Important Dates

For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:

January 15th, 2019

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1st, 2019

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

February 8, 2019

Jazz auditions

February 9, 2019

All other graduate auditions, except conducting; conducting auditions will be arranged by the faculty

Submissions will be reviewed starting on January 15, 2019.

Admission Criteria:

  • M.M. GPA = 3.25/4.00 scale
  • Successful Audition
  • Evidence of scholarly writing ability
  • Evidence of fit between the applicant's goals/interests and the School's ability to address those goals/interests
  • (For International Students Only) TOEFL minimum=Paper-600 Internet-100 (IELTS 7.0)

Supporting Materials

For D.M.A. Percussion Performance applicants these materials include:

  • Submit required writing samples (details below)


Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

Apply to the UNL Graduate College at:
  • Complete UNL Graduate College application form (and $50 application fee) available on-line at
  • You must upload all transcripts into MyRed.  You will need one copy of transcripts of all undergraduate work and all previous graduate work (including all studies for which credit was granted; e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at:
Apply to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. application at:
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. Then for each one you must click the send request button to notify your reference writer.
  • Submit required writing samples (details below)
  • Schedule an interview/audition (date selected within G.A.M.E.S.)
Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials:  
Two required writing examples (submitted in G.A.M.E.S.)
  • Submit a statement of purpose (500-700 words; Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). Statement should be written by the applicant describing his/her future goals and how the D.M.A. can help attain those goals.
  • Submit a written exercise (Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). This writing example should be of one of two kinds. It may be an academic term paper of yours, complete with citations and bibliography. Alternatively, you may submit an essay written specifically for this application, for which you select two compositions performed, conducted or originally composed from a recent Master's or Doctoral recital that represent different historical periods or contrasting styles/genres. In this newly written essay you should discuss the characteristics of style and form in each composition, and iscuss each composer's contribution to THIS PARTICULAR GENRE OF MUSIC (i.e., discuss additional compositions, historical and/or theoretical significance of contribution, or compare/contrast your composition to well-known compositions of a similar genre or style).
Each writing example must include this honor code statement at the beginning of the essay:"On my honor, I have not received any unauthorized aid on this essay." Applicants' essays will also be subjected to random plagiarism software checks. Any violations of the honor code statement or evidence of plagiarism will result in the candidate's application portfolio being withdrawn from further consideration.


D.M.A. - PERFORMANCE:  Live Audion Information

Audition options include a live audition (preferred) or a Video file submission of a recent live performance.

Keyboard Percussion:

  1. A substantial four-mallet marimba solo from the standard repertoire.
  2. 2-3 orchestral excerpts for xylophone, bells, or vibraphone.
  3. Sight-reading.

Snare Drum:

  1. Two contrasting solos or etudes.
  2. Demonstration of PAS 40 essential rudiments.
  3. 2-3 orchestral excerpts.
  4. Sight-reading.


  1. Demonstrate several musical styles (funk/rock, swing, samba, jazz waltz, et. al) with appropriate fills.
  2. Solo or “trade fours” in several different styles.


  1. A solo for four or five drums.
  2. 2-3 orchestral excerpts.

World Percussion/other specialties (steel drums, hand drums, et. al)

  1. Optional but encouraged based on applicant’s strengths.
Auditions will also include a short interview with the UNL Percussion Faculty.

Semester by Semester Plan
D.M.A. Degree - Performance

Note 1: This plan assumes that the student has completed 36 hours of transfer credit that is applicable toward the degree.
Note 2: Any semester which exceeds 9 hours of coursework could be reduced if hours were taken in  a summer session.
Note3:  Not shown=2 semesters of chamber music and for most 3 semesters of large ensemble. 

Fall 1 Spring 1
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSC 881. Bibliography (1)
MUSC 8--. Music Theory/History (3)
MUSC 099. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSR 998. Recital (3)
MUSC 862. Lit & Pedagogy (2)
MUSC 099. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
Fall 2 Spring 2
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSC 9--. Theory or History Sem (3)
MUSC977. Performance Practice (3) 
MUSR 998. Recital (0) 
MUSC 099. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSR 998. Recital (3)
MUED 992. College Teaching in Music (3)
MUSC 099. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
Fall 3 Spring 3
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4) 
MUSR 998. Recital (0)
MUSC 8/9  Music History (3) 
Comprehensive Exams & Document
Proposal completed by Nov. 1
MUAP 9--. Applied Music (4)
MUSR 998. Lecture Recital (3)
MUSC999. Doctoral Document (3)