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Required Application Materials
- Pre-screening video recording. Required for: cello, composition, conducting, early music voice, flute, percussion, piano, voice, and wind conducting.
- Recommendations (3)
- Teacher Preference
- TOEFL or IELTS for International Students
- Documents to upload (in PDF form)
- For applicants outside of the contiguous 48 states who have requested a recorded audition:
- For applicants interested in assistantships:
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…
- Financial Aid Application (deadline is March 1st for Regular Admissions or April 15th for Late Admissions)
- When will you learn the results?
PRE-SCREENING RECORDINGS are required in the majors listed below for those wishing to audition in person at Peabody. 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 and seal your application (no later than December 1st for Regular Admissions and April 15th for Late Admissions)
- Cello – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening. Contact Admissions to have the requirement waived.
- Composition – (February Interviews Only) 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.
- Conducting (February Auditions Only) – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
Upload a video recording no later than December 1.
- Flute – (February Auditions Only) Pre-screening and audition repertoire
While not officially required, the flute faculty prefers pre-screening video recordings to be accompanied. Pre-screening is not required for those performing their complete audition in Asia, or by video recording. Applicants applying solely for a position in Marina Picinnini’s studio are advised to audition in person at Peabody.
- Percussion (February Auditions Only)– 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.
- Voice – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
Current Peabody students are exempt from pre-screening.Contact admissions to have the requirement waived.
- Wind Conducting – Complete pre-screening information
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 (Regular Admissions only) or April 15th (Late Admissions) to submit their recommendations. If you want to change your recommender or their email address after submitting your application, contact the Admissions office.
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.
TOEFL or IELTS
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 assistantship applicants must produce an acceptable score by the December 1st deadline.
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.
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.
Upload a copy of your resume.
Essays for Computer Music and Musicology programs
Computer Music: Upload an essay about why you have decided to pursue a degree from the Computer Music program. Three tracks are available in Computer Music, each with slightly differing application requirements. The following instructions are for specific tracks.:
- Composition Track: Upload a portfolio and a recording of mature works for various media. The portfolio should include some works involving computer music.
- Performance Track: Your performance skills will be auditioned by the Computer Music faculty. Please prepare material to perform a full solo recital including some works involving computer music.
- Research/Technology Track: Upload a project report or research paper demonstrating knowledge and experience in the area of music-related research or technology you intend to pursue.
Musicology: In lieu of an audition, you will have an interview with the appropriate faculty. You will need to upload an essay (1,500 words or more) about a musical subject of your choice. It must be typed with footnotes and supporting scholarly research. A previously written document is acceptable.
Financial Aid Application
(deadline is March 1st for Regular Admissions and April 15th for Late Admissions)
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. Audition requirements are available on our audition repertoire page. The audition typically lasts about 15 minutes. You will also take a music theory placement test (75 minutes) and a thirty-minute ear training test.
- Accompanists are provided for voice auditions held at Peabody. Accompanists are not required for other majors, but you may bring one if you wish.
- On the day of your audition, 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.
COMPOSITION, COMPUTER MUSIC, MUSIC EDUCATION, MUSICOLOGY, MUSIC THEORY PEDAGOGY and the PERFORMANCE/PEDAGOGY TRACK- An interview with the appropriate faculty will be scheduled along with, or in lieu of, your audition.
Audition recordings must be video. Selections must be performed without editing. If you choose to audition by recording, you will not hear from us until April 1st when the admissions decisions are released.
The following cannot audition by recording:
- Applicants living in the contiguous 48 states
- Music Education applicants
- Applicants to the Pedagogy program
- Applicants for Graduate Assistantships
If you choose to audition by recording, you must still submit and seal your application by the December 1st deadline, but you will be allowed to upload your recorded audition any time before February 1st.
For May applicants, please submit your recorded audition by the April 15th deadline.
Asia Regional Auditions: Those auditioning during the USA Schools of Music Tour in Asia are NOT required to submit a pre-screening video recording. Voice applicants taking part in the Asia regional auditions must provide their own accompanist.
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 (June 14 for Late Admissions), 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.