Music Admission Timeline
Step 1: Submit Your Application
(New application opens July 1 each year)
To apply, simply create a user profile and submit an application. There is no application fee. Upon submission, your applicant portal is populated with required checklist items including a prompt to schedule an audition. In addition to official high school transcripts, you will also submit official SAT or ACT scores (test-optional admission is also available for music degrees).
Sample Application Checklist:
* Prior to completing your audition, you may receive a letter of provisional acceptance from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions indicating you are academically fit for admission to the university. Full acceptance to the Mary Pappert School of Music requires successful completion of the audition process in addition to provisional acceptance.
Step 2: Complete Your Audition
(December 1 - March 1)
Auditions are coordinated and conducted online by the school of music and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the desired audition date. For all undergraduate applicants, the audition process consists of a combination of the following scheduled online audition components:
- Performance Audition (view audition guidelines)
- Degree Interview
- Musicianship Placement Exam (view exam details)
The performance audition will require you to present an Audition Portfolio as well as some musical elements live on-demand (e.g., scales, arpeggios, and sight-reading) before a faculty committee. Degree interviews are scheduled with faculty from your desired program of study to determine program readiness. All undergraduates must complete the Musicianship Placement Exam.
Once you register for a music audition, you will receive detailed communications from faculty and staff about the online audition process to help you prepare. You will also receive a personalized audition day schedule that will contain the exact times and online locations of your audition components. View sample audition schedule.
In order to participate in the online audition process, you will need the following equipment:
- Computer, tablet, or mobile device with a webcam, microphone, and high-speed internet access.
- Video recorder or smart device, such as an iPad, iPhone or Android, that can capture high-quality audio and video. External microphones are not required but highly recommended.
- Access to software, such as Microsoft Word, that can be used to create a document with hyperlinks to cloud-based music media.
Applicants will receive unofficial notification of audition results from the Mary Pappert School of Music typically within 7-10 days of the music audition followed soon after by an official letter of full acceptance (including your initial financial aid package) from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
*We highly recommend completing the application and audition process by March 1 for priority award consideration. However, we continue to accept applications, process audition results and extend award offers up to 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Step 3: Enhancement Awards and Enrollment Decisions
(March 15 - May 1)
Rankings and reviews are conducted by faculty evaluators at the conclusion of the audition season. Enhancement Awards are offered in addition to any previously issued scholarships such as the Lead with Music Scholarship (issued at the time of acceptance). Enhancement Awards are determined by faculty committee and based on academic merit, audition/interview results, and financial need. Enhancement awards are issued beginning March 15 and offers can continue through May 1.
Accepted students must complete the Enrollment Response Form on their application checklist and submit an enrollment deposit to secure their award as well as their place in the incoming class. Enrollment decisions are due by May 1 for undergraduates. Academic advisors will reach out to enrolled students (May - June) to finalize enrollment and register each new student for their fall classes. Enrolled students will receive communications over the summer months with details regarding class schedules as well as move-in and orientation information.
Questions? contact the Office of Music Admissions (412) 396-5064
International Applicants: All application materials and official documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal essay) must be provided in English. Also, we require utilizing a foreign credentialing service such as WES or ECE. International students applying for a student visa must submit an affidavit (in English) from a financial institution documenting the applicant's ability to finance their entire education and living expenses while in the United States. If governments or parents supply financial support, an affidavit certifying the amount to be furnished must be included. Currency must be translated into United States dollars. Learn more about international admission procedures.
*Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo scores.