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Steps to apply

Step 1: Apply to ASU

You do not need to be admitted through ASU Undergraduate Admissions prior to submitting your music application (Step 2).

  • Early application is strongly advised. Admission to the music program is selective and based on an audition.
  • If you are admitted to both ASU and the ,music program your major will be changed to Music. If you are admitted to ASU, but do not pass your audition or do not audition by the deadline, you will enter ASU as a music audition student and are required to pass an audition milestone in your first semester of study at ASU to be eligible to complete the degree.
  • A letter of acceptance from ASU Undergraduate Admissions does not signify admission into a music major. Official notification of acceptance into any music program will come in the form of a decision letter emailed from the School of Music notifying applicants of the music admission decision.

Visit ASU Undergraduate Admissions for application procedures and forms.


Step 2: Apply to Music

The 2020-2021 Music application is now available: Access the application portal here

A separate music application is required in addition to your ASU Application for Undergraduate Admission. You do not need to be admitted through ASU Undergraduate Admissions prior to submitting your music application.

A separate music application is required for each instrument on which you wish to audition.

Prepare the following for your application:

  1. References: Name, title institution/company information, email address, and phone number for each of the three individuals submitting recommendation letters in support of your application. Each recommender will receive an auto–email with submission instructions.
  2. Essay(s) PDF: A 300-500 word essay describing your educational background, objectives and future career plans. Composition applicants should prepare an additional essay describing previous experience as a composer or arranger and the types of music (e.g., choral, jazz) composed.
  3. Repertoire List PDF: Titles and composers of pieces studied intensively and considered part of your solo repertoire, including technical studies.
  4. Artistic Resume PDF: Voice performance and Music Theatre performance applicants are required. Artistic resumes for applicants to all other areas are optional.
  5. Composition Prescreening Portfolio (composition only). Submit scores of 3-5 original works in PDF format. Audio files are not required, but encouraged.
  6. Writing Sample (music and culture only): Submit an example of your writing which can be a term paper from high school or other course, or an essay in which you express your interests and goals as a musician. Please edit your document prior to submission.
  7. Recorded Audition (optional)

IMPORTANT: You will receive an application confirmation email immediately upon successful submission of your music application. Email if you do not receive a confirmation email. Applications must be successfully submitted in order to be considered.

The 2020-2021 Music Application is now available. Access the application portal here.



Step 3: Track the Status of Your Application Materials

You are responsible for tracking the status of your application materials, as outlined below:

  • Recommendations: You are strongly encouraged to follow–up with your recommenders to ensure that your letters are submitted by the Recommendation Letter Deadline. Incomplete recommendation letters may delay the scheduling of your audition.
  • English Proficiency (if applicable): English Proficiency will appear under Priority Tasks on My ASU until proof of English proficiency has been processed by ASU Undergraduate Admissions. Check My ASU often to track the status of your proof of English proficiency. Proof of English Proficiency is required before you may schedule an audition.


Step 4: Audition + Interview

Your audition/interview date and time will be confirmed via email. Applicants who submit complete application materials after the designated deadline will be confirmed for an audition date only if spaces are available.

An interview is required for applicants to the composition, music learning and teaching, music therapy and muisc and culture programs. The interview will be considered along with audition results in the decision process. Applicants who elect to audition ad-hoc or by recording should schedule a phone or Zoom interview. Contact for assistance.

Click here to view audition and interview dates and requirements.