We are excited to have you apply to the CSUN Music Department. The process is simple!
CLICK HERE for the CSU APPLICATION
No matter which music option you pick as your major at CSUN, you must first audition on your instrument. the left panel of this page has the audition requirements by instrument, as well as supplemental material required for Composition and Media Composition. Please feel free to look at the requirements and also explore your option area home page before completing your application.
After completing your CSUN application (link above), you will receive an e-mail within a few weeks regarding "Next Steps", which is a link to your audition application. The audition application will allow you to choose your live audition date or submit a video audition.
SPRING 2024 ADMISSION (no first-time freshmen):
Application available: August 1, 2023. Auditions held October 7, 2023.
BM JAZZ Performance Pre-Screen Videos DUE: September 10, 2023.
FALL 2024 ADMISSION:
Application available: October 1-January 31. Auditions held on February 10, February 24 and March 2.
JAZZ PERFORMANCE STUDENTS: please be sure to click the BM Jazz Performance Studies link on the left panel for pre-screening deadlines and requirements.
***If you are a current CSUN student, please contact the Music Department for the audition application.***
The CSUN Music Department does NOT offer a Minor in Music.
Students who hold a Bachelor's degree cannot apply for a second Bachelor's degree at CSUN.
Students who already hold a master's degree in music will NOT be able to receive a second masters from CSUN at this time.
Undergraduate Placement Tests
Musicianship & Theory
If accepted, all students will be sent an online musicianship and theory exam link. BM Majors MUST attempt the exams, BA majors optional. Please contact Nicole Hovland: firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding exam material, please contact Dr. McCaffrey - email@example.com.
Keyboard Musicianship Placements will be done on an ongoing basis through a questionnaire that will assess your background in piano. This questionnaire is available by contacting the Music Undergraduate Advisor, Nicole Hovland: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may test out of the Keyboard Musicianship sequence by emailing Dr. Gayle Kowalchyk a video. DO NOT take this questionnaire if your main instrument (auditioned and accepted) is piano.
Contact: Gayle Kowalchyk - email@example.com