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Admissions & Audition Information

Graduate Admission to the School of Music

1. Apply to the University

  • Create a BU4U account
  • Complete the Belmont University Graduate Studies Application for Admission
  • Pay the $50 Application Fee

Create a BU4U Account


2. Submit Supplemental Materials

Once the application is submitted and the application fee is paid, an email will be sent with instructions for submitting the supplemental pieces of the application. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  1. 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 accomplishments and potential in the academic classroom setting.
  2. A list of repertory studied in the principal performing area.
  3. A copy of a program from a junior and/or senior undergraduate recital.
  4. Official transcripts of all previous college and masters level work. International applicants with college level coursework from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services ( Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students who have earned below a 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


3. Audition for the School of Music

All applicants are required to audition for the School of Music. All auditions will be accompanied by an info session with Ms. Kathryn Paradise, the Assistant Director of the School of Music.

Auditions Dates: 

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019 (for Classical Majors only)
  • Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Friday, February 28, 2020 

Audition Requirements by Program

  • Master of Music in Church Music
  • Master of Music in Commercial Music
  • Master of Music in Composition
  • Master of Music in Music Education
  • Master of Music in Pedagogy
  • Master of Music in Performance



Commercial Applicants must submit the following 4 weeks prior to the selected audition date:

  • Pre-Screen Audition
  • Application
  • All supplemental pieces of the application

Classical Applicants must submit the following 3 weeks prior to the selected audition date:

  • Application
  • All supplemental pieces of the application


For questions regarding the application or the admissions process, please contact:

Rebecca Dean

Graduate Administrative Assistant

(615) 460-8117

Email: Rebecca Dean



For questions regarding our various graduate programs, please contact:

Kathryn Paradise

Assistant Director, School of Music

(615) 460-8213

Email: Kathryn Paradise