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Audition Overview

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Applicants will have 12 minutes to perform for a faculty committee. In addition to prepared works, students should be ready to demonstrate technical studies and/or scales. Music Education and Music Therapy 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. Specific instructions and requirements can be found in the instrument audition guidelines.

The instrument audition guidelines can be found here.

Applicants are expected to appear in person. 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 and music theory applicants. For more instructions on submitting a Recoded Audition please visit the Schedule Your Audition 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.  Applicants should complete the musicianship placement exam either before or on the audition day.

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 a senior recital. Master of Music Performance (Collaborative Piano Emphasis) applicants will also be required to sight-read accompaniments from instrumental and vocal repertoire.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program Requirements

     Post-Baccaulaureate Certificate in Music Education

     Post-Baccaulaureate Certificate in Music Therapy 


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 guidelines.  This 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.