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Undergraduate Admissions

Are you considering applying to the UW-Madison School of Music? Why Wisconsin?

Before you apply, review the application steps below. Auditions will be scheduled and admissions decisions will be made only when your application file is complete. For information regarding student financial support, click here.

We encourage you to visit our campus before applying. Click here for more information.

You have three options for scheduling your audition. The application deadline corresponds to the date you choose to audition:

Saturday, November 22

Application deadline: October 31

Saturday, January 31

Application deadline: December 31

Saturday, February 28

Application deadline: January 31

NOTE: You are applying to both UW-Madison and the School of Music. Admission to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the University, so make sure you apply to general admissions before submitting your School of Music application. Also, keep in mind that the general admissions procedure and the School of Music application/audition process are separate but concurrent processes. The School of Music evaluates prospective music majors on the basis of their application and audition, but University of Wisconsin Admissions has its own requirements and deadlines.

  • 1. Apply online to UW-Madison

    The UW-Madison application is available starting in September. Apply early and make sure all requested materials are received by their deadline. The School of Music is accepting applications from September 2 until January 31. Please note that you do not have to wait until you have been formally admitted to UW-Madison to apply to the School of Music. A campus ID number will be sent to you via email 1-2 days after submitting the online UW-Madison application. Once you have received this number, you can move on to step 2.

  • 2. Apply to the School of Music

    You will submit the following materials, explained in detail in the Undergraduate Application Guide, which you should read carefully before applying.

    • School of Music application
    • Two recommendation letters
      • Download form
        • Please have this form submitted with your letter of recommendation
    • A music resume in PDF or Word format (email to admissions@music.wisc.edu)
    • Copies of your audition repertoire (for Voice applicants only, see area page)
    • Supplementary materials (for Composition applicants only, see area page)

    Once your application is received, you will receive an email confirmation within 1-2 weeks. Status updates to your file are sent as we receive new materials, generally on a weekly basis. When all required materials are received, you will receive another email to verify completion. Once your audition has been scheduled, you will receive another email with audition day details.

  • 3. Complete an Audition

    The School of Music will notify you of your specific audition time at least one week preceding the date you have chosen on your application. Until that time, please plan to be available all day. Auditions vary in duration from 10 to 30 minutes, performed for the faculty in your chosen area of study.

    • Click here for audition repertoire requirements by area. Check your area page for more detailed information.

      • Jazz applicants, click here.
      • Composition applicants, click here.

    Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator if you would like to submit a recorded audition, since not all areas permit them. If you audition by submitting a recording, be aware that the audition process is only final upon an audition in person for the faculty of the relevant area. In-person auditions are highly preferred for scholarship consideration!

  • 5. Audition for Piano Proficiency

    Note: Not applicable to piano majors.

    Some level of piano proficiency is expected in every music degree program. Students who did not take a piano placement exam on one of our scheduled audition days should sign up for a placement exam. Students who can may play a piece of their choice. Music does not need to be memorized. We recommend that students practice piano over the summer in preparation for piano placement in the fall. Students who have never taken piano lessons are encouraged to begin lessons over the summer if at all possible.

    Piano Proficiency Placement Information

    Piano Proficiency Placement Criteria

CONTACT

Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator:   Jared Jellison

admissions@music.wisc.edu

608-263-5986

5561 Humanities Building / 455 N. Park St. / Madison, WI 53726