Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Information


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Fall 2018 Entrance Exam Schedule

Event Date Event Time Location Required for
Tuesday, August 21 Musicology Entrance Exam 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Room 1030 Music Building Auditorium All new graduate students, except Artist Diploma, Musicology and Music Education students
Wednesday, August 22 Aural Skills Entrance Exam 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Room 1030 Music Building Auditorium All new graduate students, except Artist Diploma and Music Education students
Wednesday, August 22 Music Theory & Score Reading Entrance Exam 6:00 – 9:00 pm Room 1030 Music Building Auditorium All new graduate students, except Artist Diploma and Music Education students
Thursday, August 23 New Student Orientation 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Room 1030 Music Building Auditorium All new graduate students
Friday, August 24 Online Registration Assistance 1:00 – 2:00 pm Rooms 2048/2052 Music Building New graduate students (optional)
Monday, August 27                    FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

Study Guides for Entrance Exams

Students are strongly encouraged to study and thoroughly prepare for the entrance exams. Failing one or more sections 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, 2018. Click here to register.

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.

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) 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 20, 2018.

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

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

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 20 and Tuesday, August 21, plus a Microteaching session on Wednesday, August 22 or Thursday, August 23. 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 22, due to our entrance exams and orientation schedule. Click here for a copy of the program.

Helpful Links:

  • Registration Tutorial – click here for learn how to register for fall classes.
  • Fall Ensemble Auditions 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.

International Student Check-in and Orientation  

ISSS Check-in will be held at SDRP on the following dates:

August 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

August 18, CLOSED

August 19, 12:30 – 5 p.m.

August 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

August 21, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

August 22, 8:30 a.m. – noon

August 23, 8:30 a.m. – noon

Check the ISSS website for upcoming information about fall orientation for graduate students. If you have questions, please contact ISSS at isss@illinois.edu.

Welcome Reception for New Graduate Students

This celebratory event is a great way for students to kick-off the new year, especially students new to campus. Talk with current students, ask questions about campus, win prizes, and enjoy some light refreshments. New and current students are invited to attend.

Monday, August 27, 2018

4 – 6 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 employee orientation provides information for teaching, research, pre-professional, and graduate assistants regarding appointments and benefits.  Offered twice.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Illini Union, room 404

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Illini Union, room 314A

9 – 10:30 a.m.