Applying to the School of Music
Admission is determined by audition for most music degrees. For some of our programs, other factors are considered such as an interview, essay, academic record, and pre-screening. Audition repertoire requirements vary by instrument and program, check the application guidelines page for your program for the most up-to-date requirements.
Yes. All applicants are required to submit two separate applications for admission - one to the university AND the other to the School of Music.
The School of Music application can be accessed at https://app.getacceptd.com/memphismusic.
No. You can submit the School of Music application even if you have not yet completed the University application process.
The School of Music prefers applications to be submitted by the end of October for spring entry, or by December 1 for fall entry. However, specific deadlines are tied to the audition date you choose (typically 2 weeks prior to each of our published audition dates). International applicants who are not currently in the USA should submit your music application no later than October 1 (spring) and January 1 (fall), keeping in mind that University application deadlines for international students are earlier than music dates.
Undergraduate applicants will hear from the university before the school of music. Graduate applicants will receive one admission decision from the School of Music. Admissions decisions to the School of Music usually occur 1-2 weeks after the application and/or audition is complete.
Credit may be granted for academic classes earned at another accredited institution. However, not all classes may count toward degree requirements. After a student has been admitted to the University, the CCFA College Advisor will evaluate the transcript and determine UofM equivalencies. Every effort will be made to utilize as many courses as possible, but some classes may require further review before equivalency is awarded.
The School of Music accepts music coursework from accredited institutions; however, music theory, aural, and keyboard skills may be assessed by a placement diagnostic to determine appropriate placement. The applied faculty will determine the level of study on the instrument or voice.
Yes! Participation in any School of Music ensemble is open to ALL students, regardless of your major. Some ensembles may require separate auditions, check with the ensemble Director(s) to determine if an audition is required.
Auditions and Assessments
To receive an audition, you must apply to the School of Music first. In the application, you will be able to select your preferred audition date and format, upload your repertoire list, audition video links, and portfolio materials if applicable.
All Music Majors, including Music Industry, are required to apply to the School of Music. However, an audition is not required for Music Business or Recording Technology.
Students have the option of auditioning for music scholarship consideration and/or entrance into an applied studio. It is highly recommended but not required for students to attend one of our audition event days. These sessions are a great way to learn about both concentrations in Music Industry, help you determine the best concentration for your career goals, and answer any questions you may have.
Audition time slots are scheduled by School of Music Admissions staff about 1 week prior to the audition date. Updates are sent via email.
Typically, undergraduate audition time slots are 10 minutes, and graduate audition time slots range from 15-min (Masters) to 20 min. (DMA). Given our audition time constraints, it is likely you will not be asked to perform every piece you have prepared in entirety. Audition performance length is not indicative of any positive or negative faculty impressions.
Audition repertoire is designed as a guide to the general level of development typical of those accepted to the Scheidt School of Music. The audition guidelines for each applied instrument/voice area will specify what pieces and how many you should prepare. You can view guidelines for your instrument here.
Undergraduate applicants should plan to take both a theory and piano placement if you have had formal theory training, or if transferring, have taken theory at another institution, or if you have had 1 year or more of piano lessons/taken class piano at another institution. While we use the data you submit with your application to determine the need for placement assessments, if you feel that you need a theory or piano placement, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you further instructions.
- Early Action Music Deadline: December 3. Students who have a completed application to the university and School of Music by December 3 will receive an admissions and scholarship decision before the winter break.
- Deadline for fullest consideration for a Music Scholarship: March 1. These applicants will typically receive notification in mid to late March.
No. Your award letter will contain detailed criteria for renewal.