Prospective Student FAQs

What are all the steps I need to go through for acceptance to MSU and the music department?

See the checklist for prospective students.

Can I take lessons on more than one instrument?

While music majors are expected to specialize on one instrument or voice-type, many of our students take additional private music lessons in areas outside their expertise. Contact an appropriate member of our faculty to set up lessons.

How soon will I know after my audition if I am accepted?

You may find out that day. You will definitely know within one month.

How long will it take for me to complete my degree?

A music degree can be completed in 4 years, with diligent work and passing grades. Many music education majors take 5 years to complete their degree, but it is possible in 4.

What performing ensembles are there?

There are a large variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Is the audition more important than academics?

Ensemble service awards and scholarships (ranging from $250-$2000 per year) are based solely on the level of your audition. The University offers additional financial awards and assistance based on academic performance and test scores. Be sure to apply for admission in time to be considered for all University scholarships.

What issues do I need to keep in mind if I am a transfer student?

Be sure to take appropriate core curriculum at community college. Practice hard! See the Music Department Guide for Transfer Students for more information.

Can I take private lessons even if I am not majoring in music?

Yes! Private lessons are available to non-majors as well as music majors. You may also participate in ensembles, and may be eligible for a service award for performing with one of the University ensembles.

How do I best prepare for my audition?

See the MSU guidelines for audition materials. Schedule your audition early in the year.

What are the benefits of pursuing a major or minor in music?

The benefits are broader than you might think! NAFME, the National Association for Music Education, has provided a great guide, Careers in Music (link to to help you explore different careers and education paths you have available to you.

How do I know if I am talented enough to succeed in a career in music?

The National Association of Schools of Music has a very good article on Giftedness, Arts Study, and Work that will help you begin to answer this question. Also feel free to contact one of our faculty members to discuss this issue further.