Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music College of Communication and Fine Arts Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
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Application Information

Registration for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 opens September 1.

To become enrolled in School of Music degree programs all prospective students must apply and be accepted by both the School of Music(SOM) and by the University of Memphis(UofM).  Acceptance by the SOM is contingent upon UofM acceptance.   Seek enrollment in the UofM by contacting the Undergraduate Office of Admissions at 901-678-2111, or the Graduate Office of Admissions at 901-678-2911, Applications to the UofM and to the SOM are available online.

Undergraduates seeking SOM scholarships should be accepted by the UofM before their audition day. December 1 is the preferred day for acceptance to the UofM and the preferred day for application to the SOM for undergraduates.

Who should make an online application to the School of Music?

  • Future undergraduate music majors
  • Future undergraduate music minors
  • Future non-music majors who want to audition for applied lessons and School of Music talent-based/performance scholarship
  • Future graduate students

Current University of Memphis undergraduates and new undergraduates who seek applied lessons (not School of Music scholarship) or theory courses or class piano courses do not make an online application to the School.  For information on these pursuits contact Music Admissions, Music Building, Room 125,, 901-678-3766.

For your online SOM application we recommend that you use Google Chrome or Safari or Firefox browsers. Problems have been reported by students attempting to make applications using Internet Explorer.

To apply to the School of Music go to  Click on Future Students.  Click on APPLY NOW.  At APPLY NOW you will be asked to log on to *DecisionDesk in order to make your application to the School.  When you log on, write down your name and password.  You will be able to log in and out of your application, "Save and Exit" or "Save and Continue" until you are ready to submit your application.  Once your application is submitted, you will be able to revisit but you, yourself will not be able to change the content of your application except to re-send your recommendation requests. For technical assistance with your application email  For non-technical assistance, email

There are seven steps for undergraduates and six for graduates that make a complete application.  Everyone is asked for contact data, information about your musical study and performance experience as well as your academic status.  Graduates are required to upload a resume; this is optional for undergraduates.  Everyone is asked to provide names and email addresses of two recommenders who will be emailed your recommendation request when you submit your application.  Various documents and compositions that are required of graduate students will need to be uploaded.

The majority of concentrations require audition so prepare to list the title and composer of the pieces you will perform during your audition.  The essays that are required of Music Industry students can be uploaded.  Do not let the listing of titles and composers of audition pieces or uploading a Music Industry essay hold up submitting your application. You can email your audition pieces information or your Music Industry essay to two weeks prior to your audition day.

The School of Music application is easy to read and easy to complete.  You will want to put time and thought into the application process so that it reflects who you are, what you want to do with music, and how we will achieve that together at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music.

*The School of Music application is hosted online by DecisionDesk, a third party company.  DecisionDesk charges $15 per application to submit the online application.  Plan to use credit or debit card; the online fee is not refundable. Applying online allows faculty to review your application in the most timely fashion, and is the easiest and fastest way to apply to the School of Music.  If you can not apply online please email to request more information about other options.

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