Undergraduate Application and Audition Requirements
(Please note that this page is for information about the Undergraduate application and audition process ONLY. For information about the Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) programs, please visit those respective programs' application pages.)
The School of Music offers a comprehensive undergraduate program which strives for the highest quality in music performance and academic study. All entering freshmen, transfer students and previously enrolled students seeking re-admission must complete the following steps, IN THIS ORDER, to be considered for undergraduate admission to JMU and the School of Music:
- Submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.
- Register for an on-campus Audition Day.
- Create a Slideroom Portfolio. In addition to completing the application questions, you'll need to upload:
- One or two music letters of recommendation
- Unofficial high school transcript
- Music Resume
- All supplemental materials should be uploaded to Slideroom. No items should be mailed or emailed to the School of Music. Should you need a fee waiver for Slideroom, please contact AdmissionsCVPA@jmu.edu.
For more details regarding specific instrument audition requirements, please visit our audition guidelines page.
The School of Music is pleased to be able to announce a number of new large awards, including several that cover full tuition for the first year and approximately half tuition for years two, three and four. Scholarships – including the new “Excellence in the Arts” awards ($20,000, paid out at $5,000 a year) – are assigned based on an evaluation at your live audition. Other new awards include a major book allowance ($4,800 spread out over eight semesters) and a two year free housing prize. Additional awards include admission to the Wayland Arts Learning Community.
Most awards are renewable for multiple years. Awards are determined by studio faculty members and coordinated with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships; no separate application is needed. Please note that if you are a transfer student on scholarship at another school, you will only be considered for an award at James Madison University if the music executive of your current school sends a written release to the director of the School of Music.