This information pertains to the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Industry and Breadth Studies, and the Bachelor of Music in Performance, Composition and Media Composition. Your audition material should reflect your best musical and technical proficiency.
You must audition in ONE instrumental area. Additionally the Bachelor of Arts options and all Composition and Media Composition programs require an interview.
Students wishing to audition for the department, for entrance into the Music program, must submit an audition application by the specified deadline. Students auditioning must be in the process of admission to the University for the semester they are auditioning for.
For information pertaining to the Masters of Music degrees, please visit the page for our graduate degrees
Spring 2019 Entrance Auditions
(CLOSED-will open July 1)
Auditions only for continuing students (already enrolled at CSUN) will be held on:
Saturday, October 20, 2018 (all areas*) – applications due Friday, October 12, 2018.
*Except Music Breadth Studies, Music Therapy Studies, and Band Conducting. BM Jazz will be by arrangement only.
*NOTE: Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music programs must first apply to the university for the Spring 2019 semester: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
Fall 2019 Entrance Auditions
(CLOSED-will open October 29)
Auditions for continuing students (already enrolled at CSUN) and incoming students for the Fall 2018 semester are to be held on:
Saturday, February 9, 2019 (all areas) – deadline January 13th
Friday, February 22, 2019 (wind/brass & piano ONLY) - deadline January 13th
Saturday, February 23, 2019 (all areas)– deadline January 13th
Please contact our office at 818-677-3181 for more information.
Applicants can audition a MAXIMUM of two times. If the applicant does not pass their audition and/or interview the second time, students cannot audition again for the CSUN Music Department.
BM Jazz Studies applicants will need to go to: csunjazz.com for any upcoming pre-screening process and application instead of the "Audition Application" link below. The Fall 2019 application will reopen soon.
MM Conducting applicants & Collaborative Piano applicants - You will need to contact the appropriate faculty member for specific audition requirements and procedures once the department is accepting new applications; your audition date should be 'arranged' with:
*NOTE: Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music programs must first apply to the university for the Fall 2019 semester October 1, 2018-November 30, 2018 through https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
After applying to the university, you can submit your audition application through the link below (which will open October 29, 2018):
CSUN Music also allows the opportunity for arranged, online video and DVD auditions; please contact our office for more information at 818-677-3181.
BM Jazz majors MUST apply here for a video pre-screen/audition
Placement Examinations for Fall 2018
Undergraduate Placement Tests:
Intended for students who have passed their entrance audition/interview requirements and want to enroll in higher than beginning levels on any of the areas below. Students NOT accepted into a music option CANNOT enroll in any major courses until you are officially admitted into a music option, therefore DO NOT take placement exams until entrance audition/interview requirements have been met.
Read “what can you expect” below the exam dates/times for more information.
Contact proctoring faculty listed below if you have further questions.
SATURDAY, May 5, 2018
No appointment required. YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR YOUR STUDENT ID# - bring this information with you.
Keyboard Placement Exam
Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk (Email: email@example.com)
CY 239, 1:00-3:00pm - This test takes approx. 10 min.
Musicianship Placement Exam
Dr. AJ McCaffrey (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
CY 105, 9:30am-11:30 am - Please bring writing utensils: pen, pencil, etc.