Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Updated Information June 25, 2021At this time, CMU has not reopened campus buildings for visitors. Those wishing to visit campus may schedule a self-guided walking tour through the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The School of Music remains closed to guests; you can check this website for an updated information session schedule and view our virtual tour

Audition and application information will be updated by August 1 and is anticipated to open August 15. We are waiting for the university to update policies surrounding visitors and events before we can finalize what the Fall 2022 application process will look like. When available, it will be updated on this site and time-stamped. Most audition/portfolio requirements do not change from year to year, so the posted information is likely to be accurate for the Fall 2022 application process. 

Fall 2021 Information:

Please choose your desired program of study and carefully review the audition/portfolio requirements. You will complete an online application for the School of Music. All audition and portfolio reviews will be completed virtually in 2020-2021. Please review your desired program of study for specific details regarding your audition/portfolio.

December 1: School of Music application materials deadline

January 4: School of Music audition/portfolio materials deadline

Both steps to completing a School of Music application will be completed through Acceptd. After completing step one by December 1, applicants will be able to log-in to their Acceptd profile, click "Continue" and upload their audition/portfolio materials.

Please note: There are NO prescreening requirements for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

Recording and submission recommendations:

Applicants will submit a video recording of their audition material. Please check your area for any specific recording requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to use the best recording equipment available to them, and to carefully select the best microphone placement and recording level to reduce distortion. Devices such as a Zoom Handy Recorder will yield good results, and if using a phone, laptop, or tablet, an external USB microphone or microphone attachment can greatly improve the audio. If you do not own or have access to a quality recording device, consider checking with a local or school library, ensemble director, or teacher about borrowing one. Experiment with the recording process in advance, so that your recordings represent you as well as possible.

Have additional questions? Check out our FAQ section first. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, feel free to contact the Office of Recruitment & Enrollment by email at

Please note: the Artist Diploma program is on hold and not accepting applications for the 2020-2021 application cycle.