Direct Admission into the Music Degree Programs
While completing the application for admission to the University of Mount Union, students wishing to major in music or music education should indicate one of those fields as their first academic interest. The application will then prompt students to answer the following questions:
1) Provide a description of your musical experiences including ensembles, private music lessons, and related musical activities.
2) Upload a reference letter from a music professional who can attest to your potential for success as a college music major (private vocal/instrumental teacher, ensemble, director, church musician, etc.)
3) Provide an a essay addressing these questions:
- Why do you want to major in a music degree?
- What is you career goal as a musician? Why?
- What are your musical strengths and weaknesses?
4) Provide the repertoire you will perform at your on-site audition (must fulfill departmental repertoire requirements).
Applicants, please note that you will be notified by the Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) Office of your music audition date, during which you must complete an on-site audition experience, including:
- Audition for the music faculty on your primary instrument—should be comprised of the repertoire you indicated on your application for admission into the music degrees above. Auditioning students will present a printed list of repertoire in person to the faculty hearing the audition. Auditioning students are encouraged to bring their own accompanist to the audition; if that is not possible, the department will provide an accompanist upon request (you must give four weeks of notice and provide the musical score to the department no later than three weeks before audition date).
- Participate in an interview with the music faculty regarding musical and academic experience and goals.
- Complete music theory, basic musicianship, and piano proficiency diagnostic tests. These tests are used for correct placement in the music curriculum course sequence and do not factor into the student’s admission to the music degrees.