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 first-year, 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:

2021-2022 Audition Requirements for Auditions

Audition Dates 2021-2022


Audition Information
  1. Submit your  Undergraduate Admissions Application via the  JMU Admissions Office.
  2. Create a  Slideroom Portfolio. There are two School of Music Slideroom applications: Instrumental Applicants and Vocal Applicants.  Please select the appropriate application. 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
    • Videos of audition pieces and other requested materials, if you apply on the January 22 virtual audition (see website for more details). Your Slideroom Portfolio should be completed one week prior to your audition.
  3. 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.

Scholarship Information

The School of Music is pleased to be able to announce a number of 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 “Excellence in the Arts” awards – are assigned based on an evaluation of your audition materials. Additional awards include merit scholarships from the School of Music and guaranteed admission to the Wayland Living-Learning Arts Community.

In order to qualify for a merit scholarship from the School of Music, you must attend an audition day in addition to submitting your application through Slideroom. Awards are determined by studio faculty members and coordinated with the Office of Admissions; no additional application is needed. Most awards are renewable for multiple years. You should attend one of the November or January virtual audition days to be considered for priority merit scholarship.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jeanette Zyko
Undergraduate Music Admissions
School of Music, MSC 7301
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA  22807
email: music_admit@jmu.edu
phone: 540.568.3851

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