Undergraduate Music Application Guidelines



2014-2015 Entrance Auditions

Undergraduate & Transfer Students

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For questions regarding entrance auditions, please call 703-993-1380.

Music auditions are given at George Mason University to determine a student's eligibility to enter one of the music degree programs. Each person desiring to audition will be given a 15-minute block of time on a specific day when a committee of the music faculty will be available to conduct the audition.


School of Music Admissions Process

The following is the sequence of events:

  1. Apply for admission to the University through the Office of Admissions (703-993-2400). You may apply for an audition simultanenously with applying to the university.
  2. Complete and submit an Audition Application. This application provides the School of Music with information concerning your musical background and allows you to select an audition date. You will be notified of the time and location of your audition approximately two weeks prior to the date you selected.  (Audition application forms will be posted on this site when the dates are announced)
  3. Requirements for an audition:
    • Prepare two selections in contrasting styles (slow-fast, Baroque-20th Century, Italian-English, etc.) totaling approximately 10 minutes. Selections need not be memorized, except for pianists and vocalists in which it is strongly encouraged.
    • Jazz Studies Auditions - Prepare two (2) selections in contrasting styles:  Blues/Bop, Fusion/Cool, Swing/Early Jazz, etc., one (1) jazz piece, etude or solo transcription, all major scales, improvisation over a blues and sight-reading.  For additional audition information go to the Jazz Studies Auditions page.  
    • Be prepared to demonstrate your sight-reading ability on your instrument or voice.
    • Instrumentalists: be prepared to play all major scales covering the range of your instrument.
    • Instrumentalists: be prepared to match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale.
    • Undergraduate Composition Applicants: please bring a printed copy of your composition portfolio to leave with the faculty.
    • Percussion : Click here to view audition requirements. Contact John Kilkenny for additional information at jkilken1@gmu.edu
  4. Vocalists should perform with piano accompaniment. Please ascertain your accompanist's availability for your audition. In extenuating circumstances, an accompanist can be provided by the department (fee of $40). Please contact the Music Office at 703-993-1380.
  5. Please bring one original copy of your music to the audition for the audition committee.
  6. At the conclusion of your audition, you will be given a placement test. NOTE: This DOES NOT replace any of the placement exams given upon acceptance to the School of Music.  The primary purpose of the exam given at undergraduate auditions is diagnostic.
  7. You will be notified of the results of the audition by letter.
  8. For transfer students who have applied-music credits they wish to transfer to GMU: the audition will also serve to determine how many of those transfer credits may be used towards the GMU applied-music requirement. (Disallowed credits [i.e., credits that the audition committee does not accept in fulfillment of the GMU applied music requirement] may be used as electives.)
Scholarship Information

Undergraduate students wishing to be eligible for academic scholarships through the university must submit their university application by November 1 of the prior calendar year.

Students wishing to be eligible for scholarships through the School of Music must complete their audition by March 1. Scholarships awarded by the School of Music are based on the audition application and by the entrance audition performed by the applicant.

All School of Music awards will be distributed April 1.

Should you have further questions, please contact the School of Music at 703-993-1380.

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