interview also allows the faculty member to evaluate the applicant's background and training in music theory. 

GRADUATE TESTING

Master of Music Education

All Master of Music Education applicants will complete the Music Aptitude Profile (MAP) test. This test measures innate rhythmic and melodic ability and potential for cognitive growth.

Doctoral Entrance Testing

Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy applicants will take the music theory and music history essay tests prior to decision on their application. These essays will be given on the same day as the audition. Click here for the DMA Essay Exam study guide. Additional guidelines and instruction for Music Theory.