The School of Music Audition procedures provide opportunity for the graduate faculty to make a comprehensive decision on audition candidates to the School of Music.
Master of Music Admissions Requirements
A. To be considered for admission, all Belmont University applicants must submit the following:
- A completed Belmont University Graduate Studies Application for Admission.
- Two completed recommendation forms from individuals who know the applicant's musical abilities. At least one recommendation must be completed by an individual who can address the applicant's academic accomplishments and potential.
- The $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Official transcripts of all previous college and masters level work.
B. Additionally, students seeking admission to the School of Music must also submit:
- A copy of a printed program from a junior and/or senior undergraduate recital.
- A complete undergraduate repertory list in the principal performing area.
- Scores from the GRE taken within the last five years. Anticipated scores for an entering student are 300 on the GRE verbal and quantitative combined and 3.5 on the analytical writing. Contact the Graduate Secretary if you have a valid MAT score.
- COMMERCIAL MUSIC APPLICANTS ONLY: As a part of the application process, all students applying for admission to the MM in Commercial Music must submit a pre-screening recording. This recording must be submitted and approved prior to scheduling an interview and live audition. Details of the recording requirement are available here.
C. Additionally, School of Music Applicants must:
- Have earned at least a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 average in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work to be fully admitted. A student may receive probationary acceptance with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. By maintaining a minimum cumulative graduate GPA for the first two semesters at Belmont, probation is lifted.
- Complete an audition* and an interview with the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.
- During the week prior to the beginning of classes, complete the School of Music entrance examinations which cover Music History and Music Theory. Review courses are required for students who do not successfully complete these entrance examinations. See Graduate Placement Test Study Guides to prepare for these examinations. Review courses may count as elective hours.
*Students auditioning for the classical majors are required to submit the graduate application and to request an audition date three weeks before the desired published audition date.
Students auditioning for the Nashville Opera Fellows program must also complete an application by January 1, 2017.
Students auditioning for the Commercial Music major are required to submit the graduate application and pre-screening recording (and scores, if media composition/arranging) received no later than one month before the desired published audition date. January 27, 2017, is the last day to apply for the Commercial Music major beginning in Fall 2017.
Auditions for 2017:
Saturday, November 12, 2016 (for spring and fall 2017, classical majors only)
Friday, January 20, 2017 (for fall 2017, all majors)
Friday, February 17, 2017 (for fall 2017, all majors)
Friday, February 24, 2017 (for fall 2017, all majors)
Note: The audition serves as the scholarship application
1. Musical Theatre literature is not appropriate for a classical voice audition.
2. Classical literature is not appropriate for a commercial audition.
3. Commercial, Media Composition and Arranging emphasizes instrumental and vocal media and is not a songwriting program.
Call the School of Music Graduate Secretary (615-460-8117)
For a complete list of admissions and academic requirements, click here.
For further information on our various graduate programs, contact Dr. Kris Elsberry, Director of Graduate Studies (615-460-8111).