Recording Arts Department

Prospective Students

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For full information of admissions procedures, further details of the required classes and general information about the IU Music School, please contact the IU School of Music Office of Admissions:

Merrill Hall, MU101
East Third Street
Bloomington IN 47405
(812) 855-7998

Recording Arts Admission

To attend the Jacobs School of Music, undergraduate applicants must complete the online application process (please note November 1 priority deadline for online application). Select 'Recording Arts' as the intended major, it is not necessary to indicate a teacher preference or list repertoire; and a musical audition is not required. Recording Arts applicants must also submit the following portfolio materials by December 1, 2014:

  1. Recording Arts applicant questionnaire
  2. Portfolio of artistic and creative work
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. An essay
  5. High school (and college if applicable) transcript. (please note that this is in addition to the transcript you send to university admissions).

The portfiolio must be submitted online. Complete details for the portfolio are available from the Office of Admissions Website.

Applicants for the Recording Arts program will be accepted for Fall admission only. It is not possible to begin the Recording Arts program at any other time. Following review of applications, students will be invited for an on-campus interview. Interviews are scheduled during audition weekends through the Office of Music Admissions and Financial Aid.

If you have questions, contact the Recording Arts Office at the following telephone number: 812-855-1087 or e-mail audio [at] indiana [dot] edu.

Interview Information

All interviews are held on campus in Bloomington, Indiana. The Indiana University School of Music Department of Recording Arts does not offer regional interviews. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible after the application deadline. A confirmation letter will be mailed soon after your interview has been scheduled.

On your audition weekend you will be scheduled for an interview between 9 a.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Please make your travel plans after your receive an official confirmation of your interview date and time. Because of faculty availability and the number of applicants, it may not be possible to honor special requests for particular days or times within the weekend.

Audition and Interview Schedule

January 16-17, 2015
February 6-7, 2015
March 6-7, 2015

Prospective Audio students are encouraged to sit in on audio classes. Please contact the Department of Recording Arts to make arrangements. It may be necessary to arrive on campus a few days early to observe an audio class.

Completed applications (with supplementary materials) received by the December 1, 2014 deadline will receive priority treatment throughout the admissions process. Applications completed after the deadline may not receive the audition/interview date of their choice and may be at a disadvantage for School of Music scholarship consideration. 

Ad-Hoc Interviews and Telephone Interviews

If you are unable to attend one of the official audition dates sponsored by Music Admissions and Financial Aid, it may be possible to arrange an ad hoc interview. Contact the Department of Recording Arts directly to make arrangements. Please note that the Department of Recording Arts is neither required nor obligated to grant ad hoc interviews.

In some cases a telephone interview may be acceptable; however, it is the preference of the Department of Recording Arts that students come to the School of Music for an on-campus interview. This will give students a chance to view our facilities and meet faculty and students.

Admissions Decisions

Admission decisions will be made following the final audition weekend in March. Notifications will be mailed in mid-March, this allows us to see the entire applicant pool and consider all applicants equally, regardless of when they interviewed. An official letter will be sent by mail, please be sure to keep your mailing address current with all admission offices.

Tuition and Fees

2014-2015 tuition and fees can be found here.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Jacobs School of Music is committed to recognizing exceptional talent through merit-based  scholarship awards. All applicants are automatically considered based on their portfolio and interview, no separate application is required. Each year, the Jacobs School awards more than $5 million in merit-based funds. Scholarship decisions are made in mid-March after all interviews have been completed, applicants will be notified of any award by April 1st. 

Need-based aid is offered to qualified applicants. Although not required, we encourage you to apply for federal financial aid. To do so you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recommend that you submit the FAFSA by March 1, 2015. The FAFSA form is available from most high school guidance offices or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please note that international students are not eligible to submit the FAFSA.

Additional financial aid and scholarship information is available from the Office of Scholarships. We encourage qualified applicants to apply to the Hutton Honors College. Students from Indiana who are high academic achievers may apply for the Wells Scholar program, and minority applicants should apply to the Hudson and Holland Scholars program.