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Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Performer’s Certificate

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‚ÄĒso 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 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.

Pre-screening recordings must be video for all majors except Composition. Selections must be performed without editing. We should have results to you roughly one month before auditions. Early Decision will be contacted with an audition time shortly before the listed dates.

Recordings must be uploaded at the time you submit and seal your application (no later than November 1st for early decision. December 1st for regular auditions, and April 15th for late auditions.)

  • Composition¬†‚Äď (Regular admissions period and Early Decision for Double Degree applicants only)¬†Pre-screening portfolio discussion
    Pre-screening is based on your portfolio, which should include three scores, but can also include recordings.
  • Flute¬†‚Äď (Regular admissions period and Early Decision for Double Degree applicants only)¬†¬†¬†Pre-screening and audition repertoire
    While not officially required, the flute faculty prefers pre-screening video recordings to be accompanied.

Recommendation Letters

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 December 1st (early decision), 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, you can edit your recommenders using your application status portal.

Teacher Preference – BM or PC

You may list three 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

Standardized Test Scores:

Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory are SAT and ACT test-optional for all undergraduate applicants for the Class of 2025.

  • If you have a test score – SAT or ACT – and feel it is reflective of your academic ability, we welcome any optional testing submission that you choose to share.
  • Test Scores will be self-reported on the application if you choose to submit them. You will be asked to submit official scores upon making an enrollment decision. Our SAT code number is 5532. Our ACT code number is 1730.
  • DUE DATES for optional self-reported scores: November 1 for Early Decision, February 1 for Regular Admission, April 15 for Late Admission.¬†

English Proficiency Scores:

  • International applicants for Peabody undergraduate programs must submit a TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or Duolingo English Test (DET) score. International students currently attending school in the US should submit TOEFL/IELTS/DET or SAT/ACT if their period of enrollment in the US is shorter than two years. Students enrolled for two years or longer may submit ACT or SAT optionally, but are not required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DET.
  • Test scores will be self-reported on the application, and must be followed-up with verified scores through their respective testing agencies by the following due dates. Our TOEFL code number is 5532. We look for a TOEFL score of 79 or higher, an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or a DET score of 105 or higher.
  • DUE DATES: November 1 for Early Decision, February 1 for Regular Admission, April 15 for Late Admission. If we do not have an official score by these dates, your application will be considered ‚Äúincomplete‚ÄĚ and we will be unable to make an admission decision.

*The Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Institute do not accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test.

High School Transcripts

Please scan and upload your high school transcripts (and college, if you are transferring 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.



Prospective students should submit their best three (3) pieces as part of the application. Please be sure to clearly indicate the titles of each composition. For the recordings, acoustic performances are strongly encouraged, though MIDI performances are acceptable if necessary.

Computer Music:

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).

New Media:

  • Submit a portfolio of at least five original works, demonstrating creativity and an understanding of the fundamentals of composing music with traditional software instruments. You may submit as many pieces as you like, but be sure to include at least¬†three¬†pieces that are¬†not¬†‚Äúbeat-driven‚ÄĚ or loop-based; these should be instrumental pieces, and can range from ambient synth beds, to solo piano, to full orchestrations; they should be designed to set a mood or enhance drama and emotions, as appropriate for film, TV or game soundtracks. They can be audio or video files (.WAV, .MOV, .MP3, etc.) of any length ‚Äď even a 16-bar piece is admissible if it demonstrates melody, phrasing, harmony, instrumentation, and mood. It is acceptable to include ‚Äúrescores‚ÄĚ i.e. video clips from Hollywood shows or games, substituting the original soundtrack with your own music.
  • Include detailed documentation about the compositional process, technical specifications, and creative goals for each of your portfolio pieces


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.

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.


Early Decision

Undergraduate applicants applying for the Peabody/JHU double degree program are eligible for early decision in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Whiting School of Engineering. Applicants seeking admission into a Peabody program are eligible to apply for early decision.

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 occurs during the early decision and regular application cycles.

Financial Aid Application

(deadline is November 15th for early decision, February 15th for regular auditions, and April 1st for late auditions)

Please visit our Financial Aid page for information.


All auditions for entry to the fall 2021 semester will be held virtually. For more information regarding procedure, click here.

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 1st (December 15th for early decision, June 14th 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.