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Frequently asked questions

Where are you located?

Where are you located?

The ASU School of Music is housed on the ASU Tempe Campus in Tempe, which is a part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the sixth largest city in the United States, with a population of 1.4 million residents (and growing) and more than 500 square miles.

The street address for the ASU School of Music is 50 E Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281.

How many students go to ASU and to the School of Music?

How many students go to ASU and to the School of Music?

Enrollment in the school of music averages 750 students, evenly split between undergraduate and graduate students. Roughly half of the graduate students are pursuing master's degrees and the other half pursuing are doctoral degrees.

ASU's Tempe Campus population hovers around 50,000 students, while the total university population (all campuses) is around 70,000 students.

Specific enrollment numbers are reported on the ASU Facts website.

Can I take a tour of the School of Music?

Can I take a tour of the School of Music?

School of Music building tours are regularly offered on Mondays and Fridays (time varies depending on the season). Tours typically last 20-30 minutes. Reserve a space for the tour by submitting a Tour Request Form.

Can I schedule a time to observe classes, ensembles and/or lessons?

Can I schedule a time to observe classes, ensembles and/or lessons?

Absolutely! We are happy to try to help you schedule a visit that includes classroom, ensemble rehearsal and/or lesson observations. Please contact musicadmissions@asu.edu at least two weeks in advance of your anticipated visit.

How competitive is your program?

How competitive is your program?

The ASU School of Music is not able to admit everyone who applies. Each studio has a limited number of spaces, which vary from year to year. We encourage you to complete a well-prepared application and audition in order to have the best chance at success. For more information on space availability, please contact the faculty in your desired area of study directly.

How many students are admitted each year?

How many students are admitted each year?

The number of people admitted varies by area and by year depending on the number of spaces are available in each individual studio or area. We recommend contacting the faculty in your desired area of study directly for an idea of how many students are admitted.

Can I see a sample repertoire list?

Can I see a sample repertoire list?

Here are sample repertoire lists for instrumental/keyboard and vocal applicants.

Instrumental Repertoire List Sample

Vocal Repertoire List Sample

You can also use this Microsoft Word document as a template for your repertoire list.

How do I apply for an audition? Where can I find what to prepare for an audition?

How do I apply for an audition? Where can I find what to prepare for an audition?

Complete application instructions are posted on the Steps to Apply site. Auditions are only scheduled for students who submit a School of Music application in addition to the ASU Undergraduate Admissions application.

Audition repertoire requirements are posted under "Dates + Repertoire" on the Auditions site.

Can I practice before my audition?

Can I practice before my audition?

On regular audition days, practice rooms are available for warming up before the audition. We ask applicants to be courteous and surrender the room after 20-30 minutes to allow other students to warm up for their auditions.

Practice rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Friday before each regular audition date.

What if I cannot make it to ASU for an audition on a scheduled audition date?

What if I cannot make it to ASU for an audition on a scheduled audition date?

It may be possible to schedule an ad hoc (by appointment) audition directly with the faculty in your desired area of study. Ad hoc auditions are not available to voice applicants. Further instructions for scheduling ad hoc auditions are posted here.

Depending on the program, you may also be able submit a recorded audition as part of your School of Music Application in lieu of a live audition. Some programs do not permit recorded auditions, as indicated in the repertoire requirements. Please note that scholarship consideration is prioritized to applicants who perform on-campus auditions.

Audition recordings must conform to the same audition requirements as an on-campus audition unless otherwise noted. DVD, CD, YouTube™ (or similar) submissions received by postal mail or email are not accepted. Refer to Recordings + Portfolios for acceptable formats and submission instructions.

How do I apply for music scholarships?

How do I apply for music scholarships?

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships as part of the application process. For programs that require an audition, preference is given to applicants who perform a live audition on the ASU Tempe Campus.

What do I need to submit in order to transfer to ASU as scholarship recipient from another institution?

What do I need to submit in order to transfer to ASU as scholarship recipient from another institution?

In addition to completing the Steps to Apply, you need to submit a Transfer Release Form signed by the music executive at your current institution.

The TA Application says that I “need permission”. How do I access the form?

The TA Application says that I “need permission”. How do I access the form?

To access the TA Application:

  1. Activate your MyASU by following the instructions in an email you received after submitting your University application. This email may have been sent from a "no-reply" email address, so double check your spam folders. It may take several days for your University application to process and for you to receive this email. You may submit the TA Application at a later time, keeping in mind that preference is given to applications received before February 15 for appointments beginning the following fall semester.
  2. Once you have activated your MyASU, log out of ALL non-ASU Google accounts. This may be a personal Gmail or YouTube account.
  3. Go to the TA Application, which will prompt you to log in using your newly activated MyASU credentials.

Learn more about teaching assistantships here.