School of Music
5th floor Haas Howell Building
Atlanta, GA 30302-4107
Chester Philips, Interim Director
Lara Dahl, Director of Graduate Studies
The mission of the School of Music is to provide a comprehensive, rigorous, and innovative academic program that is consistent with the urban context and mission of Georgia State University, and that serves the pursuit of artistic, professional, and scholarly excellence.
The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree that prepares students for careers in music and for further specialized study in music at the doctoral level. The graduate degree includes specializations in performance (keyboard instruments, orchestral instruments, and voice), composition, choral conducting, instrumental conducting, piano pedagogy, jazz studies, and music education. Complete descriptions of these programs may be obtained by contacting the School of Music, or visiting the School of Music website. In addition to courses and degree programs, the School of Music offers concerts, recitals, lectures, and workshops that are open to all students and to the community. The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
The School of Music is located in the historic Fairlie Poplar District in downtown Atlanta. The four buildings which comprise the Music Complex are all located in the same block. They are the Haas-Howell Building at 75 Poplar Street, the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts at 80 Forsyth Street, the Standard Building at 92 Luckie Street, and the Aderhold Learning Center. Some classes are held in the Art and Humanities Building at 10 Peachtree Center Avenue. Chamber music concerts and faculty and student recitals are presented in the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall in the Art and Humanities Building while large ensembles perform in the newly renovated Rialto Center Theater, a state-of-the-art performance venue seating 950. The administrative offices are on the fifth floor of the Haas-Howell Building.
A Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in music education and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in music education is offered by the College of Education and Human Development in conjunction with the School of Music. General admission and program requirements are outlined in the College of Education and Human Development chapter of this catalog and at www.music.gsu.edu.
Information about the Master of Music concentrations as well as the Artist Certificate in Music can be found at: https://music.gsu.edu/graduate/
Required University Application Materials (https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/):
- Transcript(s): Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The institution logo and your name must be present on the copies. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the program.
- Official TOEFL/IELT Scores (international applicants only): Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.
- Personal/Goal Statement: Please provide a statement of your educational and career goals (be as specific as possible).
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Slate application.
- Writing Sample: Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate-level work.
- Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of the 2 recommenders within the application. An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request. It is strongly advised that letters of recommendation are completed before the application deadline and are written within the last year. Recommendations submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
- GPA: Students considered for admission into the graduate program generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Please see additional admission requirements under desired degree. Applicants may obtain additional information about the School of Music by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.
ProgramsDual DegreeGraduate CertificateMaster of Music