Baylor University Full Graduate Assistantship In Master Of Music In 

Clarinet Performance 


The clarinet studio accepts two graduate students after a very competitive audition process that is often international in reach (most recently Mexico and China). This degree also offers great opportunities for each TA to work in close collaboration with the professor and to hold many responsibilities including teaching non-majors and administering weekly undergraduate technique assessments.


Congratulations to our recent graduate student, Iván Hernandez for winning First Prize at the 2016 International Clarinet Association's Orchestral Excerpts Competition! This is the second consecutive year that a Baylor clarinet student has won this honor, and Dr. Qian himself won the same competition in 1997.            




· Teach applied students and/or methods class
· Perform in regularly scheduled chamber music classes
· Assist with departmental or research duties; or assist in the instrumental division
· Perform in the major ensembles of the School of Music as needed



Recitals; Chamber Music; Baylor Symphony; Wind Ensemble; Symphonic Band; Baylor Clarinet Choir and Regional Orchestras



· Stipends and tuition remission for a full assistantship each year.
· Assistantships are renewable for a second year. Partial assistantships may be offered.



For more information about studying at Baylor, look at the other links under “Baylor” on this website. Also, go to:

School of Music- Prospective Students
Application Materials
Graduate Assistantship Application Form
Baylor Graduate School
About Baylor School of Music


Applicants must qualify for admission to the Graduate School in order to qualify for an assistantship. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for performance majors. 




The School of Music graduate programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.  Graduate studies in music at Baylor University are designed to bring students to the highest levels of performance and scholarship of which they are capable. The graduate faculty of the School of Music is comprised of individuals who have distinguished themselves in their chosen disciplines and who maintain active performance, research, and other professional interests. Graduates from Baylor’s School of Music hold positions  in orchestras, opera companies, churches, academic settings, and other venues throughout the world. Assistantships are available in many performance and academic areas to enable students of superior ability to pursue a quality education in music at Baylor.


Graduates of recognized four-year courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in music may become candidates for the Master of Music degree. Students desiring to become candidates for the degree must have the equivalent of the undergraduate major in music at Baylor University in the field of concentration in which they wish to continue. Those who lack courses prerequisite to graduate study may make up the undergraduate work, for which graduate credit may be granted, provided the coursework is at the 4000 level and appropriate to the degree program. All students will take music theory and music history diagnostic examinations. Appropriate remedial coursework may be required.



Applicants for degrees with the emphasis in performance, collaborative piano, piano pedagogy, or the performance option of church music must audition (in person or submit a video recording of a recent performance) with the repertoire of at least senior recital level. A repertoire

list must be submitted for evaluation at the time of the audition. Applicants for the major in composition or the composition option in church music must submit a portfolio of recently completed compositions. An example of a recent paper is required of applicants who intend to pursue an emphasis in music history and literature, church music, or music theory.


Applicants in music education must submit a sample teaching video, a writing sample, a statement of intent, and a professional resume. Applicants seeking admission to the conducting program must submit a video of their work in both rehearsal and performance. Papers, composition portfolios, and recordings should be submitted to the Graduate Program Director, School of Music, One Bear Place #97408, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798-7408.


The Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) is required of applicants in music history and literature and music theory; the GRE General Test is not required of church music, music education, composition, conducting, performance, piano pedagogy, and performance, or collaborative piano majors. Applicants in music history and literature must possess intermediate proficiency in German or French (see Graduate School Language Requirement).


Special Requirements for Master’s Degrees


The normal time for completion of the requirements for the degree ranges from two semesters and a summer to four semesters.  A minimum of thirty semester hours is required. No correspondence work may be counted for graduate credit.


Enrollment in an ensemble, as assigned by the conducting faculty, is required throughout the term of residence. Ensemble participation is not required of Music Education students. Students in piano performance, piano pedagogy, collaborative piano, and organ performance

may fulfill the ensemble requirement through accompanying as assigned by the Coordinator

of Collaborative Piano.


All candidates for a master’s degree must pass a comprehensive oral examination. Students who desire to pursue a double major (e.g., Music Theory and Piano Performance) must fulfill all application requirements for and be accepted by both areas. Additional 15-17 credit hours will be required to complete the major in the second area (the number of hours depends upon the majors chosen). Except for the

core course requirements of 9 credit hours, no courses can be credited toward degree requirements in both areas (e.g., a recital in Piano Pedagogy and Performance cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements in Piano Performance).


The Master of Music degree is offered in the School of Music with majors in church music, composition, conducting, music education, music history and literature, music theory, performance, collaborative piano, and piano pedagogy and performance.


The core of study for all Master of Music degrees is as follows:

Core Courses 9 sem. hrs.

MUS 5302 Analytical Techniques

MUS 5320 Research Method and Bibliography (Music Education majors

will take MUS 5334 Introduction to Graduate Study in Music


MUS 5321 The Middle Ages or MUS 5322 The Renaissance or MUS 5323 The Baroque Period or MUS 5325 The Classic Period

or MUS 5326 The Romantic Period or MUS 5328 The Twentieth Century


Major in Performance (Offered in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice,

piano, organ, harp) sem. hrs.

Core Courses 9

Applied Major 12

MUS 5170 Graduate Recital (two required, one sem. hr. each) 2

Supportive courses are chosen from music literature, music

theory, the pedagogy of major area* or applied music** 7

Total Hours 30

*Instrumental students must take one of the following courses appropriate to their major performance

area: MUS 4333, 4334, 4335 or 4336.

**A maximum of four semester hours of applied music is permitted among the supportive courses.

One of the recitals may be a lecture-recital, a performance with chamber ensemble, an accompaniment of a major performance, or a major opera role at the discretion of the student’s graduate committee. The recitals will consist of repertoire learned while the student

is in residence for the degree. The student must be enrolled for applied music during the term in which a recital is given. If the recitals are not given before the twelve hours of applied music concentration are completed, the student must continue with applied study.




The minimal TOEFL scores on the paper or computer versions of the TOEFL are 550 and 213

The minimal TOEFL score requirement is 80 on the internet-based test.

Baylor University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.


Graduate Transfer students:

The School of Music will accept transfer credit from other institutions towards the Master of Music degree.  Transfer of credit occurs after enrollment in the Graduate School and must be approved by the Graduate Program Director in consultation with appropriate faculty members, and by petition with appropriate documentation of transcripts to the Graduate School for approval.


Credit for graduate work transferred from other universities shall be allowed subject to the following provisions:

1.  25% of the required Baylor coursework (excluding internships, practica, recitals, and
theses) may be petitioned for transfer,
2.  coursework must be from an accredited university,
3.  coursework must have been taken no more than 5 years prior to matriculation,
4.  coursework must carry a grade of “B” or better,

All transfer courses must be approved by the Graduate School.


For further application information, write to:

Dr. Timothy McKinney, Director of Graduate Studies


For further audition information, contact:

Dr.Jun Qian, Assistant Professor of Clarinet


Candidates are encouraged to schedule a pre-audition lesson or provide a representative recording before scheduling a personal audition. It is recommended you schedule your campus visit and audition on a school day rather than on one of the standard audition days. More questions? Click on "Contact" on the website menu to reach me.

Graduate Audition Requirements


• A standard concerto

Recommended: Mozart Concerto (Movement I); Françaix Concerto (Movement I); Nielsen Concerto


• An unaccompanied work for solo clarinet


• A short work of the candidate’s choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrast.

Recommended: Debussy Premiere Rhapsody or Françaix Theme and Variations


• Three contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral audition repertoire

Recommended: Beethoven Symphony No.6; Kodaly Dance of Galanta; Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midnight’s Summer Dream


• Comprehensive knowledge of scales and related technique studies


Live audition is strongly recommended