Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Performer’s Certificate
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Required Application Materials
- Pre-screening video recording or portfolio. Required for: cello, composition, flute, piano, and voice.
- Recommendations (3)
- Teacher Preference (BM & PC)
- Test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS)
- Documents to upload (in PDF format)
- Double Degree Applicants only:
(indicate this under “additional background” section of Peabody application)
- For applicants requesting a recorded audition:
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 submitted, you will not be able to make changes.
After you have submitted your application…
- Financial Aid Application (deadline is February 15th for regular auditions or April 1st for late auditions)
- 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 Auditions and April 15th for Late Auditions.)
- Cello – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
Be advised that the cello faculty strongly suggest a live audition in Baltimore. However, if you plan to audition via video recording, the cello faculty may initiate additional contact with you before making an admissions decision. Pre-screening is not required for those auditioning at a regional location or by video recording.
- Composition – (Regular Admissions Period Only) Pre-screening portfolio discussion
Pre-screening is based on your portfolio, which should include three scores, but can also include recordings.
- Flute – (Regular Admissions Period 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 at a regional location or by video recording. Applicants applying solely for a position in Marina Picinnini’s studio are advised to audition in-person at Peabody.
- 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 applicants 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.
- Voice – Pre-screening and audition repertoire
Pre-screening is not required for those auditioning at a regional location or by video recording.
You will be asked to submit email addresses for three people who know your performance 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 Auditions only) or April 15th (Late Auditions) 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 – BM or PC
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.
Test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS)
You will be asked to self-report test scores on your application. These self-reported scores will not be considered official until we receive your score report from the testing service.
- U.S. citizens: SAT or ACT scores must be sent to us by the respective testing services. Our SAT code number is 5532. Our ACT code number is 1730. These test scores are not required for international students. SAT and ACT scores are used along with audition results and other materials when making admissions decisions .
- 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.
High School Transcripts
Please scan and upload your high school transcripts (and college, if you are transfering credits) to our application. This transcript may be an official or unofficial copy. Please include classes that are in progress for which you have not yet received grades. We will not accept hard copy transcripts during the application process. They must be uploaded to your application. If you are accepted to Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy, final transcript before orientation.
Double Degree applicants must send another set of transcripts with their application to Arts and Sciences (or Engineering) at Homewood. International applicants are required to upload all transcripts in English.
Repertoire List – BM or PC
Upload a representative list of the repertoire you have studied in your major instrument or area. If your major is composition, list your own works with instrumentation. Please star (*) repertoire performed in public. Piano or Voice applicants must upload a complete repertoire list.
Please submit a portfolio of compositions created during the time of study. This should include a variety of works in the computer music medium, with a substantive work of at least ten minutes duration, and at least one work that uses acoustic instruments and/or voice(s).
Please submit a portfolio demonstrating creativity and an understanding of the fundamentals of composing music with software instruments. Must include detailed documentation about the compositional process and creative goals.
Upload a short essay (one to two pages in length) in response to one of the following prompts: 1. Describe your most memorable musical experience. 2. Choose a time that you encountered an obstacle, and describe what you did to overcome it.
Optionally (and in a separate document) we would like to hear about any personal or academic issues which might come into play as we process your application.
FOR NEW MEDIA APPLICANTS: Please include an essay describing your background and how it led to interest in music for new media. Include a description of current goals upon graduating with the degree.
Transfer Release Form for current undergraduate college students
If you wish to transfer to Peabody from another college where you are receiving financial assistance, and if you wish to be considered for financial assistance at Peabody, you must complete a transfer release form and have it signed by the music executive at your current school. You can download this form here.
NOTE: Transfer applications are not available for Dance or New Media.
Double Degree Application
(only if applying to the School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University)
If you are applying for the double degree with JHU, please indicate this on your Peabody application. Double degree consideration only occurs during the Regular application cycle.
Financial Aid Application
(deadline is February 15th for Regular Auditions and April 1st for Late Auditions)
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 (20 minutes) and a five-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, and RECORDING ARTS – An interview with the appropriate faculty will be scheduled along with, or in lieu of, your audition. Note that Recording Arts applicants need not complete a separate application for the university.
US Regional Auditions: We hold regional auditions at a limited number of locations. You can find a list of these locations on the Regional Auditions page. Regional auditions are not available in Composition, Computer Music, Jazz, Organ, Percussion, or Piano.
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 regional auditions must provide their own accompanist. If you can’t bring an accompanist to regional auditions for your voice audition, the only option is to withdraw from the regional auditions.
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 applicants cannot audition by recording:
- Undergraduate applicants who live within 300 miles to the west or 150 miles to the north or south.
If you choose to audition by recording, you must still submit your application by the December 1st deadline, but you will be allowed to re-open your application in order to submit your recorded audition any time before February 1st.
For Late 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, along with the rest of your credentials, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. On April 1 (June 14 for Late auditions), 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.