Graduate Program Audition Requirements

Music Students

As a graduate student at Central Michigan University, you will study in extraordinary facilities, work closely with expert faculty and learn advanced musical skills. You’ll become adept in music theory, composition, history and performance as you prepare for a career in the arts, business, or go on to doctoral study.

What are the application requirements?

  • Candidates must have an appropriate undergraduate music degree or a music major of at least 40 semester hours.
  • Candidates must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in undergraduate music studies.
  • Each candidate must submit three letters of recommendation.

Music Theory Lesson

Discipline-specific audition requirements

Master of Music in Performance

  • Candidates must demonstrate, through either an audition or interview, talent and ability levels that indicate the promise of successful graduate study in music performance. Students may request audition information by clicking the link above, or by phone, mail, or e-mail.

Master of Music in Music Education

  • Candidates must have either a music education degree, a major of at least 40 semester hours in music, or appropriate study in music education, as determined during an entrance interview.

Do you have Graduate Assistantships?

The School of Music offers graduate assistantships in a variety of skill areas. To apply for a graduate assistantship, contact Dr. Keith Clifton. Additional awards and graduate fellowships are available through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Areas of Expertise Include Band, Choir, Orchestra, Jazz, Music History/Literature, Keyboard, Music Education, Music Technology, Orchestral Instruments, Theory/Composition, and Voice.


​Graduate assistants' duties may include assisting the directors of large ensembles, supervising labs, coaching ensembles, assisting with larger classes, tracking recital attendance or teaching 100-level courses.


Full-time graduate assistants receive a $10,300 stipend, a tuition waiver for up to 20 credit hours (applicable through the following summer), faculty library borrowing privileges, and limited fee reimbursement. Three-quarter graduate assistant appointments are often given.

Financial Aid

Financial aid opportunities are available at the Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid.