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New Students

Congratulations on your admission to the ASU School of Music! We are excited you have chosen to begin your future with us and we strive to help make your experience one of the best and most rewarding of your life.

What's next?

Review the tabs below for your next steps.

Next Steps for First-Time Freshmen

Next Steps for First-Time Freshmen

Congratulations on your admission to the School of Music as a music major! Here are your next steps toward becoming a Sun Devil!

1) Submit your Enrollment Deposit

In order to secure your enrollment at ASU you need to visit My ASU to submit your enrollment deposit. All newly admitted freshmen pay an enrollment deposit to confirm your housing reservation and dining preferences.

2) Sign up for New Student Orientation

All incoming freshmen must attend New Student Orientation. To sign up for an orientation session, log on to My ASU and review your Next Steps checklist and select the orientation link. At orientation you will meet your advisor and register for spring classes, in addition to meeting some of your new classmates and getting acquainted with your new university. New Student Orientation is an important part of your future success at ASU.

During your orientation session you will receive critical information regarding:

  • Entrance requirements into the Herberger majors
  • Course sequencing that could affect your graduation plan
  • Advising tools to help you stay on the right track for a four-year graduation
  • Other key resources on the ASU campus

Students who are unable to attend New Student Orientation should contact the Herberger Institute Office of Student Success at 480-965-4495.

3) Confirm your Housing

All new incoming freshmen are assigned to live in the Arcadia Residential Community for Design and the Arts.You need to confirm your housing and dining preferences online through My ASU under your Next Steps checklist. Please follow instructions under the “Confirm or Modify Your Housing and Dining Options”.

For more details about your new community, visit Arcadia information page on the Herberger Institute website..

4) Take the Math Placement Exam

Take the online Math Placement Exam at least 72 hours prior to attending orientation. You may take the exam a maximum of two (2) times and your score determines your placement in a math class your first semester

Students who have not taken the math placement exam will be ineligible to register for classes during orientation.

If you have passed a college-level math course with a grade of C or higher, you are not required to take the math placement exam, but you must bring a copy of your unofficial transcript to your orientation session and submit a final, official copy of your college transcript to:

Arizona State University
Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 870112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112

5) Submit documentation of Measles Vaccination

You must provide documentation that you have had two measles vaccinations (one of which must be dated after 1979) or a lab test showing proof of immunity to the measles (rubeola). The MMR vaccine is available for a fee at any of ASU's health services locations.

Students must submit the MMR Immunization Form before they can register for classes. A student will have a MMR Immunization hold until measles information is received and verified. For additional information about the MMR Immunization requirement, visit the Health Services website.

6) Fall 2018 classes begin on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Next Steps for Undergraduate Transfers

Next Steps for Undergraduate Transfers

Congratulations on your admission to the School of Music as a music major. Here are you next steps toward becoming a Sun Devil!

1) Complete Online and In-Person Orientation

Transfer students new to Arizona State University are strongly encouraged to complete the Online Orientation module to ensure a successful transition and begin your Sun Devil story! The online orientation is available for incoming transfer students under your MyASU to-do list. We strongly encourage our newly admitted transfer students to attend an in-person orientation session on of the following dates. During this orientation, your Herberger academic advisor will discuss your curriculum and program requirements, how your transfer courses will apply to your degree, tools available to assist you during your academic career at ASU and help you to register for classes. You will also have an opportunity to meet and connect with fellow classmates and peers.

Visit the orienation website to register

April 13
May 11 
June 8 

If you have issues scheduling or questions about the orientation process please contact the Herberger Office of Student Success at 480-965-4495. 

See sample of 2017 in-person transfer orientation.  2018 orientation information posted soon.

2) Transferring your credits

Transfer coursework taken at Arizona public institutions will automatically articulate to ASU. To view how your Arizona coursework transfers to ASU, visit the online Transfer Credit Guide. All transfer work that does not automatically articulate needs to be entered into the ASU transfer credit website.

As a transfer student, if you have design or arts coursework completed at another institution and you wish to try to get equivalent credit at ASU, you will need to submit additional material in order for your coursework to be evaluated. Some studio courses may not transfer as equivalent but can be counted as electives.

3) Placement Exams

Math

If you need to take any math classes at ASU, you must take the Math Placement Test in order to register for a math course and to determine the appropriate math course that matches your skill level. The test can be taken online at the Math Placement website. You may take the exam a maximum of two (2) times, and your score determines your placement in a math class your first semester.

If you have passed a college–level math course with a grade of C or higher, you are not required to take the math placement exam, but you must bring a copy of your unofficial transcript to your orientation session and submit a final, official copy of your college transcript to:

Arizona State University
Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287–0112

English

If you did not take the ACT or SAT test or if you are not transferring an English composition course from another institution, you may have to take the English placement test – Accuplacer.

For more information on testing, visit University Testing Services.

4) Submit documentation of Measles Vaccination

You must have your immunization history recorded submitted to  ASU Health Services and provide documentation that you have had two measles vaccinations (one of which must be dated after 1979) or a lab test showing proof of immunity to the measles (rubeola). The MMR vaccine is available for a fee at any of ASU's health services locations.

Students must submit the MMR Immunization Form before they can register for classes. A student will see a MMR Immunization hold under "My Tasks" on My ASU until measles information is received and verified. For additional information about the MMR Immunization requirement, visit the Health Services website or call 480-965-8177. Records may be faxed to 480-965-8914.

5) Activating your ASURITE ID

In addition to meeting with an advisor, in order to register for classes, students must have activated your ASURITE ID, which can be found in the materials you have received from the ASU Undergraduate Admissions office. Your ASU ID number and PIN are your key to accessing various services at ASU.

6) Housing Option

The Herberger Institute offers the Arcadia Residential Community for Design and the Arts as an on-campus housing option for Herberger students. If you are interested in reserving a place in Arcadia, please visit the University Housing website or see more information on housing and dining rates.

7) Fall 2018

Fall 2018 classes begin on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Please visit the ASU Transfer Students website to learn more about the enrollment process at ASU.

Next Steps for Graduate Students

Next Steps for Graduate Students

MMR Immunization

All new students need to submit documentation of measles, mumps and rubeola immunization or immunity. You must submit this form before you can register for classes.

Advising

Your academic advisor is your primary professor. If you are a performance major, your advisor is your studio professor. If you are in a non–performance program or if your performance area includes multiple faculty members, contact the following faculty:

AreaFaculty
Musicology/EthnomusicologyCatherine Saucier
Music Education Master's DegreeMarg Schmidt
Music Education Doctoral DegreeSandra Stauffer
Music TherapyMelita Belgrave
CompositionJody Rockmaker
PianoBaruch Meir
Voice (Solo Performance)
Voice (Music Theatre/Opera Performance)
Carole Fitzpatrick
Brian DeMaris
ViolinJonathan Swartz

All students admitted to graduate degree programs in the School of Music are required to take online graduate diagnostic exams in music theory and history. The results of the exams are advisory only; however, you may not enroll for classes until you have taken the exams. The results of the diagnostic exams are made available to your faculty advisor, with whom you should consult to determine appropriate history and theory studies.

Enrollment

All students are required to submit proof of measles immunization to the Immunization Department before being eligible to register. Registration for the fall semester begins in February of each year. The Late Registration Fee begins on August 8 for Fall 2018. Register for at least one credit hour by August 8 to avoid a $50 late registration fee. See the ASU Academic Calendar for further details.

You may browse the ASU Class Search + Course Catalog at any time. To check on your registration status and to register for courses, go to MyASU. If you are eligible to register, click the “Registration” link in the “My Classes” box on the top left of your My ASU page to select and enroll for classes. All graduate-level School of Music classes are offered on the ASU Tempe Campus.

Music Subject Prefixes

The following is a list of course subject prefixes with which you can search for music classes.

Music EducationMUE
Music History + LiteratureMHL
Music Theory + CompositionMTC
Music PerformanceMUP
Music Scholarly Inquiry (PhD)MSI

Unless otherwise advised, graduate students should enroll only in graduate-level courses, numbered 500–700. Courses numbered 100–400 are undergraduate courses and should not be taken by graduate students. A checksheet outlining the course requirements for your degree program is available here. Consult your faculty advisor to determine the courses you should add to your schedule.

Tuition + Fees

  • Tuition for non-Arizona residents is calculated by credit hour for up to 12 hours. Additional hours taken above 12 do not incur additional non-resident tuition cost.
  • Tuition for Arizona residents is calculated by credit hour for up to  7 hours. Additional hours taken above 7 do not incur additional resident tuition cost.

Full-time enrollment is 9 hours (6 for graduate teaching assistants). You may use the ASU Tuition Estimator to determine your estimated tuition and fees. Note that the estimator provides an estimate only and does not include special course fees associated with certain music courses (such as studio instruction).

ASU Photo ID

New students can secure an official ASU photo ID upon arrival. ASU has two choices for photo IDs, including one with free checking and banking. Both offer access to campus buildings and libraries.

Visa Procedures and Deadlines for International Students

Visa Procedures and Deadlines for International Students

Thoroughly review the information on the following websites.

Information for Newly Admitted International Students

Immigration Steps + I-20/DS-2019 Issuance Timelines

ASU maintains strict deadlines regarding the issuance of visa documents (I-20, DS-2019). Be aware of the important I-20/DS-2019 Issuance Timelines to ensure that you are able to obtain your visa in time to begin your studies at ASU.

Check the status of your I-20 and supporting documents in the Priority Tasks box on MyASU. Additionally, if you are missing any supporting documents for your I-20, the ASU will send you a notification letter to your ASU email, which is used for official ASU correspondence. Check your ASU email frequently.

SEVIS Check-In: You must report to the International Student and Scholars Center (ISSC) immediately upon arrival. Failure to do so could result in loss of status or deportation.

Diagnostic Exams

Diagnostic Exams

See Diagnostic Exams for information on required exams for incoming undergraduate and graduate students.

My ASU

My ASU

My ASU is your personal, online connection to ASU. Sign in to My ASU (my.asu.edu) regularly and as soon as possible to address any Priority Tasks to become eligible to register. My ASU is command central for all things ASU during your studies, including your ASU email (to which all official ASU correspondence is sent), so get to know this site!

Fall Welcome

Fall Welcome

See Fall Welcome for information on meetings and activities scheduled the week before classes begin in August.

Student Handbooks, Policies and Procedures

Student Handbooks, Policies and Procedures

Student Handbooks and other policies and procedures for current students are posted on the Music Sharepoint website, which requires ASURITE login for access.

Go to Resources for Current Students to enter Music Sharepoint.

ASU Email

ASU Email

ASU email for students is provided through Gmail for ASU, which is accessible through My ASU and email.asu.edu. All official ASU correspondence will be sent solely to your ASU email address (@asu.edu) for the duration of your study. For this reason, you should regularly check your ASU Gmail account.

To ensure that your ASU Gmail account is set up properly, follow these instructions. If you need additional assistance setting up your ASU email, access the Service Center tab on your My ASU.

Subscribe to the School of Music distribution list (ListServs)

Subscribe to the School of Music distribution list (ListServs)

ListServs are opt-in email distribution lists that serve as platforms for informal communication among students.

Undergraduate Music Students (MUSICUS)

ListServ for undergraduate music students. To enroll, send the following email from your asu.edu email account:

To: listserve@asu.edu
Subject: SUBSCRIBE
Body: Subscribe MUSICUS Your Name

Graduate Music Students (MUSICGS)

ListServ for graduate music students. To enroll, send the following email from your asu.edu email account:

To: listserve@asu.edu
Subject: SUBSCRIBE
Body: Subscribe MUSICGS Your Name

New Music (NEWMUSIC)

ListServ for students to organize informal score readings, open to undergraduate and graduate music students. To enroll, send the following email from your asu.edu email account:

To: listserve@asu.edu
Subject: SUBSCRIBE
Body: Subscribe NEWMUSIC Your Name

Students of concern process

Students of concern process

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students of concern process gives faculty, staff, peers, family members, and other community members the ability to make the dean's office aware of specific student concerns.  Learn more.