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Audition Process

To become a music major at Stony Brook, students must pass an audition, as well as show competence in rudimentary music theory and musicianship (ear-training). On the day you come to Stony Brook, you will audition as well as take a one-hour exam in basic music theory and musicianship. Students who do not pass either the theory or musicianship parts of the exam may take preparatory courses their first year at Stony Brook that, if successfully completed, will permit entry to the major in their second year. Students who enter the music program in their second year can still graduate in four years of a normal undergraduate program.

Auditions are only held at Stony Brook University. Students who live outside a 250-mile radius or who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from being present at Stony Brook on the day of the auditions may include a video or other recording with their application materials in lieu of an audition.

You will be informed of your audition status (whether or not you’ve been accepted to the B.A. program in music) within a month of your audition. If you are not accepted, you will be informed why, and what courses you would have to take at Stony Brook to be accepted in your second year.

If you miss the audition day in February, you may still audition and take your placement tests during the first week of the Fall 2021 semester, but you will not begin the academic year knowing if you have been accepted into the music major or into what classes you have been placed until the end of the first week of classes. Please contact the Music Department office at (631) 632-7330 during mid-August if you intend on auditioning and/or taking your placement tests during the first week of classes. 

Audition Dates for Fall 2021 Admission

  • TBA (specific information should be available by the beginning of November 2020)

Specific audition and placement test times to be emailed the first week in February.

Sample Theory/Placement test

Individual Instrument Requirements