Graduate Studies

General Information

The School of Music at ISU offers three concentrations of study for graduate music students on the master of music (M.M.) degree:

  • Conducting (Choral or Wind)
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance

The ISU School of Music offers graduate assistantships in music to qualified candidates.

Application Information

Prospective graduate music students must apply both to the School of Music and to Indiana State University.

For the School of Music submit:

Mail this information to the Coordinator, Graduate Program in Music, School of Music, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809.

For Indiana State University submit:

  • Application for Admission (Online)
  • Application Processing Fee
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript

Mail this information to Graduate Admissions, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809.

In addition, prospective graduate music students must forward to the School of Music a concentration specific music performance audition, and a conducting videotape (for the Conducting concentration) or a research paper (for the Music Education concentration).

Admission Requirements

All prospective graduate music students must take each of the following placement exams:

  • Keyboard Proficiency
  • Music History and Literature
  • Music Performance
  • Music Theory

In addition, students must meet the specific requirements of a particular concentration as well as the general entrance requirements for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Review courses for the School of Music may be prescribed as a result of the Music Placement Exams; however, these courses do not count toward the academic requirements of the chosen concentration.

For international students, the ISU College of Graduate and Professional Studies also requires a score of 550 or better on the TOEFL Exam.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

The ISU School of Music offers graduate assistantships in music to qualified applicants. For consideration, prospective students must be admitted to the School of Music and the ISU College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Assistantship applications received after March 1 may not be considered. An assistantship carries a two-semester stipend of $7,000.00 (amount for 2010-11), and waives most in-state or out-of-state tuition and standard fees through fellowship and/or scholarship monies. Assistantship duties in the School of Music fall into two categories:

  • Teaching Assistantships: music education, music theory (music skills), piano (class piano), voice, and research
  • Service Assistantships: accompanying, bands (wind conducting), choirs (choral conducting), music literature, orchestra, and research

For further information contact the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Music, Dr. John Ibberson, (812) 237-2930, John.Ibberson@indstate.edu