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Low-Residency Master of Music Degree

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Required Application Materials

Once you have started your application, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time.  When you have completed your application, you will be able to review and submit it before paying the application fee of $120. Once your application has been sealed, you will not be able to make changes. The application deadline has been extended to December 15, 2021.

After you have submitted your application…

Recommendation Letters

You will be asked to submit email addresses for three people who know your musical ability. These people will automatically be emailed with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation. Your recommenders will have until the application deadline of December 1st to submit their recommendations. If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, contact the Admissions office.

English Proficiency Scores

  • International applicants for Peabody undergraduate programs must submit a TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or Duolingo English Test (DET) score. International students currently attending school in the US should submit TOEFL/IELTS/DET or SAT/ACT if their period of enrollment in the US is shorter than two years. Students enrolled for two years or longer may submit ACT or SAT optionally, but are not required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DET.
  • Test scores will be self-reported on the application, and must be followed-up with verified scores through their respective testing agencies by the following due dates. Our TOEFL code number is 5532. We look for a TOEFL score of 79 or higher, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or a DET score of 105 or higher.
  • Your scores are due by November 1. If we do not have an official score by these dates, your application will be considered “incomplete” and we will be unable to make an admission decision.

*The Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Institute do not accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test.

College Transcripts

Please scan and upload your transcripts from the colleges you have attended to our application. These transcripts may be official or unofficial copies.  Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades.  We will not accept any hard copy transcripts during the application process.  They must be uploaded to your application.  Once you have been accepted if you choose to come to Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy, final transcript before orientation.

International applicants are required to upload all transcripts in English.

A qualifying undergraduate degree should include 3 years of study following completion of secondary school (or high school) and 25 post-secondary credit hours of non-musical study, the equivalent of 50 European transfer credits (ETCS).

Repertoire List

Upload a representative list of the repertoire you have studied in your major instrument or area.

Composition applicants: list your own works with instrumentation. Please star (*) repertoire performed in public.


Upload a copy of your resume.

Essays for the Computer Music and Composition

Computer Music: Upload an essay about why you have decided to pursue a degree from the Computer Music program. Three tracks are available in Computer Music, each with slightly differing application requirements. The following instructions are for specific tracks.:

  • Composition Track: Upload a portfolio and a recording of mature works for various media. The portfolio should include some works involving computer music.
  • Performance Track: Your performance skills will be auditioned by the Computer Music faculty. Please prepare material to perform a full solo recital including some works involving computer music.
  • Research/Technology Track: Upload a project report or research paper demonstrating knowledge and experience in the area of music-related research or technology you intend to pursue.

Financial Aid Application

The deadline for applying for financial aid is November 1.

Given the 13-month format of the Low-Res MM program, Peabody will not offer institutional aid for students seeking financial assistance. For Low Res students – Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Institutional Grants will not be applied to financial aid packages. However, federal loans, work-study, institutional loans and private loan options are available to students who qualify.

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.


Applicants for the Master of Music – Low Residency programs should submit all required materials by the December 15 application deadline. Students will be contacted by the faculty to schedule zoom interviews. Faculty will hold interviews and review all submitted materials. Audition repertoire information can be found here.

*Note: there are no pre-screening requirements for this program.

When will you learn the results?

Admission decisions will be released no later than December 15, 2021. Admitted applicants will have until January 15, 2022 to make their enrollment decision and pay their $700 enrollment deposit.