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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.

Do I need to be admitted to ASU before applying to the School of Music?

Do I need to be admitted to ASU before applying to the School of Music?

No. We strongly encourage all applicants to apply to ASU Undergraduate Admissions and to the School of Music (through the separate School of Music Application) at the same time. Both applications must be on file in the School of Music by the application deadline in order to be considered for admission.

Do I need to be able to read music in order to apply?

Do I need to be able to read music in order to apply?

The reality is that music major courses from the very first semester of study are designed for students who are proficient at reading music. For this reason, being able to read music is expected of all incoming students. The vast majority of successful applicants have had many years of extensive classical or jazz training in their specific area. If you have limited experience in reading music, we strongly recommend enrolling in music classes at a community college to learn basic music skills before applying to the School of Music.

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.

Is an audition required for my program?

Is an audition required for my program?

An entrance audition is required of all undergraduate degrees except the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Culture, for which an audition is required only for applicants who wish to take studio lessons as part of the degree.

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.

What is the audition process like?

What is the audition process like?

Live auditions on scheduled audition days are performed for a panel of faculty in your instrument or voice area. Undergraduate auditions are 10 - 20 minutes, depending on the area. Most auditions take place in faculty studios or classrooms. Piano auditions are held in Katzin Concert Hall and ocassionally in faculty studios. Voice auditions take place in the Recital Hall.

Review audition repertoire requirements for your instrument or voice area here.

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?

You may submit a recorded audition as part of your School of Music Application in lieu of a live audition. 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.

It may also 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.

If I do not pass the audition, can I try again? How many times can I audition?

If I do not pass the audition, can I try again? How many times can I audition?

Applicants are permitted to audition a total of three times on a single instrument, once in each semester. Students who enter ASU in the Music Audition track will be required to reapply and re-audition for the School of Music in the first semester of study, which is explained by the music advisor during orientation.

Can I double-major in music and another degree?

Can I double-major in music and another degree?

It is possible to double-major in music and another degree at ASU, however, incoming freshman are required to enter the university in one declared major and to work with an advisor toward petitioning to add a second major after 12 credit hours in the second major have been completed. while completing coursework towards a second major at the same time. Note that it may take longer than four years to graduate with two degrees.

It is also possible to double-major in two different music degrees (such as music performance and music education). The policies outlined above still apply for double-music-majors.

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.

Which courses should I take at an Arizona community college if I plan to transfer to ASU?

Which courses should I take at an Arizona community college if I plan to transfer to ASU?