Music 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.The deadline for applying to this program was February 15.


All applicants, regardless of the program of interest, must audition. All applicants are expected to come to our Rockville Centre campus 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

At the audition, you will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces on your primary instrument. In addition, we require demonstration of basic proficiency on piano and guitar through accompanying yourself singing two songs on each. With these songs, we are looking for your ability to be interactive with the panel as you might be in a music therapy session, demonstrating your understanding of how we connect with others through music. Here is our song list. You will also be asked to sight read on piano and sight sing. There will be a brief interview and you will be asked to answer a written essay question. If you require an accompanist, please let us know when we schedule your audition. We will need a copy of your music in advance.

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 at our main campus in Nassau County, NY:

  • Friday, February 27
  • Friday, March 6

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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