Audition Overview

The Mary Pappert School of Music evaluates applicants through a performance audition and an interview with faculty members.


Undergraduate Audition Requirements 

*Parents/guardians are invited to attend concurrent informational sessions while auditions are conducted.

Applicants will have approximately 10 minutes to perform for a faculty committee. In addition to prepared works specified in the Instrument Audition Guidelines, applicants should be ready to demonstrate technical skills including sight-reading, scales, and arpeggios. Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Technology and Bachelor of Arts in Music applicants will also complete an admission interview on the day of their audition. Performance majors are not required to complete an interview as part of the admission process.

How do I schedule my audition?

Once a completed application has been submitted, applicants will be prompted to select an audition date or submit a recorded video audition. If you've already submitted an application but have not yet scheduled your audition, please log in to your application account and do so as soon as possible.

Is there an entrance exam?

Prior to the scheduled audition date, applicants will receive an audition reminder via email along with an audition-day schedule. This message will also include a web-link for completing an online Musicianship Placement Exam. It is recommended that the placement exam be taken prior to arriving on campus for the audition. However, there will be opportunities to take the exam in the music school computer lab the day of the audition.

NOTE: The placement exam does not determine acceptance nor is it used in the determination of awards or scholarships.

Does the Mary Pappert School of Music accept portfolios?

Yes! In fact, it is highly recommended for applicants to the BM in Music Technology (Composition for Media or Sound Recording). Learn more about the role of portfolios in the music technology admission process.

NOTE: All applicants, regardless of desired major, may submit additional materials that are not required in the application checklist.

How will I know if I've been accepted?

Applicants that have successfully passed their audition will receive notification from the Mary Pappert School of Music followed by an official letter of full-acceptance from the university.


Graduate Audition Requirements

Applicants should prepare a total of 25–30 minutes of solo repertoire equivalent to that of an undergraduate senior recital. Additional requirements for specific areas of study can be found in the university catalogue.  View the graduate audition requirements. Applicants will also complete a graduate assistantship interview on the day of their audition. Once a completed graduate application has been submitted, applicants will select an audition date or submit a recorded audition. If you've already submitted an application but have not yet scheduled your audition, please log in to your application account and do so as soon as possible.

Applicants that have successfully passed their audition and meet academic standards for graduate studies will receive an official letter of acceptance from the Mary Pappert School of Music.


Looking for the best time to apply and audition?

Check out the Music Admission Timeline for details and helpful hints!


Additional Audition Information

Jazz Auditions (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Applicants that have an interest in jazz studies can request to be scheduled for a jazz audition. This audition will last approximately 15 minutes and will be performed on the same day as the classical audition. View the jazz audition guidelines.

*The jazz audition will be evaluated independently of an applicant's performance in the required classical audition.

Recorded Media Auditions (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Applicants submitting a recorded video audition must follow the same instrumental audition guidelines as the on-campus auditions. Phone interviews or online meetings with music school faculty members will be scheduled for all graduate applicants as well as undergraduates applying for acceptance in Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Technology, and Bachelor of Arts in Music.


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

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