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Step 1: Complete the IU Graduate Application

Complete the online IU Application for Graduate and Professional Students HERE. Please note that there is a non-refundable $135 application fee, which combines both the IU graduate school fee($55) and the music application fee($80). Please note that transcripts and other supplementary materials should be sent directly to the IU Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions (see Step 4). Please do not send these materials to the University Graduate School.

Step 2: Complete the Jacobs School of Music Online Application 

Complete the online IU Jacobs School of Music application for admission (you will receive a link to this in a confirmation email that will come shortly after you complete the IU application). All applicants to the Jacobs School of Music must have their applications complete and received by the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions by December 1, 2014 (November 15th for Musicology applicants) in order to be considered for Fall 2015 admission. Applications received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability.

Step 3: Letters of Recommendation

Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted online via the Jacobs School of Music Graduate Application.

Step 4: Send supporting materials to the Jacobs School of Music

Please collect the documentation listed below and mail it to the Jacobs School of Music in one mailing:

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official TOEFL or ELTS report (if your native language is not English)

The Jacobs School of Music is neither responsible for materials sent to another office on campus in error nor for materials that are labeled incorrectly.

Address:

Office of Music Admissions
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
East Studio Building JS 100
1201 East Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7006

Step 5: Complete the Pre-screening, Audition, and Interview process

Audition or interview at the Jacobs School of Music on one of the designated audition / interview weekends. Please note that the following instrument areas and departments require pre-screening materials to be uploaded via Decision Desk:

  • Piano
  • Percussion
  • Jazz Percussion
  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Classical Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Saxophone
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Voice
  • Jazz Voice
  • Composition
  • Doctoral applicants in Piano
  • Doctoral applicants in Woodwinds
  • Doctoral applicants in Strings
  • Doctoral applicants in Trombone
  • All applicants to Music Theory
  • All applicants to Musicology
  • All applicants to Orchestral Conducting
  • All applicants to Wind Conducting
  • All aplicants to Choral Conducting

All prescreening materials must be received by December 1, 2014 (November 15th for Musicology applicants) in order to receive consideration for Fall 2015 admission. Pre-screening materials received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability. In the case of pre-screening audition recordings, please note that if received after the December 1 deadline, we reserve the right to consider your recording as a final audition, on which a final admission decision will be made. Applicants in areas where pre-screening is required will be notified if they will be invited for an on-campus audition or interview. All other applicants will be contacted regarding an on-campus audition or interview as soon as all application materials have been received and reviewed. Doctoral applicants in piano, woodwinds, strings, orchestral conducting, and wind conducting who are invited to audition on campus will be asked to come to campus on a date other than those listed below.

All Pre-screening recordings for performance areas must be submitted online. For detailed instructions click here.

Audition / Interview Dates 2014-2015

January 16-17, 2015
February 6-7, 2015
March 6-7, 2015

For a complete listing of audition / interview requirements for individual instrument areas and departments, please see our Audition Requirements page.

Admission Decisions

In the Jacobs School of Music, we operate on a rolling admission process. This means that once your applications to both the University Graduate Admissions Office and the Jacobs School of Music are complete, you have submitted all supplemental information, and have completed an audition / interview, an admission decision will be made and you will be notified of an admission decision from Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music as soon as possible. You should expect a decision from us anytime between three weeks from your audition / interview date and April 1.

Accepted graduate applicants who wish to enroll in the Jacobs School of Music for Fall 2015 must submit an enrollment confirmation to the Jacobs School of Music no later than April 15,2015.

Teacher Assignments

The Jacobs School of Music audition application gives you the opportunity to express your preference for individual faculty members. Every effort will be made to honor your request based on studio availability and general balance in individual studios. While we cannot guarantee placement with any of those faculty members for whom you indicate a preference, all incoming students will be placed with a faculty member for their applied music study.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

If your native language is not English, you are required to demonstrate your level of English proficiency by taking the TOEFL and submitting your scores. The minimum TOEFL result required for the BM and MM degree program are a paper-based score of 560, a computer-based minimum of 223, and an internet-based minimum of 84. The minimum TOEFL result for the DM degree program is a paper-based score of 600, a computer-based minimum of 250, and an internet-based minimum of 100. The minimum TOEFL result for the Performer/Artist Diploma is a paper-based score of 510, a computer-based minimum of 183, and an internet-based minimum of 65. There are no exceptions to these requirements and the TOEFL must be submitted by March 1, 2015 in order for an admission decision to be made.

NOTE: DM applicants in piano and all graduate applicants in choral conducting who are required to submit a TOEFL score must do so by December 1, 2014.