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Audition FAQ’s

Who is required to audition?

ALL music majors: Performance, Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Elementary Education and Music, Early Childhood Education and Music, Special Education and Music, and Deaf Education and Music, are required to audition in order to be accepted to TCNJ.  Students desiring a Music Minor do not have to audition during the admissions process, only after matriculation.

How do I schedule my audition?

Once you have submitted your application, it is processed by the Office of Admissions, and your information is sent to the Department of Music. Once we have received your information, we will send you a letter with a proposed audition date, based on faculty availability and our capacity. You will be asked to submit an online survey form to either confirm your date or to request a change. We will do our best to honor date change requests, again depending on faculty availability. Not every instrument will be heard at every audition.  Audition Dates and more information on Scheduling Your Audition

I submitted my application and haven’t heard from you regarding scheduling my audition. What do I do?

First of all, it takes a few days for the Office of Admissions to process the application and send us the information. If it has been over a week, make sure you check the e-mail address you listed on your application, including the spam folder. Be sure to set your preferences to allow messages from If you still haven’t received a message from us, send an e-mail to, and we will determine why you haven’t received anything from us.

What is the online survey used for?

When you receive your audition letter, you will be directed to our online audition survey form. On this form you will be asked to confirm your audition or to request a change of date, and to tell us about your private musical studies and your performance experience.

Where and when is the audition?

Make sure to read everything that we’ve sent you. Everything you need to know is in your audition letter. Read the information on the Auditions tab of the Department of Music’s website:

What will happen at my audition?

Be sure to read the Audition Requirements online. Your audition will consist of your performance in front of a faculty jury, a theory placement exam, and an interview. There are separate interviews for BA and Music Education Majors. The interview for Performance Majors is with the faculty at your performance audition.

Do I need an accompanist?

Instrumental auditions are performed without accompaniment. Vocalists are required to perform with accompaniment. TCNJ will provide a staff accompanist free of charge, if you wish, or you can bring your own. Pre-recorded accompaniment is NOT permitted. Please note that singers are required to send their audition repertoire list and accompanist request to Dr. Suzanne Hickman, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, at

Why do pianists & guitarists have special instructions?

Pianists and guitarists are required to declare a secondary track of vocal or instrumental study, and to audition in that area. This is primarily for ensemble placement. Please read the requirements carefully, and send your preference to in order to be scheduled for your secondary audition. PIANISTS: please note that you are required to send a repertoire list and a letter of recommendation from your piano teacher to Dr. Tomoko Kanamaru, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, at  Audition Requirements

When will I hear the results?

You will receive a letter from the Department of Music soon after your audition, informing you of our recommendation to the Office of Admissions. You will be hearing from the Office of Admissions regarding their final decision, usually within 4-6 weeks of your audition, and no later than April 1.