Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.M.; D.M.A.; Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • Music Education (M.M.)
Areas of Study
  • Choral, Wind Band, and Orchestral Conducting
  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Woodwind Specialties
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Contacts for Music

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Graduate Chair

Dr. Peter Lefferts

Admissions Coordinator

Ms. Janet Sievert


Campus Address

121 Westbrook Music Building

Lincoln NE 68588-0100

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Music in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental 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 ConsiderationFall: January 15 Summer: April 1 Priority to MM Option I and II
Domestic ApplicantsFall: July 1 Spring: December 1 Summer: May 1
International ApplicantsFall: May 1 Spring: October 1 Summer: February 1


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.

Faculty and research


Carolyn Barber
Conducting Practice and Pedagogy
D.M., Northwestern University

Brass and Percussion

Scott Anderson
D.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
D.M., Florida State University
Darryl White
D.M.A., University of Colorado

Choir, Opera, and Voice

Kate Butler
M.M., Louisiana State University
Peter Eklund
Choral Conducting; Ethnic and World Music
D.M.A., University of Iowa
Kevin Hanrahan
Voice; Vocal Pedagogy
D.M.A., Arizona State University
Donna Harler
M.M., University of Cincinnati
Jamie Reimer
D.M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
William Shomos
Voice; Opera
D.M.A., University of Illinois

Composition, History, and Theory

Anthony Bushard
Music History
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Gretchen Foley
Music Theory
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Stanley Kleppinger
Music Theory
Peter Lefferts
Music History
Ph.D., Columbia University
Pamela Starr
Music History of the Early Renissance
Ph.D., Yale University
Tyler White
Music Composition; Orchestral Conducting
D.M.A., Cornell University


Paul Barnes
D.M., Indiana University
Ann Chang
Mark Clinton
D.M.A., Rice University
Christopher Marks
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
Brenda Wristen
Piano Pedagogy
Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Music Education

Dale Bazan
Music Education
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Rhonda Fuelberth
Choral Music Education
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Brian Moore
Music Education; Technology
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Glenn Nierman
Music Education; Assessment and Instructional Strategies
D.M.E., University of Cincinnati
John Richmond
Music Education
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Robert Woody
Music Education; Psychology of Music
Ph.D., Florida State University

Strings and Orchestra

Gregory Beaver
Cello; Artist-in-Residence
Artist Diploma, The Juilliard School
Karen Becker
D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Peter Bouffard
Guitar; Jazz
Rebecca Fischer
Artist Diploma, The Juilliard School
David Neely
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
Clark Potter
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
Jonah Sirota
Viola; Artist-in-Residence
Artist Diploma, The Juilliard School
Hans Sturm
Double Bass, Jazz Studies
D.M., Northwestern University
Julie Yoon
Artist Diploma, The Juilliard School


John Bailey
D.M., Northwestern University
Diane Barger
D.M., Florida State University
Paul Haar
Saxophone; Jazz and Classical Studies
D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Jeffrey McCray
D.M.A., Michigan State University
William McMullen
D.M.A., The Julliard School


Tom Larson
Emerging Media and Digital Arts

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