A student's entire record is evaluated when under consideration for admission to the School of Music, including: Grade Point Average (GPA), SAT/ACT scores, results from a Music Aptitude Test & Theory Placement Exam, an interview with a member of the music faculty, a recommendation of a former music teacher, the student's repertoire, and audition results. This information is reviewed by the Music Admissions, Scholarship and Retention Committee. Students will be informed, by a letter, of the decision for being accepted to pursue a music major, with the possibility of scholarship, second week in February. This decision is contingent upon students' admission to the University by the University of Florida Admissions Office.
Do I need to audition?
An audition is required of all students applying as music majors, minors and of anyone wishing to be considered for music scholarships.
To become a music major every prospective student must complete a pre-admission audition and be accepted into a performance studio. It is not possible to become a music major if the student does not exhibit sufficient performing competence in his or her audition. Prospective majors should contact the School of Music Director of Admissions as early as possible. You must have submitted an application to the University of Florida prior to your audition.
Participation in one of the scheduled audition days is highly recommended, but individual auditions can also be arranged through the Office of Music Admissions in unusual circumstances. In addition, students who cannot make it to campus may submit a high-quality compact disc or MP3 file. These arrangements must be made in advance. Recordings must be received by the School of Music by December 31, 2016 for scholarship consideration. Undergraduate music major scholarships and partial out-of-state tuition waivers are awarded based on students' talent and determined at the time of the auditions. There is no additional application needed to qualify for these talent-based scholarships. If a student is awarded a scholarship, they are notified, in writing, during the second week of February in each year. Though graduate student audition requirements differ slightly, graduate students are welcome to audition on the scheduled audition days.
If you are required to audition, you also need to complete this step. Have someone who knows you in a musical capacity complete the instructor recommendation form.
All incoming freshman regardless of their intent within the School of Music (major or minor) must take the theory placement test. This is a timed test (50 minutes) and requires speakers. Please do not guess your answers as this may negatively affect your placement.
The School of Music pre-admission audition consists of a performance by the student on their principal instrument or voice plus a brief aural skills / sight-singing exam and a music theory assessment.
The School of Music will contact you approximately two weeks prior to your audition with additional information and an audition schedule. Unless you are contacted by the Director of Music Admissions, you will audition on the date you select on your School of Music Audition Application.