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 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.
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.
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.
English Proficiency Scores:
*The Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Institute do not accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
(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.
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.