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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Learn how to apply to the School of Music.

Undergraduate applications are still being accepted for Early Action.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the School of Music is contingent upon application and acceptance to the University of Maryland. You can read more about the requirements for admission to the university on its Freshman Application Requirements page. Transfer applicants can find information here.

Applying Early Action

The early action deadline for incoming freshmen is November 1. The School of Music urges you, in the strongest possible terms, to submit both your University of Maryland application and your School of Music application by this November 1 deadline for early action.
 
Early action is a non-binding early admission application round, but it affords you the best possible chances for admission and funding/scholarships from the university. The School of Music will consider you equally for admission and funding/scholarships regardless of which deadline you submit your application for, but it is in your best interest to meet the early action deadline if possible. Early action applicants will have until December 1 to submit their audition videos. 
 
If you miss the November 1 early action deadline, you can still apply for regular decision by applying to the School of Music by December 1 and the university by January 20. Please note that the early action deadline for transfer students is December 1.
 
If you have any questions about early action, please reach out to the Music Admissions Office.

Application Instructions

Undergraduate: Freshman

The application for the School of Music undergraduate degree programs and minors is a two-part process. Prospective students must apply to both the University of Maryland and the School of Music by November 1 in order to be considered for early action. Early action is the recommended best opportunity for both admission to the University and scholarship awards. Prospective students who miss the November 1 deadline may still apply by December 1 for consideration.

  1. Apply to the University of Maryland College Park Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Click here to apply. Please indicate “yes,” that you intend to audition for a School of Music program when asked.
    • (If you are a currently enrolled UMCP student, you have already completed this step, and you do not need to apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions again.)
  2. Apply to the School of Music by completing the School of Music application.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who know your musical ability (ex: a private teacher or high school band, orchestra or choir director).
    • In the School of Music application, students must list their recommenders’ names and email addresses, and then their recommenders will receive instructions via email to submit their letters of recommendation online.
    • Please note: these letters of recommendation are separate from what the Office of Undergraduate Admissions requires. 
    • We strongly recommend that the letters of recommendation submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions focus on your performance in coursework in school, and not on your abilities as a musician. The letters of recommendation submitted to the School of Music should focus on your strengths as a musician.
    • You may also wish to ask your music recommenders to send an additional copy of their letters of recommendation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The undergraduate application also requires two letters of recommendation, one from your school counselor and one from a teacher. While only two letters of recommendation are required by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you may submit more.
  4. Submit a repertoire list (required) and a resume (optional). You may upload both documents as part of your music application.
    • The repertoire list should include the most significant solo repertoire you have studied for your primary instrument or voice. Please include technical studies where appropriate. (Include both title and composer.)
    • The resume should detail your musical achievements.
  5. Upload recorded audition and/or composition portfolio (for composition applicants). If your audition video is not ready for upload at the time of your application, you can submit it on your application status page until December 1 for early action or February 1 for regular decision.
  6. You may choose to upload any additional materials you would like us to review as part of your music application on the Material Upload page.
  7. Pay the music application fee when you submit your School of Music application.

For Fall 2021 admission, recorded auditions will be required for all applicants. You will have the opportunity to indicate interest in a live audition on your music application, but it is not likely that we will be able to accommodate live auditions this year. Additionally, the faculty reserve the opportunity to interact with you via an in-person zoom interview/audition, but it will not be required in all areas, and should not be taken as an indicator of likelihood for admission. 
 
Please also be aware that due to teleworking arrangements, the Music Admissions Office will not be regularly checking mail. Please do not send any application materials via postal mail.

Undergraduate: Transfer

The application for the School of Music undergraduate degree programs and minors is a two-part process. All students must apply both to the University of Maryland and the School of Music.

PLEASE NOTE: Although the transfer admission deadline isn’t until March, transfer applicants should submit a music application by December 1 in order to be considered. We do not hear auditions at any other time of the year.

  1. Apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by March 1. Click here to apply
  2. Apply to the School of Music by December 1 by completing the School of Music application
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who know your musical ability (ex. private teacher, high school band, orchestra or choir director)
    • In the School of Music application, students must list their recommenders’ names and email addresses, and then their recommenders will receive instructions via email to submit their letters of recommendation online. 
    • Please note: these letters of recommendation are separate from what the Office of Undergraduate Admissions requires. The School of Music is requesting two letters of recommendation from people who know your musical ability. 
    • You may also wish to ask your recommenders to send an additional copy of their letter of recommendation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  4. Submit a repertoire list (required) and a resume (optional). You may upload both documents as part of your music application.
    • The repertoire list should include the most significant solo repertoire you have studied for your primary instrument or voice. Please include technical studies where appropriate. (Include both title and composer.)
    • The resume should detail your musical achievements.
  5. Upload recorded audition and/or composition portfolio (for composition applicants). If your audition video is not ready for upload at the time of your application, you can submit it on your application status page until February 1.
  6. You may choose to upload any additional materials you would like us to review as part of your music application on the Material Upload page.
  7. Pay the music application fee when you submit your School of Music application.

For Fall 2021 admission, recorded auditions will be required for all applicants. You will have the opportunity to indicate interest in a live audition on your music application, but it is not likely that we will be able to accommodate live auditions this year. Additionally, the faculty reserve the opportunity to interact with you via an in-person zoom interview/audition, but it will not be required in all areas, and should not be taken as an indicator of likelihood for admission. 
 
Please also be aware that due to teleworking arrangements, the Music Admissions Office will not be regularly checking mail. Please do not send any application materials via postal mail.

Please review the information about applying to the University of Maryland as a transfer applicant. Please keep in mind the following suggestions for best admission consideration:

Applicants who have not completed 30 college credits must also submit a high school transcript and standardized test scores. Visit Applying as a Transfer Student for more specific information including housing options for transfer students. If you are on financial aid at your current institution and wish to be considered for music merit scholarships at the University of Maryland, you should also submit a transfer release form.

For International Students

International students must follow the above requirements as well as additional requirements specific to international students such as certification of finances and English proficiency.

For complete details on international admissions requirements, consult the International Admissions page maintained by the Office of International Programs.

Undergraduate international music applicants should refer to the requirements for international applicants. The School of Music does not evaluate TOEFL or Duolingo scores for undergraduate students, but they are required for admission to the university if you are not a native English speaker.

Audition Information

All of our undergraduate programs require a video-recorded audition. You may submit this recording on your music application at the time of application submission, or via your music application status page (post-submission). Videos will be due December 1 for freshman early action candidates, February 1 for all others.