James Madison University School of Music

James Madison University School of Music

Welcome to the online application site for the graduate programs of James Madison University School of Music.

At this time, this site is for Graduate Admissions only. If you are a high school student and wish to apply to our undergraduate program, please click here.

James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley approximately one hour from Charlottesville and two hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond.  The School of Music, an all-Steinway school, offers the following graduate programs: Master of Music in composition, conducting, music education and performance and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting, Pedagogy, Literature or Performance, Pedagogy, Literature. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree has been designed to make graduates more marketable in higher education by emphasizing pedagogy and literature along with advanced conducting or performance skills. Candidates with a B.M. or its equivalent earned before Fall 2014 are eligible to apply for the M.M. and candidates with an M.M. earned before Fall 2014 are eligible to apply for the D.M.A.


Our Graduate Application is in two parts,  the Graduate School Application and the School of Music Application:

The Graduate School application consists of an application form accompanied by a fee of $55. If you are an international applicant, please also follow the links on the Graduate School webpage to the additional documents required of you. Click here to apply to the Graduate School.

The School of Music application consists of the following documents and pre-screening video submitted through GetAcceptd accompanied by a fee of $25:

  • Curriculum Vitae or Résumé (including a repertoire list for applied and conducting applicants).
  • Written statement of future goals and your interest in the program.
  • Unofficial Transcripts. Note that the Graduate School does not require official transcripts to be sent to them unless you have already been accepted by the School of Music. If you are an international applicant and have an unofficial credential evaluation and unofficial TOEFL scores such as screen shots, please also submit them here if available.
  • Preliminary audition video recording (for MM and DMA conducting and performance) OR a portfolio of sample compositions (for MM composition majors only) OR a teaching audition video (for the MM in music education only). Note: Applicants in music education who do not have an undergraduate degree in music from a N.A.S.M.-approved institution, must also submit a video audition on their applied instrument.
  • All applicants will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of THREE persons who will be asked by us to write confidential letters of recommendation. For music education applicants, at least one must be a supervisor/educator who has seen them teaching (such as a high school principal). Other recommenders should be professionals who know your work such as your applied teacher or other college professor.
If your instrument is not listed on the drop-down menu, please consult the School of Music faculty website and contact the faculty member in your area.

Important dates and Deadlines:

Prescreening Deadlines (for all audio/video materials and/or composition portfolio):

January 15, 2014 MM and DMA Voice

January 31, 2014 MM and DMA Piano, Strings, Brass, Percussion, Woodwinds

February 14, 2014 MM Music Education (year-round program), MM Composition

February 28, 2014 MM and DMA Conducting (choral, orchestral, wind)

February 28, 2014 all programs: all materials must be submitted for full consideration for an assistantship.

March 7, 2014 all programs: On campus audition/interview must take place by this date for full consideration for an assistantship.

March 28, 2014 all programs: all materials must be submitted for admission only (no consideration for an assistantship).

MM Music Education 2014 summer-only program—application must be complete.