Regardless of major, everyone MUST audition!
It’s important to remember that all of our majors in the school of music require an audition. Are you interested in Sound Recording Technology
or Performing Arts Management
? You are also required to audition! Even if you are not a performance major, you will be required to take lessons and participate in ensembles
. You can check out the audition requirements for each instrument here
. Not feeling the performance aspect? DePaul School of Music is now offering three different minors that do not require an audition: Music Business
, Music Recording
and Music Studies
. These can be declared once you’re already a DePaul student, so don’t worry about it until your first quarter.
Take the audition, and then make a day out of it!
During the audition weekends, current DePaul students will be offering music school and campus tours for perspective students and parents – do it! Not only will you get another look at all DePaul has to offer, you’ll get to talk to a current student about his or her experiences here. You’ll also be able to attend an information session with the director of admissions
to get a recap on degree requirements
and financial aid
. Lastly, DePaul is surrounded by delicious restaurants and fun things to do – check out the Lincoln Park Zoo
or see a Chicago Symphony
performance. Get a taste of what it’ll be like to go to school here.
Perhaps most importantly, be prepared for your audition.
Your entrance audition is your chance to show the DePaul faculty just how talented you are, so be prepared! At this point, you should be practicing every day for at least a couple of hours. Play your audition materials for anyone who will listen. Record yourself all the time. Take lessons with different teachers (even better – take lessons at the schools you are applying to!). The audition plays a huge role in decisions about admission and financial aid, so make sure you are putting your best foot forward.
Lastly, if you have questions, please ask!
During the audition weekends, DePaul hires current students to help make sure things run smoothly – don’t be afraid to ask them questions! Have a question about a program? Ask. Don’t know where to go for lunch? Ask. All of our students are eager to help and share their experiences, so take advantage of it. You can also email the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have application or scheduling questions.
I wish you all luck during the upcoming audition season – and for those of you not auditioning, perhaps send some good vibes to anyone you know who might be. The audition process may seem, and quite honestly IS, daunting, but it’s all worth it for the chance to pursue your passion – it was for me!