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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.)

  • Cello¬†‚ÄstPre-screening and audition repertoire
    Be advised that the cello faculty strongly suggest a live audition in Baltimore. However, if you plan to audition via video recording, the cello faculty may initiate additional contact with you before making an admissions decision. Pre-screening is not required for those auditioning at a regional location or by video recording.
  • 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.

  • Computer Music–¬† information coming soon…

  • Double Bass ‚Äď Pre-screening and audition repertoire
  • 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. Applicants must audition in-person at Peabody.

  • Music for New Mediainformation coming soon…
  • Piano¬†‚ÄstPre-screening and audition repertoire
    Selections on the video recording do not have to be the same ones you will perform for your audition. Piano applicants passing the recorded pre-screening must audition in-person at Peabody. Please note that we tend to run short of on-campus audition slots. If we have too many applicants after the pre-screening is complete, we will schedule auditions in the order the applications were received, so it pays to get your application to us as early as possible.

  • Recording ArtsPrescreening Information¬†
  • Viola ‚Äď Pre-screening and audition repertoire

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 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.

Teacher Preference – BM or PC

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.

Biographies are listed alphabetically here, or you can find their information on the specific page under Area of Study. More information can be found on our FAQ page.

Test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS)

Domestic Applicants (SAT/ACT):

  • Peabody is test-optional for all undergraduate applicants, with the following explanations:
    • Recording Arts, Music for New Media and Computer Music applicants: Although SAT and ACT testing is no longer a requirement, scores of ‚Č•700 on the math portion of the SAT and ‚Č•32 on the ACT are typical of students who are successful in these programs.
    • We may request test scores if you are homeschooled or enrolled in a non-traditional or online secondary school program.
    • Double Degree applicants are required to submit test scores to Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Admissions only.
    • If¬† you decide to self-report SAT/ACT scores, 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 Tests:¬†November 1 for Early Decision, February 1 for Regular Admission, April 15 for Late Admission. If test scores are required for your program, your application will be considered incomplete after these dates, and we will be unable to make an admission decision.

International Applicants (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo):

  • International applicants for undergraduate programs must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score.¬† We do not accept the at IBT at home edition. Both tests must be taken at a test center.¬† The Duolingo Online test is also accepted. International students currently attending school in the US should submit TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo if their period of enrollment in the US is shorter than two years. Students enrolled for two years or longer should submit a transcript from their school in the US.¬†¬†
  • 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. TOEFL (School Code 5532)¬†¬†
  • DUE DATES for Tests: 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.
  • SCORES: We look for a TOEFL score of 79 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, and a Duolingo of 105.

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.



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 ‚Äď but no more than three ‚Äď 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‚Äôs ability to play an instrument) is not required, but strongly encouraged.

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 around ten minutes duration, and at least one work that uses acoustic instruments and/or voice(s).

New Media:

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?

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.

Spring Admission

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.

Financial Aid Application

(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.


  • About a month before your in-person audition (except in the case of early decision when the date is publicized in advance), you will receive an invitation stating the day and time you are scheduled to perform. Audition requirements are available on our¬†audition repertoire¬†page. The audition typically lasts about 15 minutes.
  • Accompanists are provided for voice auditions held at Peabody. Accompanists are not required for other majors, but you may bring one if you wish.
  • On the day of your audition, plan to arrive early and check in at the reception area. A warm-up room will be made available approximately 45 minutes before your audition time. If you change your audition repertoire, make 10 copies of the new list of titles to bring with you to your audition.
  • Undergraduate Interviews:¬†All undergraduate applicants will participate in group meetings to discuss our Breakthrough Curriculum. Please sign up for a time when you
    arrive to check in for your audition. Sign-ups will be available at the check-in desk located in the Grand Arcade.

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.

Regional Auditions

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.

Recorded 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:

  • Undergraduate applicants who live within 300 miles to the west or 150 miles to the north or south.
  • Pianists
  • Flutists
  • Percussionists

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.

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.