Program Music Essay Prompt


Writing ability, as demonstrated in The Common Application essay and University of Cincinnati personal statement, is considered during application review. First-year students applying to Cincinnati's Main Campus must complete some writing components.

The Common Application Essay

Students must choose one of the following topics to complete an essay of no more than 650 words:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? 
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. 

Cincinnati Personal Statement

Students must also submit a personal statement in response to the following prompt in approximately 250 words:

  • Obtaining a college degree requires persistence and the ability to stay focused on the end result. Share with us a long-term goal that you had, the steps/process you took to obtain that goal, and how you overcame any obstacles that you encountered. This goal could be academic, personal, or extracurricular in nature.

Program-Specific Requirements

CCM — Many College-Conservatory of Music programs require additional items. Consult the CCM Application Handbook for more information.

Nursing — Students applying to the nursing program must provide a short essay for the following additional essay prompt: Discuss what person, incident, or experience in your life influenced you most to pursue a career in nursing.

 

Bachelor of Music in Education (B.M.E.)

Undergraduate admission is based on a successful audition in the student's performing instrument or voice category and an in-person interview with the music education faculty. The interview will consist of an on-site essay, questions concerning your musical and extracurricular activities, and a general assessment of musical skills that pertain to teaching music.

Master of Music Education (M.M.E.)
Master of Science in Music Education with Certification (M.S.)
Doctor of Music Education (D.M.E.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (Ph.D.)
Specialist Certificate in Music Education

Applicants for all music education graduate programs must provide an entrance essay of three to five pages with the application to the graduate program. The purpose of this essay is to assess the applicant's ability to organize thoughts and to express them clearly in writing. Applicants are asked to describe previous background in music and music education with particular emphasis on teaching experience. Applicants are also asked to include a discussion of what they hope to accomplish during graduate study and long-term career goals. Students applying for the DME or PhD degree programs should discuss potential research interests.

Applicants for all music education graduate degrees must provide a ten-minute video recording which demonstrates proficiency in teaching and a short video or audio recording which demonstrates proficiency as a soloist or conductor; ( website, HTML, or DVD acceptable). In addition to the materials required on the Music Graduate Application, applicants for the MME, DME or PhD should submit GRE General Test Scores. Applicants for the MS degree are not required to take the GRE. Instead they must submit Casa scores (Core Academic Skills Assessment Test) or qualifying scores on one of the following: SAT (1100), ACT (24), GRE (301).

All applicants to all graduate degree programs must complete an in-person interview with the music education graduate coordinator. The interview will consist of questions regarding previous schooling, teaching, and musical experience along with research experience and interests. The interviews will be used to assess the applicant's ability to articulate thoughts and goals clearly and to determine the applicant's appropriateness for Associate Instructorships.

All required materials must be submitted online via Acceptd by the December 1, 2017 deadline.

*Please Note: Applicants who are required to submit pre-screening will submit their letters of recommendation to Acceptd.

Graduate International Students and non-native English speakers

Non-native English language speakers must achieve a passing TOEFL score by the December 1, 2017 application deadline. Your application will not be processed, and you will not be scheduled to interview unless you have a passing TOEFL score. Please click here to find the TOEFL requirements for each degree program.

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