Applicants to the School of Music must meet the entrance requirements of the School of Music and those of Georgia State. Refer to the Undergraduate Admissions section of this catalog for information concerning admission requirements to the university.
Individuals who wish to apply for admission to the School of Music should complete the School of Music application.
Prospective students applying for any Bachelor of Music degree program in any concentration (Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education or Music Technology) must perform a live audition before beginning first-year coursework in music. Audition requirements are explained below.
Prospective students applying for the Bachelor of Science degree program in Music Management have two options for admissions consideration:
- You may give a live audition as an instrumental performer or vocalist (see below).
- You may submit a digital portfolio as described below.
Equal consideration will be given to either option. Students need only complete one of these admissions processes.
Admission to the School of Music is based on the level of musical skill demonstrated in the audition and the availability of openings in the various performing areas.
Students who have been absent from the School of Music for twelve consecutive months must re-audition for reentry.
Audition Requirements for Prospective B.Mu. and B.S. Students
The audition requirements are determined by the applicant’s instrument and are not tied to the program of study. These requirements can be found on the School of Music website at music.gsu.edu/undergraduate/audition-information/.
Digital Portfolio for Prospective B.S. Students Only
The School of Music recognizes many musicians today have career aspirations beyond performance, including music management, promotion, arts administration and similar fields. Nevertheless, as a NASM-accredited institution, the School of Music requires every music major to engage in active music-making at some level. For those students who engage in musical activities outside the traditional genres of classical vocal, classical instrumental, contemporary classical music composition or jazz idioms, the School of Music is interested in learning how you engage in the musical arts. The audition portfolio provides a way for students to demonstrate their musical fluency outside traditional genres.
The digital portfolio should contain a minimum of three and a maximum of five audio and/or video recordings (not to exceed five minutes each) that show evidence of the applicant’s significant engagement in music. The successful portfolio will clearly demonstrate facility in non-traditional music making areas, including (but not limited to) computer-based music creation/performance, D.J. turntable mixing and popular musical performance (such as pop/rock band performance videos). Evaluators will base decisions on the overall musical quality and recording quality of the submitted electronic selections.
In addition to the audio and/or video recording submissions, the student is required to create and appear in a 60-second video describing the following:
- Professional musical aspirations and goals,
- How he or she may contribute to the musical life of the School of Music and
- Why Georgia State is a good fit.
Recorded materials will be uploaded via a Web link provided at the time of application and evaluated by faculty of the School of Music.