Graduate Music Admissions

Requirements for Admission to Master of Music Degree Programs

  • An earned baccalaureate degree in music from an accredited college of university. Applicants to the Master of Music in Music Education degree program must have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education or another Bachelor of Music degree with teacher certification. 
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be granted provisional admission by approval of the Crane Graduate Admissions Committee.
  • Submission of a Graduate Application which is available by clicking the link or contacting the SUNY Potsdam Graduate Office at (315) 267-2165.  
  • Submission of a typed letter of intent written by the applicant and expressing the applicant's professional goals as relevant to the program for which application is made
  • Submission of a non-refundable $50.00 US application processing fee  
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not earned  
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Theory and History Exams (exam may be taken only once). Graduate Music Theory/History Entrance Exams Description
    • applicants with an undergraduate music theory, music history, and aural skills GPA of 3.0 or above are exempt    
    • undergraduate music theory, music history, and aural skills GPAs are calculated by the Crane Graduate Office as soon as all official transcripts have been received.  Applicants will be notified via email of their status.
    • the Graduate Theory and History Exams will be offered as needed, (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.).  Please call the Crane Graduate secretary at (315) 267-2417 to schedule an exam.
  • Canadian and other international students must also provide a certification of finances; and for non-native English speaking candidates proof of TOFEL scores: see the International Graduate Admissions page for details.

Additional Admissions Requirements by Degree Program

Music Education  

  • An essay or college-level paper that demonstrates the student's ability to organize ideas, research a topic, and write in an academic style.  The essay must be typewritten, well documented and include a bibliography
  • A video of the candidate teaching a class or conducting a rehearsal (one of these options is preferred), or a live or video audition on the applicant's principal instrument. The teaching video may be sent as a DVD or submitted via YouTube. See below for information about auditions.


  • A live audition in the applicant's performance area or the submission of a video recording (see below).
  • Vocalists must prepare five (5) memorized works in French, German, Italian, and English.  Repertoire must include two (2) arias of contrasting styles and periods; these could include opera, operetta, oratorio, cantata, or concert arias.
  • Piano Performance applicants must prepare a program from 50 to 60 minutes which includes three style periods. A complete classical sonata, a major Romantic work, and one virtuosic etude are required. Remaining works are to be chosen by the applicant. All works must be prepared in their entirety. 
  • Contact the Crane Graduate Office at (315) 267-2417 for additional information.


  • We are currently not accepting students into the Master of Music program in Composition as we redesign the degree.   

For any audition, live or by video, students must fill out the Crane online audition form.

Students who wish to audition by video (due to distance from Postdam, NY) must follow the procedures for submitting video auditions found at the bottom of this webpage:

If you are applying for a graduate assistantship and/or scholarship, the application deadline is March 2nd for Fall admissions.  For all other students, the deadlines for admission are:

  • Fall admission, or summer admission for students planning to continue in the Fall: April 1
  • Summer admission (for summer programs only): May 1
  • Spring admission is dependent on class availability. Deadline is September 15 for all materials except the audition (see above), if required.

Contact and Application Information

For more information and/or an application for admission, please contact:  

Crane Graduate Office
The Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676

(315) 267-2775