Areas of study with specific requirements

Some programs require materials in addition to the application and other than the audition. Please select your area of study for more information.

Please submit a portfolio of composed works.

Undergraduate applicants who are successfully prescreened will be invited to campus for an audition on the date selected on the application.

Graduate applicants do not need to audition.

Portfolio requirements

Please submit a video with your application and follow the application procedures for Choral (PDF), Orchestral (PDF) and Wind (PDF) Conducting programs.

Students interested in pursuing an applied jazz instrument may do so by applying to the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies or the Master of Arts in Music with concentration in Jazz. For all other degrees that require an audition, that audition must take place on a classical instrument.

Jazz audition repertoire sheets

Undergraduate applicants

Applicants must perform a successful audition on their major instrument. Applicants whose major instrument is piano or guitar must also successfully audition on a traditional band or orchestral instrument for the bachelor's degree in Music Education Instrumental program, or on voice for the bachelor's degree in Music Education Choral program. An interview with the music education faculty is also required.

Master's degree applicants

In addition to your application, please submit the following:

  • Transcripts demonstrating a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in a completed bachelor's degree in music education or the equivalent.
  • Recent video recording that demonstrates your musical proficiencies as applicable to the music education setting. (May include your own performance or performance of students you teach.)
  • A current professional resume.

Following submission of these materials, applicants must complete an acceptable interview with the faculty. A member of the faculty will contact you to schedule this interview. An audition is not required. 

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. applicants

Please submit the following:

  • Current professional resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose — short essay explaining your future goals and reasons for your interest in doctoral study at UMKC
  • Recently written academic paper representative of your research and writing skills
  • Recording of a recent rehearsal or performance that represents your abilities as a music educator
  • GRE General Test scores

Applicants will be notified in early January regarding an invitation for an interview with the faculty and audition information.

 

Graduate applicants for the master's degree in Musicology (PDF) must also submit a sample of writing from an upper-level music history class and a statement of purpose. Please upload these documents to your application on the "writing sample" page.

Applicants for the master's degree in Music Theory must submit an example of analytical writing from an upper-level music theory or music history class, as well as a statement of purpose. Please upload these documents to your application on the "writing sample" page.

An informal interview will also be arranged by faculty. This interview may be conducted online or by phone.

All applicants must successfully interview with the music therapy faculty.

Undergraduate applicants

Please prepare two popular songs of your choice in any genre to sing a cappella during the interview with music therapy faculty. In addition, you will audition on your applied instrument or voice type. (Applicants whose major instrument is piano or guitar must also successfully audition on a traditional band or orchestral instrument, or on voice.)

Graduate applicants

An audition for evaluative purposes is required for those with a bachelor's degree in music who are  applying for the master's degree in the Music Therapy Emphasis program. This audition will be scheduled separately from the interview and typically does not take place on one of the audition days. It is generally scheduled just before the start of the school year.

Board-certified music therapists returning for the master's degree in Music Therapy provide clinical skill competencies in lieu of an audition.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.candidates have other requirements. Please contact the music therapy faculty for more information. 

Please submit a recording along with a sample of scholarly writing and a proposed program of audition repertoire (PDF) with your application for the doctorate and Artist's Certificate degree programs. Applicants who are successfully prescreened will be invited to campus for an audition on the date selected on the application.

Please submit a recording with your application for the master's, doctorate and Artist's Certificate degree programs. Applicants who are successfully prescreened will be invited to campus for an audition on the date selected on the application.

Audition repertoire sheet (PDF)

Please submit a recording with your application for all master's, doctorate, Performer's Certificate and Artist's Certificate degree programs. Applicants who are successfully prescreened will be invited to campus for an audition on the date selected on the application.

Audition repertoire sheet (PDF)

Please submit a recording with your application for graduate Voice Performance programs, including Lyric Opera of Kansas City Young Artists. Applicants who are successfully prescreened will be invited to campus for an audition on the date selected on the application.

Audition repertoire sheet (PDF)