Areas of Study

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Undergraduate Admissions

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).

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.

Visiting Campus: 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.

2015 – 16 Audition Dates

  • December 5, 2015
  • January 23, 2016
  • January 30, 2016
  • February 6, 2016
  • February 20, 2016

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.

Note: 2015-16 Online Audition Registration will go live on August 1, 2015.

  • Winds, Brass, or Percussion
  • Strings
  • Piano or Organ
  • Voice*
  • *VOICE PRE-SCREENING: All voice candidates who wish to audition live in Dallas on January 23, January 30, February 6, or February 20 must FIRST submit a pre-screening video by uploading it to our Meadows website by December 1. The pre-screening video must include two songs from memory: one art song in English, and one aria or art song in a language other than English. All submissions will be evaluated by faculty beginning December 1: 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.

  • View and prepare the required undergraduate audition repertoire.
  • Note for Music Composition candidates: please see Music Composition admission requirements

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 Pre-Audition Day Schedule.

Please RSVP to 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

Recorded Auditions

While we strongly prefer that a prospective applicant audition in person, we accept auditions through a video recording.

  1. Submit YouTube/Vimeo link(s) to your video recordings online through our Recorded Audition Submission Form by January 15.
  2. Audition repertoire must comply with the stated requirements.
  3. Submissions are due by January 15 for scholarship consideration.
  4. 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.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



Welcome to the Division of Music

About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies


Undergraduate Studies Audition Requirements

B.A. in Music

B.M. in Performance

B.M. in Composition

B.M. in Music Therapy

B.M. in Music Education (Teacher Certification)

Dual Degree in Performance and Music Education

Minor in Music

Music Minor in Songwriting

Minor In Musical Theatre

Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts

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Graduate Studies





Faculty and Staff

Dallas Resources

Student Resources

Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs