Formal admission to the music major requires demonstrated talent through an audition and interview arranged with the department, preferably prior to beginning university studies. A student may enter as an intended major and audition/interview during the first year. Students will be accepted based on programmatic approval and written declaration of major.
It is suggested that students intending to declare music as a major during their freshman year audition either before arrival at American University or during the fall of their first term. Students eligible to apply to the music program include the following:
- students applying for admission to American University
- transfer students
- students who have already matriculated
All students who audition before the audition panel will be considered for scholarship funding through the music program. Most awards are renewable for up to four years of study provided the terms of the award are met each semester. Scholarship offers are made each spring for awards the following academic year.
Audition & Entrance Requirements
Entrance requirements vary according to the student's music field of study. In order to matriculate as a Bachelor of Arts student, the applicant must demonstrate an appropriate level of performance proficiency, ability to read music, and rudimentary knowledge of music theory.
Please Note: Admission to the music degree program is a two-step process. In order to receive full admission to the BA in Music program students must also be accepted by American University and must also complete a successful audition and interview with the Department of Performing Arts music program faculty.
New: (September 2020) Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, all auditions for the American University Music Program this year will be held virtually. In this challenging time, we have adjusted our requirements to help provide a more open, flexible, and meaningful process for auditioning for our program.
Students auditioning for the Music Program at American University will submit video recordings of their prepared audition repertoire as part of their Slideroom application.
Two compositions of contrasting style appropriate to your genre, submitted as two separate video files.
While we require no minimum or maximum time length, we encourage audition material uploads of (total) no more than 20 minutes and no less than 5, and recommend students present performances which best represent their abilities within that timeframe.
Auditions may be performed with or without accompaniment. In the case of voice auctions, accompaniment is strongly encouraged.
Please be sure each of your videos are labeled with the following information: your last name, the title of the work being performed, the last name of the composer.(Ex: Doyle-Serenade-Britten.mov)
Audition video files should be uploaded to Slideroom, under "Media".
Auditions will take place virtually via our online audition portal, Slideroom.
2020-21 Interview Dates
Once we have reviewed your Slideroom application and audition materials, you will be scheduled for a real-time interview with Music Program faculty via Zoom on one of the following dates:
- November: by appointment. (For students already matriculating at AU, or Early Decision applicants) Please contact Music Program Director Sean Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a November interview date.
- May 31, 2021
- For transfer students: June 1, 2021
These interviews will not involve performance, but are an opportunity for conversation and questions between the auditionee and a panel of AU Music Program faculty.
For all other questions, please contact Music Program Director, Dr. Sean Doyle (email@example.com).