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Application Process: Inter-College Transfer Students

Current DePaul University students who are interested in transferring into the School of Music are called inter-college transfer applicants. Because you are already a DePaul student, you do not need to submit a new application to the university. You only need to submit the Inter-College Music Transfer form to the School of Music by December 1 in addition to fulfilling the application requirements listed below. Admission to the School of Music is determined based on an entrance audition; there is no guarantee that current DePaul students will be admitted to the School of Music.

Performance/Jazz Studies - Bachelor of Music

Please see below for the list of requirements for the application to the Bachelor of Music in Performance. 

Music Requirements
  • Pre-screening video (required for all applicants on voice, violin, string bass and all jazz instruments only). Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements. Pre-screen recordings can only be uploaded 24 hours ​after the application has been submitted. 
  • Live Entrance audition. Recorded auditions are only available to those applicants living outside the continental US. Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements.
Materials

Music Education - Bachelor of Music

Please see below for the list of requirements for the application to the Bachelor of Music in Music Education​​. 

Music Requirements
  • Pre-screening video (required for all applicants on voice, violin, string bass and all jazz instruments only). Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements. Pre-screen recordings can only be uploaded 24 hours after the application has been submitted. 
  • Live Entrance audition. Recorded auditions are only available to those applicants living outside the continental US. Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements.
  • Recorded interview submission. Prompts to be provided by the Music Education department. ​​
Materials

Performing Arts Management - Bachelor of Music

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music are required to participate in private lessons and ensembles. Please see below for the list of requirements for the application to the Bachelor of Music in Performing Arts Management. 

Music Requirements
  • Pre-screening video (required for all applicants on voice, violin, string bass and all jazz instruments only). Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements. Pre-screen recordings can only be uploaded 24 hours after the application has been submitted. 
  • Live Entrance audition. Recorded auditions are only available to those applicants living outside the continental US. Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements.
  • Writing Sample. Prompt to be provided by the Performing Arts Management Department after form has been submitted.
  • Video interview with the Director of the Performing Arts Management Program​​.
Materials

Performing Arts Management - Bachelor of Science

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science will not participate in private lessons and are not required to participate in ensembles. Please see below for the list of requirements for the application to the Bachelor of Science​ in Performing Arts Management. 

Music Requirements
  • Video interview with the Director of the Performing Arts Management Program.
  • Writing Sample. Prompt to be provided by the Performing Arts Management Department after form has been submitted.
  • Online theory test (to be provided after form​ submission)​​.
Materials

Sound Recording Technology - Bachelor of Science (Performance Track)

Students pursuing the Performance Track are required to participate in private lessons and ensembles. Please see below for the list of requirements for the application to the Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology (Performance Track).

Music Requirements
  • Pre-screening video (required for all applicants on voice, violin, string bass and all jazz instruments only). Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements. Pre-screen recordings can only be uploaded 24 hours after the application has been submitted. 
  • Live Entrance audition. Recorded auditions are only available to those applicants living outside the continental US. Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements.
  • *Optional: Undergraduate applicants intending to major in Sound Recording Technology are permitted to submit a portfolio, although it is not required. Submissions may include any recording or video projects that you have created which exhibit an understanding of music, video, and multimedia recording and production. Portfolios should be submitted through our upload page, under "Portfolio Submission", by January 1.
Materials

Sound Recording Technology - Bachelor of Science (Non-Performance Track)

Students pursuing the Non-Performance Track will not participate private lessons and are not required to participate in ensembles. Please see below for the list of requirements for the application to the Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology (Non-Performance Track).

Music Requirements
  • Video submission performing two pieces of your choice that clearly demonstrate your musical abilities.
  • Online theory test (to be provided after form submission).
  • *Optional: Undergraduate applicants intending to major in Sound Recording Technology are permitted to submit a portfolio, although it is not required. Submissions may include any recording or video projects that you have created which exhibit an understanding of music, video, and multimedia recording and production. Portfolios should be submitted through our upload page, under "Portfolio Submission", by January 1.
Materials

Composition - Bachelor of Music

Please see below for the list of requirements for the application to the Bachelor of Music in Composition. 

Music Requirements
  • Pre-screening video (required for all applicants on voice, violin, string bass and all jazz instruments only). Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements. Pre-screen recordings can only be uploaded 24 hours after the application has been submitted. 
  • Live Entrance audition. Recorded auditions are only available to those applicants living outside the continental US. Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements.
  • Portfolio of three representative compositions. Portfolios should be submitted to the upload page of your portal. Form​ must be submitted before portfolios can be uploaded.​​
Materials

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Please see below for the list of requirements for the application to the Bachelor of Arts in Music. 

Music Requirements
  • Pre-screening video (required for all applicants on voice, violin, string bass and all jazz instruments only). Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements. Pre-screen recordings can only be uploaded 24 hours after the application has been submitted. 
  • Live Entrance audition. Recorded auditions are only available to those applicants living outside the continental US. Please visit the specific instrument page for the repertoire requirements.
  • Writing Sample (prompts to be provided by the Bachelor of Arts department)​.
Materials

Contact Your Area Chair or Director

We strongly encourage all transfer applicants to contact and meet with the ​chair or director of their intended major to obtain more information. In doing so, you will learn about the requirements of each program. For more information, contact the following faculty members:

Bachelor of Arts in Music - Dr. Kate Brucher, kbrucher@depaul.edu
Jazz Studies - Dana Hall, dhall1@depaul.edu
Music Education - Dr. Jacki Kelly-McHale, jkellymc@depaul.edu
Composition - Dr. Kurt Westerberg, kwesterb@depaul.edu
Performance - Julie DeRoche, jderoche@depaul.edu
Performing Arts Management - Alan Salzenstein, asalzens@depaul.edu
Sound Recording Technology - Tom Miller, tmiller@depaul.edu​​​

Frequently Asked Questions

 ​Can I transfer in the spring?
No, we only admit new students to begin in the School of Music at the beginning of each academic year.

I don't want to be a performance major. Do I still need to audition?
Maybe. If you are applying for the Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, Sound Recording Technology Performance Track, Performing Arts Management Bachelor of Music or Composition, you must still complete and entrance audition, in addition to the program requirements. If you are applying for the Sound Recording Technology Program Non-Performance Track or the Performing Arts Management Bachelor of Science , the entrance audition is not required. Please refer to the correct entrance requirements for these two programs. ​


 ​Can I audition on more than one instrument?
Yes, applicants are welcome to audition on more than one instrument. However, if you are admitted for both of the instruments you audition on you will need to select one to be your primary instrument moving forward.

I play both jazz and classical. Do I need to audition for both?
Maybe. Entrance auditions affect which private lessons students can take throughout their degree program. If you would like to take both jazz and classical private lessons on your instrument while at DePaul, you do need to perform two spearate auditions. If you are only interested in taking private lessons in one area, you only need to perform that audition. Students are able to audition for and perform in both jazz and classical ensembles regardless of which entrance auditions they complete.​​​​

I'm not sure I want to go through the audition process and become a music major. Do you have any other options for current DePaul students?
Yes! We offer three music minors that are available to any DePaul student and do not require an audition. You can find more information about these on our Music Minor page​.​

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