Applying to Illinois State
Applying early is encouraged to receive a decision by the end of the year, and for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. You will select your audition time within the application for admission.
Applying to the Program
- Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date—we'll email you with a confirmation for your audition.
- Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
- Visit your portal to upload:
- a letter of recommendation from a music professional
- a music resume
If you are currently enrolled in a 4-year NASM (National Association of Music Schools) accredited institution, you must provide a completed Transfer Acknowledgement Form. Send the completed form to:
Undergraduate Music Admissions
Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-5660
Required Courses for Admission
Recommended Courses for Admission
To find the course equivalencies at an Illinois community college, please review our Course Articulation Guides.
- Music TheoryI, II, & III
- Music 101, 102, & 201
- Musicianship I, II, & III
- Music 107, 108, & 207
- Group Instruction Piano I, II, & III
- Performance ensembles (choir, orchestra or band), 4 semesters
- Private instruction on your primary instrument/voice-part, 4 semesters
Upon enrolling at Illinois State, the School of Music requires that transfer students take a placement tests for Music Theory and Group Piano. Contact Janet Tulley for information on these two tests.
The following criteria will be used in determining whether a former Illinois State student will be re-admitted to the music education major:
- Successful re-audition or permission of the appropriate applied areas
- A 2.5 GPA in the theory/history core and applied music
It is strongly recommended that students meet the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to enrollment. Visit the College of Education's website for details on acceptable ACT or SAT scores which can be used to meet this requirement.