School of Music
Admission Info Prospective Graduate Students

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Thank you for your interest in graduate studies at the ECU School of Music. Graduate students in our program receive the Master of Music degree in music education, performance, or theory-composition.

Important Deadlines: For Graduate Assistantship and Out-of-State tuition waiver considerations, applications and auditions MUST be complete by March 1, 2016. All other applicants must submit a complete application and audition by Ap. 1, 2016.

**Please note that the University is closed Dec. 18 - Jan. 8. Please expect a longer processing time of your application during this period.

Application Procedures: Graduate School
Degree seeking applicants must complete the following steps:
  1. Submit an application online or by mail to the Graduate School with the application fee
  2. Mail in one package to the Graduate School.
  • Application and Application fee (if not submitted electronically)
  • Official transcripts from all schools where credits were earned.
  • Statement of their professional and educational goals in pursuing graduate study in music. (form available)
  • Three letters of professional recommendation from former professors, private teachers, or teaching supervisors. (form available)
  1. Have official MAT, GRE, and/or TOEFL scores report sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate School
Go to for specific forms and more detailed information.

Application Procedures: School of Music

Submit the following materials to:

Graduate Admissions
School of Music
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Recorded Auditions

On-campus auditions are strongly recommended. If you live a great distance from the university, you may choose to submit a recent recording. Recordings should be accompanied by a written statement indicating the date of the recording and the specific graduate program in which you are interested.

Auditions Procedure
Applicants should perform literature that displays their abilities to the best advantage. Please be advised that a written examination in music theory and history will be administered on the audition day as well. 

Performance of three contrasting compositions (or movements of larger works) from the major repertoire for the instrument are required. Sight-reading and scales and arpeggios may be requested.

•Prepare a minimum of six selections in differing styles and expressing proficiency in English, French, German, and Italian.
•At least one selection must be an operatic aria. At least one selection must be an aria from an oratorio.
•Memorization of all works is required.
•An accompanist will be provided for your audition.


Contact Information
If you need more information or have questions concerning admission to the School of Music, you can contact the faculty in your area, or the School of Music Graduate Admissions Office:

Dr. Rachel Copeland
Director of Graduate Studies