George Mason University
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George Mason University

Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music Admissions

The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music degrees prepare majors for professional careers and research in music, for state licensure (certification) to teach vocal/choral or instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools, and for graduate work in music and music literature.

Students have many chances to perform in vocal and instrumental ensembles, and they study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music educators. Many instructors are active professionals, as Mason draws from those appearing on stages in nearby Washington, D.C. The School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Open House

Please see our Undergraduate Open House page for current information on Open House dates.

How to Apply

Part One

Apply to George Mason University through the Common Application or visit the admissions website for more information. You may apply for an audition simultaneously with applying to the university.

Part Two

Register for a School of Music Audition. Details for your audition (time, location, etc.) will be sent by email approximately two weeks prior to the audition.

For transfer students with applied-music credits they wish to transfer, the audition will determine how many of those credits may be used towards the Mason applied music requirement. (Disallowed credits, i.e., credits that the audition committee does not accept in fulfillment of the Mason applied music requirement, may be used as electives.) 

More information at the Dewberry School of Music website.

For any questions about auditions or the application process, e-mail Christen Soos or call 703-993-1390.

Part Three

Complete and audition according to the requirements for your intended degree concentration or minor. 

Your School of Music audition results will be sent by email two to three weeks after the audition. George Mason University admission results are based on a separate schedule. In many cases, your School of Music audition may take place prior to knowing your admissions result.

Scholarships

The George Mason School of Music is committed to recognizing talent and potential through merit-based scholarship awards. The school prides itself in offering highly competitive awards to a diverse array of students, based on the quality of the audition and priority needs of the school. Learn more about School of Music Scholarships.

To be considered for academic scholarships from the university, prospective students should complete and submit the university application by November 1.

Learn more about CVPA Scholarships.

Degree Concentrations and Minors

Music BA

The Music, Bachelor of Arts degree offers two concentrations:

  • General Music Studies
  • Music Technology

Music, BM

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music in Music degree programs must complete either an instrumental or vocal audition according to the guidelines for the desired concentration. The Bachelor of Music degree offers five concentrations:

Performance Concentration
  • Percussionists applying for admission to the School of Music should be prepared to: demonstrate sight-reading ability on your instrument; play all major scales covering the range of your instrument; and match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale. Bring one original copy of your music for the audition committee. For more information, contact John Kilkenny. Download additional guidelines for Percussion Audition Requirements.
  • All other instrumentalists should prepare two selections in contrasting styles (slow-fast, Baroque-20th Century, Italian-English, etc.) totaling approximately 10 minutes. Selections need not be memorized, except for pianists and vocalists, for whom it is strongly encouraged. They should also be prepared to: demonstrate sight-reading ability on your instrument; play all major scales covering the range of your instrument; and match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale. Bring one original copy of your music for the audition committee.
  • Vocalists should prepare two selections in contrasting styles (slow-fast, Baroque-20th Century, Italian-English, etc.) totaling approximately 10 minutes. Selections need not be memorized, except for pianists and vocalists for whom it is strongly encouraged. You should also be prepared to demonstrate sight-reading ability on your voice. Bring one original copy of your music for the audition committee. Vocalists should perform with piano accompaniment. Please ascertain your accompanist's availability for your audition. In extenuating circumstances, an accompanist can be provided by the department (fee of $40). Please contact Sean Brazel at 709-993-1390.
Jazz Studies Concentration

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music degree program with a concentration in Jazz Studies must:

  • Prepare two (2) selections in contrasting styles: Blues/Bop, Fusion/Cool, Swing/Early Jazz, etc.
  • Prepare one (1) jazz piece, etude or solo transcription.
  • Be prepared to play all major scales.
  • Improvisation over a blues and sight-reading.
  • For additional audition information go to the Jazz Studies Auditions page.
  • Please bring one original copy of your music to the audition for the audition committee.
Composition Concentration

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music degree program with a concentration in Composition must audition as either an instrumentalist or a vocalist according to the performance concentration guidelines listed above. Please bring a printed copy of your composition portfolio to leave with the faculty.

Music Education Concentration

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music degree program with a concentration in Music Education must audition as either an instrumentalist or a vocalist according to the performance concentration guidelines listed above.

Music Technology

Your audition will consist of two parts: A portfolio review/interview with a faculty member and a live audition on your primary instrument/voice.

When registering, please submit a portfolio of 3-5 works that best represent your experience and skills using music technology. In the description for each work please detail your involvement with the project (e.g. composer, mixing engineer, programmer, etc.) This can include projects on GarageBand, Logic Pro, Protools, FL Studio, Reaper, etc.  Please submit high-quality recordings/videos or links to external sites such as YouTube and SoundCloud.

For the live audition prepare two selections in contrasting styles or genres totaling approximately 7-10 minutes on your primary instrument/voice.

In addition to sight reading, please be prepared to match pitches vocally and to sing a major scale.

Minors

Ethnomusicology

Students must first demonstrate to the Ethnomusicology coordinator a basic level of knowledge and training in some area of Western or non-Western music, or earn a grade of B or higher in MUSI 103 or MUSI 431. Prerequisites for specific courses are indicated in the University Catalog.

To declare a minor, please contact School of Music 703-993-1380.

Jazz Studies

Students wishing to declare to the Jazz Studies minor must complete the audition requirements for the Music, BM with a concentration in Jazz Studies. For more information, please visit the Jazz Studies Minor page in the university catalog. 

Contact Darden Purcell to set up an audition.

Music

Students wishing to minor in Music must complete an audition as either an instrumentalist or vocalist according to the requirements for the Bachelor of Music performance concentration. For more information, please visit the Music Minor page in the university catalog.

To declare a minor, please contact School of Music 703-993-1380.

Music and Technology

Auditions are not required for those declaring a minor in Music and Technology. For more information about this 18-credit minor, please visit the Music and Technology Minor page in the university catalog.

To declare a minor, please contact School of Music 703-993-1380.

Music and Well-Being

Acceptance to the Music and Well-Being minor is by interview with the minor coordinator, Professor Glenn Smith. For more information about this 18-credit minor, please visit the Music and Well-Being Minor page in the university catalog.

To declare a minor, please contact School of Music 703-993-1380.

Accelerated Programs Requirements

Please visit CVPA’s Accelerated Masters page to learn more about which programs are available and how to apply.

Contact us

Email us or all us: 703-993-1380. Visit us at deLaski Performing Arts Building, A417, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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