Admission Requirements

PhD in Music: Music Education

Please submit everything required by The Graduate School plus the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation that address your teaching experience, musicianship, and suitability for graduate study.
  • Submit a video recording that demonstrates your teaching ability and musicianship. You may want to submit a sample of several representative clips of your teaching, totaling no more than 30 minutes. Your video may include teaching examples drawn from K-12 classroom teaching, community music contexts, private lesson instruction, early childhood music education, chamber music coaching, adult music education, or ensemble rehearsal segments. During at least one of these teaching episodes, demonstrate your musicianship by using your primary instrument or voice to model for students. This musical example should be lengthy and demonstrate the quality of your musicianship. Attach a brief description of the setting and your goals for each teaching episode.
  • Example of scholarly writing. This could be something from a previous writing project (e.g. MA thesis or research paper).
  • An essay discussing the following:  What is the purpose of research in music education? Describe one area of research that is of interest to you and the reasons for your interest in it. How might this research change the way we teach music or think about music teaching and learning? Essay requirements: no more than six typed pages; one-inch margins, double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman.

Additional Requirements for all PhD in Music Applicants:

All applicants to the PhD program must apply to The Graduate School at Northwestern University. 

Do not submit an application to the Bienen School of Music.

The Graduate School application may not accommodate large video/file uploads. If you are unable to upload a video file or large document, please contact the Office of Music Admission and Financial Aid for assistance: or 847-491-3141

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