Academic Requirements

While every student wishing to enroll in the School of Music (SOM) must have an audition or entrance interview (Music Industry), some of our programs have additional academic requirements that must be met. Please click on any of the links below to view the academic requirements.

Music Education Academic Requirements

Music Industry Academic Requirements

Composition Academic Requirements


Students wishing to apply to the Music Education program must meet the following academic requirements:


  • Must meet a qualifying multiplier score:

                    - 60 (based on ACT Composite and High School GPA)
                    - 3060 (based on SAT Total score and High School GPA)  


  • Must transfer with and maintain academic standards required by Provisional TEP (2.75 GPA) and Residency Programs (3.0 GPA)
  • Maintain a B or higher in applied lessons
  • Possess ACT 21 or higher OR pass Praxis Academic Core Exam
            - Praxis cut scores: (Reading – 156) (Writing – 162) (Math – 150)

In addition to meeting academic requirements, all undergraduate Music Education applications must also complete the following:

1.    Upload an essay that addresses the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be a music educator?
  • Who or what may have inspired your decision to become a music educator?
  • What specific skills and/or personality traits do you attain that may contribute to your success as a music educator?
  • Essay formatting - Essay must be typed (12 pt. Times New Roman font), single-spaced, 1-inch margins, and min. 500 words.

2.    Submit the name and e-mail address of TWO people who you trust to serve as references/recommenders (applications will not be considered without TWO)

3.    Audition and be accepted by applied faculty on an instrument or voice. See audition requirements.




Music Business and Recording Technology applicants must meet academic standards required by the Music Industry division before attending a Music Industry Entrance Interview on Audition Day. Acceptance to this program is based on meeting academic standards, essay submission, participation in the entrance interview, and acceptance by MUID faculty.


Designed for incoming high school freshman students. Under PATH #1, these students must meet or exceed a qualifying minimum multiplier score (M-Score). 


An applicant’s M-Score is determined by multiplying the student's Best Composite ACT score (or converted SAT score) by the cumulative high school GPA.

  • Example: 3.2 GPA x 24 ACT Best Composite = M-Score of 76.8

If your resulting M-Score is 74.4 or higher, you are ready to start your application to the School of Music and attend the Entrance Interview on your preferred Audition Day. If you do not meet the minimum M-Score, you must enter under “Path #2” (see below).


Designed for students for fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Incoming high school freshman students who did not meet the required qualifying minimum M-Score under “Path #1”.
  2. New Transfer students (regardless of number of hours earned)
  3. New Non-traditional freshman students (24 and older) who have no ACT/SAT test scores, and do not have any prior college credit
  4. Current UofM students seeking to switch to the Music Industry degree program (regardless of number of hours earned)

Students who fall into one of the above categories must accomplish both of the following steps upon enrolling at the University, and before applying to the School of Music:

  • Earn a 2.8 or better cumulative Collegiate GPA AND
  • Satisfy each of the following UofM General Education courses with a C- or better:
  • English Composition I (ENGL 1010)
  • English Composition II (ENGL 1020)
  • Music Industry Math requirement:
    • Music Business - MATH 1530
    • Recording Technology - MATH 1830

Transcript Evaluation

As soon as transfer students are accepted by The University of Memphis, they should call (901) 678-2350 to make an appointment with Ms. Laurie Snyder, CCFA College Advisor, for transcript evaluation. Transcript evaluation must be satisfied so that you know where you stand within the program curriculum.



Students who wish to major in Composition must complete several courses upon admittance to the School of Music to be fully accepted into the Composition degree program. To be accepted as a Composition major, a student must apply and, audition accomplish the following:

  1. Audition and acceptance by applied faculty on an instrument or voice
  2. Complete Music Theory I and Ear-training I with a C- or better
  3. Complete Class Piano I with a C- or better
  4. Complete Beginning Composition (MUTC 2501)
  5. Be recommended for acceptance into MUTC 2502 by the Composition faculty

Until an applicant has achieved the above, he or she is not considered to be fully accepted into the Composition program. Prospective students who have a portfolio of written, or possibly published and recorded pieces ready for presentation prior to audition, is are encouraged to make an appointment with Composition faculty for portfolio review.