Step-by-step instructions for auditioning for the Bienen School of Music are outlined below.
Within the Graduate Application, you will answer questions about your musical background, upload your resume and personal statement, and request recommendations. Many programs require that prescreening materials be submitted with the application. If your program requires an audition, you will receive information on how to schedule it following a successful review of your prescreening materials.
Submit your application
We recommend starting early by taking the audition requirements to your music teacher. Prepare for your audition by bringing musical selections that best showcase what you do well. It is better to beautifully perform a piece that requires moderate skill, as opposed to a mediocre performance of a very difficult piece.
It is not necessary to produce prescreening recordings and final audition recordings in a professional studio. The most important aspect is that the sound quality of your recording is excellent, so find a good microphone and play your recording for multiple people before you submit it.
Please see your program's individual Program Requirements page for information about accompaniment requirements.
All students whose program requires an audition are asked to audition on campus. Virtual auditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If your program requires prescreening, please wait until you have received prescreening results to contact the Office of Music Admission about virtual audition options.