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    The mission of the Division of Music at Samford University is to nurture persons by developing musical skills, knowledge, and understanding appropriate to their vocational objectives and personal needs, within the framework of curricular and extra-curricular activities provided at this institution, and to contribute to the fulfillment of the broader mission of the University.

    Music study at Samford University is essentially a threefold program, including training in basic musicianship, training in specialized professional areas, and studies in the liberal arts. The core of the program is musicianship-continuous study in music performance, including solo and ensemble experiences, along with extensive work in music theory and history. In specialized areas, such as teacher training, composition, and music and worship, requirements include training and experiences in the special skills and knowledge appropriate to the respective degree program to equip the graduate to function effectively on the professional level. The liberal arts requirements contribute to the breadth of knowledge appropriate for the professional musician.

    The Division of Music of the School of the Arts is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and the teacher education program is accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education. In addition to the academic program, a wide variety of ensembles offer opportunities to both music and non-music majors for meaningful experiences in music making. University ensembles include A Cappella Choir, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Samford Opera, Opera Workshop, University Chorale, Orchestra, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and numerous chamber ensembles.

    Admission

    A bachelor of music (B.M.) degree, or an equivalent degree, from an institution accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music is required for admission to all programs. An applicant whose undergraduate preparation does not meet these specifications may be admitted provisionally, with the requirement that course work stipulated at the time of admission be completed to ensure that preparation is equivalent to that of a graduate of the bachelor of music degree program offered by the Division of Music at Samford. Courses completed in satisfying this requirement must earn a grade of at least B and do not count toward the master’s degree.

    Unconditional admission to any program requires a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. Admission to the master of music education programs requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in music courses and on the undergraduate degree as a whole. There will be no exceptions. Minimum GPA for conditional admission to all other programs is 2.7 on a 4-point scale. Applicants for the master of music education (traditional program) must also submit minimum scores of 150 on the Music: Content Knowledge Exam (Test #0013) on the Praxis II Examination.

    A complete application includes:

    • The application form and fee ($35).
    • An official transcript from each institution attended since high school. Applicants for the master of music education degrees must provide two official transcripts.
    • An acceptable score, not more than five years old, on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants whose native language is not English may substitute the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), on which a minimum score of 90 is required.
    • An audition in the solo performance area.
    • An interview with the director of graduate studies in music and/or faculty from the area of study.
    • A copy of an Alabama Class B teaching certificate in music education or an acceptable score on the Alabama Educators Certification Testing Program (AECTP) for those applying for music education. The AECTP contains both the Basic Skills Assessment and the Praxis II.