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Portfolio Submission

Each applicant to the Computer Music program will submit a Portfolio along with other Application materials by the submission deadline. This portfolio should include 3-4 musical items that best represent the applicant. These items could be any of the following:

  • Compositions made by the applicant
  • Demonstrations of electronic instruments the applicant has created or used in their compositions
  • Arrangements of other work made by the applicant
  • Collaborations made with other artists
  • Video documentation of the applicant performing on their instrument


Pre-screening is required for Regular Decision only. Each applicant’s portfolio will be pre-screened by faculty during the month of December. Additionally, Asia Regional Auditions will be recorded and used as pre-screening materials. Those who advance will be scheduled for a remote interview during our Regular Decision Audition Week.

These evaluations assess the potential of the applicant to succeed at Peabody. Applicants who pass this review will receive an invitation to proceed to the formal admissions interview conducted by department faculty.

Learn more about Pre-Screening


Students who have passed the pre-screening process will be asked to audition/interview at Peabody in front of a faculty panel.

Bachelor of Music

  • Students should be prepared to discuss:
    • The music in their portfolio
    • Their musical interests in general
    • Why they are interested in studying at Peabody.
  • Applicants will also take some placement tests in music theory, sight singing, and computer music, including the Foundations Benchmark Exam.
    • These tests do not influence acceptance but would help to place the student in the proper classes, if they attend.

Master of Music

  • Students should be prepared to discuss:
    • The music in their portfolio
    • Their musical interests in general
    • Why they are interested in studying at Peabody
  • Three tracks are available in Computer Music, each with slightly differing portfolio requirements. The following instructions provide guidelines to help applicants tailor their application for specific tracks:
    • Composition Track: Upload a portfolio and a recording of mature works for various media (notated works, fixed media, interactive electronics, improvised electronics, etc). 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 3-4 works, including some involving computer music.
    • Research/Technology Track: Upload a project report or research paper demonstrating knowledge and experience in music-related research or technology you intend to pursue.
  • Applicants for the Low-Residency Master of Music program should upload their essay and required portfolio, recital, or research paper as outlined above with their application by December 1st.