To All Incoming Graduate Students
We Are Glad You're Here!
If you have not already done so, you will soon discover that the Department of Music is at the center of a diverse and thriving music scene. The Church Fine Arts building, conveniently located near the new Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, is the home of a dedicated community of musicians, scholars and students in love with music and serious about academic study and creative innovation.
Now that you've been accepted into the graduate program -- assuming you've received and read your letter of admission from the Graduate School -- there are some Department of Music matters that need your immediate attention:
- Contact your advisor - Your advisor (applied instructor) with any questions regarding financial needs, course registration, housing, or other concerns. It is important that you are on track with registration advisement and program requirements.
- Get your student ID - You must first register in at least one credit before you can obtain your picture student identification Wolf card from the Student Union customer service desk. Your first student ID is free; it is covered by the new graduate student orientation fee. You will need a picture ID for identification. Then take your ID to the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center to get coded for computer access to the library. Your ID is your library card.
- Graduate Teaching Assistants: Register for and attend the GRAD 701 workshop held prior to the start of fall semester. For date and time of the workshop, go to the Graduate School home page.
- Complete your Proficiency Exam - Proficiency exams in Music History and Theory are usually administered at the start of each semester and in May. Contact Louis Niebur, Ph.D. or Jean-Paul Perrotte, Ph.D. for study guides and further details. Scholarships and assistantships are contingent upon timely completion of the proficiency exams, regardless of enrollment in MUS 709, 731, or 732.
Important Note: Scholarship awards will not be renewed after the first semester unless one of the graduate proficiency exams is passed; they will not be renewed after the first year unless both are passed. Graduate Assistants must take both proficiency exams within the first semester of appointment, and pass at least one. Both exams must be passed within the first year to retain an assistantship. Exams are offered in August, January, and May. Contact Louis Niebur and Jean-Paul Perrotte for dates and study material.
Other Important Starters
- Activate your UNR e-mail account - Go to University of Nevada, Reno Email, click on the link "Activate my account". This will allow you to both activate your UNR e-mail account and forward any mail sent to that account to an e-mail address you prefer to use. This e-mail connection must be established for you to receive timely information from university offices.
- Create your MyNEVADA Account - Once you are officially admitted, all transactions for class registration, financial aid, paying bills, etc. will be in MyNEVADA. You'll need to do a one time activation of your account. Instructions can be found at http://www.unr.edu/mynevadahelp/mynevadaaccess.
- Attend New Graduate Student Orientation - Dates and times for On-Campus New Graduate Student orientation and the GSA Graduate Student Reception can be found on the Graduate School home page.
- Establish your Net-ID account - Once you have registered for at least one credit, you can establish you Net-ID account. Again, on the UNR homepage, use the quick link in the lower right hand corner, click on the “Computing Help Desk” button. At the Help Desk page, click on the “Get Started” button in the upper right hand corner of the sidebar. Under the “Get Started” menu, click on the first topic, entitled (again) “Get Started” which will bring you to the “About your NetID” page with instructions on how to proceed. Your NetID is used to access all university computing services and on-line classes.
- Paying Fees - Pay either on-line through MyNEVADA or at the Cashier’s Office, Fitzgerald Student Services Building, third floor.
The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
Graduate Students have an advanced type of online access to the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. You can also easily search the Music Library, consisting of 670 international music periodicals.
If you have any questions specific to the Department of Music admissions process, don't hesitate to call the Department office at 775-784-6145, or stop by. We're open Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. You can also email our Administrative Assistant, Cynthia Prescott with your Department of Music questions.
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