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Frequently Asked Questions

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?

You will receive an email from the Department of Music following receipt of your completed application to TCNJ. This email will include information about scheduling your audition (and for producing your audition video).  Note that in 2020/2021, all auditions will be held remotely.

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

It is typically takes a few days after the Office of Admissions processes an application before it reaches the music department, at which point we will contact you with audition 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?

The survey is for additional information, such as to:

  • Confirm your assigned audition date
  • Change your audition date (when possible)
  • Provide additional information to assist our faculty during your audition.

Where and when is the audition?

All Auditions are being held remotely, via Zoom and with pre-recorded audition videos

What will happen at my interview?

The interview will focus on the applicant’s prior musical experience and ability to present their career objectives in a thoughtful, articulate, and professional manner.

Another important part of the interview is an Aural Skills and Music Theory Placement test. This is a one-on-one test of basic musicianship skills including:

  • Reading treble and bass clef, time and key signatures
  • Singing a simple song, unaccompanied (e.g., My Country ‘Tis of Thee)
  • Sight-singing
  • Melodic and rhythmic memory

Students with advanced music theory knowledge will be given opportunities for advanced placement at a later point in the matriculation process.

Do I need an accompanist?

Instrumental auditions are performed without accompaniment. Vocalists are required to perform with accompaniment. See the VOICE audition page for instructions and/or assistance with your accompaniment

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, an audition for your secondary instrument will occur at a later date.  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.

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