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Audition Overview

You have taken the first step toward admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music in submitting your application for admission. Now it's time to schedule your audition.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements  

At the on-campus auditions, applicants will have approximately10 minutes to perform for a faculty committee. In addition to prepared works (specified in the Instrument Audition Guidelines), students should be ready to demonstrate technical studies and/or scales. Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Technology and Bachelor of Arts in Music applicants will also complete an admission interview. Admission interviews will be scheduled on the audition days. Applicants to the Electronic Composition program are asked to submit a digital portfolio of original compositions.

Instrument Audition Guidelines

We suggest that all applicants complete a live audition, however we understand that not every student can travel to campus for an audition. Those who are unable to attend a live audition may submit a recorded audition. Applicants submitting a recorded audition should follow the same instrument audition guidelines as the live on-campus auditions.  Phone interviews will be scheduled individually with the faculty for music education, music theory and music technology applicants. For more instructions on submitting a Recoded Audition please visit the Audition Request page.

It is helpful for prospective music majors to have a background in theory, piano, and certain aural skills prior to entrance. A theory and musicianship exam is administered for placement purposes only. Further instructions on how to complete the theory and musicianship placement exam will be emailed to all undergraduate applicants.

At the auditions, applicants should plan to spend at least half a day at the School of Music to complete the audition. Parents or guardians are invited to attend concurrent informational sessions while auditions are conducted. A schedule of the day's events will be distributed on the audition day.

Graduate Audition Requirements

Graduate applicants should prepare an audition of 25-30 minutes of solo literature, equivalent to that of an undergraduate senior recital. Master of Music in Performance; Collaborative Piano Emphasis applicants will also be required to sight-read accompaniments from instrumental and vocal repertoire.  More specific information regarding the Graduate audition requirements can be found in the Graduate Course Catalog.

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program Requirements

Post-Baccaulaureate Certificate in Music Education


Jazz Auditions

(Graudate and Undergraduate)

Applicants with any jazz abilities should also schedule an additional 15-minute jazz audition to occur on the same day as the classical audition. It will consist of two required components and one optional one. For jazz drum set auditions, please see the percussion audition guidelinesThis audition will be performed in addition to the classical audition. The results of the (supplemental) jazz audition will not be considered when evaluating an applicant's performance in the required classical audition.


Still have questions? Contact Director of Music Admissions.