Admissions and Auditions

An interview, an audition and a theory placement examination are required of all prospective music majors, music therapy majors and music education majors.


All applicants, regardless of the program of interest, must audition. All applicants are expected to come prepared to perform:

  • A minimum of two works that demonstrate contrasting styles
  • All major scales on primary instrument
  • A sightreading example that is provided at the time of audition

In addition, applicants will be asked to match pitch and sightsing short patterns on a neutral syllable.

2015 Audition Dates

Prospective undergraduate students who submit their admissions materials may contact Coleen Petersen in the Music Department at 516.323.3320 or  to schedule an audition on one of the following days:

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
  • Friday, February 27, 2015
  • Friday, March 6, 2015

At the audition, you will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces on your primary instrument. You may be asked to sight read on piano and/or sight sing and if you've taken music theory in high school, you may be given a placement test. There will also be a brief interview. If you require an accompanist, please let Coleen know when you schedule your audition and she will ask that you send us your music in advance.

Theory Placement Exam

It is essential for entering students to take a theory placement examination to ensure proper advisement and placement in courses.

For more information, contact:
Coleen Petersen, Administrative Assistant, 516.323.3320
Lora Heller, Special Projects Coordinator, or 516.323.3336.

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