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Music Education (except Piano Pedagogy)

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PhD in Music Education (except Piano Pedagogy)

Major Code: D706

Dr. Melissa Baughman
  • Vocal
Dr. Christopher Baumgartner
  • Instrumental
Dr. Charlene Dell
  • Strings
Dr. Lonnie Easter II
  • Instrumental / Jazz Studies
Dr. Casey Gerber
  • General, Area Chair
Dr. Eric Pennello
  • Instrumental

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Application Deadline

Applications for admission in the Fall must be received by January 1. Applications for admission in the Spring must be received by September 1.

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Assistantships

There is no separate application for assistantship. Unless the applicant indicates otherwise, we assume that all applicants are interested in being considered for assistantships. Please note that assistantships are usually awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters together. We very seldom have assistantships available for anyone entering in a Spring semester. We do not award assistantships for Summer sessions.

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Procedure for Applying

Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page) and all materials as described below. After submitting the online application, an in person interview/audition may be required, depending on your concentration.

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Application materials required for all graduate degrees

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • Submitted to the online application under the Statement of Purpose tab
    • What aspects of the program attract you to OU? Additionally, please answer one of the following prompts:
      • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
      • How would you describe your professional path to this point and your aspirations going forward?
      • What skills, expertise and experience do you bring to the degree, and how will you use your degree, post-graduation?
      • What is important to you musically, artistically, pedagogically, and intellectually?
  • Three letters of reference
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • Your three reference letters should include:
      • At least one letter from: your studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc., or a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer or composer.
      • At least one letter from: a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.

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Scholarly writing requirement

This degree requires you to submit a sample of your scholarly writing.

  • Submitted to the online application under the Supporting Documents tab
  • Preferably not more than 3 years old.
  • Should be recently revised.
  • Should be a minimum of 5 pages of double-spaced text, not counting bibliography.
  • Should represent your best writing and researching skills.
  • Should present a complete argument supporting a clear thesis.
  • Should feature a consistent method for citations and should contain a bibliography.
  • Please contact the Graduate Music Office (gradmusic@ou.edu) or the area chair for your program with any questions about meeting these requirements.

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Application materials and additional actions required for this degree

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Evidence of the successful completion of two years of full-time music teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, and/or college level, or the equivalent.
  • A recent video recording of classroom or private instruction, or ensemble rehearsal that demonstrates teaching effectiveness. Audio recordings of ensemble performances that the applicant has conducted may also be sent, but not as a substitute for the video recording. The applicant may request an on-site observation visit by music faculty in lieu of a video recording. The applicant bears all costs.
    • Audio or video files or links to online recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

Depending on on your concentration, you may need to submit additional materials or take additional actions, as described below.

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Emphasis in Choral Conducting

Applicants interested in an emphasis in choral conducting must provide a video recording of a choral rehearsal, or may schedule an on-campus interview/audition.

  • Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

Emphasis in Instrumental Conducting

Applicants interested in an emphasis in instrumental conducting must provide a video recording of an instrumental ensemble rehearsal, or may schedule an on-campus interview/audition.

  • Video files or links to online video recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.