Admissions FAQ

When and where do I audition?
See live audition dates and locations under Deadlines and Auditions

How much does it cost to apply to the School of Music?
Undergraduate and Master of Music applicants are required to pay the School of Music Supplementary Application Fee of $40. The fee is in addition to any general admission/readmission fees that may apply. The fee is non-refundable/non-transferable and will be charged upon submission of this application.

What is included in a live audition?
All applicants must play an audition on the instrument that they intend to study as their principal applied instrument while at university. Please note that we do not offer instruction in harp or accordion.

Audition days in St. John’s, Halifax, or Toronto will be comprised of these activities:
1. Audition on your primary instrument
2. Theory Assessment
3. Sight Singing Assessment
4. Piano Proficiency Test (optional and only available at the St. John’s audition)

The main purpose of the audition is to assess your potential and capacity to successfully complete the applied requirements of the music degree program. The audition panel will assess:

• Your technique; do you have the technical skills necessary for continued progress at the university level?
• The musicality of your performance
• Your musical skills, including aural perception and sight reading

For audition guidelines for undergraduate applicants, see Audition Guidelines by Instrument. For audition guidelines for graduate applicants, see Audition Guidelines by Instrument - MMUS Performance & Performance/Pedagogy. If you have questions about the suggested audition pieces, please contact the faculty member that matches your instrument.

Do I need to play my audition with an accompanist?
It is expected that you play your audition with piano accompaniment.

Do I need to provide my own accompanist?
Yes. We can connect you with collaborative pianists in St. John’s, Halifax, and Toronto. Email us for information. It is important to give your accompanists as much notice as possible so they can plan your audition time into their schedules.

What if I cannot attend a live audition?
You may choose to audition by videoconference or submit an audition video. It is important that your video is very high quality. Here are some tips for recording a great video and uploading it to YouTube.

What if I can’t audition live or send you audition materials by the deadline? Are there late auditions?
Late auditions are usually held in May if space is still available in the program. Students auditioning late cannot be considered for School of Music scholarships. Admission to the Bachelor of Music program is conditional upon admission or re-admission to Memorial University. You must satisfy the requirements of both Memorial University and the School of Music.

How does the School of Music make admissions decisions?
All applicants must first meet the basic admission requirements for Memorial University.

Admission to Memorial University’s School of Music is competitive and dependent on available positions in the program. Admission decisions are made with particular emphasis on an applicant’s audition and their academic performance. Additionally, the results of the applicant’s Theory and Sight Singing Assessments, their letter of recommendation, and their personal statement inform admission decisions.

Decisions are sent out on a rolling basis. The program for which you have applied and the strength of your application determine when you will receive your admissions results.

Some applicants may be offered Early Provisional Acceptance at the time of their audition. These applicants must still meet the basic admission requirements for Memorial University in order to be accepted into the School of Music.

Do I have to apply for music scholarships?
All applicants who audition before March 7 will be automatically considered for School of Music entrance scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required. Find more information about School of Music scholarships and awards here.

Additionally, Memorial University offers a limited number of university-wide entrance scholarships. For more information, please visit The Scholarships, Awards and Financial Aid Office.

What is on the Theory Assessment?
For information on what is evaluated in the Theory Assessment, see Audition Process.

Students who audition live will write the Theory Assessment on their audition day. Students who submit an audition video will write the Theory Assessment after their audition video has been received (date TBD).

Applicants are exempt from writing the Theory Assessment if they have completed RCM Theory Level 8 (formerly RCM Grade 2 rudiments) within the last two years. Students are also exempt from writing the Theory Assessment if they have scored 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam within the last two years. Please email a copy of your certificate to

Sample Theory Assessment (pdf)

What will I have to do for the Sight Singing Assessment?
For information on what is required for the Sight Singing Assessment, see Audition Process.

Students who are auditioning live will sing their Sight Singing Assessment on their audition day. Students who are submitting an audition video will have their Sight Singing Assessment deferred to a later date.

Who has to take the Piano Proficiency Test and why?
The Piano Proficiency Test is not an entrance requirement, although applicants may choose to take it as part of their audition if they like. Students whose Principal Applied Study is Piano or Organ are exempt from the Piano Proficiency Test.

Students enrolled in MUN’s School of Music must pass the Piano Proficiency Test by the end of their first year. The test is administered in September and February of each year. All music students must pass it in order to register for Functional Keyboard I (Music 2401), a required course for all second-year music students.

For information on what is required in the Piano Proficiency Test, see Audition Process.


School of Music

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000