Undergraduate Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Boston University School of Music. The School of Music offers four programs in undergraduate studies: Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Music Education, and Composition & Theory, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Information regarding specific application requirements by program can be found below.


Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate applicants to the School of Music must submit a Common App. Information regarding Boston University’s application requirements can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page.

Audition Requirements

In addition to following BU application requirements, Performance applicants must also perform an audition according to the repertoire requirements for the appropriate instrument. Please view the Audition Information for your instrument.

Detailed Program Information

Please visit the BU Bulletin for detailed information regarding specific degree requirements for the Performance major.

Please visit the Performance Department page for more information.


Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate applicants to the School of Music must submit a Common App. Information regarding Boston University’s application requirements can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page

Audition Requirements

In addition to following BU application requirements, Music Education applicants must also perform an audition according to the repertoire requirements for the appropriate instrument. Please view the Audition Information for your instrument.

Detailed Program Information

Please visit the BU Bulletin for detailed information regarding specific degree requirements for the Music Education major.

Please visit the Music Education Department page for more information.

Five Year Dual Degree Program

In addition to offering the four-year Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Education, the School of Music offers a five-year combined Bachelor of Music in Performance/Master of Music in Music Education.

The Five-Year Dual Degree Program in Performance and Music Education offers students the opportunity to complete both a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Master of Music in Music Education in five years. Instead of choosing between Performance and Music Education, students pursue both of their interests. Upon completion of this program students will be eligible to apply for licensure to teach music in schools from the Massachusetts Department of Education. The curriculum includes all of the coursework and performance opportunities afforded to Performance majors along with the undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Education. Students complete their student teaching internship and master’s projects in the fifth year.

Detailed Program Information

Please visit the BU Bulletin for detailed information regarding specific degree requirements for the Five-Year Dual Degree Program in Performance and Music Education major.

For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Diana Dansereau.


Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate applicants to the School of Music must submit a Common App. Information regarding Boston University’s application requirements can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page.

Audition Requirements

Composition applicants are accepted based on the strength of the composition portfolio and academic record. Applicants who wish to study with a faculty member on their primary instrument (instrumental/vocal) are required to audition. Composers should check the guidelines for audition requirements for the appropriate instrument. Composition applicants who do not successfully place into an applied faculty member’s studio or who do not wish to take a primary studio audition will enter the piano track and may study with an advanced graduate student on piano. This piano track focuses on the keyboard skills necessary as a composer, and not those of a performer.

Composition Score Submission Requirement

In addition to following BU application requirements, Composition & Theory applicants must upload three composition scores. Scores submitted for application evaluation should be in good manuscript form and should demonstrate talent, some knowledge of contemporary music, and technical skill.

Scores are due by the following deadlines:

  • November 1 for undergraduate Early Decision and Spring Transfer applicants
  • December 1 for undergraduate Trustee applicants
  • January 5 for undergraduate Regular Decision applicants
  • March 1 for fall transfer applicants
    *We strongly suggest fall transfer applicants adhere to the Regular Decision timeline
Special Requirements for Transfer Applicants

Students applying to enter the major at the sophomore level must present to the department evidence of their work at a level equal to that of CFA MU 561 or 562 Basic Compositional Techniques. Composition majors are required to enroll in the honors-level theory sequence.

Detailed Program Information

Please visit the BU Bulletin for detailed information regarding specific degree requirements for the Composition & Theory major.

Please visit the Composition & Theory Department page for more information.


Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate applicants to the School of Music must submit a Common App. Information regarding Boston University’s application requirements can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions page

Audition Requirements

There is no audition required for BA Music applicants.

Detailed Program Information

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is for students to who desire a broad liberal arts education while exploring the realm of music without a strict focus in performance, composition and theory, or music education.

Please visit the Bachelor of Art program page for more information.

Please visit the BU Bulletin for detailed information regarding specific degree requirements for the Music major.