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Low-Residency Master of Music Degree

The Low-Residency MM is available for Composition, Computer Music, and Guitar only and offers the artistic excellence and academic rigor of a Peabody education in a more focused and flexible format. This program allows you to complete your Master of Music degree in just 13 months. More information can be found here.

Use this check-list to keep track of all the required items. Click on each item (or scroll down) for details. Please consider printing this page so you can keep track of your progress. The Low-Residency MM is its own application round.

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. Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed or scheduled for an audition/interview unless we have receive the application fee. If you feel that you qualify for an application fee waiver, please email peabodyadmissions@jhu.edu with your request.

After submission you will not be able to make changes to the application itself, but you will be able to edit your portfolio through your application status portal.

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, please contact the admissions office at peabodyadmissions@jhu.edu.

English Proficiency

  • International applicants for all programs must submit a verified TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or Duolingo English Test score by the deadlines below.
    • We do not accept the TOEFL iBT at home edition. TOEFL or IELTS must be taken at a test center.
  • International students currently studying at an institution where English is the primary language, or in the US, should submit a TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo score if their period of enrollment in that school is less than two years.
    • Students enrolled for two years or longer at a school in which English is the primary language should submit a transcript from this school and do not need to submit an English proficiency test score.
  • Test scores will be self-reported on the application but verified test scores must be submitted through their respective testing agencies by the deadlines below. Peabody’s TOEFL School Code is 5532.
  • The test score submission deadline is November 1st.
    • If we do not have an official score by this date, your application will be considered incomplete and we will be unable to make an admission decision.
  • Minimum score requirements: TOEFL – 79, IELTS – 6.5 overall band score, Duolingo – 105.
    • We do not accept the TOEFL “My Best Scores” or the at-home edition.

Transcripts

Please scan and upload your transcripts from all schools you have attended to our application.

  • These transcripts may be an official or unofficial copy.
  • Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades.
  • We will not accept hard copy transcripts during the application process. Transcripts must be uploaded to your application.
  • If you are accepted and choose to enroll at Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy of your final transcript before orientation.
  • International applicants are required to upload an official English translation of all transcripts.

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 should list your own works with instrumentation. Please indicate any repertoire performed in public with an asterisk (*). Piano or Voice applicants must upload a complete repertoire list.

Resume

Upload a copy of your resume.

Essays

Essays are only required in 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

The FAFSA/CSS Profile Deadline is November 1st.

The FAFSA/CSS Profile submission is encouraged but not required for admission or Peabody scholarship consideration. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Auditions/Interviews

Auditions/interview for the Low-Residency MM program will be held on an ad-hoc basis and scheduled directly with the faculty. Requirements for auditions/interviews can be found here.

When will you learn the results?

Information from your audition and application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee after all auditions/interviews are complete. Decisions for incomplete applications will not be made until we receive the missing information.

  • Decisions will be released by December 15th
  • The enrollment decision deadline is January 15th