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musgrad [at] indiana [dot] edu (Victoria Wheeler), Secretary
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More Information

Language Proficiency Requirements

There are several kinds of graduate language requirements in the Jacobs School of Music.

Master's, doctoral, and diploma programs in Voice and Early Music Voice

Grammar requirement

This requires students to demonstrate knowledge of French, German, and Italian grammar equivalent to two semesters at the college level with a grade of C or better in each. Students having fewer than two semesters with a grade of C or better in each of these languages must pass proficiency tests (the Music First Year Language Exam, or MFYLE) administered by Bloomington Evaluation Services and Testing (BEST) at IU or take appropriate courses:

French FRIT-F 100 Elementary French I (4 cr.) and FRIT-F 150 Elementary French II (4 cr.) or FRIT-F 115 Accelerated Elementary French (4 cr.)
German GER-G-100 Beginning German I (4 cr.) and GER-G 150 Beginning German II (4 cr.) or GER-G 105 Accelerated Elementary German (5 cr.)
Italian FRIT-M 100 Elementary Italian I (4 cr.) and FRIT-M 150 Elementary Italian II (4 cr.) or FRIT-M 115 Accelerated Elementary Italian (4 cr.)

Language courses taken at another university may potentially be used to satisfy grammar requirement if they meet certain criteria

Diction requirement

Requires students to dmonstrate proficiency in diction in French, German and Italian by examination or by passing Jacobs School of Music diction courses with a grade of C or better. Students have two opportunities to take the diction exams (during orientation week of their first two semesters of enrollment, including summer). The courses are:

French Applied French Diction for Singers U233 (1 cr.)
German Applied German Diction for Singers U243 (1 cr.)
Italian Applied Italian Diction for Singers U253 (1 cr.)

MA in Musicology

Information about the German requirement for the MA in Musicology.

Diploma programs (all performance areas other than Voice and Early Music Voice)

International students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 510 (paper-based), 183 (computer-based) or 65 (Internet-based) to be considered for admission. That TOEFL score waives the foreign language requirement for those students.

Instrumental students whose first language is English must demonstrate knowledge of the grammar of one non-English language equivalent to two semesters at the college level with a grade of C or higher in each. Students having fewer than two semesters with a grade of C or better in each of these languages must pass proficiency tests (the Music First Year Language Exam, or MFYLE) administered by Bloomington Evaluation Services and Testing (BEST) or take appropriate courses.

Language courses taken at another university may potentially be used to satisfy the grammar requirement if they meet certain criteria.

DM in Choral Conducting

Grammar requirement

This requires students to demonstrate knowledge of French, German, and Italian grammar equivalent to one semester at the college level with a grade of C or better in each. Students having fewer than one semester with a grade of C or better in each of these languages must pass proficiency tests (the Music First Year Language Exam, or MFYLE) administered by Bloomington Evaluation and Student Testing (BEST) or take appropriate courses:

French FRIT-F 100 Elementary French I (4 cr.)
German GER-G-100 Beginning German I (4 cr.)
Italian FRIT-M 100 Elementary Italian I (4 cr.)

Language courses taken at another university may potentially be used to satisfy the grammar requirement if they meet certain criteria.

Diction requirement

Requires students to dmonstrate proficiency in diction in French, German and Italian by examination or by passing Jacobs School of Music diction courses with a grade of C or better. Students have two opportunities to take the diction exams (during orientation week of their first two semesters of enrollment, including summer). The courses are:

French Applied French Diction for Singers U233 (1 cr.)
German Applied German Diction for Singers U243 (1 cr.)
Italian Applied Italian Diction for Singers U253 (1 cr.)

PhD programs in Musicology, Music Theory, Music Education and DM programs in Early Music

This is typically required as a research skill in academic and other degrees and requires students to demonstrate reading proficiency. Reading exams are administered by certain Jacobs School of Music departments (for example, Musicology) and by the University; see the information here about the GSFLE. Students who take graduate reading courses to meet this requirement must receive grades of B or better. Consult with the Music Graduate Office and your department for details on these requirements (including information about specific language options and whether an exam is required).

DM in Guitar

The DM in Guitar degree language requirement is one semester of HISP-S 491 Elementary Spanish for Graduate Students, which can be fulfilled either by taking the course at IU and earning a grade of C or better or taking the Music First Year Language Exam (or MFYLE) administered by Bloomington Evaluation Services and Testing (BEST) and placing into HISP-S 200 or higher.