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. Music applicants must have a minimum score of ACT 21 or 980 SAT (CR+M) and a minimum GPA of 2.75. Music applicants must audition to demonstrate excellence in their field as part of the application process. In addition, prospective composition and theory majors must also submit a portfolio of work to the School of Music.  Music Therapy non-voice applicants must also demonstrate their ability to sing. For more information on audition requirements, please click here:

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. However, applicants who already have a Bachelors degree in music and are seeking non-degree/post-baccalaureate study may not be required to audition with permission from the appropriate faculty member(s).

Q: Can I minor in music?

Yes, a Music Minor is available. 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 possible 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!

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, 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 Therapy decisions are not made until all three audition dates are completed. Music Therapy applicants can expect an admissions letter mailed in the middle of March. 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 emailed to the students during the month of June.