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Undergraduate Admissions

As one of the nation’s most diverse collegiate music programs, we offer a variety of degree options to fit your personal interests and career goals. One of our greatest strengths is helping students find a successful bridge to their career in music.

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Brass

Fostering limitless experiences and connections.

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Jazz & Commercial Music

Providing hands-on experience as performers, engineers and producers.

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Keyboard

Offering exceptional training for performers and teachers.

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Liberal Arts in Music

Pursuing a passion for music along with other academic interests.

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Music Education

Preparing tomorrow’s teachers and researchers.

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Music Minor

Providing opportunities to explore music as part of your collegiate studies.

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Music Theatre

Providing holistic training in acting, singing, and dancing.

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Music Therapy

Building careers using music in service to and rehabilitation of others.

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Percussion

Building skillsets for successful, competitive musicians.

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Strings

Preparing students to excel as a versatile, modern musician.

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Theory & Composition

Training musicians through outstanding instruction and mentorship.

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Voice & Opera

Developing students for a multitude of performing opportunities.

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Woodwinds

Preparing students for diverse careers in teaching and performance.

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Fall 2022

Keyboard Admissions

Offering exceptional performance training and many options for elective courses and specializations.

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Key Admission Dates

Fall 2022

  • Freshman Early Action Deadline (Florida Residents only) October 15
  • Regular Decision Deadline for Freshman and Transfer applicants to apply to FSU, submit the Music Supplemental Application, and request an audition date. December 1
  • Prescreening Deadline (Piano Performance only) December 1
  • Prescreening Results Released December 15
  • Final Deadline for Freshman and Transfer applicants February 1
  • On-campus auditions January 28, February 11, February 25 (other dates by appointment)
  • Admission decisions released on a rolling basis February and March
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Application Requirements

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1 Apply to Florida State University


Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Early Action

Florida resident Freshman applicants who apply by October 15 may be considered for an Early Action decision on December 15 based on their academic profile. However, all students must successfully pass an audition in January or February in order to gain admission to the College of Music.

International Students

Instructions for Freshman applicants

Instructions for Transfer applicants

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate spoken and written proficiency by providing examination results. Proficiency exam exemptions are granted if certain conditions are fulfilled.

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2 Apply to the College of Music


Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and any additional materials required for your major. The Supplemental Application allows you to select your audition date, and will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU. Music Minors and current FSU students seeking to change their major should contact the College of Music Admissions Office for assistance.

Prescreening Videos (Piano Performance only)

Video uploads, unedited, from within the last two years:

  • Recordings should include at least three of the four requirements for the full audition. If the Classical sonata is chosen, the recording may include one or more movements, but must include a movement in Sonata-Allegro form.
  • Works must be performed by memory.
  • Prescreening repertoire and full audition repertoire selections may differ.

Prescreening submissions are due by December 1. Following faculty review, a select number of applicants will be invited to submit the full audition requirements. Notifications will be emailed by December 15.

Applicants who have questions about appropriate audition repertoire please contact Dr. Heidi Louise Williams.

Comprehensive Solo Repertoire List

A list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. This may include methods and etude studies. Students can upload a list of their own or create a new one on the Application Status Page.

Letter of Recommendation (1)

Your letter should be from a music teacher or conductor, and you will enter their contact information on your Application Status Page.

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3 Complete your audition


Be sure to review the audition requirements below for your instrument.

Piano Performance Applicants: Those who pass the prescreening phase will be invited to the final audition.

Recorded Audition Guidelines

For those who choose the recorded audition option:

Video and audio is required. Each selection should be recorded separately. Please introduce yourself at the beginning of the video.

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Audition Requirements

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Choose your instrument of choice to see specific audition requirements.

Keyboard Piano

All selections must be performed from memory. Student compositions, pieces in jazz or popular styles, simplifications and/or arrangements are not acceptable for this audition.

Prescreening Requirements (Performance majors only):

Video uploads, unedited, from within the last two years:

  • Recordings should include at least three of the four requirements for the full audition. If the Classical sonata is chosen, the recording may include one or more movements, but must include a movement in Sonata-Allegro form.
  • Prescreening repertoire and full audition repertoire selections may differ.
Piano performance audition requirements:

Present one piece from each of the following categories:

  • A Prelude and corresponding Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach
  • A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (excluding Op 49 and Op 79)
  • A piece from the 19th, 20th or 21st century
  • An etude of virtuosity
Non-Performance majors and music minor:

Present, from memory, one piece from each of the following categories:

  • A Sinfonia or Prelude and corresponding Fugue by J.S. Bach
  • A movement in a quick tempo from a Classical sonata
  • A work of your choice from the 19th, 20th or 21st century

Applicants who have questions about appropriate audition repertoire please contact Dr. Heidi Louise Williams.

Keyboard Organ
All music majors and music minor:
  • Freshman applicants are required to perform three pieces in contrasting styles and tempi, at least two of which must use pedals. Suggested repertoire includes shorter works/movements of Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, Hindemith, Langlais, Mendelssohn.
  • Freshman applicants with a piano background can audition with two contrasting pieces on the piano, one of which should be a prelude and fugue or another large work of Bach. A brief organ lesson follows the audition. This option does not apply to transfer students.
  • Transfer applicants should play repertoire appropriate to their year of study.

All organ applicants are strongly encouraged to audition on campus, and should plan to arrive by 12pm the day before their audition date to allow for practice time on the audition organ.

Applicants who have questions about appropriate audition repertoire please contact Dr. Iain Quinn.

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Audition Day Itinerary

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Time
Location
Description
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: HMU 114
Check-In
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Breezeway
Campus Tour

A student ambassador will lead a tour of College of Music facilities and other important sites around campus.

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Opperman Music Hall
Welcome/General Session

Meet Dean Todd Queen and other key faculty and staff from the College of Music. Learn more about the programs of the College as well as details regarding the admission process, scholarships, and housing. Question and answer session will follow.

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Various
Academic Majors

Meet some of the professors and current students in our academic degree programs:

  • Music Education
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Theory & Composition
  • Commercial Music
Time: 12:00 PM
Location:
Lunch Hour
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Various
Special Interest Sessions
  • Students interested in dual degrees/double majors
  • Transfer students
  • Meet an Advisor
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Various
Audition Appointments
Time: 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Location: Breezeway
Music Living-Learning Community Tour

Meet faculty, staff, and students from the LLC and learn about housing options for music majors

Time: 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM
Location: Allen Music Library (HMU)
Tours of the Warren D. Allen Music Library
Time: All afternoon
Location: KMU 214
Drop-in to chat with Admissions and Advising staff

Have all of your final questions answered! Speak one-on-one with an admissions representative, our Director of Undergraduate Programs, or our advisor.

Common Questions

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Who is required to audition, and how are auditions scheduled?

All undergraduate applicants must pass an audition to enter the College of Music. Auditions are scheduled via the Music Supplemental application, submitted on the Application Status Page.  Applicants who complete their supplemental application by December 1st are generally able to secure their first-choice audition date, but requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is a prescreening recording required?

Prescreenings are required for the following instruments/degree programs:

  • BM or BFA in Music Theatre
  • BM in Piano Performance

Prescreening submissions are due by December 1 and results will be released by December 15. Applicants who are successful in this first round will be invited to campus for a full audition on one of the dates listed above. (Music Theatre will have a second round via Zoom, followed by a final round on campus).

How do I apply for the music minor?

Auditioning for the music minor also requires a successful audition. Repertoire requirements are generally identical to the requirements for music majors. Students who wish to apply for a music minor should contact musicadmissions@fsu.edu for access to the application.

I am already enrolled at FSU but I would like to change my major or add a minor. How do I apply?

Current students who wish to apply to the College of Music should contact musicadmissions@fsu.edu for access to the application.

Auditioning for the music minor also requires a successful audition. Repertoire requirements are generally identical to the requirements for music majors.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Everyone who auditions as a music major is automatically considered for talent scholarships and assistantships, and no additional application is necessary.

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What are the guidelines for recorded auditions?

While all students are encouraged to audition on campus, most studios will accept a recorded video audition in lieu of a live audition. Students who wish to audition on campus but have scheduling conflicts may request an alternate on-campus audition date. Please note the following recorded audition guidelines:

  • CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted – upload your recording(s) to YouTube or Vimeo and attach to the application. YouTube videos may be Public or Unlisted, but not Private.
  • Recordings must include video (no audio-only recordings, please) and should be unedited. Video links are to be submitted on the Application Status Page.
  • Some areas prefer one continuous recording and others prefer individual recordings of each selection. See repertoire requirements for your instrument for clarification.
  • Begin each recording facing the camera and introduce yourself and the piece(s) you are about to present.
  • Please ensure that recordings are of the highest quality possible and that all audition requirements are uploaded. We do understand that most applicants will not have access to professional recording equipment – faculty will take this into account in their evaluation. Watch/listen to your recordings before you submit them!
  • Voice auditions must be accompanied – no a cappella singing, please. Instrumentalists should play unaccompanied.
  • Exceptions:
    • Applicants for Music Theatre will not submit recorded auditions. Auditions will be conducted live, via Zoom. Final callbacks will be on campus.
    • Percussion auditions must be completed on-campus except in extraordinary situations (e.g., international applicants). Please contact musicadmissions@fsu.edu if you wish to request a recorded or remote audition.

Recorded Auditions must be submitted no later than midnight on February 1.

Is an accompanist provided?

An accompanist is provided, free of charge, for all voice and music theatre auditions on campus. Rehearsal time is not provided, however, and scores should not be submitted in advance. Please bring neat copies, in a book or organized in a binder, in the appropriate key(s). Students may bring their own accompanist to the audition if they wish.

Instrumental auditions will be unaccompanied.

How many times may I audition?

Students are allowed a maximum of three audition attempts per instrument/voice, per degree level (bachelors, master’s, doctoral). Applicants are allowed one audition per application.