Fall 2017 New Graduate Student Information


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Important Dates for August 2017

Event Date Event Time Location Required for
Tuesday, August 22 Musicology Entrance Exam 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Room 1030 Music Building Auditorium All new graduate students, except musicology and music education students
Wednesday, August 23 Music Theory & Score Reading Entrance Exam 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Room 1030 Music Building Auditorium All new graduate students, except Artist Diploma and music education students
Thursday, August 24 New Student Orientation 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Room 1030 Music Building Auditorium All new graduate students¹
Thursday, August 24 Aural Skills Exam 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Room 1030 Music Building Auditorium All new graduate students, except Artist Diploma and music education students
Friday, August 25 Online Registration Assistance 1:00 – 2:00 pm Rooms 2048/2052 Music Building  All new graduate students (optional)
Monday, August 28 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

¹University of Illinois students who are transferring from the MM to the DMA are advised to attend the breakout session on degree expectation for DMA students, 9:20 – 10:00 a.m.

Final Transcripts

All new graduate students must submit original, final transcripts to Music Admissions as soon as possible. The final transcript must display the degree name and conferral date. Students who do not submit final transcripts from previously attended institutions will have a hold placed on their account and will be blocked from registering for the Spring term.

Please submit final transcripts to:
Dr. Angela Tammen
Music Admissions
1114 West Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801 USA

Transcript Audits

All new graduate students (except Music Education and Artist Diploma) will be evaluated by transcript review for Foreign Language entrance requirements.  Audits must be completed and emailed to Music-Acad-Affairs@illinois.edu no later than July 1, 2017.

Music History, Music Theory, and Aural Skills proficiency will be determined by exam; see chart above for testing dates, times, and locations.

Music Education and Artist Diploma students do not complete Transcript Audits or Entrance Exams.

Study Guides for Entrance Exams

Students are strongly encouraged to study and thoroughly prepare for the entrance exams. Failing one or more section of the entrance exams may delay the sequencing of required academic coursework and thus slow down the progression to degree completion, in particular the DMA. Registration is required, so please make sure you register for the exams no later than July 31, 2017. Click here to register for the entrance exams.

If you are a current University of Illinois Graduate Music Student continuing to a new degree program (i.e. MM to DMA), and you have previously completed the entrance exams, you have met the entrance requirements; you are exempt from taking the entrance exams.

Fall Registration Details

  • Registration Tutorial – click here for learn how to register for fall classes.
  • Fall Ensemble Auditions – information coming soon.
  • Domestic (US Citizens) StudentsIf you are eligible for need-based aid (i.e., Student Loans), your loans will disburse after you are registered for classes.
  • International Students: Please review important information for Pre-Arrival Planning and Check-In with the International Student and Scholars Services Office (ISSS). Until you complete the requirements for ISSS, your registration hold will not be lifted.

Students Holding an Assistantship

Students who are first-time Teaching Assistants at the University of Illinois must attend the Graduate Academy for College Teaching programs hosted by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. The dates of these events are: Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22, plus a Microteaching session on Wednesday, August 23 or Thursday, August 24. The School of Music will register all new Teaching Assistants for this academy; however, students will select a Microteaching session during the Graduate Academy. We encourage you to select a Microteaching session on Wednesday, August 23, due to our entrance exams and orientation schedule. Click here for a copy of the program.

ISSS New International Graduate Student Orientation Fall 2017

Orientation Session 1: August 17-18

Orientation Session 2: August 21-23

ISSS is pleased to offer two Orientation Sessions for international graduate students this year, thanks to our wonderful colleagues who will be presenting. Orientation is not mandatory but it is strongly recommended for new international graduate students. Individual presentations will provide important information on topics such as immigration status, financial services, life as a college student, career planning and employment eligibility for F-1 and J-1 visa holders. Because some ISSS presentations occur at the same as academic/department orientations or meetings and academics come first, students are encouraged to attend mandatory academic orientation and meetings and attend as much of the ISSS Orientation as possible.

How are the two Sessions different? The presentations within each Session are the same! The main differences are the times and locations. Orientation Session 1 occurs 2 weeks before classes start. Because there are not as many events happening this week, Session 1 is mainly during the day. Orientation Session 2 occurs the week before classes start. Session 2 starts late afternoon and continues through early evening and occurs over 3 days. Students can choose to attend one or the other Session, or they can mix and match presentations from each Session according to their schedule. If they are attending the Graduate Academy for College Teaching, we recommend they attend Orientation Session 1 (August 17-18), as the dates for Orientation Session 2 (August 21-23) might conflict with the Graduate Academy for College Teaching schedule.

You can view the session schedules and presentation descriptions here: http://isss.illinois.edu/students/incoming/orientation/grad_orientation.html.

Registration is encouraged: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/521786.

If you have questions, please contact ISSS at isss@illinois.edu.

Welcome Reception for New Graduate Students

This event is a great opportunity for students to meet peers all across campus. New and current students are invited to attend.

Monday, August 28, 2017

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Illini Union, Illini rooms A, B, C and South Lounge

Graduate Assistant Employee Orientation (for TAs, RAs, GAs, and PGAs)

Co-sponsored by Academic Human Resources and the Graduate College, this orientation provides information for teaching, research, pre-professional, and graduate assistants regarding appointments and benefits.  http://humanresources.illinois.edu/employees/new-hires/orientations.html Offered twice.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Illini Union, Room 404

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Illini Union, Room 314A

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.