Master of Music

Audition Dates for 2021-2022

Application and Audition/Interview Deadline: March 1

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022: Virtual Audition Day
  • Saturday, January 29, 2022: In-Person Audition Day
  • Friday, February 18, 2022: Virtual Audition Day
  • Saturday, February 19, 2022: In-Person Audition Day
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022: In Person Audition Day (deadline for assistantship consideration)
  • Saturday, April 16, 2022: In Person Audition Day

Conducting applicants: Audition dates will be emailed to you after you submit the Graduate College Application for admission.

Master of Music Degree Program

The Master of Music degree program, offered by the College of Musical Arts, is designed to prepare musicians to practice their specialization in the changing environment of current American musical culture. The program encompasses eleven fields: collaborative piano, composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, jazz studies music education, music history, music theory, performance, piano pedagogy, and vocal pedagogy.

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Materials concerning details about the graduate program in music at Bowling Green State University may be received upon request.

Prerequisites to Graduate Work

Applicants should possess an appropriate undergraduate degree, as well as potential for advanced study as evidenced by musical and intellectual abilities and achievements. In cases where an applicant is deficient in background, the departmental graduate faculty will require additional course work; for example, remedial courses in music history and music theory.

All new graduate students with assistantships are required to attend the Graduate Student Orientation (GSO), during which incoming students participate in seminars related to college teaching.

All new CMA graduate students must attend the departmental orientation sessions, and take music theory and music history entrance exams. There is a study guide for the theory/history exam available online.

Admission Procedure

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Music program should follow the instructions outlined in the Graduate College Application for Admissions. In addition to the general admission requirements set by the Graduate College, applicants must fulfill the following departmental requirements. Applicants electing the performance or conducting options may either elect a virtual audition or elect to upload a recorded audition into the application (in the portfolio section). However domestic students applying for music performance assistantships must present a virtual audition. Applicants electing music history, ethnomusicology, music theory or composition emphasis must submit examples of their work with their applications. Music education and music theory applicants are required to have an online interview

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

A number of graduate assistantships and scholarships are available. A list of available assistantship positions and other information is available on our assistantships and scholarships page.

Audition/interview and application deadline is March 1.

Audition Dates for 2021-2022

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022: virtual auditions
  • Saturday, January 29, 2022: in-person auditions
  • Friday, February 18, 2022: virtual auditions
  • Saturday, February 19, 2022: in-person auditions
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022: in-person auditions (deadline for assistantship consideration)
  • April 16, 2022: in-person auditions

Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before your audition/interview date.

Conducting applicants: Audition dates will be emailed to you after you submit the Graduate College Application.

To be considered for admission to the master’s program, submit:

  • BGSU Graduate College Application
  • Scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official or notarized copies of transcripts from all institutions where a degree was earned (showing dates when the degrees were conferred) and diplomas from international institutions must be submitted.
  • $45 domestic application fee and $75 international application fee
  • Scores from Graduate Record Exam (GRE) sent directly from testing company, General Test only, for students applying in Ethnomusicology, Music History and Music Theory. Not required for students applying in Music Performance, Music Composition, and Music Education. NOTE: BGSU is temporarily waiving the GRE requirement for all applicants to all of the University’s master’s degree programs through fall 2022.

Within the BGSU Graduate College Application, you will see the College of Musical Arts Secondary Application section, where you will provide names and contact information for principal teachers, and indicate your preferences for assistantship consideration. In the secondary application you may either select and audition day (live or virtual) or elect to upload a recorded audition into the application (in the portfolio section). However, domestic students applying for music performance assistantships must present a live or virtual audition. If  you have already selected a virtual audition date, you will be sent information about setting up the virtual audition. 

You do not need all of your application materials (see below) uploaded to submit your application. As long as the application is completely filled out you can submit the application and then go back to upload your application materials. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

Music Performance applicants may either select a live or virtual audition or elect to upload a recorded audition into the application (in the portfolio section). However domestic students applying for music performance assistantships must present a live or virtual audition. 

Music Education applicants will present an online interview and will submit the following online through the Graduate College application:

  • A 10-minute, video-taped performance on an instrument or voice.
  • A continuous 15-minute, video-taped teaching or rehearsal segment.
  • A writing sample - essay of no more than 1,000 words, reflecting on a successful or unsuccessful teaching moment experienced in a recent teaching setting. Include descriptions of the setting, your student(s), the learning goal(s), student performance, and the measure of success. Based on the outcome, outline an appropriate plan for the next lesson.

Music Composition applicants must submit scores and sound files of representative original works online through the Graduate College application. To be considered for the Toledo Symphony Composition Scholarship, composition applicants must include a previously written work for orchestra and/or a large instrumental ensemble in their application portfolio.

Ethnomusicology, History and Theory applicants must submit two or three in-depth undergraduate papers. Music Theory applicants must submit an analysis paper. All papers can be submitted online through the Graduate College application.

To be considered for an assistantship in the master’s program:

  • Submit a résumé through your Graduate College application.
  • Attend a live or virtual audition/interview, unless the candidate is not currently residing in the United States.

All applicants for music education assistantships must submit the following online through the Graduate College application:

  • 10-minute videotaped performance on an instrument or voice.
  • Continuous 15-minute videotaped teaching or rehearsal segment.

International Students:

  • Must earn the following on the TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language: 550 on the paper-based version, 213 on the computer-based version or 80 on the internet-based version (IBT). Scores must be sent directly to the Graduate College from the testing company.
  • See International Student Services for other requirements

Approximately 40 graduate assistantships become available for master’s candidates each year. The assistantships available can be found by clicking on the links below.  Assistantship needs may change during the course of the year and, in some cases, more than one vacancy may exist for one of the listings. Students may interview for assistantships outside of their major area.


Aural Skills, Composition, Music History, Music Technology, Music Theory, Instrumental and Choral Arranging, World Music, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and Non-major Offerings.

Availability and descriptions for Musicology/Composition/Theory assistantships.

Music Education

Class Piano, Choral Techniques, Cooperative School Band Assistant, Curriculum Lab, Field Experience, Classroom Techniques, Brass Techniques, Woodwind Techniques, String Methods and University Band Activities.

Availability and descriptions for Music Education assistantships.

Music Performance

Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Tuba/Euphonium, French Horn, Choral Assistant, Jazz, Guitar, Studio Piano/Piano Accompanying, Flute, Trombone, Percussion, Orchestra Conducting Assistant, Violin (Graduate String Quartet), Viola (Graduate String Quartet), Cello (Graduate String Quartet), Trinity United Methodist Church and Voice.

Availability and descriptions for Music Performance assistantships.

Music Office

Music Admissions Coordinator Assistant and Public Events Office

Availability and descriptions for Music Office assistantships.

Assistantship Information


Current first-year, nine-month contracts provide stipends from $5,000 to $9,085. In addition, students receive a partial to full tuition scholarship (instructional fees and non-resident fees) up to $18,678, for a total package up to $27,763 per year. 

Fall 2022 Appointment: August 22, 2022


Bachelor’s degree in music, 3.0 GPA and unconditional admission to the Graduate College. In most areas candidates must present a campus interview to be considered for an assistantship.


To be assured of consideration, candidates should complete the application and campus interview/audition by February 26, 2022. (The Orchestral Conducting application deadline is January 5, 2022 and the Choral Conducting application deadline is February 1, 2022.)

You can indicate your assistantship preferences on the BGSU Graduate College Application.

Additional information on assistantships can be found on the Graduate Assistantships page through the Graduate College website.

Scholarship Information

All students are considered for partial to full tuition scholarships, which may be awarded in lieu of assistantship awards. No application is required for scholarship consideration.  Applicants to the Master of Music in Composition degree program will be considered for the Toledo Symphony Composition Scholarship, a prestigious $10,000 award distributed equally between the student’s first and second years of master’s study as well as the opportunity to have an orchestral work written at BGSU performed by the Toledo Symphony during the annual Toledo Symphony Reading Session. To be considered for this award, composition applicants must include a previously written work for orchestra and/or a large instrumental ensemble in their application portfolio. 

For more information please call (419) 372-2182 or email Music Graduate Studies to request information about application procedures or available assistantships and scholarships.

Assistantships Outside The College of Musical Arts

Although most graduate assistantship positions are awarded through the academic departments, on occasion the Graduate College will receive notification of GA openings in other University offices/departments. These positions will be listed on the available graduate assistantships page. Contact the individual listed or review the accompanying job description for additional information.


Applied lessons and/or admission as a performance major

Students will be asked to sing one art song in English, French, German and Italian. In addition, an operatic aria or oratorio is required. It would be to the student’s advantage to have the repertoire memorized. 


Application Deadline: February 2

Audition requirements for admission to the master’s degree program in choral conducting as well as for graduate assistantship consideration for those who wish to major in choral conducting or choral music education.

  1. Rehearse and conduct one of the choral ensembles at BGSU.
  2. Demonstrate musicianship by singing or by playing on any instrument a short piece of his/her own choosing.
  3. An interview with Dr. Mark Munson, director of choral activities, will be required. Depending upon degree program, candidates will also interview with either the chair of music education, Dr. Elizabeth Menard, or the chair of performance studies, Dr. Laura Melton.

To schedule an audition, please call the graduate secretary at (419) 372-2182. After an audition is scheduled, contact Dr. Mark Munson at (419) 372-8288 or for details concerning repertoire.

Updated: 07/08/2020 03:00PM