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Step 1: Request an application

Current Indiana University students wishing to apply to a degree in music can not apply online. You will either need to visit the Office of Music Admissions and Financial Aid or contact us via email ( or phone (812-855-7998) to request a music application.

There is an $80 application fee and the deadline for completing the application is December 1, 2018 for Fall 2019 admission. Applications received after that date will be accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability.

Step 2: Request Letter(s) of Recommendation

Download the Undergraduate Teacher Recommendation form (PDF) and give to your music teacher(s). All applicants to the Jacobs School of Music must submit at least one teacher recommendation. Your teacher recommendation must be received by the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions by December 1, 2018, and your teacher can fax, scan and email, or mail the form to us (see address below).

*Please Note: Applicants who are required to submit pre-screening will submit their letters of recommendation to Acceptd.

Step 3: Complete the Pre-screening, Audition, and Interview process

Audition or interview at the Jacobs School of Music on one of the designated audition weekends. Please note that the following instrument areas and departments require pre-screening:

All prescreening materials must be received by December 1, 2018 in order to receive consideration for Fall 2019 admission. Pre-screening materials received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability. In the case of pre-screening audition recordings, please note that if received after the December 1 deadline, we reserve the right to consider your recording as a final audition, on which a final admission decision will be made. Applicants in areas where pre-screening is required will be notified if they will be invited for an on-campus audition or interview in January.

All prescreening recordings for performance areas must be submitted online. For detailed instructions click here.

Note: All applicants to Audio Engineering should submit the elements of their portfolio online by December 1, 2018. For details about content of portfolio, please click here.

All other applicants will be contacted regarding an on-campus audition or interview as soon as all application materials have been received and reviewed, but not later than 30 days prior to your selected audition / interview weekend.

The Jacobs School of Music is neither responsible for materials sent to another office on campus in error nor for materials that are labeled incorrectly.

Audition / Interview Dates 2018-2019

January 11-12, 2019
February 1-2, 2019
March 1-2, 2019

For a complete listing of audition / interview requirements for individual instrument areas and departments, please see the Requirements by Department page.

Admission Decisions

In the Jacobs School of Music, we operate on a rolling admission process. This means that once your applications to both the University Office of Admission and the Jacobs School of Music are complete, you have submitted all supplemental information, and have completed an audition / interview, an admission decision will be made and you will be notified of an admission decision from Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music as soon as possible. You should expect a decision from us anytime between three weeks from your audition / interview date and May 1st.

Accepted applicants who wish to enroll in the Jacobs School of Music for Fall 2019 must submit an enrollment confirmation to the Jacobs School of Music no later than May 1, 2019.


Indiana University Office of Admissions
940 East Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405

Office of Music Admissions
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
East Studio Building JS 100
1201 East Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7006

Teacher Assignments

The IU Jacobs School of Music application gives you the opportunity to express your preference for individual faculty members. Every effort will be made to honor your request based on studio availability and general balance in individual studios. While we cannot guarantee placement with any of those faculty members for whom you indicate a preference, all incoming students will be placed with a faculty member for their primary applied music study.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

If your native language is not English, you are required to demonstrate your level of English proficiency by taking the TOEFL and submitting your scores. The minimum TOEFL result required for the BM and MM degree program are a paper-based score of 560, a computer-based minimum of 223, and an internet-based minimum of 84. The minimum TOEFL result for the DM degree program is a paper-based score of 600, a computer-based minimum of 250, and an internet-based minimum of 100. The minimum TOEFL result for the Performer/Artist Diploma is a paper-based score of 510, a computer-based minimum of 183, and an internet-based minimum of 65. There are no exceptions to these requirements and the TOEFL must be submitted by March 1, 2019 in order for an admission decision to be made.