SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY     DIGITAL ARTS     NURSING     THEOLOGY     ESL     LIBRARY     IR

Apply For Bachelor of Music

  • $120 application fee (non-refundable, payable by credit card, check or money order)
  • Complete the Online Application Form
  • One Form of Recommendation:
    Submit the name and email address of the person writing the letter of recommendation on the document upload form and a link to the recommendation form will be sent to that person.
  • Copy of High School Diploma (or its equivalent) and/or Official Transcript (must be in English – guidelines below)
  • If applicable, Official College/University Transcripts (must be in English)
  • Audition materials (see individual Major requirements below)

All materials may be uploaded through the music department website Online Application page

NOTE: If official documents (transcripts, diplomas, etc.) are in a foreign language, they must be translated into English by either notary public or by recognized credential evaluation organization)

Application Deadlines:

International studentsMay 10 for fall and November 10 for spring semester.

Domestic studentsJuly 10 for fall and December 10 for spring semester.

Audition

An audition is required of all undergraduate applicants. Auditions are accepted in the form of video and/or audio recordings, and scores according to the following criteria:

Major FieldsAdditional Information
Contemporary Composition/Film ScoringOne original composition/recording and score
PerformanceVoice
Electric/Bass Guitar
Drum/Percussion
Piano/ Keyboard
Two video performances in two genres
Songwriting One original song/recording and lead sheet
Contemporary Christian Worship MusicTwo video performances
OR
One original composition/recording and score
Music ProductionPortfolio of two recordings and program notes

Contemporary Performance Majors:

Please submit two video performances in two different genres (Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, Fusion, Blues or Latin). Video recordings must be submitted on disc, or as a YouTube link. Please do not send video files as email attachments. Original songs are welcome, but not required.

Contemporary Composition & Film Scoring Majors:

Please submit one of your original instrumental compositions in two forms: as a recording and as a written score (PDF format). Recordings may be submitted as an MP3 email attachment, and/or a film clip or live video performance as a YouTube link. Please do not send video files as email attachments.

Songwriting Majors:

Please submit one of your original songs in two forms: as a recording and as a written lead sheet (PDF format). Recordings may be submitted as an MP3 email attachment, or live video performance as a YouTube link. Please do not send video files as email attachments.

Music Production Majors:

Please submit a portfolio that includes at least two recordings of music that exhibit your technical and creative work in the recording studio. Your submission should clearly represent your skill as a recording engineer, and may also include any additional abilities you have as a producer, musician, or composer.

Contemporary Christian Music Majors:

Please pick from the following: 1) Submit two video performances of Christian music, and/or other genre (Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, Fusion, Blues or Latin). Video recordings must be submitted on disc, or as a YouTube link. – OR 2) Submit one original composition/song in two forms: as a recording and as a written lead sheet (PDF format). Recordings may be submitted as an MP3 email attachment. Please do not send video files as email attachments.

Your portfolio should also include a brief written description of the contents explaining your contribution to each of the song titles and any other relevant information such as your working process and influences. Portfolios may be submitted in the following formats: email attachments (MP3 and PDF only – no video file attachments please), CD, DVD, or URL links.

Placement Exams for Entering Bachelor of Music Students

All students who enter the Bachelor of Music program are required to take placement exams in Fundamentals of Music, and Instrumental Proficiency before first semester classes begin. Instrumental auditions allow the department to place students with the best private instructors.

A passing score on the Fundamentals of Music exam allows the entering student to move directly to Theory I class. The degree requirement for the Fundamentals of Music class is satisfied, but the credits are not transferrable. The student must still complete all 128 credits to graduate, and may add an additional elective course to fulfill the credit requirement.

Transfer of Credits

Students entering the Bachelor of Music program with previous college credit may transfer credits in core music courses in the following manner:

  • Musicianship, Theory I/II, and Jazz Harmony I/II may be transferred through an exam process. Passing the Musicianship, Theory I/II, and/or the Jazz Harmony I/II exams allows the student to move directly to the next higher course in the sequence. The degree requirements for the relevant courses are satisfied, and credit units will be transferred if the student’s official transcript shows equivalent course work. If credits are not transferrable, passing the exams satisfies the degree requirements, but the student still must complete all 128 credits to graduate, and may add additional elective courses to fulfill the credit requirement.
  • Music History credits are automatically transferrable without exam if the student’s official transcript shows equivalent course work.
  • Instrumental Proficiency (private lesson) credits are transferrable if the student’s official transcript shows equivalent course work, but the student must pass the proficiency level required for the student’s major in jury examination to graduate.
Menu