Admission & Audition Requirements

Thank you for your interest in becoming a student at the Department of Music!

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As you know, the music major is a screened major. We hope you will take this opportunity to become familiar with our many ensembles, degree programs, and course offerings. Admission to the music major is granted by the department, contingent upon a performance audition. Don't be nervous! Our faculty and staff are eager to welcome you to campus and help you through the various aspects of the audition process. (Note that admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance as a music major or minor.) 2017 Auditions dates are:

  • Saturday, January 14*
  • Saturday, February 4*
  • Saturday, March 4
  • Saturday, April 8

* in case of snow, audition dates will be: January 21 and February 11

Continuing in the music major is contingent on a number of evaluative processes established by the department. Proper course planning and regular meetings with advisers are key to timely completion of the programs in four years. Students are responsible for determining the progress and completion of their degree programs.

Audition Postponements Due to Inclement Weather

If the decision is made to postpone an audition day, we will post an announcement on our department website. We will also leave a recorded voice message on 410-704-2839 and 410-704-2836.

If an audition day is postponed, you will automatically be scheduled for the following Saturday. Arrival time and general procedures outlined in your original confirmation letter will remain the same. You will not receive another confirmation. Please arrive at the same time and place as originally scheduled. It is your responsibility to notify Mary Ann Criss in the Department of Music (mcriss@towson.edu or 410-704-2836) if you cannot make the rescheduled date.

University closing announcements are posted on the Towson University homepage, and recorded messages can be heard on 410-704-NEWS.

Auditions for International Students

International students, who are unable to attend one of our audition days, could upload video recordings on YouTube or audition via Skype. 

Additional Admission Materials Pertaining to Specific Programs and Concentration Areas

Note that certain concentration areas and degree programs have additional admission requirements in addition to the Music Department application and audition. Click on a link below if your concentration area or degree program is listed to find out what the additional requirements are.

Reference Sources for Prospective Music Majors

  • So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Guidance Counselors, Parents and Music Teachers, by Robert Franzblau
  • Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know, by Rich Holly
  • Career Opportunities in the Music Industry 6th ed., by Shelly Field
  • 100 Careers in the Music Business 2nd ed., by Tanja L. Crouch