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Music at Stanford

Thank you for your interest in our department!  We invite all Stanford students to pursue their musical explorations in an environment rich in talent and knowledge through programs that focus on students’ interests in composition, musicology, computer music, and performance.

As you weigh your options for graduate study, take a look at the resources below to learn more about our offerings, our faculty, and the application process.

The department seeks students who demonstrate substantial scholarship, high promise of attainment, and the ability to do independent investigation and, in the case of doctoral students, to present the results of such research in a dissertation or a substantial final composition. Graduate composers, computer-music theorists, musicologists, and performing artists in the Department of Music combine highly specialized programs of study with constant interaction of various musical disciplines.

Description of Available Graduate Programs in Music at Stanford

Learn About Applying to the Graduate  Programs

Office of Graduate Admissions 

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards full funding to Stanford graduate students from all disciplines, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across fields.

Apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program by Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 1:00pm Pacific Time, and to the Department of Music by Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Note that your application must be received by the Department of Music and be deemed complete – including receipt of your electronic application and all required supplementary materials – by December 13, 2022.

Knight-hennessy scholars application 

Resource for Applicants

The new Guide on Getting Into Grad School provides helpful information to students who are considering graduate school.