Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Music applicants must apply and be accepted to both Ithaca College and the School of Music.
Ithaca College Admission Requirements
|Common Application and Supporting Materials||Please visit IC's undergraduate admission site for more information:
Apply to Ithaca
Regular decision: Two weeks prior to the audition date or February 1, whichever comes first.
|Register for myIthaca (not required but highly recommended)||Sign up for myIthaca -- registration is free:
|At least two weeks prior to the audition date.|
School of Music Admission Requirements
Every School of Music applicant, including minors, must audition on a major performing instrument or voice. Composition applicants must submit scores and may choose to audition if planning on pursuing study on a primary instrument or voice. There are pre-screening audition requirements for percussion and sound recording technology applicants.
To schedule an audition, please complete the online Audition Request Form. It is in the applicant's best interest to select an early audition date. For more information, please visit our Auditions page.
Applicants may schedule an audition after September 1.
Audition Preparation Form
After scheduling an audition, applicants will receive an e-mail with more information about completing the online Audition Preparation Form. In addition to academic and musical background information, this form will require:
There is a $14 submission fee for the Audition Preparation Form.
|Two weeks prior to audition date.
For pre-screening applicants: November 1 for applicants seeking a December audition, and December 1 for applications seeking a January or February audition.
|Pre-Screening Audition||There are pre-screening audition requirements for percussion and sound recording technology applicants only. After the review of recordings and application materials, successful applicants will receive notice of their on-campus audition date.
Pre-Screening Audition Information
|November 1 for applicants seeking a December audition, and December 1 for applications seeking a January or February audition.|
Additional Requirements By Degree
|B.M. in Composition||Applicants are required to submit two sample compositions, with recordings if available. Scores should exhibit a variety of instrumentation and/or vocal forces. Applicants are also required to interview with the composition faculty on an audition date. An audition is not required for this degree program, but is necessary if an applicant would like to study privately on an instrument or voice (known as instrumental/vocal emphasis). Scores and recordings should be submitted online with the Audition Preparation Form. Hard copy of scores and recordings must be brought to the on-campus interview.|
|B.M. in Jazz Studies||Applicants must complete the specified jazz and classical audition requirements, and demonstrate the ability to improvise with a live rhythm section (provided by Ithaca College). Applicants must also prepare several song selections from the list of approved selections at the following page:
For Jazz Studies Majors
|B.M. in Sound Recording Technology||Applicants must submit pre-screening audition recordings through the Audition Preparation Form. Applicants will receive more information about this process after completing the Audition Request Form. Applicants who successfully pass the pre-screening audition will be invited to a live audition and interview on campus. Applicants must also submit the Recording Supplement prior to their on-campus audition. Please note that this program is designed for freshman entry only. Transferring into the recording major from another institution, from another major in the School of Music, or from within the College is not permitted.|
|B.M. in Theory||Freshman theory applicants are typically accepted as "undeclared" music majors and may audition for formal entry into this program during the sophomore year. The audition consists of an oral examination with the chair of the music theory, history, and composition department and a second theory faculty member of the student's choice.|
When to Apply
Students must submit all Ithaca College and School of Music application materials at least two weeks prior to their audition.
Acceptance and Notification
Acceptance to Ithaca College and the School of Music involves three steps:
- Our faculty members assess the audition and provide this information to the dean of the School of Music.
- The dean of the School of Music makes a recommendation to the College's director of admission based on the results of the audition and review of the music application and supporting documents.
- The College's director of admission makes an admission decision based on the admission committee's evaluation of academics and the recommendation of the dean of the School of Music.
In some cases, an applicant may not satisfactorily meet the audition requirements to be a music major, but may still be admitted to Ithaca College for study in another degree. Conversely, an applicant may meet the music requirements, but not be admitted to Ithaca College because of academic deficiencies.
The timeline for admission notification is dependent upon a number of variables. Most applicants will be notified of an admission decision between March 15 and April 15, however, some applicants may be notified sooner, if possible.
The Office of Admission encourages qualified candidates who have selected Ithaca as their first choice to apply under the early decision program. Music applicants who are applying under the early decision program must audition on the earliest on-campus audition date. More information, including deadlines, please visit the Ithaca College admission site:
Undergraduate Admission: Early Decision
The School of Music does not participate in the Early Action program.
Admission to Ithaca College and the School of Music is very competitive by both instrument and degree. The number of applicants far exceeds the number of available spaces in studios and programs. Some applicants will be offered a place on a waiting list. Applicants may choose to accept or deny a waiting-list offer. If the offer is accepted, the student would be considered for admission if a space becomes available. Applicants typically receive a final notification before or during the month of June.
The Office of Student Financial Services is committed to partnering with families to assist all students in meeting educational costs through scholarships, grants, loans, and work programs whenever possible. There are talent-, merit-, and need-based scholarships available to undergraduate music students. Please visit the financial aid website for more information:
Financial Aid at Ithaca
Still Have Questions?
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page:
Music Admission FAQs
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