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The DePaul University School of Music prepares students to excel in a variety of professional careers. Located in one of the most vibrant musical cities in the world, the School of Music provides opportunities for students to study with working professionals who are committed to teaching excellence. In a supportive and collaborative atmosphere, students learn from distinguished faculty who are prominent conductors, composers, performers, recording engineers, teachers, and arts managers.

Through a highly selective admissions process, the School of Music selects undergraduate and graduate students for its seven undergraduate, four graduate programs, and two certificate programs. At DePaul, the faculty priority is on teaching, with a strong commitment to providing quality education. The School of Music embraces the diversity of Chicago’s urban society, and draws upon the resources of the city in all its programs. In keeping with DePaul’s Vincentian heritage, the School of Music is committed to service of others. We seek to enrich the lives of the members of the DePaul community and Chicago area through musical performances and outreach activities.

Three basic tenets are central to the School of Music’s mission: nurture, engage, and elevate. The School strives to nurture students in a healthy learning environment, engage students in meaningful learning experiences, and elevate students onto successful career paths.​​​​

Administration & Faculty

Administration

Ronald Caltabiano, DMA
Dean

Katherine Brucher, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Ross Beacraft, MUSB ​
Director of Admission

Ben Polancich, BS ​​​
Director of Business Administration

Harry Silverstein
Chair, Department of Music Performance

Jacqueline Kelly-McHale, PhD
​Chair, Department of Musical Studies

Committee on Graduate Studies

Ross Beacraft, BM
Director of Admission  

Katherine Brucher, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Harry Silverstein
Chair, Department of Music Performance

Jacqueline Kelly-McHale, PhD
Chair, Department of Musical Studies​

Faculty

Neal Alger, BM
Lecturer, Jazz Studies
Northern Illinois University

Krystina Andreoli, MM
Lecturer, Music Education
DePaul University

Jeremy Attanaseo, MM
Lecturer, String Bass Pedagogy
DePaul University 

Marta Aznavoorian, MM
Coach, Chamber Music
New England Conservatory 

Susanne Baker, DM
Group Piano Coordinator
Lecturer, Group Piano
Northwestern University 

Stephen Balderston, MM
Associate Professor, Cello
The Juilliard School 

Brandi Berry, MM
Coach, Chamber Music
Indiana University 

Gregory Bimm, MA
Lecturer, Music Education
Western Illinois University 

Meeghan Binder, MM
Lecturer, Music Education
DePaul University 

Meret Bitticks, MM
Lecturer, Music Education
DePaul University 

Keith Bjorklund, MA
Lecturer, Music Education
Northwestern University 

Heather Boehm, BM
Lecture, Applied Music
DePaul University

Amanda Blair MacDonald, MFA
Lecturer, Alexander Technique
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Natasha Bogojevich
Lecturer, Musicianship; Liberal Studies
University of Arts, School of Music 

Alban Kit Bridges, DM
Lecturer, Voice and Opera
Northwestern University 

Ann Marie Brink, MM
Associate Professor, Viola
The Juilliard School 

Katherine Brucher, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director of the BA in Music Program
World Music Coordinator
Associate Professor, Musicianship; Liberal Studies
University of Michigan 

William Buchman, BS
Lecturer, Bassoon
Brown University 

Keith Buncke, Diploma
Lecturer, Bassoon
Curtis Institute of Music 

Scott Burns, MM
Lecturer, Jazz Saxophone; Jazz Studies
DePaul University  

Stephen Burns, MM
Lecturer, Trumpet
The Juilliard School

Ronald Caltabiano, DMA
Dean
Professor, Composition
The Juilliard School 

Wagner Campos, MM
Lecturer, Clarinet
DePaul University 

Oto Carillo, MM
Lecturer, French Horn
Northwestern University 

Dennis Carroll
Lecturer, Jazz Bass; Jazz Studies 

Sharel Cassity-Johnson, MM
Lecturer, Jazz Studies
The Juilliard School

Chuck Chandler, DMA
Assistant Professor, Voice and Opera
University of Kentucky

Joe Clark, MM
Lecturer, Musicianship
DePaul University 

Timothy Coffman, MM
Lecturer, Jazz Trombone; Jazz Studies; Music Education
Indiana University 

David Cohen, BM
Lecturer, Trumpet
Northwestern University 

Typhanie Coller, MM
Lecturer, Jazz Voice; Jazz Studies
Northeastern Illinois University 

Cliff Colnot, PhD
Director of Orchestral Activities
Conductor, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble
Northwestern University

Jeff Conary, MS
Lecturer, Sound Recording Technology
DePaul University

Floyd O. Cooley, Performer's Certificate
Lecturer, Tuba
Indiana University

Donald DeRoche, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Northwestern University 

Julie DeRoche, BM
Associate Professor, Clarinet
Northwestern University 

Linda Di Fiore, DMA
Lecturer, Voice and Opera
University of Minnesota

Ian Ding, MM
Lecturer, Percussion
The Juilliard School 

Natalie Douglass, DMA
Lecturer, Musicianship
University of Cincinatti

Cathy Ann Elias, PhD
Associate Professor, Musicianship; Liberal Studies
University of Chicago 

Eric Esparza, DMA
Director of Choral Activities
Vocal Program Coordinator
Boston University 

Geoff Farina, MA
Lecturer, Liberal Studies
University of Massachusetts 

Mark Fisher, MM
Lecturer, Trombone
New England Conservatory 

George Flynn, DMA
Professor Emeritus
Columbia University 

Frederick Gifford, DM
Lecturer, Musicianship; Composition
Northwestern University 

Michael Green, BME
Percussion Program Coordinator
Lecturer, Percussion
Northwestern University 

Dana Hall, MM
Director of Jazz Studies
Professor of Jazz & Ethnomusicology
DePaul University 

Jeff Handley, MM
Lecturer, Applied Music
DePaul University

Sam Handley, DMA
Lecturer, Voice and Opera
University of Houston

Alexander Hanna, BM
Lecturer, String Bass
Curtis Institute of Music

David Herbert, MM
Lecturer, Percussion
The Juilliard School 

Julian Hersh, MM
Coach, Chamber Music
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 

Scott Hesse, MM
Lecturer, Jazz Studies
DePaul University

Linda Hirt, MM
Lecturer, Voice and Opera
Indiana University 

Stefan Hoskuldsson, Postgraduate Diploma
Lecturer, Flute
Royal Northern College of Music 

Michael Hovnanian, BFA
Lecturer, String Bass
California Institute of The Arts 

Nicolas Hutchinson, DMA
Lecturer, Diction
University of Michigan

Jae Hwang-Hoesley, DMA
Lecturer, Group Piano
Rutgers University 

Alyce Johnson, MM
Lecturer, Flute
Eastman School of Music

Christopher Wendell Jones, DMA
Assistant Professor, Composition
Stanford University 

Kimberly Jones, BM
Lecturer, Voice and Opera
Westminster Choir College

Sara K. Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor, Music Education
Northwestern University 

Jeremy Kahn, BM
Lecturer, Jazz Studies
New England Conservatory 

Robert Kassinger, BM
Lecturer, String Bass
Manhattan School of Music 

Jacqueline Kelly-McHale, PhD
Chair, Department of Musical Studies
Director of Music Education
Associate Professor, Music Education
Northwestern University 

Neil Kimel, BA
Lecturer, Horn
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Alex Klein, BM
Lecturer, Oboe
Oberlin Conservatory 

Paula Kosower, DM
Lecturer, String Pedagogy; Orchestral Repertoire
Northwestern University 

Jeffrey Kowalkowski, DMA
Lecturer, Musicianship; Liberal Studies 
Northwestern University 

Michael Kozakis, MM
Lecturer, Percussion
DePaul University 

Wei-Ting Kuo, Artist Diploma
Lecturer, Viola
The Colburn School

Tina Laughlin, BM
Lecturer, Music Education
DePaul University 

I-Hao Lee, DMA
Assistant Professor, Violin
Stony Brook University

Christopher Lemons, PhD
Lecturer, Liberal Studies
Northwestern University 

Michael Lewanski, BM
Assistant Professor, DePaul Concert Orchestra, Ensemble 20+
Yale University

Paul Lowry, MM
Lecturer, Trumpet
Florida State University 

Amanda Majeski, MM
Lecturer, Voice and Opera
Curtis Institute of Music

Miles Maner, MM
Lecturer, Bassoon
Rice University 

Stevi Marks, MM
Lecturer, Music Education
VanderCook College of Music 

Thomas Matta, MM
Assistant Professor, Jazz Studies
University of Northern Colorado 

Mark Maxwell, MM
Guitar Program Coordinator
Lecturer, Guitar
Southern Methodist University

Mary Mazurek, MFA
Lecturer, Sound Recording Technology
Columbia College

Chad McCullough, MM
Lecturer, Jazz Studies
University of Washington 

Ben McMunn, MM
Lecturer, Music Education
Northwestern University 

Thomas Miller, MM
Director of Sound Recording Technology
Professor, Sound Recording Technology
DePaul University 

Eric Millstein, MM
Lecturer, Percussion
Temple University 

Jason Moy, MM
Coach, Chamber Music
Harpsichord and Chamber Music Coordinator
McGill University 

Shawn Murphy, BA
Lecturer, Performing Arts Management
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

Erica Neidlinger, PhD
Associate Professor, Wind Symphony; Music Education
University of Minnesota 

Osnat Netzer, DMA
Assistant Professor, Composition
New England Conservatory

Robert Palmieri, BM
Coach, Jazz Studies; Liberal Studies
University of Miami 

Dimitry Paperno, MM
Professor Emeritus
Tchaikovsky State Conservatory 

Natalie Pilla, MM
Coach, Chamber Music
Mannes College of Music

Scott Ramsay
Lecturer, Voice and Opera

Avo Randruut, MA
Lecturer, Music Education
Tufts University 

Jeff Ray, BM
Lecturer, Voice
DePaul University 

Tim Reisig, BA
Lecturer, Sound Recording Technology
University of Miami

David Reminick, DMA
Lecturer, Musicianship
Northwestern University

Brad Robin, PhD
Lecturer, Musicianship
University of North Texas

Jeremy Ruthrauff, BM
Lecturer, Saxophone
Northwestern University 

Alan Salzenstein, JD
Director of Performing Arts Management
Professor, Performing Arts Management
Chicago Kent College of Law 

David Sands, MM
Lecturer, Music Education
DePaul University

Junichi Sato, MM
Lecturer, Group Piano
Indiana University 

Ann Setzer, DMA
Associate Professor, Violin
SUNY- Stony Brook

Nora Shaffer, MM
Lecturer, Music Education
DePaul University 

Jenny Shin, MM
Lecturer, Flute
Northwestern University 

Harry Silverstein
Chair, Department of Music Performance
Professor, Director, DePaul Opera Theatre 

Nicolas Sincaglia, BS
Lecturer, Performing Arts Management
University of Miami 

James Smelser, MM
Lecturer, Horn
Northwestern University 

Steve Smith, BA
Lecturer, Performing Arts Management
Xavier University 

Melissa Snoza, MM
Lecturer, Performing Arts Management
Northwestern University 

Eric Soderstrom, JD
Lecturer, Performing Arts Management
John Marshall Law School 

Mark Sparks, BM
Lecturer, Flute
Oberlin Conservatory 

Michael Staron, MM
Lecturer, Liberal Studies
Northwestern University 

Daniel Steinman, BS
Lecturer, Sound Recording Technology
DePaul University 

Kyomi Sugimura, MM
Lecturer, Piano
Indiana University 

Janet Sung, MM
String Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Violin
The Juilliard School 

Stacey Tappan, MM
Lecturer, Voice and Opera
Manhattan School of Music

Brant Taylor, MM
Lecturer, Cello
Indiana University 

Scott Tegge, Professional Diploma
Coach, Chamber Music
Lecturer, Tuba
Roosevelt University 

Addison Teng, MM
Lecturer, String Pedagogy
Northwestern University

Michele Thomas, BA
Lecturer, Jazz Voice; Jazz Studies
North Park University

Jim Trompeter, MM
Lecturer, Jazz Piano; Jazz Studies
University of Miami 

Carla Trynchuk, MM
Lecturer, String Pedagogy
The Juilliard School

George Vatchnadze, MM
Keyboard Area Coordinator
Associate Professor, Piano
Indiana University 

Anna Velzo, MM
Lecturer, Oboe
Manhattan School of Music 

Charles Vernon
Lecturer, Trombone 

Viktoria Vizin, PhD
Lecturer, Voice and Opera
Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music

Renee Vogen, MM
Lecturer, Music Education
DePaul University

AJ Wester, MM
Lecturer, Applied Music
DePaul University

Jill Williamson, MM
Woodwind and Brass Coordinator
Coach, Chamber Music
Lecturer, Music Education
The Juilliard School 

Stephen Williamson, Performer's Certificate
Lecturer, Clarinet
Eastman School of Music 

Christopher R. Windle, DMA
Lecturer, Choir
Northwestern University

Cynthia Yeh, MM
Lecturer, Percussion
Temple University 

Mark Zinger
Professor Emeritus
Odessa State Conservatory 

Mischa Zupko, DMA
Lecturer, Musicianship
Indiana University

Undergraduate Academics

The School of Music is home to Undergraduate, Graduate and Certificate programs.​​​​​​

Academic Policies

Performance Awards

All students who receive performance awards must participate in ensembles as needed. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of performance award dollars. Undergraduate performance awards are offered for a maximum of 12 quarters, except for music education majors (13 quarters) or double majors (15 quarters). Graduate performance awards are provided for a maximum of 6 quarters. Questions about the performance awards may be directed to Mr. Ross Beacraft, Director of Admission.

Curricular ensemble requirements may differ from performance award requirements. A student on a performance awards may be required to participate in ensembles different than or beyond their major’s curricular requirements.

Supplemental Transfer Credits

Incoming Undergraduate Students: Transfer Credits

At the point of admission, non-music courses are reviewed and posted by the Transfer Credit Center. All music courses will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and acceptable courses will be applied towards the degree program. The transfer of musicianship studies courses, i.e., theory, aural training and group piano are contingent upon proficiency examination results. 

Current Undergraduate Students: Supplemental Transfer Credits

Once a student has enrolled at DePaul University School of Music, only liberal studies or elective courses are transferable; courses in the specialization are not. Students should consult the transfer website in order to determine the transferability and applicability of courses. If a current student wishes to transfer supplemental credits to DePaul from an institution not listed on the website, approval should be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to enrolling. After successfully completing the course(s) students must submit an official transcript to the Office of the University Registrar and notify the College Office. It is important to note that supplemental transfer credits cannot be taken during the last 60 quarter hours of a degree, in accordance with the DePaul University residency requirement.

Academic Probation

Students who fail to make meaningful progress towards their degree may be placed on academic probation. Furthermore, students who do not maintain a 2.0 grade point average may be placed on academic probation. Any student who is placed on probation will be notified in writing and should meet with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Academic Dismissal

Students who fail to meet the academic standards of the University or School of Music may be dismissed. Any student who is dismissed will be notified in writing and should meet with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Conditions for dismissal and procedures for re-application are detailed in the University Student Handbook.

Withdrawal

Any student who wishes to permanently withdraw from the School of Music should first meet with their advisor and then the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. If the student is receiving a performance award, they should also meet with the Director of Admissions. A student must submit a request for permanent withdrawal through Campus Connect. If a student withdraws in good standing, they may reapply within three quarters without re-auditioning or re-applying; if a student is away longer than three quarters, they must reapply and re-audition to the School of Music, and is subject to the requirements current at the time of their application.

Please refer to the School of Music Student Handbook for further information on policies and procedures.​​​​​​

Honors Program

Most students follow the Liberal Studies Program to meet their general education requirements. However, students accepted into the Honors Program fulfill general education requirements through an alternative set of courses. A student in the Honors Program pursuing a primary major in the School of Music follows the requirements below:

Honors Core

Course Title Quarter Hours
LSP 110DISCOVER CHICAGO (in Honors section)4
HON 100RHETORIC AND CRITICAL INQUIRY4
HON 101WORLD LITERATURE *4
HON 102HISTORY IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS *4
HON 104RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS AND ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES4
HON 105PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY4
Select one of the following:4
DATA ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS (if indicated)
QUANTITATIVE REASONING (per placement test)
HON 201STATES, MARKETS, AND SOCIETIES4
HON 203SEMINAR IN MULTICULTURALISM4
HON 302JUNIOR SEMINAR IN SOCIAL JUSTICE4

*Advanced placement credit will fulfill Honors Core requirements as listed:

  • AP Literature credit for ENG 101 (previously ENG 120) will fulfill HON 101
  • AP credit for HST 111 or HST 171 fulfills HON 102
Science Requirement
  • One course chosen from the university's Scientific Inquiry list.

Honors students in Music who do not have a calculus or statistics requirement for their major must complete HON 180, or LSP 120

Junior Seminar

The Honors Program is committed to developing students’ knowledge and cultural awareness so they may respect and learn from difference. Honors students meet the multicultural requirement by completing HON 302.

Senior Capstone
Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
HONORS SENIOR SEMINAR
HONORS SENIOR SEMINAR IN SERVICE LEARNING
HONORS SENIOR THESIS

Students who choose to complete an Honors Senior Thesis must have their project approved at least one term prior to executing the project. To gain approval for a senior thesis, students must first complete an application, including a project proposal signed by a faculty advisor. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the thesis should attempt to move outside the boundaries normally associated with one particular discipline and should be supervised by two readers from different academic fields. While the final product must be a substantial piece of work building on the student’s accumulated knowledge and new research, specific requirements for each thesis will depend on the nature of the project. See the Director or Associate Director for an application. Students may opt to also enroll in HON 300 (a two-credit elective) to receive dedicated guidance as they prepare the thesis project.

Honors Approved Electives

Most Music majors in the Honors Program are allotted one Honors Approved Elective, a 200-300 level course outside of Music, selected in consultation with an Honors advisor in order to fulfill an academic or professional goal. SRT, PAM, and Music Education majors do not have an Honors Approved Elective requirement.

Major Field Adjustments

In addition, participation in the University Honors Program may affect the requirements for a student's major field. The following adjustments will occur:

BA in Music majors:

Honors students in the BA in Music program will have the following additions or changes to their Honors requirements:

  • HON 180 ​​(Honors BA Music students cannot replace this requirement with LSP 120, although they may be required to take the course as a prerequisite to HON 180.)
  • Language Requirement: Honors BA in Music students complete three  courses of intermediate or advanced language study. Students who meet the proficiency requirement by placing at the 200-level of a language may consult with an Honors advisor for an alternative 3-course option for fulfilling the language requirement.
  • Science Requirement: In addition to the Scientific Inquiry course, Honors students pursuing a BA in Music will also complete HON 225 to fulfill the science requirement for the Honors Program.
  • ​ Fine Arts Elective: BA in Music students choose one applied, performance, or studio arts course outside of Music from the approved list.
  • Honors Approved Electives: BA in Music students are allotted two 200-300 level electives outside of Music. These courses will be selected in consultation with an Honors advisor to fulfill academic or professional goals.
  • BA in Music majors are required to fulfill the university's Experiential Learning requirement.
  • BA in Music majors are required to complete HON 205.

Sound Recording Technology majors: 

Honors students in SRT have the following courses waived from the Honors curriculum because the requirements are fulfilled within the major:

  • HON 180
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Honors Approved Elective

Performing Arts Management majors: 

PAM majors in Honors will have the following course substitutions:

Music Education majors:

Music Education majors in Honors will have the following course substitutions:

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or higher in HON 100 and HON 110 or HON 111 is required to remain in the Honors Program.

A grade of C- or higher is required to pass the following courses: HON 100, HON 350, HON 351 and HON 395.

Graduate Academics

The School of Music is home to Undergraduate, Graduate and Certificate programs.​​​​​​

School of Music Graduate Student Handbook

In addition to the DePaul University Graduate Student Handbook, the School of Music Student Handbook includes rules and regulations for its graduate programs. Additional academic information and regulations applicable to our graduate programs appear in the School of Music Student Handbook.

Upon admission to a graduate program, a student is to follow the catalog requirements in effect at the time of entrance. A student who is readmitted or who changes their program or enrollment status is subject to the terms of the catalog in effect at the time of readmission or status change.

It is the responsibility of graduate students to know and meet both the general and particular regulations, procedures, policies, and deadlines set forth in this catalog and handbook.

Overview of Graduate Program

​Master of Music

DePaul University School of Music offers a Master of Music degree in performance, composition, jazz studies, or music education. A minimum of 48 quarter hours are required for the degree, including courses in music history and theory, research, and the area of specialization. Graduate students are also required to pass a comprehensive examination and complete a final project, recital, or paper. Most students complete the program in two years or six quarters; however, music education students who enroll part-time while teaching may take classes throughout three summers and two intervening academic years.

Certificate in Performance

The Certificate in Performance is a highly selective, intensive course of study for students who have already earned a master’s degree in performance. A minimum of 36 quarter hours must be completed over two years. Certificate students enroll in applied lessons, ensembles, and other supporting music courses.

Performance Awards

​All students who receive performance awards must participate in ensembles as needed. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of performance award dollars. Graduate performance awards are provided for a maximum of 6 quarters. Only full-time students (minimum of 6 credits in a quarter) are eligible for performance awards. Questions about the performance awards may be directed to Mr. Ross Beacraft, Director of Admission.

Curricular ensemble requirements may differ from performance award requirements. A student on a performance awards may be required to participate in ensembles different than or beyond their major’s curricular requirements.

Academic Probation

​Students who fail to make meaningful progress towards their degree may be placed on academic probation. Furthermore, students who do not maintain a 2.5 grade point average may be placed on academic probation. Any student who is placed on probation will be notified in writing and should meet with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Generally, students are not allowed to remain on probation for more than 2 quarters without additional academic sanctions being applied.​​​​​​​

Academic Dismissal

​Students who fail to make meaningful progress towards their degree may be placed on academic probation. Furthermore, students who do not maintain a 2.5 grade point average may be placed on academic probation. Any student who is placed on probation will be notified in writing and should meet with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Generally, students are not allowed to remain on probation for more than 2 quarters without additional academic sanctions being applied.​​​​​​​

Withdrawal and Re-Application

Any student who wishes to permanently withdraw from the School of Music should first meet with their advisor and then the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. If the student is receiving a performance award, they should also meet with the Director of Admissions.  A student must submit a request for permanent withdrawal through Campus Connect.  If a student permanently withdraws in good standing, then they may reapply within three quarters without re-auditioning or re-applying; if a student is away longer than three quarters, then they must reapply and re-audition to the School of Music, and is subject to the requirements current at the time of their application.

Enrollment and Credits

​No one is permitted to attend a class for which they have not been properly registered. Credit is accumulated on the basis of quarter hours. The unit of credit is one quarter hour granted for 45 minutes of classroom work a week. The normal class extends over a ten-week period (or an accelerated five-week period in the summer). All courses carry four quarter hours of credit (2 2/3 semester hours), unless otherwise noted.

Graduate music students enrolled for six or more quarter hours of credit are considered full-time. Those registered for less than 6 quarter hours of credit are considered less than full-time.

Graduate courses are numbered as 400 level courses. Graduate students must enroll for 400 level courses.  ​​​​​​

Transfer Credits

​No transfer credits are accepted toward the Masters of Music or Certificate of Performance programs. All course work must be completed at DePaul University School of Music.​​​​​​

Graduation

​Requirements

Students must have successfully completed all of the general and specific degree requirements as listed in departmental or program sections of the catalog under which they were admitted. Completed degree requirements include passing the comprehensive examination and the submission of a final project, such as research paper, composition, or recital. Students need to achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.5 to graduate.

The University confers degrees at the end of the quarters, in November, March, June, or August; commencement ceremonies occur only in June. A student may participate in the June commencement ceremony if the student completes the requirements in the fall, winter or spring quarters preceding the ceremony. An application for degree completion must be filed online by the appropriate deadline.

In addition to submitting a graduation application, all graduating students must meet with the Assistant Director of Advising for a pre-graduation check. Failure to do so may jeopardize the granting of a student's degree. Students will be listed in the commencement book based upon their applications—degrees will not be conferred until all requirements are complete.

At the conclusion of their last quarter, a review of the students' transcripts takes place; upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students' names are released to the Office of the University Registrar with the appropriate honors designations. An additional review takes place to ensure that all financial obligations have been met. Once complete, transcripts with the degree posted are available through the Office of the University Registrar, and diplomas are mailed to students. To receive a diploma, it is essential that students update their addresses in Campus Connection. The distribution of diplomas or release of final transcripts will be withheld if money is owed to the University.

Graduation with Distinction

Graduation with distinction is awarded for students who earn 3.75 GPA or above.

Career Services

Career Services at DePaul School of Music provides information and resources for School of Music students and alumni on various music and arts related job opportunities. Students are encouraged to visit the Career Services website​.

Admission & Aid

Undergraduate Admission

Admission ​as a degree-seeking student in the School of Music is contingent upon a superior high school record, successful completion of a performance audition and submission of degree specific required materials for all majors except the non-performance track of Sound Recording Technology and the Bachelor of Science in Performing Arts Management. Admission to these two majors is contingent upon a superior high school record, successful completing of a theory exam and submission of degree specific required materials. Entering freshman and transfer applicants are required to audition or submit their materials before December 1 for admission the following September and may be required to submit a pre-audition screening recording. Transfer students are required to validate credits earned in musicianship studies (theory, music history and literature, aural skills, and keyboard) through placement examinations prior to initial registration. 

All BM applicants and BS applicants pursuing the performance track are required to audition and are encouraged to schedule their dates and times after October 15 for auditions to be held in February. For audition requirements and a list of scheduled audition dates, please visit our website or contact the:

Office of Music Admissions
musicadmissions@depaul.edu
DePaul University School of Music
804 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614,
or call (773) 325-7444.

Scholarship Opportunities

Undergraduate

Incoming freshmen majoring in music are automatically considered for The School of Music Award at the time of their entrance audition or material review. The number and amount of these music awards vary each year. Please contact the School of Music for further information.

Graduate

Incoming graduate performance and jazz studies majors are automatically considered ​for graduate music performance awards based on the results of their auditions. Graduate composition major awards will be based on the results of their interviews and the quality of their portfolios. Music education majors' awards will be based on their applications and interviews.​

Financial Aid

Students may apply for financial assistance based on family need through the Office of Financial Aid, DePaul University.  

Graduate Admission

Procedures for Admission

Applicants for graduate admission should submit an application online at http://www.depaul.edu/. The application deadline is December 1. Applicants should submit official college transcripts and three letters of recommendation to support their application. Applicants to the master's degree program for performance and jazz studies must take an entrance audition, usually held in February of each year. Some applicants may be required to submit a pre-audition screening recording. Audition requirements are specified on the School of Music website. Applicants to the master's degree program for music education must interview with the Music Education Department. Applicants to the master's degree program for composition must submit a composition portfolio of three pieces and must complete an interview with the composition faculty.  When admission has been approved, the applicant will be notified of the diagnostic examination schedule and new student orientation, which usually take place before the start of the academic year.

Certificate in Performance 

The School of Music also offers a program leading to the Certificate in Performance. The Certificate in Performance is a post-master's program for classical or jazz musicians who intend to pursue careers as professional performers. Applicants should submit an application online at http://www.depaul.edu/. The application deadline is December 1. Applicants should submit official college transcripts and three letters of recommendation to support their application. Applicants must take an entrance audition, usually held in February of each year. Some applicants may be required to submit a pre-audition screening recording. Audition requirements are specified on the School of Music website.

Non-Degree Seeking Students  

DePaul School of Music does not normally admit applicants as non-degree seeking students. A student who has earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution and does not intend to work for a master’s degree may, on the written recommendation of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, be admitted as a non-degree seeking student. Only the first 12 quarter hours earned as a non-degree-seeking student at DePaul may subsequently be applied toward a degree when the student is accepted as a degree-seeking student.

Student-At-Large 

A student completing a graduate program at another accredited institution may, on the written recommendation of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, be admitted as a student-at-large.

International Students 

All international students and any student who has been educated outside of the United States should complete the application requirements for their desired program (see above), submit their educational credentials to a third-party organization for evaluation, and demonstrate a proficiency in English. The application deadline is December 1. Please visit the School of Music website​ for further information on applying to DePaul School of Music as an international graduate student.

To demonstrate English proficiency, international graduate music students must pass a TOEFL examination with a written score of 550 or an internet-based score of 80, with no section lower than 17. If a student has met all other music admissions criteria and taken a TOEFL examination, but not yet achieved a passing score, they may be considered for admission to the joint English Language Academy-School of Music program. (For further information on this program, students should contact the School of Music Admissions Office.) Those who request student visas also must show evidence of adequate financial support. A formal letter of admission and/or form I-20 will be issued only after all admission requirements have been fulfilled.

Diagnostic Examinations 

Students who have been admitted to the master’s degree program for composition, performance, and music education must take a diagnostic examination in musicianship studies. These examinations, taken during new student orientation, will be used to guide course placement and identify areas for additional studies. ​​​​​​​​​