The Hamline University Artist Diploma is a certificate designed for select post-baccalaureate piano students who wish to perform. The two-year sequence combines intensive piano study with a number of music, language, and general intellectual requirements. Upon completion of the requirements below, the Music Department awards the student a certificate of completion.
Post-Baccalaureate Admission Requirements
The Artist Diploma in piano performance involves selective, intensive, and advanced professional piano studies designed to satisfy needs of talented and accomplished musicians. Program entrance requires a piano audition, a list of advanced repertoire studied, an artistic resume with works performed, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts of previous higher education, all of which must be approved by faculty committee. Applicants must have earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or equivalent) and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 from prior undergraduate coursework. All materials and application must be sent to Hamline University, Office of Graduate Admission (firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-523-2900).
The audition, the list of advanced repertoire studied, and the artistic resume with works performed should demonstrate exposure to a wide variety of styles. Classical sonatas should include the late works of Beethoven or sonatas by Schubert. Romantic repertoire must demonstrate ability with virtuoso etudes as well as larger works. There must also be evidence of exposure to Twentieth Century music, Baroque music, and the concerto repertoire. The audition requirements are: performance from memory of at least four works from three different periods and of three different genres. For example, a late sonata of Beethoven, a prelude and fugue of Bach, a Debussy Etude, and a major Romantic work. Standards of performance are equivalent to achieving entrance into a major international piano competition. Audition in person by appointment or send a DVD with other materials to the Office of Graduate Admission. To arrange an appointment for an audition, contact the Office of Graduate Admission.
English as Second Language students must be continually engaged in English language study until proficiency is demonstrated by a minimum score of 550 on the written TOEFL examination, 213 on the computer based TOEFL, 79-80 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS. At the time of admission, international applicants will be required to provide financial documentation showing sufficient funding to support their studies while in the United States.
Candidates for the Hamline International Piano Institute: Artist Diploma program pay the post-baccalaureate certificate rates listed on www.hamline.edu/tuition. Living expenses, course materials, and textbooks are additional.