First, we are a University program. Therefore, academics play an important role in the evaluation of the students who apply for admission. Every applicant must meet minimum academic criteria in order to be considered for an audition/interview and possible, subsequent admission. The evaluation of academic criteria for undergraduate students is a cooperative process. Admission counselors in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions conduct a preliminary review of a student's high school curriculum and grade point average, their scores on either the SAT or ACT, and all the other information provided in the application. Concurrently, the admissions staff at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance review both the academic and the performing arts background of each applicant. If all of these reviews are positive, then the student is invited to audition or interview. It is this final component -audition, portfolio, and/or interview- that will largely influence the admissions decision.
There is only one application to the University of Michigan, regardless of the specific School or College you wish to apply to. All freshmen and undergraduate applicants must complete the Common Application and the University of Michigan supplement . All graduate level students applying for an MM or Specialist degree program must fill out the Graduate Application. A student applying for a DMA, PhD, MFA or MA degree program must fill out the Rackham Graduate Application.
We strongly advise you to fill out the online application. Over 95% of last year’s applicants submitted their applications online. The web application allows us to process your application more quickly and easily. It also enables you to track your status and update your contact information online at any time in the admissions process. However, if you are unable to use the online application undergraduate students can print out the PDF version of the Common Application as well as the University of Michigan Supplement. Graduate students must apply online.
Yes. The University of Michigan is an exclusive user of the common application for all undergraduate programs. This is the only application we accept at the Undergraduate level. Students should complete the common application as well as the University of Michigan Supplement by the December 1st priority deadline.
You can register as a prospective student and elect to receive materials in the mail, or gather all your info via the web. It'll take about 90 seconds to submit your request, so we recommend you "go for it".
The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies encompasses many UM departments, from Archaeology to Biostatistics to Music. At the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the DMA, PhD, MFA and MA degree programs are Rackham Graduate Studies Programs. Therefore, students applying for these degrees must fill out the Rackham Graduate Application.
A University of Michigan ID number is assigned to you when you register as a prospective student or when you apply to the University. You don’t need a UMID to complete the application, but if you already have one, by all means use it!
After we receive your complete application, including letters of recommendation, essays, transcripts, any necessary test scores, your resume (and repertoire list if required) and the application fee, your application will be reviewed by our Admissions Officers. We will then notify you by email if an audition/interview has been granted and, if so, based on the date preferences you designated on your application, on which date.
If you would like to consider a double major within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance we suggest that you contact our office directly to discuss the details of your plans and the extent of your background with an Admissions Counselor. Because our programs are competitive and each degree program is an intensive, professional curriculum, only those students who can demonstrate the highest level of achievement in both programs of interest will be eligible for two auditions/interviews. We do not encourage students to apply to multiple programs in order to "increase chances of getting in."
Note that applying for a double major differs from applying for a Dual Degree.
The GRE is only required for the following Rackham programs: MAs or PhDs in Media Arts, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Music Theory or Theatre Studies.
Undergraduate applicants must submit three letters: one from a counselor, one from an academic teacher, and one from a music or arts related teacher. Graduate applicants must submit three letters of recommendation (either performing arts related or academic) from recommenders of their choice.
It isn’t necessary to submit more letters than are required. However, if you feel that an additional letter would add important information about you that is not already evident elsewhere in your application, please feel free to send it directly to our office.
Please print out the PDF versions of the Undergraduate Recommendation Forms. Please be sure that the Arts Recommendation is sent directly to our office, whereas the Academic Teacher and Counselor Recommendations should be sent directly to the main Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Graduate applicants can print out the PDF version of the Graduate Recommendation Form and send any additional letters directly to our office.
Although we prefer letters to be submitted online, we are happy to receive letters by mail as well. Undergraduate students should be sure to send their counselor and academic teacher recommendation to the main Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Arts Recommendation directly to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Graduate students should send all recommendations directly to our office.
Office of Admissions and Student Services
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085
Yes, we need a resume (and for performance programs, a repertoire list) in order for your application to be complete. You can either upload these documents onto the online application or mail them directly to our office. It isn’t necessary to do both.
A repertoire list is a complete list of the musical works you have studied and/or performed on your principal instrument. We require all applicants to performance programs to submit a repertoire list. Our webpage contains suggestions and information on how to complete a good educational resume and repertoire list.
These documents will serve to give the faculty and Admissions Office a comprehensive look at your background and training, to date. The repertoire list, especially, allows us to see the array of music you've studied so far, from which you've chosen a few select works to bring to the audition. (Don't worry - faculty will never pick music at random from your repertoire list and ask you to perform it at the audition!)
What do I do?
Our online systems do not support Pages file types, therefore the online application will not be able to upload any documents saved with this file extension. You can bypass this by exporting your Pages document to a format that we do accept: .doc, .docx, .wpd, .rtf, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, or .txt format.
No. Please plan ahead so that your score report arrives by the application deadline.
Our website contains information regarding academic prerequisites, including suggested test score results, for undergraduate applicants.
You cannot change your application after it has been submitted. However, by creating a Friend Account in wolverine access, you can track the status of your application and update your contact information.
December 1 is a firm application postmark or on-line "submit" deadline for admission and merit-based award consideration in all programs which require an audition or interview—composition, composition and theory, conducting, media arts, musical theatre, music education, and performance. The application must include the Common Application and University of Michigan supplement (for undergraduates) or the Graduate Application, resume, and repertoire list (if applicable).
Complete applications consist of all transcripts, any required test scores, essays or personal statement, and three recommendations.
After December 1, we will continue to accept applications, and they will be marked with the date received. Applications submitted after December 1 will be processed in the order they are received.
A Friend Account is an online account that allows you to access the University of Michigan computing environment for the purpose of tracking your online application status, your financial aid information if applicable, and updating your contact information. One to two days after you have submitted your online application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to create this new “Friend Account.”
Yes. All students who are invited to audition/interview will be assessed a $35 fee at the time their audition date is confirmed. The fee is payable online by credit card and payment instructions will be sent with your audition confirmation email. The audition fee is non-refundable, however if you change your audition appointment you will not be assessed an additional fee. Failure to pay the audition fee may result in your audition appointment being given to another applicant. Student who audition for multiple programs within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance will be assessed the audition fee for each program to which they audition.
I am uploading a recording instead of performing an in-person audition. Do I still need to pay the audition/interview fee?
Yes. After our preliminary review of your application materials, you will receive an email to pay the audition fee before your recorded audition will be sent to the faculty.
There is a $15 upload fee required for pre-screening and audition recordings.
Audition & Interview season at Michigan is mid-November through mid-March. To be invited to an audition, you must apply for admission. A preliminary academic review is completed to be sure you meet the minimum guidelines, and then invitations are extended. You will be contacted by email with date and time information.
Always try to do an in-person audition/interview at your top choice schools. If that's impossible, upload a recording or go to a regional audition site. But remember, your audition/interview is your chance to make not only a good artistic impression, but a personal impression as well. Go to the school whenever possible and meet the faculty in your potential department. Let them see what a great student you’d be!
Feel free to contact our office if you would like to check the status of your application. If your application was submitted late or if your materials are missing or were mistakenly sent to the wrong office, a delay in response time can result.
You will receive an email confirmation of your assigned audition/interview date. This first confirmation will notify you of the date only. Two weeks before the date you will receive another email confirming your specific audition/interview time.
You can certainly change your audition repertoire. If you send changes via email to our Auditions Coordinator (email@example.com) at least four weeks before your audition date, these changes will be reflected in the materials that the faculty review at your audition. Otherwise you may simply announce your repertoire changes at your audition.
Can I upload a recorded audition?
Applicants who live more than 300 miles from Ann Arbor can upload a recorded audition in lieu of a live audition. Exceptions are musical theatre, theatre & dance candidates, for whom in-person auditions are required. Guidelines regarding audition repertoire are the same as for live auditions.
Do I need to upload a prescreening audition recording?
Graduate applicants to Conducting, Music Education, Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy & Performance, Voice, Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Percussion, Strings and undergraduate applicants to Dance, Musical Theatre, and Piano are required to upload a prescreening audition recording at the time of application. In December, we will let you know if you have passed the prescreening and are invited to audition as quickly as we can.
Only Musical Theatre applicants will be required to take a music theory test at the time of audition. Graduates and undergraduate music transfer students take placement exams during Orientation; new freshmen take diagnostic theory exams during the first week of classes.
Call or email us and let us know at least 24 hours in advance, whenever possible. It's polite, and the right thing to do. We understand that sometimes things come up --it's OK. But... audition days at Michigan are busy and you surely don't want a faculty committee expecting to meet you when you're not coming.
If you ask to reschedule, we'll do our best, but do know that it won't always be possible. We begin booking audition/interview appointments in October and some dates will fill quickly. Do everything you can to make your original appointment.
Students who wish to minor in Music need not apply to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance nor complete an interview or audition.
The Michigan Marching Band is an ensemble open by audition to any student at the U-M. Please contact the Michigan Marching Band directly to schedule an audition.
Please visit each specific department web page to view audition requirements. Click on the blue "Upload Now" button to begin the upload process.
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Individual files can be as large as 5GB, but keep in mind that larger files may take some time to upload. Upload speed is dependent upon both file size and speed of the internet connection.
Yes! Although we will accept single file uploads, separate tracks are preferred.
For technical support with your Decision Desk application, please visit http://support.decisiondesk.com/ or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The priority application deadline for all programs in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance is December 1. However, there are some earlier application deadlines for certain programs and audition dates. Please view the audition information linked from each department on this website for more specific details.
To receive equal consideration, recorded audition materials must be uploaded by January 15th. Any pre-screening recording must be submitted by December 1.
Composition portfolios and Performing Arts Technology portfolios must be uploaded by December 1st.
The merit-based scholarship application deadline for undergraduates is December 1st; auditions must be completed on or before February 15, 2013. For graduates, the deadline is December 1st; auditions must be completed on or before February 22, 2013.
We suggest that applicants to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance demonstrate the following TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB test results in order to be eligible for admission:
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The MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) is a standardized test of the English language. We accept either a MELAB or a TOEFL score from non-native English speakers. Either exam is sufficient.
Yes, be sure that your application is submitted by the deadline. However, we will not be able to invite you to an interview/audition until we have received an official TOEFL or MELAB score report. Please be sure to tell us the date you plan to take the exam on your application. Plan your test date so that you are sure the score report will be delivered to us on time.
The Financial Resources Statement is only required of international students who are accepted to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and plan to enroll. Our office will contact you approximately three months prior to your planned arrival date to request the FRS and will provide you with any assistance necessary. International Students who are currently attending another institution in the United States must also complete a Transfer-In Form if they plan to enroll at the University of Michigan.
We are happy that you would like to audition live in Ann Arbor or at a regional audition site. Once we have received your application, we will send you a letter letting you know whether you have been approved to audition. Please take this letter to the American consulate or embassy in your home country to request a travel visa. Unfortunately, we cannot provide financial assistance to cover the expense of obtaining a travel visa. Please note that it is important to submit your application early to allow plenty of time to obtain the visa.
If you cannot pay the fee by credit card, we suggest that you print out a PDF version of the application, available on our website, and mail the application along with all other required materials with a bank or cashier’s check. Graduate students experiencing problems with online credit-card payments should contact our office directly for assistance.
All students, including international students, are eligible for merit-based School of Music, Theatre & Dance scholarships as long as they have applied and completed an audition by the appropriate deadlines.
Please note that if you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you are also eligible for need-based federal financial aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
The International Center is an important resource for any international student, faculty or staff person at the University of Michigan. Please contact them directly for more information.
We welcome applications from students who wish to transfer from an accredited four year college or two year junior college. The highest level that students can transfer as is a junior.
Transfer applicants do not need to submit SAT or ACT test scores to the University. International transfer students, however, must still submit valid TOEFL or MELAB test scores.
Students from four year colleges can transfer a maximum of 75 credits; students from junior colleges can transfer up to 62.
All credit transfer requests are evaluated after we have received your final, official transcript from your College or University. Evaluations are made on a case-by-case basis.
Cross-campus transfer students are those already enrolled in another School or College at the University of Michigan who want to either add a second degree in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance or switch degree programs entirely.
Cross-campus transfer applicants should submit the online cross-campus transfer application available at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.
The Office of Financial Aid provides a useful Cost of Attendance calculation that is updated every year. This calculation includes an estimate of a typical student's living and miscellaneous expenses for one year in addition to tuition and fees.
Requirements for Michigan Residency are very specific. Please review the information available on the Registrar's website to evaluate your specific situation.
School scholarships are “merit-based, need-informed.” This means that while encouraging and rewarding artistic and academic excellence is our top priority, we also consider the extent of the student's access to additional financial resources. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance commits over $750,000 annually in scholarships for undergraduates.
As long as you submit your application and complete your audition by the appropriate deadline, you are automatically eligible for a merit-based scholarship from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The merit-based scholarship application deadline for undergraduates is December 1st and auditions must be completed by February 15, 2013. The merit-based scholarship application deadline for graduates is December 1st and auditions must be completed by February 22, 2013.
Yes, merit-based scholarships are renewable, contingent upon a student’s continued good academic performance (a 3.2 GPA) and participation in ensembles as required by the degree program and scholarship offer.
Students interested in applying for need-based financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the federal processor between January 1 and February 15 to be considered for all need-based federal and state aid programs. Be sure to use UM’s Federal School Code: 002325.
In addition, entering freshmen must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE to apply for all need-based University grants and scholarships. Be sure to list UM’s CSS Code: 1839.
Finally, students and parents must submit copies of their 2011 tax returns to the Office of Financial Aid after the student has been admitted.
A GSI (Graduate Student Instructor) is a graduate student employed in a teaching position at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. GSIs coordinate and teach some courses while assisting a faculty member. A GSI appointment provides students with a full or partial tuition waiver.
Any graduate student in good academic standing is eligible for consideration. Preference is given first to Doctoral level students, then to Masters level students.
All Rackham graduate students must submit an Application for Financial Award form, which they will receive with their admission letter from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Incoming MM or Specialist degree students are considered if a position is unfilled by a Rackham student.
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