Prospective Student Information

We are excited that you are interested in studying music at The University of Akron! Whether you major or minor in music, or are interested in keeping music as part of your education, we have world class faculty and ensembles available to you.

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Audition dates for 2023-2024 academic year

To audition for the School of Music, please apply to UA and follow the instructions in your application process.

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 (Audition time slots begin at 1 p.m.)
  • Monday, Feb. 19, 2024 (Audition time slots begin at 9 a.m.)
  • Friday, March 15, 2024 (Audition time slots begin at 9 a.m.)
  • Auditions may also be made by appointment. Apply to UA for additional audition options.

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Make sure you've taken your theory placement exam and applied for your School of Music scholarship!

Theory Placement Exam

Scholarship Application - Auditioning Students

About Auditions

Prospective music majors are required to audition for our degree programs and are eligible to be considered for music scholarship. Students are eligible for scholarship on only one primary instrument. Any students with secondary instruments or music interests are not required to audition on secondary instruments. Auditions are only required on primary instruments.

Prospective music minors and students not majoring in music are not required to audition but auditioning allows one to be eligible for music scholarship. All students awarded a music scholarship are expected to be enrolled at UA with a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. To maintain their music scholarship, students must be actively taking applied lessons, performing in a major conducted ensemble and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

For music scholarship consideration, auditions must be completed by March 15, 2024.

Scheduling Your Audition

  1. Apply to The University of Akron.
  2. Once you are accepted, you will be given a link in your Admissions Portal in order to register to audition. You can choose to audition on one of the scheduled audition dates or schedule a by-appointment audition (in person audition). You should only register for an audition on your primary instrument. All prospective students who wish to be considered for School of Music scholarships must audition by March 15, 2024.
  3. Once you have scheduled your audition date, you will receive a confirmation email that will include directions, parking information, and additional details. Specific audition times will be sent 1 week before your audition.
  4. You can choose to expand your audition day with UA experiences such as campus tours, shadowing a music student for the day, sitting in on ensemble rehearsals, etc. Contact the UA school of music at for more information.

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Audition Experience

Audition Day at UA is your opportunity to gain enrollment in the School of Music, to be considered for a music scholarship, and is a great way to explore our school. We offer three audition days in the early spring. If those dates do not work for you, we can schedule an audition at your convenience. All you have to do is apply to UA and we'll walk you through the rest!

A typical UA Audition Day schedule:

  • You’ll receive your specific time 1 week before your audition date.
  • Arrive approximately 1 hour before your scheduled audition time.
  • After you check in, we'll give you space to warm up and get settled. Once you are ready to audition, you’ll perform for several UA music faculty. For most instruments, your audition will be 15-20 minutes.
    • Percussion auditions tend to run longer due to the large number of instruments to play.
  • After your audition performance, you will have access to the School of Music faculty and administration to answer any questions you may have about the school or majoring in music.

Your audition will consist of the following requirements:

  1. Performance - Several UA music faculty will listen to your perform on your primary instrument.
  2. Theory Placement Exam - A written, online theory placement exam is used for class placement and scholarship consideration only. Results of the theory placement exam are not used to determine acceptance to the UA School of Music.
  3. Piano Proficiency Test - A basic piano skills test is performed for UA piano faculty. Results of the piano proficiency test are only used for class placement and are not used to determine acceptance to the UA School of Music. Auditioning students may opt out of the piano proficiency test and will be placed in the beginning Class Piano I course upon enrollment.

Instrument/Voice Specific Audition Requirements

After the Audition

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