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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, Department Chair
Dr. Eric Pennello
  • Instrumental

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Application Deadline

Applications for admission in Summer or Fall must be received by February 1. Applicants for admission in Spring are encouraged to apply no later than 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
    • Why do you want this degree, and why do you want it from OU?
    • Include your reasons for applying, personal statement, and what you have learned about yourself and the field that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to the field.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • While all three of your letters of recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your ability to be a successful graduate student in a music program, we ask that you consider the following when requesting your recommendations:
      • One letter should be from a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer, conductor, or composer (e.g.:  studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc.).
      • One letter should be 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
  • This sample should not be more than 3 years old.
  • Minimum of 5 pages of double-spaced text, not counting bibliography.
  • Should represent your best scholarly writing and researching skills in music.
  • Should present a complete argument supporting a clear thesis.
  • Should feature a consistent method for citations.
  • Examples include but are not limited to a critical analysis, a research paper in musicology, music in culture, or music pedagogy, or an article suitable for publication in a recognized scholarly or professional music journal.

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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.