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Music Admissions

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, you can be a creator, artist, healer, teacher, and much more. We believe there is an unparalleled value in self-expression, and it is through music that you can nurture the heart of society and actively participate in shaping global culture.

Start here and go anywhere!

The application for admission in 2019 is now live:

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Admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music involves a 2-step process.  Applicants must first apply to Duquesne University. Once the application is submitted, applicants will then be prompted to schedule an audition and submit additional documentation. Learn more about this process.


What is expected in the Audition?

Check out the Audition Overview for details about audition requirements.


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We'd like to meet you!

Individual visits and family consultations can always be scheduled by contacting the Office of Music Admissions. (412) 396-5064.  Private lessons with our faculty can also be arranged (additional fees may apply).

Undergraduate

We make attending Duquesne affordable.

All new undergraduate students entering as first-time freshmen in the fall, 2019 are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship.

These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years of undergraduate study as long as the student remains enrolled full-time (12 credits per semester) in the School of Music. *This scholarship program is only available to incoming first-time freshmen matriculating in the fall 2019 semester.

Learn more about the Lead With Music Scholarship Program.


Ready to start the application process?

Take a moment to review the Admission Checklist.


Music Scholarships & Financial Aid Information

100% of undergraduate music applicants receive some form of financial assistance from the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Other forms of financial aid are handled directly through Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid counselors are avaialble for individual appointments and counseling. Visit the Financial Aid webpage.

*For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid  (412) 396-6607.

Graduate

The Mary Pappert School of Music is always accepting graduate applications.

All applicants must have completed adequate undergraduate studies in music in order to apply (bachelor's degree, college-level conservatory diploma, or their foreign equivalent in music). Additional requirements pertinent to each graduate degree program may be required.

An audition is required for all programs. Live auditions are recommended, however, recorded auditions are also accepted. Learn more about the audition process.


Graduate Assistantships (full & partial tuition awards)

The Mary Pappert School of Music offers a number of graduate awards and assistantships.  These are assigned on a competitive basis to applicants with extraordinary academic achievements and/or performance abilities.  Such awards are granted in return for providing service to the Mary Pappert School of Music in a variety of capacities.  Appointments are for a period of one year and may be renewed for a second year on the basis of proven competence.  The Graduate Assistantship awards provide scholarship and/or stipend in exchange for duties in the following areas:

  • Music Theory/Aural Skills
  • Music Education
  • Music Technology
  • All Instrument areas - Brass, Percussion, Strings, Winds, Voice/Opera Workshop
  • Research Assistants
  • Large Ensembles 
  • Choral Studies
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Jazz Studies
  • Sacred Music/Organ

*All graduate applicants are automatically considered for graduate awards and assistantships.


Ask about our Graduate Assistantships in the Triano Woodwind Quintet and the DeBroff String Quartet.

Contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064


Acceptance Policies

After all application materials have been reviewed and evaluated, the Mary Pappert School of Music will issue the applicant an official statement of acceptance or rejection.


Financial Aid

Other forms of financial aid are handled directly through Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid. Financial Aid counselors are avaialble for individual appointments and counseling. Visit the Financial Aid webpage.

*For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid  (412) 396-6607.

Transfer

A few things you should know about transferring to the Mary Pappert School of Music:

In addition to the University application and audition process, transfer applicants must also submit the following forms:

Music School Transfer Form
University Transfer Form

Transferring Credits

Students who are anticipating transferring music credits are encouraged to submit their transcripts to the Office of Music Admissions for preliminary review. Submission of supporting documents may be required. The Mary Pappert School of Music generally accepts credits from a college or university equally accredited by the National Association of School of Music (NASM).

*For additional information on transferring to Duquesne University, please contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064.

Internal Transfers

Current Duquesne University students who intend to internally transfer to the school of music are required to complete the audition process and an interview with the applicable area chair.

*Questions? Please contact the Office of Music Admissions  (412) 396-5064.

Post-Baccalaureate

Continue your passion for Music Education at the Mary Pappert School of Music

The Post-Baccalaureate Program for Music Teacher Certification is open to those holding a Bachelor of Music degree from an NASM-accredited (or equivalent) institution. Admission is contingent on the successful completion of all entrance and audition requirements, and an interview with the Department Chair of Music Education. Candidates in the program are expected to demonstrate excellent leadership qualities, outstanding communication skills, critical thinking and analysis abilities, and a genuine interest in a service-oriented profession.

Applicants for the Post-Baccalaureate Certification program in Music Education should contact the Office of Music Admissions for application instructions.

International

We welcome students from around the world!

At Duquesne, we are educating the musical leaders of the twenty first century through challenging music degree programs for the mind, heart, and spirit. Our University motto, "Spiritus Est Qui Vivificat," It is the Spirit Who Gives Life, inspires our classrooms, rehearsals, and concert venues.  Learn more about the application and admission process for International Students.  

International Students interested in Music Education
When applying for certification you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States; or
  • Hold a permanent resident visa that allows you to live and work in the U.S.; and
  • File a declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen.

*International students are defined as those who do not hold U.S. citizenship, green card (permanent resident) status, or refugee/asylum status.

All international students, regardless of intended degree, must first apply to Duquesne University.

For more information please contact the Office of Music Admissions at musicadmissions@duq.edu  (412) 396-5064.