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). The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review your application and issue a letter of provisional acceptance indicating you are academically fit for admission to the university and ready to schedule your audition. Academic Awards are issued along with the letter of provisional acceptance. Full acceptance to the Mary Pappert School of Music requires successful completion of the audition process in addition to provisional acceptance.
Sample Application Checklist:
Step 2: Complete Your Audition
(December 1 - March 1)
Auditions are coordinated and conducted 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 typically consists of a combination of the following scheduled audition components:
- Performance Audition (go to the audition overview)
- Degree Interview
- Musicianship Placement Exam and Aural Skills Assessment (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 a sample Audition Schedule.
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 Audition Award) from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
*We highly recommend completing the application and audition process by March 1 for maximum 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 (March 1-15). Enhancement Awards are offered to exceptionally talented applicants in addition to any previously awarded scholarships. Enhancement Awards require faculty nomination and are determined by faculty committee.
NOTE: Enhancement Award offers are issued beginning March 21 and continue to be extended through May 1.
View the undergraduate award process
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.