In order to pursue music studies at SMU (B.M. in Performance, Music Therapy, Music Education, or Composition; B.A. in Music or Music Minor), you must be accepted both to the Meadows School of the Arts (via your audition), as well as to SMU (via your undergraduate application for admission).
Interested in observing a music class or ensemble rehearsal, or scheduling a sample lesson with a faculty member? Find out how, and schedule your visit online, on our Meadows Visit Form.
Admission checklist for Music applicants
Review the Audition Dates or Recorded Auditions information
2016 – 17 Audition Dates
- December 3 (only for Early Action/Early Decision I Undergraduate and Graduate Applicants)
- January 21
- January 28
- February 4
- February 18
To register online for your audition, click on your area of study below to get to the appropriate audition scheduling page. Once there, use the calendar to select your desired audition date. Our 2016-17 online audition registration system will go live on August 1.
Start your Application to SMU. You must submit the application form (either via Common Application, SMU Application or Apply Texas) PRIOR to your audition day, though it is not necessary that you submit all items from the application checklist before you audition.
- Review information about our Pre-Audition Day
All SMU On-Campus Music Auditions are offered on Saturdays. We welcome all candidates to begin their visit to SMU on the Fridays preceding auditions, during the optional Pre-Audition Day, to become better acquainted with our facilities, students, and faculty before their audition experience.
View the December Pre-Audition Day Schedule (to be posted October 1)
View the January/February Pre-Audition Day Schedule (to be posted December 1)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re planning to attend the Pre-Audition Day, and, if you wish to go on the SMU Campus Tour, register for the 2:45 p.m. Campus Tour through the SMU Daily Visit form at smu.edu/visit.
View and prepare the required undergraduate audition repertoire.
Complete your application to SMU.
Click here to read an important note to those applying to SMU using Early Action/Early Decision 1 (November 1 deadline) and are pursuing degrees in Music, Dance, Theatre, Studio Art or the B.F.A. in Film & Media Arts.
If you apply to SMU by Nov. 1 but do not complete your audition/submit your portfolio until January or February, there is a strong possibility that your SMU admission decision will be deferred until your Meadows audition or portfolio results are available. This is because, as part of the holistic application review process, the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission would like the opportunity to consider both your academic application as well as your audition/portfolio results before delivering an admission decision.
If you apply using Early Action/Early Decision I and receive a "deferred" letter, you will receive a followup decision letter after the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission has reviewed the results of your audition or portfolio.
Voice Candidates, Music Composition Candidates, and Transfer Students: review important notes below.
All voice candidates wishing to participate in the live Dallas auditions on January 21, January 28, February 4 or February 18 must first submit a pre-screening video here by December 1. All submissions will be evaluated by faculty beginning December 1. Email notification from the Division of Music will follow with instructions on registering for a live audition for candidates who are approved for a live audition in Dallas. Notifications are typically sent in early to mid-December. Those wanting to audition live in Dallas on December 3 do not have to submit a pre-screening form.
Music Composition candidates: please see Music Composition admission requirements.
Transfer Students: Note that all transfer students are required to complete college algebra or a college-level math course before transferring to SMU. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and check with your transfer admission counselor to ensure that you have satisfied this admission requirement.
While we strongly prefer that a prospective applicant audition in person, we accept auditions through a video recording.
- Submit YouTube/Vimeo link(s) to your video recordings online through our Recorded Audition Submission Form by January 15.
- Audition repertoire must comply with the stated requirements.
- Submissions are due by January 15 for scholarship consideration.
- Music faculty may choose an interview or follow-up visit with candidates before reaching an admission decision.
Undergraduate Theory Assessment
The Undergraduate Theory Assessment will examine your knowledge of the following: Major and minor (all forms) scales, major and minor triads (chords), key signatures, note names in both treble and bass clef, and common rhythms.