Becoming a Music Major
Fall 2016 Applicants
Students admitted for Fall 2016 should contact us about auditioning during the first week or last week of fall semester.
Fall 2017 On-Campus Audition Days
- Saturday, November 5, 2016 (for Early Action applicants)
- Saturday, January 21, 2017
- Saturday, February 11, 2017
- Friday, March 24, 2017 (for transfer students
All students must pass an Entrance (Level II) Audition to be accepted as a music major at UVM. You may audition on-campus at one of our Audition Days, or you may audition by CD or video.
1. Apply to the University
Visit the UVM Admissions page for more information.
Current UVM students may schedule an Entrance Audition on one of the Audition Days or at the beginning or end of each semester. Please contact us for more information.
2. Arrange your audition
Live auditions are preferred, and are required for students wishing to be considered for departmental scholarships. Prospective students should schedule an in-person entrance audition on one of our on-campus audition dates (see box to the right) by completing an online Audition Request form. Students should be prepared to perform at least two solo pieces, etudes, sonatas, jazz standards, or other technical exercises that demonstrate their level of technical ability and musicality (see Entrance Audition requirements by instrument).
Before your audition, please download, complete, and print the Audition Application Form. NOTE: This form requires a letter of recommendation from a music teacher. Bring the completed form and attached recommendation letter with you to your audition. If you are using a Mac, please Save as PDF.
Auditions usually take place in 15-minute timeslots between 10:00 AM and noon. We will send you a confirmation of your request once it has been received. About a week before your audition, we will send you an email with your final timeslot.
You will perform your audition for a small panel of our full-time faculty. After you play, the faculty will chat with you and you'll have a chance to ask them any questions you have about the music program or your desired concentration. When you're finished with your audition, you may join our music student volunteers for a tour of the music facilities, take a campus tour through the Admissions office, or attend a concert on campus later that evening. We will send audition results to you and to the UVM Admissions Office on the Monday after your audition.
While live auditions are preferred (and required for students wishing to be considered for departmental scholarships), if a campus visit is not possible, prospective students may submit a video or audio recording of their Entrance (Level II) Audition. Here's how:
- Prepare the video or audio recording using the specific Entrance (Level II)
audition requirements for your instrument/voice.
- Your audition pieces must be played on the instrument which you intend to be your primary instrument in your music studies.
- Please use MP3, MP4 or AAC for audio; or MOV, MP4, or MPG for video.
- Digitally produced or edited pieces are unacceptable for this audition.
- Download and complete the Audition Application Form. NOTE: This form requires at least one letter of recommendation from a music teacher. If you are using a Mac, please Save as PDF.
- Submit your files using UVM's File Transfer Service (filetransfer.uvm.edu).
- When asked if you are a UVM affiliate, select "No" and then "Share files".
- On the next page, fill in your email address in the From: field, Andrea.Aquino@uvm.edu in the To: field, and "[Your Name] - Pre-recorded Audition" in the Subject: field.
- Drag and drop files into the Attachments: field or choose files from your computer by selecting "Add File". Please include your audio/video file(s), completed Audition Application Form, and letter of recommendation.
- When you are finished, select "Share Files". We will send you a confirmation email when we have successfully received your files.
- Instead of uploading your recording, you may instead send us a link to your recording hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, or similar. Please use the file transfer service as described above to send us your Audition Application Form and letter of recommendation.
Deadlines for sending recordings:
- November 1: Early Action applicants
- March 1: for Regular applicants
- May 1: for Transfer applicants (for Fall semester)
PLEASE NOTE: If you apply to UVM as a music major, you must complete an Entrance (Level II) Audition before the Admissions Office will review your application. Please contact us for more information.
How do I audition if I am already a UVM student?
Current UVM students may schedule an Entrance Audition on one of the designated Audition Days or at the beginning or end of each semester. Please contact us for more information. You must pass the Entrance Audition before you can declare music as your major.
Do I have to audition to minor in music?
No, music minors are NOT required to take an Entrance (Level II) Audition. Minors may be required to pass an informal audition (Level I) for private lessons, which is scheduled directly through the private lesson instructor. Requirements for passing a Level I vary from teacher to teacher.
I'm interested in pursuing a B.A. in Music Technology & Business. Do I have to do an Entrance Audition on an instrument?
Yes, all music majors must pass an Entrance Audition on an instrument - and we will not evaluate digitally composed or altered music for your Entrance Audition. We ask this of prospective Tech & Business music majors because we believe that the most successful audio engineers have a strong music background (including music reading and theory), and because all music majors should be evaluated with the same standards.
I will need accompaniment during my audition - how does that work?
We will provide an accompanist during your audition - one of our professors of classical piano, jazz piano, or jazz guitar. You can mail us photocopies of your sheet music/charts, e-mail scanned PDFs to Andrea through the file transfer service as described above, or bring sheet music/charts to your audition and the accompanist will sight-read.
You may also bring a recorded accompaniment track on your iPod/MP3 player/phone/other device - just let us know ahead of time if you will be using one.
I wasn't able to get a letter of recommendation from my music teacher in time! What do I do?
The teacher can mail or e-mail the letter directly to us.
If you submitted your music teacher's letter of recommendation as part of your UVM application, please let us know so that we can retrieve it from Admissions.
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