music graduate students walking and talkingAdmissions

All students must apply to both the School of Music and to Ball State University. International students should begin the application process through the Rinker Center for International Programs.


Undergraduate Students

Prospective undergraduate music majors and minors are required to audition for admission to the School of Music, as well as for scholarship consideration. You must audition on a primary instrument with appropriate faculty from that area.

Application Deadline

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Students who miss the published deadline but still wish to audition for the School of Music may contact the School's Office of Undergraduate Programs at 765-285-5503 to inquire about potential options for completing the audition process.

2020 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | woodwinds, brass (except trombone), and strings; no percussion
  • Sunday, January 26 from 1-8 p.m. | voice and keyboard only
  • Friday, February 7 from 2-8 p.m. | voice and all instruments
  • Monday, February 17 from 12-8 p.m. | voice and all instruments

Contact Us

Peter Opie, interim coordinator of undergraduate programs in music
Lori Smith, secretary to the coordinator of undergraduate programs

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Graduate Students

Auditions are required for all graduate performance applicants, while a portfolio review is required for music composition, theory, music education, and musicology graduate applicants. Auditions may be scheduled individually with the applied performance or conducting professor.

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