Admissions FAQ

Q: What are the requirements for admission as a music major?

Music applicants must submit an application to the university, as well as official transcripts from high school and/or college work and official ACT/SAT test scores. In addition, applicants must provide names and contact information for two (2) references, at least one (1) of whom must be a professional who has taught or directed the student (private teacher, high school teacher, ensemble director, etc.); the other may be another music professional or a high school/college teacher of a different subject to the School of Music. Music majors must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and an ACT score (or SAT equivalent) of 21 or above. In addition, music students must audition and demonstrate excellence in their field as part of the application process. Prospective composition and theory majors must also submit a portfolio of work to the School of Music.

Q: Are all music applicants required to audition?

Yes. All music students are expected to maintain a high performance standard regardless of which music degree they are seeking, so an audition is required for admission. The only exception to this rule is given for non-degree post-baccalaureate applicants who have a Bachelors degree in music. These students may not be required to audition, but only with permission from the faculty.

Q: Can I minor in music?

It is our expectation that a minor in music will be offered for the 2010-2011 academic year. Students wishing to pursue a minor in music will be required to audition; however, they will not be eligible for music scholarships. For those students interested music scholarships, the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree program is popular since it has enough elective hours built in to allow a minor or double major outside of music.

Q: If I decide not to major in music, can I still participate in music ensembles?

Yes! Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester for placement of music students, as well as non-music majors for all ensembles.

Q: What career options are available to students with a degree in music?

There are a wide variety of careers available to students with a music degree. UofL School of Music alumni are currently working as private lesson teachers, school teachers, performers, music therapists, musicologists, composers, college professors, business owners, writers, conductors, general directors/managers for artists or arts organizations, and even doctors and lawyers. The options are endless! Visit the School of Music Career Services web page for career resources, workshops and strategies.

Q: How soon after the audition will I know if I am admitted? When will I know about scholarship?

If ALL of your application materials (application, transcripts, two (2) references, ACT/SAT scores) have been submitted by your audition date, then you will receive a letter from the School of Music regarding your admission status within three (3) weeks of the audition. Music scholarship awards will be announced in late March and early April.

Q: Will my music scholarship increase when tuition increases? Does it automatically renew each year?

Most music awards are fixed amounts and do not increase during subsequent years, even if tuition and fees go up. All music scholarships are reviewed at the end of each semester and may be renewed pending student performance and availability of funding. Requirements for maintaining music scholarship are detailed in the music award contract you receive when an offer is made. Provided students maintain the requirements, music scholarships are automatically renewed between the fall and spring semester; however, students must submit a new, signed contract during the summer for renewal of the scholarship between the spring and fall semesters. These new contracts are mailed to the students during the month of July.