music graduate students walking and talkingAdmissions

All students must apply to both the School of Music and to Ball State University. International students should begin the application process through the Rinker Center for International Programs.


Undergraduate Students

Prospective undergraduate music majors and minors are required to audition for admission to the School of Music, as well as for scholarship consideration. You must audition on a primary instrument with appropriate faculty from that area.

Application Deadline

Friday, January 1, 2021

Students who miss the published deadline but still wish to audition for the School of Music may contact the School's Office of Undergraduate Programs at 765-285-5503 to inquire about potential options for completing the audition process.

2021 ON-CAMPUS Audition Dates

  • Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | winds, strings, and percussion
  • Sunday, January 24 from 1-8 p.m. | keyboard only
  • Friday, February 5 from 2-8 p.m. | all instruments except percussion
  • Monday, February 17 from 12-8 p.m. | all instruments

2021 Video and Online Auditions

In the interests of protecting the health and well-being of visitors to campus, current students, faculty, and staff, the School of Music will be making the following changes to our auditions for this year:

  • Voice Applicants: only video uploads will be accepted for Fall 2021 admission auditions for all voice majors and minors.
  • Instrumental Applicants (except bassoon): instrumental applicants will have the choice of an on-campus audition, live-stream audition on Zoom, or, video upload. You will be able to make your selection as you submit your application to the School of Music.
  • Bassoon Applicants: video uploads are recommended for admission auditions to our majors and minors for the Fall 2021 semester. If preferred, students can request an on-campus audition by directly contacting Dr. Keith Sweger.

Video Audition Instructions (PDF)

Contact Us

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs in Music by email or by calling 765-285-5503.

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Graduate Students

Auditions are required for all graduate performance applicants, while a portfolio review is required for music composition, theory, music education, and musicology graduate applicants. Auditions may be scheduled individually with the applied performance or conducting professor.

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