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Getting into an MM program with a non-music Bachelors?

Discussion in 'Ask Patrick Neher [Archive]' started by SBassS, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. SBassS


    Mar 9, 2013
    Is it possible to get into a Masters program (performance or theory/composition) if your bachelors degree is not music related? Assume here that while gaining the bachelors, the student continues to take lessons, perform in ensembles, and continue work in theory and composition.
  2. PNeher


    Mar 31, 2005
    Bellingham, WA
    Of course! You simply need to meet the entry requirements, in theory, history, and performance. Many schools have an graduate entrance exam. If you pass the exam, and you meet prerequisites for required courses, you're good to go.
    If you need personal assistance, give me a PM and I will be pleased to consult with you, advise you where you may be deficient, and help you with your application. After 28 years in higher education, I am pretty familiar with most programs' requirements and how they can be manipulated to your advantage.
    Best !
  3. SBassS


    Mar 9, 2013
    Thank you! I'm asking for someone else, but if/when he has more questions, we'll come running for more advice!
  4. Ali Yazdanfar got into Rice University as a Master's student after receiving a degree in physics from Johns Hopkins. He had been taking lessons at Peabody on the side. He is also very good at the bass.

    Many schools put little to no weight into the quality of your entrance exams. These are generally for placement purposes only. For graduate programs in particular, nearly 100% of your acceptance is contingent on the audition itself. Some schools may also have relatively strict GPA requirements.
  5. SBassS


    Mar 9, 2013
    Thank you, Paul.
  6. wathaet


    May 27, 2007
    Yes, in fact the principal bass in Montreal was admitted into the Rice Masters program with a physics degree from Johns Hopkins. As far as I recall he won the Houston job a month or so after getting started with the degree. In fact, I wish more players would do what he did as it makes for well rounded musicians and gives you a way out if you have to leave the business later on.

    edit: I see Paul beat me too it.