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FAQs

Application

I selected music as my major when I submitted my application. Is that all I need to do to be considered for entry into the Department of Music?

No.  You will be sent a link prompting you to schedule an audition.  You will also need to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores.  Visit VCUarts for the requirements.

How do I apply for scholarships?

All music applicants are automatically considered for Department of Music scholarships.  To be considered for academic scholarships from the university, complete the essay portion of the application and submit your application by the scholarship deadline.  Music students are also eligible for certain School of the Arts scholarships.  Some of these require additional applications or materials.

How good do my GPA and test scores need to be?

We’re looking for students who are both good musicians and good students. In general, the better your grades and scores are, the better your admissions chances will be. The same is true for your sight-reading, aural skills, improvisation (if jazz) or any other element of your application.

Scheduling an audition

What musical skills should I be working on?

Along with continuing to improve your technique and musicality on your instrument, you should also have developed the following skills before entering any music program — whether you’re a singer or string player; classical or jazz musician.

  • Matching pitch: When a note is played for you at the piano, you should be able to sing it back.
  • Reading music: Being able to read pitches and rhythms fluently is essential for any student planning to study music and/or pursue a career in music.
  • For jazz students, the ability to create an improvised solo is a critical part of playing and studying jazz. If you haven’t had much opportunity to improvise solos, you should first take private lessons from an experienced jazz instructor.

How do I schedule an audition for entry into the VCU Department of Music?

Once you’ve submitted your application to the university, you will receive an email with audition request information.  If you don’t receive the email, check your spam folder.  If you don’t receive it within 5 days, contact us.

I’ve received confirmation of my audition day. Is it possible to find out what time my audition will be?

No, your audition time will be assigned to you at check-in on your audition day. Audition times are generally scheduled according to when your audition request was received and what area you will be auditioning for. Since we schedule such a large number of auditionees, we cannot give you your audition time in advance.

I’ve received confirmation of my audition day, but now I can’t come on that day. What should I do?

If you are confirmed for an audition day and need to reschedule, you must contact our Admissions Office as soon as possible. We will assist you in rescheduling your audition, if it is possible.  We cannot always accommodate rescheduled auditions, so you should make your best effort to attend on your assigned audition day.

I’ve received confirmation of my audition day, but I’ve decided that I don’t want to major in music at VCU. What should I do?

If you decide that you do not want to attend VCU as a music major, then you do not need to audition. Please contact our Admissions Office in the Music Department as soon as possible to let us know that you will not be auditioning.

If you would like to apply to VCU as another major you must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to change your intended major.

If you change your major to another major within the School of the Arts you may be required to provide additional supplementary materials.

Audition preparation

How should I dress for my audition?

You’ll want to present your best self on your audition day, so dress accordingly; semi-formal or business attire is generally appropriate. Be sure that you can comfortably play your instrument in whatever you choose to wear. The audition tips for your particular instrument may include additional information.

What do I need to bring to my audition?

In general, auditionees only need to bring their instrument and music to the audition. There are special exceptions and additions for certain instruments so be sure to read the audition tips for your particular instrument.

I’ve prepared my music, but I want to know what else to expect when I come to my audition. What’s it like?

The audition day includes a welcome session, the audition, and an interview.  You’ll have the chance to meet current students and speak with VCU Music faculty members.  Your parents may also attend a panel discussion and have the opportunity to ask questions of faculty, students, and alumni.

 

I’m a vocalist. Do I need to provide my own accompanist or will an accompanist be provided for me?

Some students prefer to bring their own accompanist to their audition day, but you may also request that VCU Music provide an accompanist for you.

If you would like VCU Music to provide an accompanist, you will need to indicate that in your audition request. You will need to submit a PDF copy of your music with your audition request. You should also bring your original music with you.

Students auditioning for the voice area may bring their own accompanist on the day of their audition. However, your audition time cannot be confirmed in advance, so your accompanist must be available for the entire event.

After the audition

I’ve completed my audition. When will I find out whether or not I’ve been accepted into the VCU Department of Music?

Applicants who apply by the application deadline and complete an audition will be notified of their admission status by April 1st. Please check your online application to confirm that we have received all required application materials including your transcripts and SAT scores.

I have a friend who applied to VCU in another department and she’s already received notification that she’s been accepted. Why haven’t I heard anything yet?

Applications are reviewed as they become fully complete. For music applicants this includes completing the audition. Applicants who apply by the application deadline and complete an audition will be notified of their admission status by April 1st. Please check your online application to confirm that we have received all required application materials including your transcripts and SAT scores.

I was accepted into the Department of Music.  Do I still need to be accepted to the University?

No.  Your acceptance letter is all-inclusive.  You are in!

I was not accepted into the Department of Music. Does this mean I’m automatically accepted into the university as an undeclared major?

No. If you were not accepted into the music department, but would like for your application to be considered for another major within VCU, you must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to change your intended major.