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 are allowed to audition in multiple instrumental options. Additionally the Bachelor of Arts options and all Composition and Media Composition programs require an interview.
Students wishing to audition for entrance into the CSUN 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.
The CSUN Music Department does not offer a Minor in Music.
Those students who already hold a master's degree in music will not be able to receive a second masters from CSUN at this time.
For information pertaining to the Masters of Music degrees, please visit the page for our graduate degrees.
Spring 2020 Entrance Auditions
Auditions only for continuing students (already enrolled at CSUN), graduate students, International Students & Non-Domestic students will be held on:
Saturday, October 26, 2019 (all areas*) – applications due Sunday, October 20, 2019.
*Except Music Breadth Studies, Music Therapy Studies, Jazz Studies and Band Conducting.
*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 2020 Entrance Auditions
Auditions for continuing students (already enrolled at CSUN) and incoming students for the Fall 2020 semester are to be held on:
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (all areas) – deadline is January 12th
Saturday, February 15, 2020 (all areas) - deadline is January 12th
Friday, February 28, 2020 (wind/brass & piano performance, Music Education - wind/brass & piano, and Music Industry Studies - wind/brass & piano ONLY)– deadline is January 12th
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 submit a pre-screen video audition in order to audition live in February. The audition link will have an area for you to upload your audition video (preferably YouTube). Video links should be submitted no later than December 31, 2019.
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 2020 semester October 1-November 30, 2019 through https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
After applying to the university, you can submit your audition application through the link below (Deadline January 12, 2020):
CSUN Music also allows the opportunity for arranged, online video and DVD auditions; please contact our office for more information at 818-677-3181.
Placement Examinations for Spring 2020
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.
Please review "what can you expect" for the placement exams below. If you have any questions, please email the designated faculty member listed for each placement exam.
DATE: Friday, January 17, 2020
Keyboard: 1:00-2:00pm in room CY 239
Contact: Gayle Kowalchyk | firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergrad Music Theory AND Musicianship: 10am in room CY 105
Contact: Liviu Marinescu | email@example.com