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Undergraduate

The Department of Music welcomes all students to participate in its ensembles and other courses. Students should contact the ensemble directors listed by area below.

Applicants considering a major in music must demonstrate a level of proficiency on his or her instrument or voice that shows adequate musicianship and commitment to study in a professional degree program. All students considering a major in music must audition for the Department of Music as part of the application process.

Applying to CCSU as a music major consists of two steps:

  1. Apply to the University using the online application at www.ccsu.edu/applyOnline/

  2. Apply to the Department of Music and schedule an audition date. Application may be found here, call 860-832-2912, or email our secretary Heather Eaton.

For audition requirements, click here.

Undergraduate Shadow Days

Where to start? Find out what we are about!

We invite you to schedule a shadow day on any Wednesday or Thursday during the academic semester with one of our student ambassadors. Your visit to campus could include, attending classes, observing rehearsals or even a lesson with a faculty member appropriate to your applied music area. No matter at what point you are in the college selection process, this is a great way to discover the excellence that our Department of Music can offer you!

To schedule your visit please email the faculty member listed below who most closely aligns with your area of interest, or call the Music Department secretary Heather Eaton at 860-832-2912: 

Please email specific faculty for further information below:

Graduate

The Department of Music at CCSU offers three graduate programs—a Master of Science in Music Education, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education, and a Post-Master's Certificate in Music Education.

Guidelines for application follow.

Master of Science in Music Education

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Music Education degree program at Central Connecticut State University is designed to provide certified music teachers with advanced study and professional training beyond the baccalaureate degree in music education, music history, music theory, and performance. Applicants to the Master of Science in Music Education degree program must have completed a bachelor's degree in music education or music at an accredited institution and hold a valid teaching license. The Department of Music at CCSU requires that applicants have at least one year of teaching experience at an elementary or secondary, public or private school before applying for the M.S. in Music Education degree program.

Application to the M.S. in Music Education consists of two steps:

  1. Apply to the University using the online application at www.ccsu.edu/applyOnline/

  2. Apply to the Department of Music and schedule an audition/interview date. Application may be found HERE or call 860-832-2912 or email our secretary Heather Eaton.

    • On the day of the audition applicants will take a graduate theory and aural skills placement exam, intended to evaluate your knowledge of basic undergraduate theory and aural skills. Information on this exam can be found HERE.

    • Applicants will also complete a personal interview with members of the Department's Music Education Faculty. The interview is conducted to assess the applicant's ability to analyze and synthesize their life experiences as indicators of the student's potential for a Master's in Music Education candidacy.

    • All applicants to the Master of Science in Music education should bring a portfolio to the interview. Portfolio requirements can be found on the application.

    • The minimum GPA requirement is a 2.70 based on a 4.00-point scale where an A is 4.00.

Certifications

Post-Master's ("Sixth Year") Program in Music Education

Application to the Post-Master's Program in Music Education consists of two steps:

  1. Apply to the University using the online application at www.ccsu.edu/applyOnline/

  2. Apply to the Department of Music and schedule an interview date. Application may be found HERE or call 860-832-2912 or email our secretary Heather Eaton.

    • To schedule an interview, please contact the Department of Music Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Carlotta Parr (860-832-1732).

    • All applicants to the Post-Master's Program in Music Education Program should bring a portfolio to the interview. Portfolio requirements can be found HERE.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Music Education

Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program in Music Education consists of two steps:

  1. Apply to the University using the online application at www.ccsu.edu/applyOnline/

  2. Apply to the Department of Music and schedule an audition/interview date. Application may be found HERE or call 860-832-2912 or email our secretary Heather Eaton.

    • On the day of the audition applicants will take a graduate theory and aural skills placement exam, intended to evaluate your knowledge of basic undergraduate theory and aural skills. Information on this exam can be found HERE.

    • Applicants will also complete a personal interview with members of the Department's Music Education Faculty. The interview is conducted to assess the applicant's ability to analyze and synthesize their life experiences as indicators of the student's potential for Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Music Education study.

    • All applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Music Education will complete a performance audition. For audition requirements, click here.

    • The minimum GPA requirement is a 2.70 based on a 4.00-point scale where an A is 4.00.

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