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Future Graduate Students

First-time applicants

Applications for admission to a graduate program in music are first managed through the University of Idaho Graduate Admissions website. The website has a wide variety of useful information including links to application forms.

The application is submitted online, and all requested materials must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, with specific requirements for each concentration. Please note that two additional forms are required for admission to the Lionel Hampton School of Music — Supplementary Information Form and Graduate Assistantship Form.

Master of Music: Performance/Accompanying/Piano Pedagogy

An audition is required. A live audition is always preferred, but in lieu of a live audition, you may submit a CD or DVD of a recent performance, for example your senior recital. The audition should be arranged directly with the person with whom you plan to study, or through the coordinator of Graduate Studies.

Master of Music: Composition

  • Submit a portfolio of representative compositions.

Master of Music: Music Education

  • Submit a five-minute video of music classroom teaching in area of specialty.
  • Submit documentation of a passing grade on music content Praxis exam (Test #10113). This test is in lieu of passing the LHSOM theory and history diagnostic exams.

Master of Arts: Music History

  • Submit a portfolio of representative writing samples.

International Students

International students whose native language is not English, or who did not complete an undergraduate degree at an institution whose instructional language was English, need to have an official report of the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) submitted to the COGS. A minimum score of 575 (PBT) is required for admission to the graduate program in music.

Transfer applicants

All application processes are the same for transfer students as for first-time students (see information above). A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred to the School of Music from another accredited institution. Transfer students are required to take the diagnostic placement exams.

Application Timeline

Feb. 1

Priority consideration for assistantship awards for subsequent fall matriculation. Apply earlier if possible but early enough to ensure that all materials (especially letters of reference) arrive before the deadline.

March 1 and following weeks

Assistantship awards decisions communicated to applicants.

May 1

Admission for fall semester.

Sept. 1

Admission for spring semester.


Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available in a variety of areas including studios, classes, ensembles and clerical work. A full assistantship includes a stipend plus a waiver of the out-of-state surcharge for tuition and fees. The student remains responsible for all tuition and fees assessed at the in-state rate. To be eligible for a full assistantship, the student must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student as defined by the University Registrar. Partial assistantships are offered occasionally. The value of these awards will vary on a case-by-case basis.

Students awarded assistantships must agree to take the TA training course offered by the College of Graduate Studies before assuming teaching responsibilities. This course is offered during the week prior to the beginning of each semester.

Lionel Hampton School of Music

Physical Address:
Corner of Blake & W. Sweet Ave.

Mailing Address:
Lionel Hampton School of Music
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4015
Moscow, Idaho 83844-4015

Phone: (208) 885-6231

Fax: (208) 885-7254


Web: Lionel Hampton School of Music