For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:
December 15, 2019
(All Degrees Programs)
April 1, 2020
(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)
Preferred graduate audition days:
January 31, 2020
February 1, 2020
All other graduate auditions, except conducting; conducting auditions will be arranged by the faculty
Submissions will be reviewed starting on December 15, 2019.
Application Checklist - Specific Requirements
You must begin by applying to the UNL Graduate College at:
- To start the whole process you must complete the UNL Graduate College application form (with its $50 application fee), available on-line at www.unl.edu/gradstudies
- The Graduate College application will send you to an on-line site called G.A.M.E.S., where you will begin the specific application for the Glenn Korff School of Music. You can save material in G.A.M.E.S. and return to it via its own website (see below) to complete the music application.
Complete your application to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. at:
- You will need your NUID and Password to login to this application.
- 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: https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/reqs#transcripts
- We require:
Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale
- International Students (only) must enter their TOEFL score into G.A.M.E.S. and also have scores sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english We require:
TOEFL minimum = Paper-550 Internet-79 (IELTS 6.5)
- 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.
- You will request an Audition/Interview for the Saturday Graduate Audition Day in February, and submit any and all required creative/scholarly works, through G.A.M.E.S.; for video/audio submissions, you will be directed inside G.A.M.E.S. to another website called SlideRoom.
- For M.M. Jazz Studies - Performance emphasis: see audition information below.
- For M.M. Jazz Studies - Composition emphasis: submit creative/scholarly materials (see below).
Jazz Studies (Performance) Audition Information
To assist candidates in achieving success, the following requirements for the audition have been set by the area. Please refer to the list below in planning your preparation.
- American Popular/Jazz Standard that utilizes common ii-V-I progressions (such as: All the Things You Are, Have You Met Mrs. Jones, Stella By Starlight)
- Blues (using common ii-V-I progressions or "Bird Blues") in the key of your choice
- A selection based on "Rhythm Changes"
Jazz Studies (Composition) Creative/Scholarly Materials & Interview Information
- Submit a portfolio of 3 to 5 scores (PDF), in an array of media and jazz genres, directly through G.A.M.E.S. Your audio/video files are handled through another website, SlideRoom, to which G.A.M.E.S. will direct you. The fee for audio submissions to Slideroom (up to five files) is $6. Portfolios should be submitted not less than 4 weeks in advance of the scheduled audition day.
- Schedule an interview/audition. To begin with, select the Saturday Graduate Audition Day in February within G.A.M.E.S. You should then schedule the time of day of this interview directly by contacting the head of area Professor Tom Larson
This personal interview with members of our composition faculty is required. Discussion topics may include your background as a composer and performer, your theory proficiency, and other relevant topics.
Master of Music
Option III - Jazz Studies
|Area||Course||Credit Hrs||Total Credits|
|Major Area Courses||19 hrs|
|MUSC 867 Jazz Improvisation||3 hrs|
|MUSC 868 Jazz Pedagogy||3 hrs|
|MUSC 865 Jazz Theory||3 hrs|
|Select 6 credits from:||6 hrs|
|MUSC 837 Jazz History: Origins to Bop||(3) hrs|
|MUSC 838 Jazz History: Post Bop||(3) hrs|
|MUSC 898 ST: Small Group Arranging||(3) hrs|
|MUSC 898 ST: Large Group Arranging||(3) hrs|
|Large Ensemble||2-4 hrs|
|MUEN 845L UNL Jazz Orchestra||(0-1) hrs|
|MUEN 845M UNL Big Band||(0-1) hrs|
|Chamber Music||0-2 hrs|
|MUEN 844Y Jazz Small Groups||(0-1) hrs|
|MUSR 98 Recital||0 hrs|
|Other Music Studies (Music Core)||17 hrs|
|MUAP/MUCP Applied Music/Composition||12 hrs|
|MUSC 836 Introduction to Graduate Studies||2 hrs|
|Select 3 credits from:||3 hrs|
|MUSC 941 Theory Pedagogy||(3) hrs|
|MUSC 942 History Pedagogy||(3) hrs|
|MUSR 68 - Recital Attendance (4 semesters)||0 hrs|