Applying to the Aaron Copland School of Music
All music applicants must apply to Queens College online by visiting the Queens College Admissions Website. In addition to the application to Queens College, applicants to the following programs must use GetAccetpd to schedule an audition, placement exam (undergraduates only), and theory quiz (Master of Music in Classical Performance and Master of Music in Conducting).
- All undergraduate programs
- Master of Music in Classical Performance
- Master of Music in Conducting
- All Certificate and Diploma programs in classical performance
- Master of Music in Jazz Studies (Performance)
Placement Exams and Theory Quiz
- Undergraduate Placement Exam: All undergraduate applicants are required to take the placement exam in addition to the audition. See more information here.
- Master of Music Theory Quiz (Classical): All applicants to a Master of Music program in classical performance, including conducting, are required to take a quiz in basic music theory. See more information here.
- Master of Music Theory Quiz (Jazz): All applicants to the Master of Music in Jazz Performance are required to take a quiz in jazz theory. In addition to prepared pieces, all Jazz program applicants will be required to demonstrate their understanding of Jazz theory. The evaluation would include knowledge of intervals, tritone substitutions and chord extensions.
To apply, click on any Apply Now link below to access Acceptd, then select your degree level and program to complete your application.
For any questions feel free to call the music office at 718-997-3800 and leave a clear message. We will do our best to assist you with the application process.
Audition Registration Deadline
The deadline is a week prior to the audition date based on the instrument. For example, if voice auditions are on Sunday, February 27, 2022, then the GetAccetpd application deadline will be Sunday, February 20, 2022.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is an academic music program with a strong liberal-arts component. This program provides a solid, structured musical education and a firm foundation for more advanced career studies. Students choose one of four concentrations: general music, music history, music theory, or composition.
Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Music Education
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education prepares students for New York State Initial Teacher Certification in Music Pre-K–12. This program (coordinated with the Queens College School of Education) provides a solid, structured musical education and a firm foundation in music pedagogy for students preparing to teach in public or private schools. Students complete the college’s general-education requirements and a foundational music curriculum, along with classes in education and music education.
Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Performance
Admission to this professional program in classical performance is by competitive audition for qualified instrumentalists and singers. The program is planned to equal the training available in a conservatory. It includes intensive private instruction in the major instrument, ensemble requirements, and a senior recital, in addition to the required music curriculum, and in addition to the general-education sequence mandated by Queens College.
Five-Year/ Bachelor of Music Performance Degree with Initial Certificate in Music Education
This program is for students who have been accepted into the Bachelor of Music in Performance but who also wish to pursue teacher certification. For the first two years, students follow the standard Bachelor of Music curriculum, including the college’s general-education requirements. Beginning in the junior year, students add the music education sequence and education courses required for certification. Typically this will require at least one additional year of study in order to meet all requirements, including student teaching. The fifth year will be done as part of the Advanced Certificate in Music Education program, following the student's graduation with the Bachelor of Music degree. Students in this program will be automatically admitted to the Advanced Certificate program upon their Bachelor of Music graduation. A performance audition and placement exam are required for admission to this program.
Certificate and Diplomas in Classical Performance
The Advanced Certificate, Professional Studies, and Artists Diploma programs provide access to the finest music performance education. Ideal candidates may be:
- International students who possess an undergraduate degree in music from an overseas institution and are ready for advanced musical performance training in the United States, but who do not have the required English-language skills to enter a Master of Music program.
- Students seeking to enroll in graduate study who are not yet deemed eligible for the Master of Music program, or students seeking an additional year of study prior to entering a graduate music program.
- Students who already possess an MA or MM degree and wish an additional year of study with our distinguished performance faculty.
Performance — Advanced Certificate
Requires a completed undergraduate degree in music (BA or BMus)
Performance — Professional Studies
Requires a completed MA or MM degree
Performance — Advanced Diploma
Requires a completed MA or MM degree and the Professional Studies Certificate in performance
Master of Music in Classical Performance
The Master of Music in Classical Performance includes private instruction in the major instrument or voice, ensembles, studies in historical performance practice, and other courses geared to the needs of classical performers. A student may major in a standard orchestral instrument, a keyboard or early-music instrument, classical guitar, or voice.
Master of Music in Conducting
The Master of Music in Conducting prepares conductors for professional positions as conductors or for doctoral study in conducting. Students receive one-on-one training with a member of the conducting faculty and serve as assistant conductors. Hands-on experience is supplemented by courses in music literature, analysis, and historical performance practice. Students major in orchestral conducting, choral conducting, or wind-ensemble conducting.
Master of Music in Jazz Studies
The MM in Jazz Studies includes private instruction, jazz ensembles, studies in jazz harmony, improvisation, arranging, recording techniques, and other courses suited to the needs of today's jazz musician. Students may major in either jazz performance or jazz composition.
Master of Music in Composition
The Master of Music in Composition is designed for students who compose in the classical tradition. Individual lessons in composition are supplemented by a weekly composers’ workshop and by courses in music theory, analysis, orchestration, and other areas useful to composers.
Master of Arts in Musicology
The Master of Arts in Musicology is for students who wish to prepare themselves for doctoral study in musicology, and for those in other fields who either need or want a master’s degree and have a strong interest in musicology. Students study recent developments in the field and write a final thesis.
Master of Arts in Music Theory
The Master of Arts in Music Theory is for students who wish to prepare themselves for doctoral study in music theory, and for those in other fields who either need or want a master’s degree and have a strong interest in musics theory. Strong emphasis is placed on analysis. Students study traditional and recent analytical techniques and write a final thesis.
Master of Science in Music Education
The Master of Science in Music Education program is designed to increase the professional knowledge and skills of probationary teachers working toward professional certification. The program stresses the foundation and psychology of music and education, the teaching of elementary general music, vocal and instrumental pedagogy, conducting and research.
Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate in Music (pre-K-12)
The Advanced Certificate is a non-degree program comprised of pedagogical courses mandated by the New York State Education Department for Initial Certification. Students will be guided through the required pedagogical coursework and student teaching.