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Becoming a Music Major at EIU

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First, prospective students should complete the University's application and admission process.  Detailed information concerning how to apply to apply to EIU can be found here:

In addition to being admitted to the University, music majors must successfully complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice for Department faculty.  Auditions for incoming freshmen and transfer students for the 2015-2016 school year will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 7, 2015
  • Monday, February 16, 2015 (Presidents' Day)
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

Students interested in auditioning at EIU who are unable to attend one of the above dates are invited to request an alternate audition date during the sign-up process.

To Request an Audition

  1. Click here to check current audition repertoire requirements for your instrument/voice.
  2. Click here to fill out the Audition and Scholarship Request Application. 
  3. Click here to download the Music Department's Recommendation Form.
    1. You will need to print two copies of this form.
    2. Give these forms to two people who are familiar with your musical abilities.
    3. Ask your recommenders to return the forms to our office before your audition date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to audition to become a music major?

Yes.  All incoming students must complete an audition and be formally accepted in order to become a music major.

Do I need to complete a music theory exam, piano placement, or aural skills evaluation at my audition?

All auditioning students will complete a brief aural skills evaluation during their audition.  Students will be asked to match pitches given on a piano, clap simple rhythms, and identify simple chord types. 

Students with previous experience in piano and/or music theory (including transfer students) will take placement exams upon their arrival on campus.

Do I have to audition if I only want to minor in music?

Yes.  Students wishing to pursue a minor in music still need to complete an audition.

How do I apply for Music Department scholarships?

Your audition is also your scholarship application.  Once you have completed a successful audition, you will automatically be considered for music scholarships.  Please note that, except in rare cases, Music Department scholarships are reserved only for music majors.

I wish to transfer from another school.  Do I need to take placement exams to determine what credits I can transfer?

All students who wish to transfer credit in music theory, aural training, music history, applied studies, and piano are required to take placement examinations in these subjects.

I am considering a lot of different music programs.  What makes Eastern different?

We believe that EIU's Music Department provides students with the best value in education available in Illinois.  Here, we are able to combine our new, world-class facility, comprehensive and dedicated faculty, and a rigorous, modern curriculum to give students a top-notch music education at an affordable price.

What if my audition is unsuccessful?

If you are not accepted as a music major, you may still choose to attend EIU as long as you are admitted into the University.  Non-major students can still participate in ensembles, and in many cases enroll in applied lessons.  Students in this situation are invited to re-audition after one or two semesters on campus.

For More Information

If you have questions on the audition process or about becoming a music major at Eastern, please feel free to contact the Music Department's Auditions Coordinator, Dr. Andrew Cheetham.


Other Admissions Links

If you're not a first-time college student, please see the links below for additional information on admission at EIU.

Contact an admissions counselor at 877-581-2348 or via email at admissions@eiu.edu with any questions you might have on the above topics.