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Music Admissions

At Duquesne University, you will find a community of dedicated musicians and educators with the resources you need to prepare for a career in music.  Offering a comprehensive, conservatory-style setting, the Mary Pappert School of Music is preparing and empowering students to become well-rounded music professionals.

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*Admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music involves a 2-step process.  All applicants must first apply at the university level. Once provisionally accepted, applicants must then schedule an audtion. Learn more about this process.

The Mary Pappert School of Music prepares you to be a leader in the creative field of music. Learn more about our new 50% Tuition Scholarship.


Visit The Mary Pappert School of Music

Individual visits, student evaluations, and family consultations can always be scheduled by contacting the Office of Music Admissions.

Undergraduate

We make attending Duquesne affordable.

All new undergraduate students entering as freshmen in the fall 2018 are eligible for a 50% scholarship.

These scholarships are renewable for four years of undergraduate study as long as the student remains enrolled full-time in the School of Music. *This scholarship program is only available to incoming freshmen beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

Learn more about the Lead With Music Scholarship Program.


Ready to start the application process?

Take a moment to review the application checklist.


Music Scholarships & Financial Aid Information

100% of undergraduate music applicants receive some form of financial assistance from the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Other forms of financial aid are handled directly through Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid counselors are avaialble for individual appointments and counseling. Visit the Financial Aid webpage.

*For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid  (412) 396-6607.

Graduate

The Mary Pappert School of Music is accepting graduate applications for Fall 2018.

Applicants for the graduate division must successfully complete the graduate application. All applicants must have completed adequate undergraduate studies in music in order to apply (bachelor's degree, college-level conservatory diploma, or their foreign equivalent in music). Additional requirements pertinent to each graduate degree program may be required.

An audition is required for all programs. Live auditions are recommended, however, recorded auditions are also accepted. Learn more about the audition process.


Graduate Assistantships - Full & Partial-Tuition

The Mary Pappert School of Music offers a number of graduate awards and assistantships.  These are assigned on a competitive basis to applicants with extraordinary academic achievements and/or performance abilities.  Such awards are granted in return for providing service to the Mary Pappert School of Music in a variety of capacities.  Appointments are for a period of one year and may be renewed for a second year on the basis of proven competence.  The Graduate Assistantship awards provide scholarship and/or stipend in exchange for duties in the following areas:

  • Music Theory/Aural Skills
  • Music Education
  • Music Technology
  • All Instrument areas - Brass, Percussion, Strings, Winds, Voice/Opera Workshop
  • Research Assistants
  • Large Ensembles 
  • Choral Studies
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Jazz Studies
  • Sacred Music/Organ

Applicants who wish to apply for a graduate award must complete the Application for Assistantship in addition to applying for Graduate Studies. No applicant can be considered for an award until all application materials have been received and audition requirements fulfilled. The Graduate Assistantship Application must be submitted as soon as possible for full consideration.


Ask about our Full-Tuition Graduate Assistantships in the Triano Woodwind Quintet and the DeBroff String Quartet.

Contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064


Acceptance Policies

At the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies, a personal interview may be required of any applicant before admission. After all application materials have been reviewed and evaluated, the Mary Pappert School of Music will issue the applicant an official statement of acceptance or rejection. Degree candidacy will be determined upon the completion of 12 credits in required courses with at least a 3.0 QPA.

Diagnostic Examinations

New graduate students will be required to take an examination covering music history / literature and theory / analysis. The exam is given online and is for diagnostic and advisement purposes only.


Financial Aid

Other forms of financial aid are handled directly through Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid counselors are avaialble for individual appointments and counseling. Visit the Financial Aid webpage.

*For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid  (412) 396-6607.

Transfer

A few things you should know about transferring to the Mary Pappert School of Music:

In addition to the University application and audition process, transfer applicants must also submit the following forms:

Music School Transfer Form
University Transfer Form

Transferring Credits

Students who are anticipating transferring music credits are encouraged to submit their transcripts to the Office of Music Admissions for preliminary review. Submission of supporting documents may be required. The School of Music generally accepts credits from acollege or university equally accredited by the National Association of School of Music (NASM).

*For additional information on transferring to Duquesne University, please contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064.

Internal Transfers

Current Duquesne University students who intend to internally transfer to the school of music are required to complete the audition process and an interview with the applicable area chair.

*Quesitons? Please contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064.

Post-Baccalaureate

Continue your passion for Music Education at the Mary Pappert School of Music

The Post-Baccalaureate Program for Music Teacher Certification is open to those holding a B.M. or B.S. degree from an NASM-accredited (or equivalent) institution. Admission is contingent on the successful completion of all entrance and audition requirements, and an interview with the Department Chair of Music Education. Candidates in the program are expected to demonstrate excellent leadership qualities, outstanding communication skills, critical thinking and analysis abilities, and a genuine interest in a service-oriented profession.

Applicants for the Post-Baccalaureate Certification program in Music Education should contact the Office of Music Admissions for application instructions.

International

We welcome students from around the world!

At Duquesne, we are educating the musical leaders of the twenty first century through challenging music degree programs for the mind, heart, and spirit. Our University motto, "Spiritus Est Qui Vivificat," It is the Spirit Who Gives Life, inspires our classrooms, rehearsals, and concert venues.  Learn more about the application and admission process for International Students.  

International Students interested in Music Education
When applying for certification you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States; or
  • Hold a permanent resident visa that allows you to live and work in the U.S.; and
  • File a declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen.

*International students are defined as those who do not hold U.S. citizenship, green card (permanent resident) status, or refugee/asylum status.

All international students, regardless of intended degree, must apply to the university and schedule an audition. Recorded auditions and/or individual appointments are available upon request.

For more information please contact the Office of Music Admissions at musicadmissions@duq.edu  (412) 396-5064.