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Undergraduate Admissions and Placements
Admissions Information for Majors, Minors, and Lessons Only Scholarship Applicants

To become enrolled in School of Music degree programs, all prospective students must apply and be accepted by both the School of Music and by the University of Memphis. Acceptance by the School of Music (SOM) is contingent upon University of Memphis (UofM) acceptance.   For UofM enrollment information contact the Undergraduate Office of Admissions:  (901) 678-2111; see Students seeking SOM scholarships should be accepted by the UofM before their audition day. December 1 is the preferred day for acceptance to the UofM and application to the SOM.

Every student wishing to enroll in the School of Music (SOM) as a Music Major in any concentration must have an audition or orientation, take music theory and class piano placement tests and be accepted by faculty.  Students seeking a Music Minor must have an audition, take a written music theory test and be accepted by faculty. Students who audition for Lessons Only and scholarship must audition and be accepted by faculty. Voice Lessons Only scholarship applicants take the written theory placement test. All placement tests are offered on December 6, February 7, 21 and 28 audition days.

Students who have had college level theory courses, AP or IB theory take an aural theory placement test as well as the written theory test. Students who are actively pursuing these courses during the semester that they audition are encouraged to retake theory placement tests in August.

Theory Placements

To be placed in Theory I (MUTC 1008/1010), students must be able to identify and write:

* All major and minor key signatures in treble and bass clef
* All major and three forms of minor scales – natural, harmonic, melodic
* Major, Minor, Perfect, Diminished and Augmented intervals
* Rhythmic notation including simple and compound meters, note and rest notation

To prepare for theory placement, review a Sample Theory Placement test. This test with answers and references illustrates the written theory placement test.

Students who take the theory placement test and do not place into Theory I will be advised to prepare and retake the test in August.

Class Piano Placements

Regarding undergraduate class piano placements for music majors: Students who have taken formal lessons should prepare a piece that represents their level of playing; sight reading, keyboard theory, harmonization and scales will also be assessed.  Students with no piano experience will not be asked to play.

Admissions Information for Music Business and Recording Technology Majors

Music Business and Recording Technology applicants must meet academic standards required by the Music Industry division before attending a Music Industry Orientation/Audition Day.  Acceptance is based on: completion of academic standards; an essay; attendance on an Audition Day for placement tests (applied instrument or voice if the student is proficient, theory and piano); participation in a MUID orientation on an audition day, and acceptance by MUID faculty. Acceptance into Music Industry Division degree programs is not solely based on high performance proficiency on an instrument or voice.

Admissions Information for Non-Music Majors or Minors

Applied Lessons for Non-majors

Non-music majors who wish to take Applied Lessons and do not seek SOM talent-based performance scholarship must be approved for private study by applied faculty.  All undergraduate students who take applied private lessons are required to perform in an ensemble as selected or approved by faculty; intro level classes exempt.  Students who are accepted for Applied Lessons Only are offered lessons as space in the studios allows. Contact the appropriate faculty member about applied lessons.

Class Piano and Theory for Non-majors

Non-majors who want to study piano or theory have several options.  Non-majors may register for Class Piano MUAP 1100 or Basic Theory MUTC 1001 (permit required) with no audition.  Theory and piano classes beyond this level require placement exams; contact the Music Admssions Office. To continue the theory sequence past MUTC 1008, students must have passed the previous course with a "C-" or better.

Ensembles for Non-majors

Non-music majors who wish to participate in ensembles contact the conductor of the ensemble and participate in ensemble placements the week before the semester begins.  See the School of Music website homepage for ensemble placement information for the fall semester about July 5.


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