Music Program Application Process
Thank you for your interest in applying to Pepperdine University's Music Program. As a prospective music major or minor, you need to follow the first three steps below to be considered for admittance into the program. Please read all information regarding the application and audition process prior to submitting materials.
- Apply to Pepperdine University
- Apply to the Music Program
- Audition Requirements and Repertoire
- Apply for Financial Assistance and Scholarships
Step 1: Apply to Pepperdine University
You must apply to both Pepperdine University and the Music Program.
The first step in the application process is to apply to Pepperdine University by October 1, 2020 for Spring 2021, November 1, 2020 for Early Action or January 15, 2021 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: The Music Program application process (via SlideRoom) works in tandem with the Seaver College application process (via Common App). However, acceptance to Seaver College does not guarantee acceptance into the Music Program.
Step 2: Apply to the Music Program
The second step in the application process is to apply to the Music Program. When you are ready to begin the music application process, please visit our SlideRoom Application. The Common Application is a prerequisite to the SlideRoom application. Once you indicate a fine arts major, Common App will redirect you to the SlideRoom website.
As a part of your audition process, prospective students declaring a Pre-teaching credential emphasis will be scheduled for an interview with a music education (pre-teaching credential) faculty member. The purpose of the interview is to provide our admissions committee with additional information about your potential as a music educator. Please follow the audition repertoire guidelines listed below (Step 3) for your instrument or voice-type.
Step 3: Audition Requirements and Repertoire
All candidates are required to upload audition materials into the SlideRoom application, regardless of whether or not they participate in a live Zoom audition. Live auditions are recommended, but are not mandatory and will not replace SlideRoom requirements. All applicants must upload all audition materials, specific to their instrument, into SlideRoom.
All 2020-2021 Live Auditions will be facilitated through Zoom:
- November 14, 2020 (Early Action): All Instrumental, Musical Theatre (Theatre Arts), and Vocal candidates as well as prospective non music majors auditioning for scholarships to play in our instrumental ensembles.
- January 23, 2021: All Instrumental, Musical Theatre (Theatre Arts), and Vocal candidates as well as prospective non music majors auditioning for scholarships to play in our instrumental ensembles.
- January 30, 2021: All Instrumental, Musical Theatre (Theatre Arts), and Vocal candidates as well as prospective non music majors auditioning for scholarships to play in our instrumental ensembles.
VIOLIN: E major, B-flat major, and C melodic minor; 3-octaves; 16th notes; quarter note = 80
VIOLA: D major; 3-octaves;
CELLO: E-flat major, G major and their relative minor; 3 octave; quarter note = 126
DBL BASS: A major, E-flat major; 2 octaves; quarter note = 126; 2 notes per bow
FLUTE: Chromatic scale from low c to high c; major and minor scales of their choice; three of each; slurred and tongued (single and double).
OBOE: D-flat major, E-flat min, F# major, B min, chromatic; all 2 octaves, tongued, quarter note = 80
CLARINET: chromatic scale from low E to high G; F major, E major 3 octaves.
BASSOON: Chromatic scale, legato from the bottom to the top of your range on the instrument; B major, starting on the low B , 2 or 3 octaves and back down again, tongued; tempo: as fast you can maintain a steady rhythm and accuracy.
SAXOPHONE: Four 2-octave scales of your choice, eighth notes at half note = 80 or faster; chromatic scale, full range.
HORN: A major, E-flat major, E major, A-flat major; 2 octaves; quarter note = 120
TRUMPET: Concert A, E, and B-flat major, 2 octaves; sixteenth notes at quarter note = 88
TROMBONE: E major, B major; 2-octaves (if possible); 16th notes, quarter note = 72
EUPHONIUM: E major, B major; 2-octaves (if possible); 16th notes, quarter note = 72
TUBA: A major, E-flat major, E major, A-flat major; 2 octaves; quarter note = 120
For additional questions please contact our Fine Arts Recruitment Office at: 310.506.4111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Music Awards are merit-based scholarships. Decisions concerning scholarships are generally made by mid-March. Students whose files are complete, and have been admitted to both the Music Program 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.