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A Guide for Prospective Music Students

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: Important Information for Admission

The information below is meant to serve as a condensed guide for prospective students interested in studying music at Hunter College. Following the links below should assist you with understanding our programs and requirements, and the steps you must take to be a student in the Music Department at Hunter College.

 


Prospective UNDERGRADUATE Students

1. Music Programs at Hunter:
Familiarize yourself with the Undergraduate Degree Programs and Requirements. After reading the information on Undergraduate Degree Programs and Requirements, some of your additional questions might be answered by reading the Undergraduate FAQs.

(Please note: We no longer offer an undergraduate concentration in music education at Hunter. Prospective music educators would first complete our BA degree with a 42-credit major in music, and then go on to apply for the MA program in music education, which leads to New York State certification.)

2. Submitting an Application for Admission:
Read the Admission Requirements for the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Music. Be sure to follow the instructions for submitting an application for admission as explained in the first paragraph of Undergraduate Admissions. Observe the application deadlines that are clearly posted on the website of the Office of Admissions.

3. Audition and Entrance Exams:
Before you may declare the major or be given permission to register for any music major courses, you must first pass placement exams in basic music theory and history, and complete a performance audition/musicianship skills evaluation, so that we can properly gauge your ability. You will find detailed information on this whole process, including exam contents, sample exams and an online form to request an exam and audition date in the Required Exams section of the Undergraduate Admissions page. Don't forget to submit the Audition and Entrance Exam Registration Form. On the day of the exam and audition, you will also have an opportunity to speak with an adviser in music.

4. Financial Aid:
For information on undergraduate financial aid, please click here.

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Prospective TRANSFER Students

1. Music Programs at Hunter:
Familiarize yourself with the Undergraduate Degree Programs and Requirements. After reading the information on Undergraduate Degree Programs and Requirements, some of your additional questions - particularly with regard to transferring credits - might be answered by reading the Undergraduate FAQs.

(Please note: We no longer offer an undergraduate concentration in music education at Hunter. Prospective music educators would first complete our BA degree with a 42-credit major in music, and then go on to apply for the MA program in music education, which leads to New York State certification.)

2. Submitting an Application for Admission:
Read the Admission Requirements for the Undergraduate Degree Programs in Music. Be sure to follow the instructions for submitting an application for admission as explained in the first paragraph of Admission Requirements. Observe the application deadlines that are clearly posted on the website of the Office of Admissions.

3. Placement Exams:
You must also take placement exams in order to transfer credit in music history, music theory, or musicianship toward the music major. Performance credits are normally transferred without examination. All credits earned at other schools count automatically as electives, but credits may be used toward the major only if the student places out of Hunter’s requirements by examination. You will find detailed information on this whole process, including exam contents, sample exams and an online form to request an exam and audition date in the Required Exams section of the Undergraduate Admissions page. Don't forget to submit the Audition and Entrance Exam Registration Form and use the Comment Box to indicate that you are a transfer student requesting placement exams. On the day of the exam and audition, you will also have an opportunity to speak with an adviser in music.

4. Financial Aid:
For information on undergraduate financial aid, please click here.

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Prospective GRADUATE Students


1. Graduate Music Programs at Hunter:
We offer M.A. concentrations in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Music History, Music Theory, Performance, the possibility of a "mixed" concentration combining any two of these disciplines, and an M.A. in Music Education, via Hunter's Teacher Education Program.   For information regarding prerequisites, auditions, work sample requirements, and academic admission for all programs except Music Education, please go to the following link:    M.A. in MusicThose interested in our graduate program in Music Education should go to the following link instead:  Teacher Education Program in Music, and follow all instructions on that page.       After reading the information on Graduate Degree Programs and Requirements, some of your additional questions might be answered by reading the Graduate FAQs

NOTE:  For prospective MA students who come to us with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than music, we expect them first to complete the equivalent of 29 undergraduate credits in music -- that is, four semesters of music theory, four semesters of musicianship (sight singing, ear training, and keyboard), and three semesters of music history -- as a pre-requisite to entering our MA program. This sequence of courses begins in the fall only. You would apply to Hunter first as a “second-degree” undergraduate (transfer student), and remain in that status in order to fulfill the undergraduate course requirements. In your final semester of completing the pre-requisite courses you may officially apply and audition for the MA program. Please read the information above under Prospective TRANSFER Students and follow the instructions accordingly. Additional information is available here.

 

2. Submitting an Application for Admission:
To apply to Hunter, prospective students must complete and send in the official application provided by the Admissions Office.

Applications can accessed at: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/graduateadmissions/applying.

The Admissions Office will require prospective students to forward transcripts from their previous school(s), provide a statement of purpose (that is, a brief essay, about one page in length, describing the reasons for pursuing graduate studies), and provide two letters of recommendation. The final decision regarding each application is made by the Admissions Department, based largely on the recommendation of the Music Department.

Admission deadlines may be found at http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/graduateadmissions/applying/deadlines/degree-applications; note that deadlines for international students and students who have earned any college credits at non-U.S. institutions are approximately two months earlier than these dates. See the Admissions Department for further details.

NOTE:  Students whose native language is not English and/or whose post-secondary education was in a country where English in not the native language must take a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receive a grade of 550.

For International Students in need of supplemental language study prior to matriculating in the music program, please contact the International English Language Institute (IELI) at Hunter College. It is possible to auditon for the music program and, with positive performance audition results, defer matriculation in music while studying English at the Hunter College IELI.

 

3. Auditions (M.A. in Performance) [NOTE: applicants for the M.A. Teacher Education Program must also submit an audition form.   For more information on the MA TEP program, please go to No. 5, below]
Applicants to the Performance concentration must audition. Auditions are held on two or three different dates each semester; click here for audition dates. To register for an audition, prospective students must:

  1. send in an official application to the Admissions Office, and then
  2. fill out the M.A. Audition Registration Form

Each applicant will be contacted to confirm the audition time and date; please note that an audition time and date can be confirmed only after the official application has been received by the Admissions Office.

Each audition is about 15 minutes long and held in front of a panel consisting of two or three members of the Music Department faculty. Auditions consist of a program of three or four representative works from different style periods; singers should prepare at least one work in a language other than English. Students auditioning to become Performance students may prepare one piece in the jazz idiom, but they should prepare at least three other pieces in classical music idioms. (Hunter College does not have a concentration in Jazz Performance.)

Students should present each of the jurors with a list of the pieces (not copies of the music) prepared for the audition, as well as the name and affiliation (if any) of their current private teachers. The panel will ask to hear portions of these pieces and will interview each candidate briefly.

Students are required to provide their own accompanists. Upon request, Geoffrey Burleson, Director of Performance Studies, will provide names of students available to accompany auditions. Students are expected to dress formally (men: coat and tie; women: dress, skirt and blouse, or formal pants outfit).

 

4. Submission of Work Samples (M.A. Concentrations in Composition, Music History, Music Theory or Ethnomusicology)
Applicants who wish to be Composition, Music History, Music Theory, or Ethnomusicology students must present samples of their work in the area in which they wish to concentrate. (Samples of papers or compositions are not required for prospective Performance students).

  • Students who want to concentrate in Composition should submit a portfolio of samples of recently completed works. Send one copy along with the application and one copy to the Graduate Adviser, c/o Music Department, 416HN, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10065.
  • Students who want to concentrate in Music History or Ethnomusicology should submit one or two sample research papers on a musical subject. Send one copy along with the application and one copy to the Graduate Adviser, c/o Music Department, 416HN, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10065.
  • Students who want to concentrate in Music Theory must send - along with their application - a short essay dealing with some aspect of music (this essay could take the form of a term paper that was prepared for an undergraduate music theory or music history class), as well as samples of work in music theory (such as a choral harmonization, a figured bass realization, and/or a short tonal composition prepared for an undergraduate music theory class). Music Theory applicants also must arrange for an interview, during which they will be given a dictation exam and a diagnostic exam in music theory. Applicants in music theory should contact the Music Department Graduate Adviser, Prof. L. Poundie Burstein, to arrange for an interview and to find out more about our program and our admission procedures.

 

5. M.A.-Teacher Education Program in Music
For information on our graduate program in Music Education, please click on the following link:  Teacher Education Program in Music


6. Further Information for Prospective Graduate Students
Below is a list of many of the important links covered above, including links to the M.A. Audition Registration Form, and information on Graduate Financial Aid.

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Advisers

Undergraduate:
Mark Spicer, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music
Room 400B HN; 212-772-5024
Advising Hours

Graduate:
L. Poundie Burstein, Director of Graduate Studies
Room 400D HN; 212-772-5152
Advising Hours

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