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Graduate Admission & Auditions

Graduate Admission to the School of Music

1. Apply to the University

  • Create a BU4U account
  • Complete the Belmont University Graduate Studies Application for Admission
  • Pay the $50 Application Fee

Create a BU4U Account


2. Submit Supplemental Materials

Once the application is submitted and the application fee is paid, an email will be sent with instructions for submitting the supplemental pieces of the application. Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  1. Two completed recommendation forms from individuals who know the applicant's musical abilities. At least one recommendation must be completed by an individual who can address the applicant's accomplishments and potential in the academic classroom setting.
  2. A list of repertory studied in the principal performing area, including undergraduate junior and senior recital repertory, if applicable.
  3. A writing sample from undergraduate academic course work.
  4. Official transcripts of all previous college and masters level work. International applicants with college level coursework from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services ( Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students who have earned below a 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


All prospective students should apply as soon as possible to submit their application, including all supplemental materials, by the deadlines listed below.  

Deadline for Spring 2022 entry: Friday, October 15, 2021

Deadline for Fall 2022 entry: Four weeks before the desired audition date. See audition dates below.


3. Audition for the School of Music

All applicants are required to audition for the School of Music. The audition day will consist of a live audition and interview with our performance faculty and an informational meeting with the Assistant Director of the School of Music, Ms. Kathryn Paradise. The information session will also allow time for questions from attendees.

2021-2022 Audition Dates:

Friday, November 12

Friday, January 21

Friday, February 4

Friday, February 18

An audition registration email will be sent upon receipt of the application and all supplemental materials.


Audition Requirements by Program

  • Master of Music in Church Music
  • Master of Music in Commercial Performance
  • Master of Music in Commercial Media Composition & Arranging
  • Master of Music in Composition
  • Master of Music in Music Education
  • Master of Music in Music Teaching
  • Master of Music in Pedagogy
  • Master of Music in Performance
  • Master of Music in Multiple Woodwinds


For questions regarding the application or the admissions process, please contact:

Rebecca Dean

Graduate Administrative Assistant

(615) 460-8117

Email: Rebecca Dean