Application Process: Teacher Licensure Students

The teacher licensure program at DePaul is designed to meet the needs of individuals who have earned an undergraduate music degree from an accredited institution (i.e. music performance, jazz studies, composition, sound recording) and wish to obtain Illinois State K-12 music teacher licensure.

As a Music Teacher Licensure Student, you must complete the following steps to apply to DePaul School of Music.

Apply to DePaul by December 1 

To be eligible for the Music Teacher Licensure program, you must have earned an undergraduate degree in music by the time you enroll at DePaul. A complete application to DePaul School of Music’s Teacher Licensure program includes your official college transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a live entrance audition (following the undergraduate audition requirements), and an interview with the Music Education Coordinator. Your online application is due by December 1.

Once your application to DePaul has been received, you will receive a confirmation letter stating that your application has arrived at our office. Additionally, prior to admission, you must show proof that you have passed all four sections of the Illinois State Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Please mail a copy of your score report to DePaul School of Music, Attn: Music Education Coordinator, 804 W. Belden Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. Your score report is due no later than May 1st. Click here to learn more about the Music Education program at DePaul.

Vocalists, Violinists and Jazz Guitarists:  In addition to your online application, you must submit a pre-audition screening recording by December 1.
Vocalist Pre-Audition Screening Requirements
Violinist Pre-Audition Screening Requirements
Jazz Guitarists Pre-Audition Screening Requirements

After you submit your online application, you may upload your pre-audition recording to our website. All recordings received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.

Upon passing the pre-audition screening, you will receive a letter no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your interview with the Music Education Coordinator and your on-campus audition using your Campus Connection username and password.

All Other Instrumentalists: After submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation letter inviting you to schedule your interview with the Music Education Coordinator and your on-campus audition using your Campus Connection username and password.

Schedule your audition and interview

Interviews with the Music Education Coordinator and live, on-campus auditions are required of all Teacher Licensure applicants, and usually take place on weekends in February. Recorded auditions are acceptable only for students currently residing outside of the continental United States. These students should email musicadmissions@depaul.edu for instructions on electronically submitting recorded auditions. DePaul does not offer regional or teleconference auditions.

Audition results are reviewed and all decisions about acceptance are made in late March. Students are informed of the results by April 1st.

Response to an acceptance is required no later than May 1st.