Department of Music Application Process
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Pepperdine University Department of Music. As a prospective music major or minor, you need to follow the first three steps below to be considered for admittance into the department. Please read all information regarding the application and audition process prior to submitting materials.
- Apply to Pepperdine University
- Apply to the Department of Music
- Apply for Financial Assistance and Scholarships
Step 1: Apply to Pepperdine University
You must apply to both Pepperdine University and the Department of Music.
The first step in the application process is to apply to Pepperdine University by
November 1, 2019 for Early Action or January 15, 2020 for Regular Decision.
You are urged to complete this process as soon as possible the year before your proposed entrance. Early application is strongly advised because of enrollment limitations and financial aid deadlines.
NOTE: Although you may receive an acceptance letter from Pepperdine upon submitting your Pepperdine application, this does not mean that you have been accepted into the Music Department.
Step 2: Apply to the Department of Music
The second step in the application process is to apply to the Department of Music. When you are ready to begin the music application process, please visit our Interfolio Application. The Common Application is a prerequisite to the Interfolio Application. Your Interfolio Application will not process if your Common Application has not been submitted.
All application materials required for the music application must be uploaded to our Interfolio Application by November 8, 2019 for Early Action or February 1, 2020 for Regular Decision.
Step 3: Audition Requirements and Repertoire
You can begin registering for a live audition here.
- November 9, 2019 (Early Application and Transfer applicants): Theatre-Music, Guitar, Piano, Instrumental (i.e., strings, percussion, brass, woodwind, etc.), Vocal
- January 18, 2020: Theatre-Music, Guitar, Piano, Instrumental (i.e., strings, percussion, brass, woodwind, etc.), Vocal
- January 25, 2020: Theatre-Music, Guitar, Piano, Instrumental (i.e., strings, percussion, brass, woodwind, etc.), Vocal
- February 1, 2020: Instrumental (i.e., NO Guitar, Piano, or Vocal)
Please choose from the areas below for specific audition procedures and repertoire based on your instrument.
It is possible to audition for the music major or minor upon arrival as a first-year student at Pepperdine. However, we cannot guarantee acceptance into the music major or minor; therefore, we highly recommend that interested students audition during the time of application to the University. For prospective instrumental students, please note that you are not allowed to have an accompanist with you for your audition.
For additional questions please contact our Fine Arts Recruitment Office at: 310.506.4111 or email email@example.com.
Step 4: Financial Assistance and Scholarships
Please contact the Financial Assistance Office for information regarding academic scholarships and needs-based financial aid. For general questions, call 310.506.4301.
You are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. To do so, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Department of Music awards are merit-based scholarships. Decisions concerning scholarships are generally made by mid-March. Students whose files are complete, have been admitted to the Department of Music and the university are given priority consideration for scholarships. Music Award decisions are included in the Financial Package sent to each student by the Financial Aid Office shortly after Acceptance Notification in late March.