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About this Program

Overview

The 2-year graduate Master of Music (MM) degree provides advanced musical training and focuses on studio and ensemble work, supplemented by academic course requirements and electives. The MM is the qualifying degree for entry into most doctoral degree programs.

The Music Division accepts a total of approximately 150 instrumentalists and vocalists into the MM program every year.

Eligibility

In order to be admitted as a Master of Music student, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the time you enroll
  • Prior artistic training
  • English language fluency

You are ineligible to apply to this program if you have already earned a Master of Music in the same major from another institution.

If you apply to this degree program and are denied admission, you can apply again. After two unsuccessful attempts, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Academic Requirements


The Juilliard School requires no specific courses, GPAs, standardized test scores, or class rankings for entry to this program. 

However, we will carefully evaluate your academic record and required essay to make sure you have the scholastic competence necessary to succeed in graduate-level course work. 

There are additional requirements for:

Double Majors

Given the rigorous nature of the program, you are not able to double major.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

APPLICATION REQUIREMENT RECEIVED-BY DEADLINE
Online Application with Essay(s) December 1
Application Fee ($USD) or Fee Waiver December 1
Prescreening Materials December 1
Proof of English Language Proficiency  December 1
Recommender Information December 1
Request for ADA audition accommodations December 15

 

PRESCREENING NOTIFICATION & LIVE AUDITION INVITATIONS  
Results announced by Mid-January

The following items are only required if you are invited to a live audition:

LIVE AUDITION REQUIREMENT RECEIVED-BY DEADLINE
Official Transcripts February 1
Recommendation(s) Received February 1
SAT/ACT Scores (homeschooled applicants only)  February 1
Scholarship / Financial Aid Application  March 1
Live NYC Audition Early March

Application Results

You will receive notification of your admission status (admit, wait list, or deny) through your application status page no later than April 1, if all required application materials have been received.

Application Fee & Waivers

Application Fee

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received.

Fee Waivers

The inability to pay a college application fee should never be a barrier to applying to The Juilliard School.

Fee waiver requests are available for students who demonstrate significant financial need by the submission of one of the following:

  • An official College Board fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official SAT fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • An official NACAC fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
  • A letter on school stationery from a college/guidance counselor stating that you qualify for the free lunch program
  • A letter from someone other than a family member that addresses your financial situation 

Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application.

How to Upload

Fee waiver documentation must be uploaded directly within the online application and submitted by the appropriate deadline. Documents must be in either .doc or .pdf format. (Convert your file to another format if scanning your document as a jpg.)

Fee waiver requests are processed on an ongoing basis. There will be an application fee payment due on your application status page until either your request is approved or denied. You will receive an email with the results of your request as soon as it is processed.

If your request for a fee waiver is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee by the deadline. Your application is not considered complete until the fee has been received. 

Your Application Materials

Your Online Application

Your application must be submitted online by the appropriate deadline. To begin, create your Juilliard Admissions Account, gather all of the required application materials, and follow the instructions to complete your application.

Start your online application

Your Resume

An artistic resume must be uploaded as part of the online application. The resume should be 1-2 pages and must include: 

  • Your name (and any alternate name used)
  • Education (all diplomas/certificates/degrees earned or in progress)
  • Any experience related to your intended major

There is no specific required format for the resume; however it must be uploaded in either a .pdf or .doc format. (Please do not submit program bios.) The resume is used as a reference for faculty and the Admissions Committee.

Your Essay(s)

Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay(s) to learn more about you as an individual and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript, and audition.

Essay Requirements

  • 1–2 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
  • written in English (not translated from another language)
  • must be your own original work
  • submitted within the online application

Topics
Choose one of the following topics:

  • Many artists experience a moment that crystallizes their career goals. Describe what that moment was for you. Be specific and tell us how that moment continues to influence your artistic and academic work to this day.
  • The Cambridge Dictionary defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles,” as well as “wholeness and unity.” How would you define artistic integrity for yourself and your art form?

Additional Essay Requirements

Optional Essay
Should you have a special personal or academic history that you feel can explain an unusual circumstance - gap year, unusually low or poor grade in a semester or year, etc. - you have the option to submit an additional short essay.

Your Transcripts

Transcripts are an important component of the decision process. They help us determine if you have sufficient scholastic competence to succeed in course work at the level for which you are applying. Official transcripts must be received by the appropriate deadline.  

Definition of an Official Transcript

  • An electronic record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent directly to admissions@juilliard.edu by a secure service (such as Naviance, eSCRIP-SAFE, or other system). Scanned, emailed, or uploaded copies are not considered official. 

    OR
     
  • A paper record of your academic progress, including grades earned, sent in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Juilliard Office of Admissions (mailing address below)

Please note that we do not accept transcripts sent via email.

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying in the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline after you receive an official audition invitation
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current post-secondary coursework 
  • Report cards, grade reports, and other student records are not considered official transcripts

Transcript Requirements for Students Studying Outside the US

  • Official transcripts must be sent by the appropriate deadline after you receive an official audition invitation
  • Your official transcript(s) must show all prior and current coursework equivalent or similar to a US bachelor's degree (generally including at least 24 credits in liberal arts subjects)
  • If your transcript is not in English, we require the transcript in its original language as well as a certified translation
  • You will be notified if an official evaluation of your transcript is required in order to verify your academic level. Companies such as SpanTran WES , or ECE can provide this service for a fee

You may view the status of transcripts at any time by logging into your application account.

Hard copies of transcripts may be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Your Recommendations

In your application you will be required to identify an individual who will provide your recommendation. This recommendation should:

  • be from a teacher, conductor, coach, or artistic mentor
  • address your talent and accomplishments
  • discuss the following individual characteristics that indicate potential for success in the field: perseverance, dedication, collegiality, and leadership

The recommendation itself is not due until later in the application timeline. Your recommender will receive an email with a link to securely upload the letter to our application system. We will only accept recommendations received through our application system.

You may view the status of recommendations at any time by logging into your application account.

Pre-Audition Forms

Audition Repertoire

As part of the online application, you are required to submit your proposed live audition repertoire for review. Should you need to update your repertoire after you submit your online application, you can do so by submitting a form on your application status page.

  • Insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission
  • Where specific works are required, substitutions are not allowed
  • Audition requirements which state a complete piece or work are indicating all movements must be prepared

You should first consult with your private teacher to determine the suitability of your proposed repertoire. If there is any concern regarding the appropriateness of a particular piece, submit your questions through this form.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms

To be considered for financial aid and scholarship, you are required to submit the following items by the appropriate deadline:

US Applicants  International Applicants 
FAFSA CSS Profile
CSS Profile Parent Income Documentation 
Student Tax Forms   
Parent Tax Forms  

More information about our awarding policies can be found on the Financial Aid section of the website

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.

Your Pre-Screening

Pre-Screening Type

Format
You are required to upload your files in an Audio format. Acceptable file types include:

  • .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma

Pre-Screening Requirements

Your major is required to submit prescreening recordings within the online application by the appropriate deadline.

Procedures

  • Individual movements or excerpts should be uploaded as separate digital files
  • Upload and arrange your recordings so that the file that represents your best work is first
  • Clearly label each of the uploaded files with the name of the composer and work/movement
  • Complete your uploads well in advance of the appropriate deadline, as upload times vary depending on file size and internet signal strength
  • Insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission
  • Where specific works are required, substitutions are not allowed
  • Please note that audition requirements which state a complete piece or work are indicating all movements must be prepared

Quality

  • Recordings must be genuinely performed by you 
  • Recordings must not be edited, nor should any effects such as “reverb” be added
  • Play back and check your entire recording for any distortion or excessive “buzz”  
  • If accompaniment is required, ensure that it does not drown out your playing
  • Review your recordings before uploading to ensure that they are of good quality and represent your best work to date

You will be notified as to whether or not you have passed the prescreening round by the date on the application timeline. Please note that prescreening materials become the property of The Juilliard School and will not be returned. We encourage you to keep copies for your records.

***Additional Pre-Screening Video Introduction

The first recording to upload must be a one-minute video in which you record yourself giving the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your major (i.e. flute, composition, or voice) voice applicants, please include your voice type
  • Your current music teacher
  • Your current school and grade level
  • One fact that you want the faculty to know about you that they cannot learn from your application materials.

Please face the camera and speak directly to the faculty.

Additional Instructions

Pre-Screening Repertoire

 

  • Applicants must submit one selection from each of the four categories below, for a total of four tunes. Recommended recordings are listed to aid you in your preparation.
  • Applicants must record with either instrumental accompaniment or a sounding metronome. If using a metronome as accompaniment, the metronome should beat half notes on 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. If purposely rubato, the metronome can be stopped.
  • Applicants should perform the full melody (at least two of the four must be with lyrics), a single wordless chorus of improvisation and the melody out on their chosen selection from each category. Applicants may choose different keys from the ones listed, but must clearly label the keys chosen for each piece and are expected to perform in those keys in invited to the live audition.
  • Performances of the selections below should be no more than four minutes or four choruses in length.
  • NOTICE: By clicking the links below, you will be redirected to a third-party website. Juilliard exercises no control over, and is not responsible for, any content on linked third-party websites, nor does it guarantee or endorse the information, products, or services offered on those sites.

 

Category I:  Gospel Song, Spiritual or Country Waltz (quarter = 74 - 177):

  1. "I’ll Fly Away” traditional hymn/gospel song by Albert E. Brumley (Any key)
  2. "Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” traditional spiritual song (Any key)
  3. "Tennesse Waltz” country waltz by Redd Stewart/Pee Wee King

 

Category II:  Swing Era/American Songbook Standards (quarter = 80 - half note = 152)

  1. "Autumn in New York” by Vernon Duke (Concert F)
  2. "It’s Only A Paper Moon” by Harold Arlen/ Yip Harburg & Billy Rose (Concert G)
  3. “Lover” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (Concert C, In 4/4 time )

 

Category III:  Jazz Standards (quarter = 132 - 198):

  1. "Epistrophy” by Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke (Concert Db)
  2. "Lullabye of Birdland” by George Shearing and George Weiss (Concert F)

 

Category IV:  Afro-Hispanic/Latin (half note = 75 - 115):

  1. "Siboney” by Ernesto Lecuona (a habanera in Concert C)
  2. One note samba” by Antonio Carlos Jobim (a samba in Concert Bb)

Preparation tips: You should listen closely to the suggested recordings to make sure you understand the style of each tune selected. For example, on an Afro-Latin piece such as “Mambo Inn” (not given as an option), one would listen to how all soloists as well as the layered horn figures and rhythm section parts interact with the clave and try to incorporate those rhythms into your improvisations. Pianists should be able to play a montuno, Bassists should be able to play a songo pattern over the form, and Drummers should be able to play a mambo groove adapting the cascara pattern you hear from the cowbell on the recording to the ride cymbal/tom shell, the congas to the snare/toms, and the clave to the hi-hat.

Please know that we are listening for the quality of your sound, swing feel, improvisation ideas, and demonstrated knowledge of the music (i.e. accurate melodies, harmonies, underlying rhythms, and form) and the appropriate emotional and stylistic aesthetics inherent in the source recordings, including lyrics where applicable.

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Definition
You are required to show proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English - regardless of citizenship. The Juilliard School defines native language as the language first spoken as a child and the primary language spoken at home.

Exemptions
You are exempt from this requirement if both of the following are true:

  • you have attended an English language high school/secondary school for four years
  • you have or will complete a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution

Proving English Language Proficiency 

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. You may submit one of the following test types to prove your mastery of the English language. If your score falls below the minimum scores listed below, you should carefully consider whether or not to continue the application and audition process. We reserve the right to deny an audition based on scores that fall considerably below our minimum.

Test Type TOEFL  IELTS  PTE
Minimum Score  89 6.5* 60

*Academic test

The official test results must be sent directly from the testing company and received in the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

Interview Requirement

  • You may be required to participate in an interview on your audition day in order to demonstrate your fluency with the English language
  • You will be notified by the Admissions Office if an interview is required

InitialView
Juilliard also works with InitialView to measure language fluency. If you have already conducted an interview with InitialView, you are welcome to send it to us. However, this does not replace any of the requirements above. 

Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

Definition
You are considered a former Juilliard college student if you have not been in attendance during the previous academic year.  You must submit all required application materials, in addition to the requirements below. 

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for resuming your studies or applying to another major at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by returning.

Transcript Requirements

  • You are required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended after Juilliard
  • Transcripts are already on file from your time at Juilliard and do not need to be submitted

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

Online Application
You must apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are seeking to change majors
  • You are applying to a new program of study (changing your degree level)

Application Fee
As a currently enrolled student in the College Division, you are not required to submit an application fee as long as you submit your application by the appropriate deadline.

Essay
You are required to submit an additional essay explaining your motivation for continuing your studies at Juilliard. You may choose to address academic, artistic, or professional goals that you believe could be accomplished by remaining at Juilliard.

Transcripts
As a current student, you do not need to provide your official transcripts, as they are already on file.

Prescreening Requirement
Prescreening is required only if both of the following are true: 

  • You are applying to a new major
  • The major to which you are applying is prescreened 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
You do not need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE).

Decisions
We reserve the right to review your Juilliard enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of applicants with disabilities in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). 

Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services (OASDS) in writing by the appropriate deadline

You will be required to submit documentation of your disability to OASDS; this information will be kept strictly confidential. You must complete the following forms in order for the school to accommodate your specific needs:

  • Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form 
  • Audition Accommodation Request Form

Auditioning for Juilliard

Live Auditions

After successfully passing the prescreening portion of the audition process, you will receive an invitation to attend a live audition. 

Auditions are scheduled based on a combination of the following:

  • Your ordered teacher preferences (if applicable)
  • Your audition day request (in cases of multiple audition days)

Important things to know about your audition:

  • You will receive an email confirming your audition date and time at least one month before your audition
  • Auditions take place only at The Juilliard School in New York City. Audition day details, including practice room availability, will be sent prior to your audition
  • Video auditions are not accepted 

Live Audition Repertoire

The audition in New York is composed of two parts: a Musicianship Assessment (used for class placement) and the 1st Round Audition. To be considered for the Jazz Program, you must pass the 1st Round Audition and be invited to the Callback. At the 1st Round Audition, you will:

  • perform your prescreening selections from memory and without written arrangements along with a professional rhythm section of Juilliard Jazz alumni
  • perform big band or vocalese excerpts which you will receive when invited to the 1st Round and are expected to prepare in advance
  • perform Lesson #15 from “Practical Vocal Method” by Nicola Vaccai

Please note: etudes are required so that applicants can demonstrate their technical proficiency, not their knowledge of any particular style of classical music. Please bring two copies of your etude to the audition. 

Callbacks

You may be asked to participate in a callback round with the faculty on the same date as your live audition. If called back, you should be prepared to stay at The Juilliard School until 10 p.m. 

During the callback, you may:

  • perform your prescreening selections
  • submit and be prepared to briefly discuss your motivation and process behind a creative project (i.e. a poem, original composition, photography, etc.) Applicants are asked to submit an example of their creativity outside of your instrument performance. This could be a poem, a drawing, a cookbook, a composition, etc.  The purpose is to enable us to have a conversation with you about what inspires you, and for us to gain insight into who you are a person and artist.
  • Instrumentalists may be asked to sight read and improvise a new composition. Vocalists will be asked to perform a blues, to vocalize through their full range and demonstrate proficient vocal technique. Artist Diploma applicants may be asked to perform standards together in different configurations.

If you are not called back, you may reasonably conclude that you are not under consideration for admission.

Accompanist Information

All prescreening selections require accompaniment. It must be either instrumental accompaniment or a sounding metronome. For your live audition, a rhythm section, knowledgeable of all the prescreening selections, will accompany you.

Decisions & Enrolling

Decisions

There are three possible outcomes to the audition process:

Admit

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your talent and artistry as demonstrated in the audition 
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard 
  3. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of who to admit based on their own evaluation, faculty recommendations, and the number of available openings in your major
  4. The Office of Admissions releases your decision letter

Waitlist

  1. The faculty recommends you to the Admissions Committee based on your talent and artistry as demonstrated in the audition 
  2. The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic record and supplemental materials in order to determine your capacity to succeed at Juilliard 
  3. You are placed on the waitlist because, although you are found admissable to the school, we have a limited number of openings
  4. Should a place become available, the Admissions Committee evaluates the waitlist, making offers of admission as necessary  

Deny
During the application process, there are three points at which you can be denied admission:

  1. As a result of prescreening
  2. At various points in the application and audition process
  3. Following review by the Admissions Committee 

A denial at any of these stages results in notification that you are no longer under consideration for admission.

These decisions will be posted to your application status page, as noted on the timeline. 

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Juilliard admits without considering your ability to pay. All monies awarded require completion of the scholarship and financial aid forms. To learn more about the awarding process, visit our Office of Financial Aid.

For information about tuition, fees and expenses, please visit Student Accounts.