Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • DMA or PhD in Music
  • MM in Music with optional specialization:
    • Music Education
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Choral, Wind Band, and Orchestral Conducting
  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Woodwind Specialties

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Glen Niermann

Admissions Coordinator
Ms. Janet Sievert

Campus Address
121 Westbrook Music Building
Lincoln NE 68588-0100

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Music

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - Ph.D. Applicants:  GRE
    - Otherwise:  None
  • Minimum English proficiency:
    - Master's Applicants: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
    - Doctoral Applicants: Paper TOEFL 600, Internet TOEFL 100, IELTS 7.0
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Audition or presentation of scholarly material
  • Cover letter (Ph.D. only)
  • Minimum GPA: M.M. 2.75, D.M.A. 3.25, Ph.D. 3.5
  • Statement of purpose (D.M.A. and Ph.D. only)
  • Written Statement of teaching philosophy (MM Option ID and MM Option II only
  • Vita or resume (Ph.D. only)
  • Video of teaching (Ph.D., MM Option ID, MM Option II only)
  • Written exercise (D.M.A. only)

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Music
  • For Financial Consideration: January 15 for Fall. April 1 for Summer. Priority to MM Option I and II.
  • Domestic Applicants: July 1 for Fall. December 1 for Spring. May 1 for Summer.
  • International Applicants: May 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring. February 1 for Summer.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


The Glenn Korff School of Music boasts a comprehensive faculty and an accommodating array of facilities. Westbrook Music Building houses a music library containing approximately 55,000 books, scores, and periodicals; 18,000 recordings; and computer listening and video booths. The Glenn Korff School of Music also maintains a music computer lab, a state-of-the-art music technology research classroom equipped with computers and software for music instruction, composition, and notation.

The performance complex consists of the Lied Center for Performing Arts, with stage dimensions sufficient for major touring production companies, and the Kimball Recital Hall. The following areas of emphasis are available for the M.M. program: performance, music education, composition, music history, music theory, orchestral/wind band/choral conducting, jazz studies, woodwind specialist, and piano pedagogy. The D.M.A. program offers emphases in performance (applied instrument or chamber music), composition, jazz studies, and conducting. The Ph.D. program is offered with an area of emphasis in music education, piano pedagogy, or vocal pedagogy. In addition, a certificate program in music entrepreneurship is available.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

Where available, faculty names link to bios or homepages and conversation icons () link to directory listings with address, phone, and email.


Carolyn Barber

Conducting Practice and PedagogyD.M., Northwestern University

Brass and Percussion

Scott Anderson

TromboneD.M.A., University of Minnesota

Craig Fuller

Tuba and Euphonium-BM, University of Indiana

David Hall

Percussion; Jazz Studies, University of North Texas

Alan Mattingly

HornD.M., Florida State University

Darryl White

TrumpetD.M.A., University of Colorado

Choir, Opera, and Voice

Kate Butler

VoiceM.M., Louisiana State University

Peter Eklund

Choral Conducting; Ethnic and World MusicD.M.A., University of Iowa

Kevin Hanrahan

Voice; Vocal PedagogyD.M.A., Arizona State University

Donna Harler

VoiceM.M., University of Cincinnati

Jamie Reimer

VoiceD.M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

William Shomos

Voice; OperaD.M.A., University of Illinois

Composition, History, and Theory

Anthony Bushard

Music HistoryPh.D., University of Kansas

Gretchen Foley

Music TheoryPh.D., University of Western Ontario

Stanley Kleppinger

Music Theory

Peter Lefferts

Music HistoryPh.D., Columbia University

Pamela Starr

Music History of the Early RenissancePh.D., Yale University

Tyler White

Music Composition; Orchestral ConductingD.M.A., Cornell University


Paul Barnes

PianoD.M., Indiana University

Ann Chang


Mark Clinton

PianoD.M.A., Rice University

Christopher Marks

OrganD.M.A., Eastman School of Music

Brenda Wristen

Piano PedagogyPh.D., Texas Tech University

Music Education

Dale Bazan

Music EducationPh.D., Case Western Reserve University

Rhonda Fuelberth

Choral Music EducationPh.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Brian Moore

Music Education; TechnologyPh.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Glenn Nierman

Music Education; Assessment and Instructional StrategiesD.M.E., University of Cincinnati

John Richmond

Music EducationPh.D., Northwestern University

Robert Woody

Music Education; Psychology of MusicPh.D., Florida State University

Strings and Orchestra

Gregory Beaver

Cello; Artist-in-ResidenceArtist Diploma, The Juilliard School

Karen Becker

CelloD.M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Peter Bouffard

Guitar; Jazz

Rebecca Fischer

ViolinArtist Diploma, The Juilliard School

David Neely

ViolinM.F.A., California Institute of the Arts

Clark Potter

ViolaM.F.A., California Institute of the Arts

Jonah Sirota

Viola; Artist-in-ResidenceArtist Diploma, The Juilliard School

Hans Sturm

Double Bass, Jazz StudiesD.M., Northwestern University

Julie Yoon

ViolinArtist Diploma, The Juilliard School


John Bailey

FluteD.M., Northwestern University

Diane Barger

ClarinetD.M., Florida State University

Paul Haar

Saxophone; Jazz and Classical StudiesD.M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Jeffrey McCray

BassoonD.M.A., Michigan State University

William McMullen

OboeD.M.A., The Julliard School


Tom Larson

Emerging Media and Digital Arts

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