M.M. - Woodwind Specialties

Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

Begin by applying online at http://go.unl.edu/gradapp.

  1. Create an account.
  2. Complete your application.
  • You will be asked to upload scanned copies of your transcripts showing all postsecondary coursework completed, including all studies for which credit was granted (e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/admissions/requirements#transcripts. We require: Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale.
  • Students whose native language is not English or who have not previously earned a degree from an institution at which English is the official medium of instruction must enter their TOEFL or IELTS score and upload a copy of their score report. Official scores should be sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english. We require: TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.5 overall band score.
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. For each recommender, click the Submit Recommendation Request button to send a letter request to your reference writer. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required.
   3. Submit your application and pay the application fee of $50 ($25  if you are currently an active student at UNL). After you’ve clicked “Submit,” validated your information, and paid the application fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email indicating that the application was successfully submitted and providing a link to request an audition/interview date.

Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirements: To assist candidates in achieving success in the required audition, the following requirements have been set by the area.  Please refer to the list below in knowing how to prepare.

Prepared Live Audition Materials:

Students should declare a primary/major instrument and secondary instruments A, B, C. The major instrument, or secondary instrument A or B, must be a double reed.

To assist candidates in achieving success, the following requirements have been set by the area: An audition of approximately 30 minutes, demonstrating capabilities on two different woodwinds (refer to #1 and #2 below for a description of the expected proficiency levels). Because the degree requirement includes a performance on a double reed instrument that is at a level equivalent to a junior music major, students are strongly advised to audition on oboe or bassoon if neither is the primary instrument. Personal auditions are preferred and are required of all Nebraska residents.

1. The expected proficiency level for the major instrument is the same as that of a MM audition in performance. Please see the major area requirements listed above for specific audition requirements. This portion of the audition or audition CD will be 20 minutes in length.
2. The expected proficiency level for the secondary instrument is equivalent to that of an entering first-year undergraduate student. An approximately 10-minute sample of representative repertoire for the secondary instrument is required. Representative works include, but are not limited to: flute - Handel Sonata in G Major; oboe - Telemann Concerto in F Minor; clarinet - Finzi Five Bagatelles; bassoon - Telemann Sonata in F Minor; saxophone - Tcherepnin Sonata Sportive.

Master of Music

Option III - Woodwind Specialities Emphasis

AreaCourseCredit HrsTotal Credits
Applied Music NOTE: Either the major, A, or B must be a double reed.   14 hrs
  major instrument 4 hrs  
  2nd instrument - A 4 hrs  
  3rd instrument - B 4 hrs  
  4th instrument - C 2 hrs  
Core Courses     15 hrs
  MUSC 862 - Instrumental Literature & Pedagogy 4 hrs  
  MUSC 836 - Intro to Grad Studies 2 hrs  
  History and Theory 9 hrs  
  Theory: (3 or 6 hrs)    
  History: (3 or 6 hrs)    
Other Music Courses     7 hrs
  MUEN 8XX - Grad Ensemble 2-4 hrs  
  MUEN 852 - Chamber Music 0-2 hrs  
  Music Electives 3 hrs  
  MUSR 68-Recital Attendance (4 semesters) 0 hrs  
Recital MUSR 98 - Grad Recital Primary Instrument (50 min.)   0 hrs
  MUSR 98 - Grad Recital Secondary Instrument (30 min.)    
  MUSR 98 - Grad Recital Secondary Instrument (30 min.)    
    TOTAL: 36 hrs


Suggested Lesson Credits and Recital Scheduling Plan

Name of courseHours
Applied Music   14 hrs  
Breakdown of courses
  major instrument 4 hrs  
  2nd instrument - A 4 hrs  
  3rd instrument - B 4 hrs  
  4th instrument - C 2 hrs  
Semester 1Semester 2
Major Instrument - 2 credits Major Instrument - 2 credits (+ Recital)
  Secondary Instrument A - 2 credits
Semester 3Semester 4
Secondary Instrument A - 2 credits (+ Recital) Secondary Instrument B - 2 credits (+ Recital)
Secondary Instrument B - 2 credits Secondary Instrument C - 2 credits

The major instrument, or secondary instrument A or B, must be a double reed.