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Master of Music Degree

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.

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.

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. While you must submit these email addresses by the December 1st deadline, your recommenders will have until December 1st (Spring Admissions), February 1st (Regular Admissions only), or April 15th (Late Admissions) to submit their recommendations.  If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, contact the Admissions office.

Teacher Preference

While you are encouraged to list studio teacher preferences on your application, these preferences have no bearing on the consideration for your admission to Peabody and are not shared with the faculty prior to your audition. Studios can fill up quickly, so we recommend listing 2 to 3 different faculty choices for areas of study that have multiple studio faculty. If you have any questions about teacher assignments, please contact the admissions office.

Biographies are listed alphabetically here, or you can find their information on the specific page under Area of Study. More information can be found on our FAQ page.

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.
  • DUE DATES: November 1 for Early Decision, February 1 for Regular Admission, April 15 for Late Admission. 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. International assistantship applicants must produce an acceptable score by the December 1st deadline.

*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.
Piano or Voice applicants: upload a complete repertoire list.


Upload a copy of your resume.

Essays for the Computer Music, Composition, and Musicology Programs

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.

Musicology: In lieu of an audition, you will have an interview with the appropriate faculty. You will need to upload an essay (1,500 words or more) about a musical subject of your choice. It must be typed with footnotes and supporting scholarly research. A previously written document is acceptable.

Spring Admission

Applicants seeking admission to start in the spring semester may apply by December 1. All recommendations and recorded audition materials are due at that time. If auditioning live, request an audition through the admissions office as soon as possible.

Financial Aid Application

(Deadline is November 1st for Spring Admissions, February 15th for Fall/Regular Admissions, or April 15th for Late Admissions)

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.


All auditions for entry to the fall 2021 semester will be held virtually. For more information regarding procedure, click here.

When will you learn the results?

Information from your audition/interview, along with the rest of your credentials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. On April 1 (June 14 for Late Admissions), we will send you an email containing audition results and access to other information related to your application. Decisions for incomplete applications will not be made until we receive the missing information.