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.
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…
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (or dance for dance applicants). 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.
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.
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.
(deadline is February 15th for Regular Auditions and April 1st for Late Auditions)
Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.
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:
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.
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.