Admissions for undergraduate music students
Join 750 highly talented musicians from around the world who are enrolled annually in the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
Undergraduate Steps to Apply
Step 1: Apply to ASU
You do not need to be admitted through ASU Undergraduate Admissions prior to submitting your music application (Step 2).
- Early application is strongly advised. Admission to the music program is selective and based on an audition.
- If admitted to both ASU and the music program, your major will be changed to Music. If you are admitted to ASU, but do not pass your audition or do not audition by the deadline, you will enter ASU as a music audition student and are required to pass an audition milestone in your first semester of study at ASU to be eligible to complete the degree.
- A letter of acceptance from ASU Undergraduate Admissions does not signify admission into a music major. Official notification of acceptance into any music program will come in the form of a decision letter emailed from the School of Music, Dance and Theatre notifying applicants of the music admission decision.
Visit ASU Undergraduate Admissions for application procedures and forms.
Step 2: Apply to Music
The 2020-21 music application is now available: Access the application portal here
A separate music application is required in addition to your ASU Application for Undergraduate Admission. You do not need to be admitted through ASU Undergraduate Admissions prior to submitting your music application.
A separate music application is required for each instrument on which you wish to audition.
Prepare the following for your application:
- References: Submit the name and email address for each of the three individuals submitting recommendation letters in support of your application. Each recommender will receive an auto–email with submission instructions.
- Essay(s) PDF: A 300-500 word essay describing your educational background, objectives and future career plans. Composition applicants should prepare an additional essay describing previous experience as a composer or arranger and the types of music (e.g., choral, jazz) composed.
- Repertoire List PDF: Titles and composers of pieces studied intensively and considered part of your solo repertoire, including technical studies.
- Artistic Resume PDF: Voice performance and music theatre performance applicants are required to submit a resume. Artistic resumes for applicants to all other areas are optional.
- Composition Prescreening Portfolio (composition only). Submit scores of 3-5 original works in PDF format. Audio files are not required, but encouraged.
- Writing Sample (music and culture only): Submit an example of your writing which can be a term paper from high school or other course, or an essay in which you express your interests and goals as a musician. Please edit your document prior to submission.
- Recorded Audition - required for all applicants who need to complete an audition.
IMPORTANT: You will receive an application confirmation email immediately upon successful submission of your music application. Email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu if you do not receive a confirmation email. Applications must be successfully submitted in order to be considered for admission.
The 2020-21 music application is now available. Access the application portal here.
Step 3: Track the Status of Your Application Materials
You are responsible for tracking the status of your application materials, as outlined below:
- Recommendations: You are strongly encouraged to contact your references to ensure that your letters are submitted by the Recommendation Letter Deadline. Incomplete recommendation letters may delay the scheduling of your audition.
- English Proficiency (if applicable): English proficiency will appear under Priority Tasks on My ASU until proof of English proficiency has been processed by ASU Undergraduate Admissions. Check My ASU often to track the status of your proof of English proficiency. Proof of English proficiency is required before you are scheduled for an audition or interview.
Step 4: Recorded Audition and Virtual Interview
Applicants applying to the areas of performance, music therapy, music theory, music theatre, music learning and teaching and Bachelor of Arts are required to complete a recorded audition for the 2020-21 admission season. After submission of the recorded audition, an virtual interview will be scheduled on a predetermined audition date.
Virtual interview dates and times will be confirmed via email. Applicants who submit complete application materials after the designated deadline will be confirmed for an audition date only if spaces are available.
A virtual interview is required for applicants to the composition, music learning and teaching, music therapy, music and culture and popular music programs.
Contact MDTAdmissions@asu.edu for any questions.