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Director of Choral Activities Tim Stalter talks to a student after a concert.Students must be admitted to The University of Iowa and successfully audition for the School of Music before they may become music majors. Students are encouraged to apply and audition in the early spring of the senior year of high school.

Entering first-year and transfer students who plan to major in music must be accepted into a performance area through audition either in person or by recording before they register.  All entering students, including transfer students, must complete a theory diagnostic exam and a piano proficiency exam to determine appropriate placement in related courses.

Transfer students

Transfer students admitted into the School of Music must complete a minimum of one year of applied music (lower- or upper-level) and one year of major ensemble at the University of Iowa in order to earn a degree in music.

Candidates for the Composition/Theory Area

Submit either a composition or a theory analysis to the head of the area, and audition with an applied faculty member.

Candidates for the Music Therapy degree program

Audition with an applied faculty member.

Candidates for the music k-12 teacher licensure

Apply to the teacher education program after their freshman year. Please contact Mary Cohen, music education area head, for more details.

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If you have questions about applying, please e-mail music-admissions@uiowa.edu.