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.
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.)
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 November 1st (Early Decision)/ December 1st (Regular Decision) / April 15th (Late Admissions) deadline, your recommenders will have until December 1st (Early Decision and Spring Admission), February 1st (Regular Admissions ), 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.
While you are encouraged to list studio teacher preferences on your application, these preferences have no bearing on the consideration for your admission to Peabody and are not shared with the faculty prior to your audition. Studios can fill up quickly, so we recommend listing 2 to 3 different faculty choices for areas of study that have multiple studio faculty. If you have any questions about teacher assignments, please contact the admissions office.
Domestic Applicants (SAT/ACT):
International Applicants (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo):
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.
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.
Auditioning prospective BM students should be fully conversant in the reading and writing of music. BM candidates are expected to demonstrate some knowledge of 20th century music, including post-war music (music written since 1945). Scores consisting of a variety of instrumentations are strongly encouraged. For BM candidates however, an orchestral score is not required. Three scores – but no more than three – should be uploaded to the application, along with all recordings. Please be sure to clearly indicate the names of the compositions. Acoustic performances are strongly encouraged but not required. MIDI performances are acceptable. Instrumental proficiency (the applicant’s ability to play an instrument) is not required, but strongly encouraged.
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 around 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.
FOR COMPOSITION APPLICANTS INTERVIEWING IN ASIA: Please upload an essay (no more than 750 words) that addresses each of the following questions: How do you see yourself as a working artist in today’s world? What is authenticity? Why do you want to study at Peabody?
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.
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.
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.
Applicants seeking admission to start in the spring semester may apply by December 1. All recommendations and recorded audition materials are due at that time. If auditioning live, request an audition through the admissions office as soon as possible. Please note that spring admission is only available to applicants to the BFA Dance program.
(deadline is November 1st for early decision and spring admission; 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, Flute, Harpsichord, Jazz, Organ, Percussion, or Piano.
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 December 15th for early decision or April 1st for regular admission.
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 for regular admissions, but you will be allowed to upload your recorded audition any time before February 1st.
For Late applicants, please submit your recorded audition by the April 15th deadline.
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.