Admissions for undergraduate music students

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Music major

Music major

Step 1: Apply to ASU

Click here for the ASU Undergraduate Admission Application

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 ASU but not yet to the music program, your major will say Music Audition. If you 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. If you do pass your audition, your major will be changed to the appropriate Music major.
  • 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

Applications for 2023 admission will be available in mid-August.

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. You can submit both applications at the same time.

A separate music application is required for each instrument on which you wish to audition.

Prepare the following for your application:

  1. 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. You can mark the task as complete and submit your application even if not all of the letters are in yet.
  2. Personal Statement 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.
  3. Repertoire List PDF: Titles and composers of pieces studied intensively and considered part of your solo repertoire, including technical studies. See the FAQs section on the right for a sample and template.
  4. 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.
  5. Composition Prescreening Portfolio (Composition applicants only). Submit scores of 3-5 original works in PDF format. Audio files are not required, but encouraged.
  6. Writing Sample (Music and Culture applicants 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.
  7. Recorded Audition: Required for all applicants who are not attending a live audition. Please note that the faculty strongly recommend applicants come to campus for a live audition. The recorded audition is due Nov. 1 for spring admission and Feb. 1 for fall admission.

IMPORTANT: You will know that we've received your music application if you receive an application confirmation email immediately upon successful submission of your music application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application may not be submitted. Email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu if you do not receive a confirmation email. Applications must be submitted in order to be considered for admission.

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: Auditions and Interviews

After your application is submitted and the deadline has passed, you will be scheduled for an audition and/or interview based on the date you selected in your application. When you select your audition date, keep it on your calendar. You will then need to Confirm your audition/interview time so that we know you will attend. Audition/interview dates and times will be confirmed via email. Applicants who submit their application materials after the deadline will be scheduled for an audition slot only if spaces are available.

  • An audition is required for applicants applying to the areas of music performance, music therapy, music theory, music theatre, music learning and teaching and Bachelor of Arts: Music. Auditions will be offered on-campus this year. If electing to submit a recorded audition, a follow-up virtual interview will be scheduled.
  • An interview is required for applicants to the composition, music learning and teaching, music therapy, music and culture and popular music programs (popular music students may audition as part of their interview). 

Click here to view the audition and interview dates and requirements. We recommend bookmarking these webpages.

Contact MDTAdmissions@asu.edu for any questions.

Music minor

Music minor

Step 1: Apply to the Music Department

Submit a Minor and Certificate Application through the Music Application Portal.
(The Music Minor application is currently offline for the summer. Please check back for a link in August.)

When you are in the portal, be sure to select the "Minor and Certificate Application" option, not the "Undergraduate Music" option.

Deadline
There is no deadline: applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply early in the semester Before you wish to start coursework. (If you would like to start next fall semester, apply early in the spring semester.)

Application Submitted: You will receive an email immediately upon successful submission of your application. If you do not receive the email, your application may not be submitted. Email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu if you do not receive a confirmation email. Applications must be successfully submitted in order to be considered for admission.

Review your Program Requirements:

  • Music Minor
    • Academic and does not include instrumental instruction.
    • Does not require an audition or an application. To pursue this minor, consult with your major area advisor to add the minor and register for classes. 
  • Music Performance Minor  
    • Includes private instruction in your instrumental/voice area.
    • Requires an application and audition.
  • Music Theatre Minor 
    • Includes private instruction in voice.
    • Requires an application and audition.
  • Music Entrepreneurship Certificate 
    • Academic and does not include instrumental instruction.
    • Requires an application. Please also prepare a resume and personal statement (guidelines are found in application).

Step 2: Auditions and Interviews

An audition is required in order to be accepted into the Music Performance Minor or the Music Theatre Minor.

Audition Requirements: 
The audition requirements page lists requirements for both music majors and music minors. The music minor requirements will be listed under your instrument/voice area as either the Performance Minor requirements, or the Non-Performance Degree requirements. If not specified, prepare the requirements you see listed for music majors. You may ignore any other application or audition requirements mentioned under your instrument, as those are for music majors only. 

Scheduling an Audition:
Auditions are scheduled on an ad-hoc basis with the faculty member who teachers your instrument/voice. Auditions do not take place on the same days as music major auditions. After you submit your application, a faculty member will reach out to you to schedule your audition. Voice auditions typically take place right near the end of a fall or spring semester.

You may also have the option to submit a recorded audition instead. If so, only the recording is required for your audition. Recorded auditions are not followed by a virtual interview.

Step 3: Add the Minor or Certificate

An audition is required in order to be accepted into the Music Performance Minor or the Music Theatre Minor. Upon successfully passing an audition and application, you will receive an email letting you know that you have been admitted. You will follow the instructions in the email to officially add your minor or certificate.

Contact MDTAdmissions@asu.edu for any questions.