Music Education

Music Education audition requirements

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19.

Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music in Education (B.M.E.)

  • Complete an audition in your performing instrument or voice.
  • Complete a live video interview and required live video group meeting with the music education faculty, consisting of:
    • An on-site questionnaire about your musical and extracurricular activities.
    • A general assessment of musical skills that pertain to teaching music.

We will communicate with you via email after December 1 to schedule your live virtual audition and/or interview event(s). If your department requires a prescreen, remember to submit your prescreen with your JSOM Supplemental application by December 1, 2020. You will first be notified of your prescreen results via email. If you are invited to the audition/interview round, we will then communicate with you via email to schedule those event(s).

Graduate applicants

Master of Music Education (M.M.E.), Master of Science (M.S.) in Music Education with Certification, Doctor of Music Education (D.M.E.), Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (Ph.D.), Specialist Certificate in Music Education

Submit the following materials via the JSOM Supplemental application by Dec. 1:
  • An entrance essay of three to five pages to assess your ability to organize thoughts and to express them clearly in writing. The essay should include:
    1. Your background in music and music education, with particular emphasis on teaching experience.
    2. A discussion of what you hope to accomplish during graduate study and long-term career goals.
    3. M.M.E. and Ph.D. applicants should discuss potential research interests.
  • A ten-minute video recording which demonstrates proficiency in teaching
  • A short video or audio recording which demonstrates proficiency as a soloist or conductor (website is acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic records must also be sent to
  • M.M.E., D.M.E. and Ph.D. applicants are not required to, but may submit optional GRE General Test scores.

If your prescreen is accepted, you will complete live virtual interviews with the music education graduate coordinator consisting of questions regarding previous schooling, teaching, and musical experience, along with research experience and interests. The interviews will be used to assess the applicant's ability to articulate thoughts and goals clearly and to determine the applicant's appropriateness for Associate Instructorships.

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