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Graduate Admission

The School of Music Audition procedures provide opportunity for the graduate faculty to make a comprehensive decision on audition candidates to the School of Music.

Master of Music Admissions Requirements

A. To be considered for admission, all Belmont University applicants must submit the following:
  1. A completed Belmont University Graduate Studies Application for Admission.
  2. 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.
  3. The $50 non-refundable application fee.
  4. Official transcripts of all previous college and masters level work. International applicants with college level course work from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services ( 
B. Additionally, students seeking admission to the School of Music must also submit:
  1. A copy of a printed program from a junior and/or senior undergraduate recital.
  2. A complete undergraduate repertory list in the principal performing area.
  3. Scores from the GRE taken within the last five years. Anticipated scores for an entering student are 300 on the GRE verbal and quantitative combined and 3.5 on the analytical writing. Contact the Graduate Secretary if you have a valid MAT score. International Students: International applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL scores (required minimum of 550 PBT or 80 iBT).
  4. COMMERCIAL MUSIC APPLICANTS ONLY: As a part of the application process, all students applying for admission to the MM in Commercial Music must submit a pre-screening recording. This recording must be submitted and approved prior to scheduling an interview and live audition. Details of the recording requirement are available here.
C. Additionally, School of Music Applicants must:
  1. Have earned at least a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 average in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work to be fully admitted. A student may receive probationary acceptance with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. By maintaining a minimum cumulative graduate GPA for the first two semesters at Belmont, probation is lifted.
  2. Complete an audition* and an interview with the Assistant Director of the School of Music.
  3. During the week prior to the beginning of classes, complete the School of Music entrance examinations which cover Music History and Music Theory. Review courses are required for students who do not successfully complete these entrance examinations. See Graduate Placement Test Study Guides to prepare for these examinations. Review courses may count as elective hours.

*Students auditioning for the classical majors are required to submit the graduate application and to request an audition date three weeks before the desired published audition date.

Students auditioning for the Nashville Opera Fellows program must also complete an application by January 1, 2019.

Students auditioning for the Commercial Music major are required to submit the graduate application and pre-screening recording (and scores, if media composition/arranging) received no later than one month before the desired published audition date. January 25, 2019, is the last day to apply for the Commercial Music major beginning in Fall 2019.

Auditions for 2019

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 (for spring and fall 2019, classical majors only)
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 (for spring and fall 2019, classical majors only)
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 (for fall 2019, all majors)
  • Friday, February 8, 2019 (for fall 2019, all majors)
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 (for fall 2019, all majors)

Note: The audition serves as the scholarship application

Audition Requirements

Please note:

  • Musical Theatre literature is not appropriate for a classical voice audition.
  • Classical literature is not appropriate for a commercial audition.
  • Commercial, Media Composition and Arranging emphasizes instrumental and vocal media and is not a songwriting program.

MM Church Music

MM Commercial Music

MM Composition 

MM Music Education

MM Pedagogy

MM Performance


Call the School of Music Graduate Secretary (615-460-8117)

Click here to login or create an accountFor specific details on auditions, click on the desired audition page located above.

For a complete list of admissions and academic requirements, click here.

For further information on our various graduate programs, contact Ms. Kathryn Paradise, Assistant Director of the School of Music (615-460-8213)