Youngstown State University – Dana School of Music
Invites application for Admission and Assistantships
Master of Music in Percussion
Stipend: $7500 per academic year (Aug-May). Assistantship appointments begin August 15, 2012.
Tuition and fees: Waiver of tuition and out-of-state fees.
Renewal: is based on an annual review of the student’s academic achievement, performance of assigned duties, departmental needs, and available funds. Assistantships are typically offered for a maximum of two years.
Application Procedure: Student must be admitted to the University and the Dana School of Music.
1. Apply to the Graduate School on-line at: http://web.ysu.edu/gradschool
2. Submit the online audition application.
3. All applicants must audition for admission to the Dana School of Music. Assistantship Applicants must also interview with Dr. Glenn Schaft, provide the audition/interview committee a resume containing performance, teaching, and education experience, and three letters of reference. One of the letters must be from your most recent applied percussion teacher.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately. Assistantship awards are contingent upon acceptance to The Graduate School and approval of the Dana Graduate Committee. The Dana School of Music will consider applications while a candidate’s application is pending in the YSU Graduate School.
Graduate Assistantship (GA) and Teaching Assistantship (TA) duties may include: Teach Percussion Methods Class, Serve as Assistant Director of Percussion Ensemble, Teach Minors, Assist with Percussion Maintenance and Logistics, Assist with Entrance Auditions, Juries, Ensemble Placement Auditions, and Percussion Library.
The Dana School of Music consisting of approximately 300 music majors - 29 full-time and 31 adjunct faculty - offers the Master of Music degree with concentrations in Performance, Jazz Studies, Music Education, History, Theory/Composition, and Conducting. Percussion majors may personalize their applied curriculum to meet their career interests.
Percussion Studies Website: www.ysu.edu/percussion
Glenn Schaft, DMA
Director of Percussion Studies, Associate Professor
Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University
One University Plaza, Youngstown, Ohio 44555
Email email@example.com Office phone 330.941.3643
Youngstown State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer
General information - contact Dr. Stephen Ausmann, coordinator of the Music Graduate Studies Program <firstname.lastname@example.org> phone 330.941.1835
Schedule Audition/Interview directly with Glenn Schaft. Auditions should occur by March 15. On-campus audition is preferred; DVD audition and telephone interview will be conducted only in unusual situations. Plan to spend the entire day on campus; 9am-5pm.
•Résumé (including an essay regarding career objectives) and repertoire list to be submitted at the audition.
•Audition should include 30 minutes of music representing your highest achievement.
Repertoire should include a major selection from each of the following:
A. Keyboard percussion (marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone)
C. Snare drum - orchestral and rudimental styles
D. Drum set - groove and solo styles
E. Orchestral excerpts on snare, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani - if applying for MM Performance.
Sightreading - may be requested on snare drum, keyboard, or timpani
Submit CD or DVD of at least one of the following: multiple-percussion performance, drum set (preferably in an ensemble context), ethnic percussion/hand drums.
Audition outcomes Dr. Schaft will call to confirm your music school acceptance, he will forward his assistantship recommendation to the Dana Graduate Committee who must approve your assistantship offer. Once approved, they will mail you a contract offer. After you have returned the signed contract you may register for classes.
Registration & Advisement: Meet with Dr. Stephen Ausmann (Coordinator of Graduate Music Studies) to discuss graduate course selection. See advisement & registration for Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Seminar meeting times.