Department of Music Education


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How to Apply

Undergraduate Admissions

Entrance to the Jacobs School of Music is arranged through the Office of Music Admissions. It is based on a successful audition in the student's performing medium, an interview with the music education faculty, and admission to Indiana University. For specific application instructions, please visit the Admissions website.

Graduate Admissions

All persons with a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college, university, conservatory, or its demonstrated equivalent are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate Division of the School of Music, which administers the graduate degrees in Music Education. For specific application instructions, please visit the Admissions website.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Each year, students at Indiana University Bloomington receive more than $280 million in federal financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, and income from work-study jobs. More than half of the students in the Jacobs School of Music receive federal aid. (Please note that international students are not eligible for federally funded, need-based assistance.) The Office of Student Financial Assistance, located in Franklin Hall, handles all matters regarding need-based financial aid. The Jacobs School of Music is not involved in administering need-based financial aid. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid website.

Undergraduate Merit-Based Scholarships

The Jacobs School of Music is committed to recognizing exceptional talent through merit-based scholarship awards. At the undergraduate level, merit-based awards include the Dean's Scholarship, Premier Young Artist Award, Jacobs Scholar Award, Presidential Scholars Awards, and more. Each year, the school awards more than $5 million in merit-based funds. All applicants to the Jacobs School of Music are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships based on their audition, portfolio, or interview results. Students are notified of Jacobs School of Music awards by April 1.

Please note that beginning with the Fall 2012 admission cycle, Jacobs School of Music applicants will not be considered for the IU Automatic Scholarships administered by the IU Office of Scholarships. Instead, the Jacobs School of Music will administer these scholarship funds, allowing applicants to be considered based on the combination of academic achievement and talent as it is demonstrated in the audition and / or interview. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid website.

Graduate Merit-Based Financial Aid

Merit-based awards, such as the Dean's Scholarship and the Jacobs Scholar Award, are also available to graduate students on a competitive basis. In addition, a limited number of Associate Instructorships and Graduate Assistantships are available each year in various departments.  These positions offer a near complete coverage of tuition cost and a cash stipend, and give the students invaluable experience teaching or performing other duties for their department.  Some doctoral students may also qualify for the four-year Jacobs School of Music Doctoral Fellowship, which is designed to provide significant financial funding for a student over four years. The JSOM Doctoral Fellowship is tailored to the needs of a given department and typically includes three years of Associate Instructorship and/or Graduate Assistantship and one year of a cash award (fellowship year). Graduate merit-based financial aid is highly competitive, and all applicants to a graduate program in the Jacobs School of Music are automatically considered for all forms of merit-based financial assistance. For further information about graduate merit-based financial aid, please consult the Graduate Financial Aid Policies and the Jacobs School of Music Handbook for Associate Instructors & Graduate Assistants.

Student Academic Appointments in the Music Education department are available on a competitive basis.  Music Education graduate students may apply for positions as Graduate Assistants and Associate Instructors (teaching assistants) in the following areas:

*  Fundamentals of Music

*  Music Methods

*  Introduction to Music Education

*  Instrumental Techniques

*  Supervision of Student Teaching

*  Pre-college Music Programs (Young Winds)

Several assistantships are available each year. Associate Instructorship awards are awarded based on teaching experience, academic record, and admissions interview. Assignment priority is given to doctoral students, then MME students, and then to MS students. 

Assistantships and Instructorships carry a yearly stipend and fee remission for in-state or out-of-state rates. Financial Aid decisions are made by April 1st for the following academic year.

For more information, please visit the Financial Aid website.

Dissertation Year Fellowship

Doctoral students in music education may apply for a Dissertation Year Fellowship, awarded by the Jacobs School of Music to an outstanding doctoral candidate on the recommendation of the music education faculty. The award provides a stipend of $12,000 for one academic year.

To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher and must be able to devote full-time work to the dissertation during the term of the fellowship; outside employment, if any, may not exceed 15 hours per week. Students must have been admitted to candidacy (i.e., passed the oral and written exams) before the beginning of the academic year covered by the fellowship. A student may receive the fellowship only once; students who applied unsuccessfully in a previous year and will still be working on their dissertations in the coming year are eligible to apply again.

To apply, send an email to the department chair, expressing your interest in being considered for the fellowship. In your email, include the dissertation title, the names of your research committee members, and the dates on which you passed or on which you expect to take the oral and written exams. Also attach a statement of not more than 250 words describing the current state of your dissertation work and the progress you expect to make within the one-year term of the fellowship.