Review the application requirements for each major/program below.
Performance studios: Bagpipes - Bassoon - Cello - Clarinet - Double Bass - Euphonium - Flute - Guitar - Harp - Horn - Oboe - Percussion - Piano - Saxophone - Trombone - Tuba - Viola - Violin - Voice
All performance candidates are required to complete an audition and should carefully review the audition requirements for their studio instrument. A live audition is preferred. These auditions are scheduled on campus or at a regional site (not available for all studios). Recorded auditions may also be accepted but must be received by January 10 for Regular Decision. Performance applicants for flute, piano, violin and voice must also complete a pre-screening requirement. School of Music audition media materials shouldn't be sent to the Office of Admission. Pre-screening applicants will be notified in early January if they’re granted a live audition or interview. Auditions will be confirmed at least two weeks prior to your audition date. Visit the School of Music website for a complete list of audition/portfolio review requirements, dates, locations and scheduling information.
Composition applicants are required to submit a portfolio for pre-screening review by December 1 for Regular Decision. Applicants will be notified in early January if they are invited to interview. Interview confirmations will be sent no less than two weeks before the scheduled date. Candidates who are unable to travel to campus in order to interview in person with the composition faculty panel will have the option to "audition by recording."
Pre-screening portfolio requirements:
- Three manuscripts of original compositions showing
the artists range in genre, training and ability.
- An audio recording of a live performance of each
of the submitted compositions. If a live performance
is not possible, an electronically generated audio
recording will be acceptable.
Although arrangements of works by other composers are welcome, they’ll be considered supplementary to the basic requirement for three original works.
Please see the School of Music website for instructions on how to upload your pre-screening. Media must be uploaded as part of the School of Music application by December 1. Don't mail portfolio materials to the Office of Admission.
Interview portfolio reviews:
At the in-person portfolio review, applicants will meet with the composition faculty panel to discuss personal compositional processes, background and future goals. To a great extent, the composition portfolio review resembles an interview. Applicants should bring a copy of their portfolio with them to the interview. It won’t be necessary for applicants to perform excerpts of their works, either vocally or instrumentally, during the review. Composition candidates aren’t required to complete a separate instrumental or vocal audition. Candidates may be required to participate in various placement tests or proficiencies on the day of the portfolio review.
The Bachelor of Science in Music & Technology (M&T) is a tri-college degree designed for students who would like to combine and blend their interests in music with electrical and computer engineering or computer science rather than to pursue conventional majors and degrees in both. To be considered for the M&T program, you must apply Regular Decision and be admitted to both the School of Music and either the College of Engineering for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) or the School of Computer Science (SCS). When applying, be certain to check both the School of Music and either Engineering/ECE or SCS on the Common Application.
Choosing a specific track within the School of Music:
The M&T curriculum is split into three concentrations or tracks: the music concentration, composition concentration and technical concentration. Candidates must know which track they wish to pursue prior to applying. Students who are qualified for the music or composition concentration have a significant level of training and talent either on a specific instrument or in classical voice, or have exceptional skill for original music composition. This level of talent or skill must be equal to that of the other music majors in the School of Music, as students in the music concentration perform alongside traditional music majors in ensembles, continue private lessons with master faculty and/or write original musical works that’ll be performed and recorded. Students who don’t play an instrument, sing or compose music at a high level, but who have significant experience with computer music, electronic devices, digital systems and other engineering aspects of music are more appropriately suited for the technical concentration. When completing the School of Music application, M&T candidates will apply for their desired track by choosing an area of concentration in the program section of the online application. Applicants must complete the required admission or audition assessment associated with one of the following areas:
MUSIC CONCENTRATION: Students applying to the music concentration should choose an audition/interview date specific to their instrument.
- Instrumental Performance*: Select your instrument from the drop down menu in the online School of Music application, answer the additional questions about your training and pay the audition fee. M&T candidates who want to specialize in instrumental performance must complete and pass a major level audition. Please read the audition requirements and instructions for your specific studio very carefully, as several instruments have very specific pieces that must be prepared/performed and/or pre-screening recordings that must be submitted.
- Vocal Performance*: Select your voice type from the drop down menu in the online application, answer the additional questions about your training and pay the audition fee. M&T candidates who want to specialize in classical voice must complete and pass a major level audition. Please read the audition requirements and instructions very carefully. A pre-screening recording must be received by December 1.
COMPOSITION CONCENTRATION: Students applying to the composition concentration should choose an audition/interview date specific to composition.
- Music Composition*: Select composition from the drop down menu in the online application, answer the additional questions and pay the portfolio review fee. M&T candidates who want to specialize in music composition must complete and pass a major level review according to the instructions and requirements outlined in the composition section above. Please read the requirements and instructions very carefully, as composers must submit a portfolio containing original works that meet specific criteria by the December 1 deadline. Students applying to the music or composition concentration should choose an audition/interview date specific to their instrument or composition. A technology portfolio or additional technology interview isn't required for the music composition concentration.
TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION: Students applying to the composition concentration should choose an audition/interview date specific to technology.
- Technology Concentration*: Select technology in the drop down menu in the online application, answer the additional questions and pay the portfolio review fee.
Technology Portfolio Requirements:
M&T or BXA applicants who want to specialize in technology must upload a portfolio containing samples of their creative work to the School of Music’s application. This media must be received by December 1.
Portfolio contents may include:
- Audio recordings of performances or compositions that you engineered
- Video recordings of performances or compositions that you produced or edited
- Software listings for programs that you’ve written
- Screenshots of your software or other creative work
- Webpages you’ve created
It’s critical that work be submitted in formats that can be seen and heard on a variety of computers and operating systems. Media choices are limited to:
- Standard audio formats: Wave (.wav), AIFF (.aiff), MP3 (.mp3)
- Common video formats: Quicktime (.mov), MPEG-4 (.mp4)
- Portable document formats: Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), HTML (.htm)
- Common image formats: JPEG (.jpg), TIFF (.tif), Portable Network Graphics (.png).
Please see the School of Music website for instructions on how to submit your portfolio. Portfolios must be uploaded to the School of Music application by December 1. Do not mail portfolio materials to the Office of Admission. The members of the technology faculty panel require that your portfolio be received in advance so that each has adequate time to review and to become familiar with your creative work. This review helps the faculty prepare for your portfolio review.
Technology Interview Portfolio Review:
The member of the Music & Technology faculty panel will review your portfolio electronically. You may be contacted by a member of the panel should they have additional questions. A live interview isn't required on campus.
*The technology faculty panel will submit the results of the portfolio review to the Office of Admission. If your audition or portfolio review is critiqued favorably, you’ll be recommended for admission to the Office of Admission and the Office of Admission will respond by reviewing your academic credentials. Only those accepted to both the School of Music and to either the College of Engineering for Electrical and Computer Engineering or the School of Computer Science will be considered for acceptance to the Bachelor of Science in Music and Technology program. Candidates who aren’t accepted to both the School of Music and either the College of Engineering for Electrical and Computer Engineering or the School of Computer Science won’t be admitted to either the School of Music or the M&T program. However, it may be possible to be accepted to Carnegie Mellon in the College of Engineering or the School of Computer Science. In this situation, you may enroll as a major in the accepting school and consider an internal transfer into the M&T program beginning in your sophomore year.
Students interested in music may select from four options in the School of Music when applying to a BXA program:
- Music Performance (instrumental, piano, organ, voice): refer to the performance requirements earlier on this page
- Music Composition: refer to the composition requirements earlier on this page
- Musicology: refer to the requirements below
- Music Technology: refer to requirements below
An audition interview is required for admission to the music performance option, and an interview/portfolio review is required for admission to the music composition, musicology and cultural studies, or the music technology option.
An interview with the School of Music is required for admission.
Please see the School of Music website for instructions on how to upload your materials. Do not mail materials to the Office of Admission.
Students interested in the technology track for BHA, BSA or BCSA should follow the technology concentration/track instructions listed above. An interview is required.