UMass Lowell will resume on-campus instruction, research and campus life for Fall 2020. View the plan for more info.
Admission to all programs in the Department of Music is by entrance audition only. All prospective freshmen and undergraduate transfer students must pass the entrance audition to be admitted into Music, in addition to all University admissions requirements.
Note: To be considered for Fall 2020, new Freshmen must submit their audition video (and Composition for New Media portfolio, if required) by May 15, 2020 (note extended date). The deadline for Transfer students to submit is August 14, 2020.
It is expected that students will spend extensive time in preparation for the entrance audition process: private instrumental or vocal instruction is critical. 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.
All students will be notified of their status by e-mail and post within 10 days after their audition is received.
The Theory Diagnostic Examination is waived until further notice.
All video auditions should be unedited live takes, uploaded to YouTube and should include the requirements below. You will then submit the YouTube link and upload the pdf of your music (see #2 below) to our Audition Submission Portal.
Note: If you do not yet have a UMass Lowell student email account set up, you can use a Gmail, Facebook or Microsoft account to set up your profile.
Students will be assessed on the degree to which they possess a working knowledge of their instrument, which scales they can play when asked, technical facility, and intonation. Please choose two scales each major and harmonic minor.
At least one piece must have sheet music; a copy of which should be submitted as a pdf with the audition materials. One of the pieces may be an original composition, however, this is optional.
Students will be assessed on accuracy, technical facility, musicality and expressiveness.
Please play 5 random pitches on any instrument and sing the pitches. These may be given from different sources, i.e., piano, mallet instrument, wind or string instrument.
The department would like to know more about the mind-set and motivations of the students auditioning. Please answer the following questions in your video: