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Entrance Audition Process


Admission to the Department of Music is by entrance audition only. All prospective freshmen and undergraduate transfer students must first be accepted as a University student and then pass an entrance audition to music.

General Entrance Audition Information for All Applicants

For fall 2017 enrollment, auditions will be held on the following dates:

  • Friday, February 3, 2017
  • Friday, March 3, 2017
  • Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Friday, April 14, 2017

Critical Information for All Students Applying to Programs in the Department of Music

The admissions process is a two-part process:

  1. Step 1: Submit an application to the University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  2. Step 2: As soon as a applicant receives an acceptance letter from the University’s Admissions Office, he/she should schedule an entrance audition on one of the scheduled auditions dates list above by calling the Department of Music at 978-934-3850 or emailing
Applicants should be aware that acceptance into the Department of Music is both competitive and selective, and there are limited audition spaces. It is recommended that serious applicants prepare for, and schedule an audition on the earliest possible audition date.

All students will be notified of their status by mail within two weeks after their audition date.

It is expected that students will spend extensive time in preparation for the entrance audition process: private instrumental or vocal instruction is highly recommended. Students auditioning must demonstrate sufficient technical and musical skill on an instrument or in the vocal area to provide evidence of readiness to undertake college level instruction.

Applicants will be required to complete a short theory placement exam on their audition day. The results of this examination do not affect acceptance.

Theory Diagnostic Examination

All entering music majors are required to take a theory diagnostic examination on the scheduled audition day that tests their level of musical knowledge. This knowledge includes the following:

  • Standard notational practices in treble, bass and c clefs.
  • Conventional beaming practices in simple and compound meters.
  • Identification of commonly used meters.
  • All major and minor (natural, harmonic, and melodic) scales.
  • The spelling and recognition of simple intervals.
  • The key signatures of all major and minor keys.
  • The spelling and recognition of major, minor, and augmented triads.

The Theory Diagnostic Examination determines students who are at risk of not performing well in Musicianship & Analysis 1. For those students, and students unable to take the examination, we recommend doing one of the following before entering:

  • Complete an introductory music theory course.
  • Pursue self-study from a text or online aid.