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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Learn how to apply to the School of Music.

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

Application Instructions

Undergraduate: Freshman

The application for the School of Music undergraduate degree programs and minors is a two-part process. All prospective students must apply to both the University of Maryland and the School of Music by November 1.

  1. Apply to the University of Maryland College Park Office of Undergraduate Admissions by November 1: Click here to apply.
    • (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 November 1 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 additional materials if you are applying for voice or piano (pre-screen recording) and/or composition (composition portfolio).
  6. You may choose to upload any additional materials you would like us to review as part of your music application.
  7. Pay the music application fee to Acceptd when you submit your School of Music application.

Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 20. 

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 still submit a music application by November 1 in order to be considered for a live audition during our regular January auditions. We do not hold 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 November 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 additional materials if you are applying for voice or piano (pre-screen recording) and/or composition (composition portfolio).
  6. You may choose to upload any additional materials you would like us to review as part of your music application. 
  7. Pay the music application fee to Acceptd when you submit your online School of Music application.

Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 20. 

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 scores for undergraduate students, but they are required for admission to the university if you are not a native English speaker.

Pre-screen Requirements

Pre-screen videos are required for all undergraduate piano and voice applicants. Specific requirements for the pre-screen recording for your instrument can be found on the Undergraduate Audition page. All pre-screen recordings should be submitted as a part of your School of Music application. Our application and pre-screen recording deadline for undergraduate applicants is November 1. Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 20.

Audition Information

All of our undergraduate programs require an audition. Undergraduate auditions take place in January.