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Doctor of Musical Arts Degree

Use this check-list to keep track of all the required items. Click on each item (or scroll down) for details. Please consider printing this page—so you can keep track of your progress.

Required Application Materials

Once you have started your application, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time. When you have completed your application, you will be able to review and submit it before paying the application fee of $120. Once your application has been sealed, you will not be able to make changes.

After you have submitted your application…


PRE-SCREENING RECORDINGS are required in the majors listed below. Those auditioning during the USA Schools of Music Tour in Asia are NOT required to submit a pre-screening recording.

Pre-screening recordings must be video for all majors except Composition. Selections must be performed without editing. The faculty will make its decisions in December or in early January. We should have results to you roughly one month before Audition Week.

Recordings must be uploaded at the time you submit your application (no later than December 1st).

  • Composition – Pre-screening portfolio
    Pre-screening is based on your portfolio, so upload your portfolio by the December 1 deadline. Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening. Contact admissions to have the requirement waived.
  • Percussion – Pre-screening repertoire
    Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening.Contact admissions to have the requirement waived.
  • Piano – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
    Selections on the video recording do not have to be the same ones you will perform for your audition. Piano majors passing the recorded pre-screening must audition in person at Peabody. Please note that we tend to run short of on-campus audition slots. If we have too many applicants after the pre-screening is complete we will schedule auditions in the order the applications were received, so it pays to get your application to us as early as possible. Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening. Contact admissions to have the requirement waived.

Recommendation Letters

You will be asked to submit email addresses for three people who know your musical ability. These people will automatically be emailed with instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation. While you must submit these email addresses by the December 1st deadline, your recommenders will have until February 1st to submit their recommendations.  If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, contact the Admissions office.

Teacher Preference

You may list two Peabody teacher preference choices on your application. Biographies are listed alphabetically here, or you can find their information on the specific page under Area of Study. Information about how we match teachers and students, as well as how to change your teacher choice after submission, can be found on our FAQ page.


International students: If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be sent to us by the respective testing services. If we do not have an official test score for you by February 1st, your application will be considered “incomplete” and we will be unable to make an admission decision. Our TOEFL code number is 5532.  We look for a TOEFL score of 79 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. International assitantship applicants must produce an acceptable score by the December 1st deadline.

College Transcripts

Please scan and upload your transcripts from the colleges you have attended to our application. These transcripts may be official or unofficial copies.  Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades.  We will not accept any hard copy transcripts during the application process.  They must be uploaded to your application.  Once you have been accepted, if you choose to come to Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy, final transcript before orientation.

International applicants are required to upload all transcripts in English.

Repertoire List

Upload a representative list of the repertoire you have studied in your major instrument or area.

Composition applicants: list your own works with instrumentation. Please star (*) repertoire performed in public.
Piano or Voice applicants: upload a complete repertoire list.


All applicants must submit an analytical or historical essay written within the previous two years.  Essays may deal with any aspect of music, including analysis, theory, history, criticism, and performance practice.  Topics about pedagogy or instrumental techniques should be linked to a specific composer or period. This essay should be typed, at least 1,500 words in length, and supported by citations and references.

The DMA application process is complex. Your application and writing sample will be assigned to a committee for review several weeks before your interview. Because of this, your application cannot be processed until we have your essay. This will become important if we run out of interview times. Be reminded that DMA auditions only take place in February, so we have no “fall back” position if the interview or audition times fill up.


Upload a copy of your resume.

Financial Aid Application

(deadline is March 1st)

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.


About a month before your in-person audition, you will receive an invitation stating the day and time you are scheduled to perform (20 minutes in length). Audition requirements are available on our audition repertoire page. Plan on spending two days in Baltimore. This will allow time for required activities, including a 90-minute theory exam, the 30-minute ear training placement exam, and the 90-minute DMA history exam. In some cases the placement test results come into play as part of the acceptance/rejection process. Your interview with the Graduate Committee will be held at that time, and if you have applied for graduate assistantships, those interviews will be arranged.

PIANO ONLY: Your audition schedule will include a mandatory advising session, most likely on the day of your audition. You will be advised on the next steps in the process based on preliminary audition results. Continuing with the DMA placement exams and interview will be an option for some. Alternative programs may be suggested for others. Official decisions will be made after considering all results. You will receive notification by email on or near April 1.

  • Accompanists are provided for voice auditions held at Peabody. Accompanists are not required for other majors, but you may bring one if you wish.
  • All DMA applicants must audition in Baltimore.
  • On the day of your audition/interview, plan to arrive early and check in at the reception area. A warm-up room will be made available approximately 45 minutes before your audition time. If you change your audition repertoire, make 10 copies of the new list of titles to bring with you to your audition.

When will you learn the results?

Information from your audition/interview, along with the rest of your credentials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. On April 1, we will send you an email containing audition results and access to other information related to your application. Decisions for incomplete applications will not be made until we receive the missing information.