Applying to Queens College
Academic admission to Queens College is separate from the School of Music application and audition process. All students must apply to Queens College online by visiting The Queens College Admissions Website.
For any questions feel free to call the music office at 718-997-3800 and we will do our best to assist you with the application process.
The application fee is $65 for Freshman applicants and $70 for Transfer applicants.
Applications must include a $125 application fee, official transcripts from your previous colleges or conservatories, three letters of recommendation, and a personal essay.
Applying to the Aaron Copland School of Music
All undergraduate programs and the Master of Music programs require an audition and placement exam. A link to each program's Audition Requirements is provided in the program descriptions below.
- Fall 2019 Entrance Audition Dates for Undergraduate and Master of Music (Classical) Programs:
- Piano: Sunday, February 24, 2019
- Percussion: Sunday, February 24, 2019
- Strings- General Music and Music Education: February 24, 2019
- Brass: Sunday, March 3, 2019
- Guitar: Sunday, March 3, 2019
- Voice: Sunday, March 3, 2019
- Strings- Performance: Sunday, March 10, 2019
- Woodwind: Sunday, March 10, 2019
- Master of Music in Jazz: See here.
All undergraduate music applicants are required to take the Music Placement Exam on the day of the audition. Further details on the Music Placement Exam can be found here.
School of Music applicants must apply using Acceptd for the following programs:
- All Undergraduate Programs
- Master of Music in Classical Performance
- Certificate and Diplomas in Classical Performance
- Master of Arts Programs
To apply, click on any Apply Now link below to access Acceptd, then select your degree level and program to complete your application.
Bachelor of Arts (BA): General Music Program
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is an academic music program which is designed for a student who plans to become a composer, conductor, college music teacher, theorist, musicologist, arranger, music librarian, or critic. This program provides a solid, structured musical education and a firm foundation for more advanced career studies. The program is a traditional, classically-based program, but may be useful for those pursuing careers in music business, arts management, and music publishing.
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Music Education
The Bachelor of Arts with Music Education prepares students for New York State Initial Teacher Certification in Music PreK-12. This program (coordinated with the Queens College Division of Education) provides a solid structured musical education and a firm foundation in music pedagogy for students preparing to teach in public or private schools. These students complete the college liberal arts studies, the foundational music curriculum, along with education and music education classes.
Bachelor of Music (BMus): Performance Program
Admission to this professional performance program is by competitive audition for qualified instrumentalists and singers. The program is planned to equal the training available in a conservatory course of study. It includes intensive private instruction in the major instrument, ensemble requirements, and a senior recital, in addition to the required music curriculum, and addition to the liberal arts academic sequence mandated by Queens College.
Five-Year/Graduate Hybrid Programs:
Bachelor of Music Degree with Music Education Certificate (BMus-MusEd)
This program is for students who have been accepted into the Bachelor of Music program but also wish to pursue teacher certification. For the first two years students follow the standard Bachelor of Music curriculum including the college liberal arts requirements. Beginning in their junior year they add the music education sequence and education courses required for certification. Typically this will require at least one additional year of study in order to meet all requirements including student teaching. The fifth year will be done as part of the advanced certificate program following the student's graduation with the Bachelor of Music degree. Students in this program will be automatically admitted to the advanced certificate program upon their Bachelor of Music graduation. Taking performance auditions and Music Qualifying Exam are required for this program.
Bachelor of Arts – Master of Arts Degree (BAMA)
This program is for students entering the Aaron Copland School of Music with concrete academic and goals that include graduate study. For the first two years students follow the standard program of study for which they have auditioned (BA or BMus). Before the conclusion of the student’s sophomore year, they must meet with the program adviser of their intended academic area, and present relevant coursework for entry into the Bachelor of Arts – Master of Arts hybrid program (BAMA). Beginning in their junior year, accepted students may partake in select graduate level course work at the discretion of their program adviser. Typically this will require at least one additional year of study in order to meet all requirements of both the undergraduate and graduate program. Students in this program will be automatically admitted to the Master of Arts Program, pending successful completion of relevant coursework.
Certificate and Diplomas in Classical Performance
The Professional Studies and Artists Diploma Programs provide access to the finest music performance education. Ideal candidates may be:
- International students who possess advanced degrees in music from overseas institutions and are ready for advanced musical performance training in the United States, but do not have the required English language skills to enter an MA program.
- Students seeking to enroll in graduate study, but are not yet deemed eligible for the Master of Music Program, or students seeking an additional year of study prior to entering a graduate music program.
Performance — Advanced Certificate (MUSPERF-AC)
Requires a completed Music Undergraduate Degree
Performance — Professional Studies — Advanced Certificate (MUS:PSD-AC)
Requires a completed MA or MM degree
Performance — Advanced Diploma (MUSPERF-AD)
Requires a completed MA or MM degree and the Professional Studies in performance
Chamber Music — Advanced Diploma (MUSCHAM-AD)
Requires a completed MA or MM degree and a pre-formed chamber group
Master of Music in Classical Performance
The MM in Classical Performance includes private instruction in the major instrument or voice, ensembles, studies in historical performance practice, and other courses geared to the needs of classical performers. A student may major in a standard orchestral, keyboard, or early-music instrument, in classical guitar, voice, or conducting (orchestral or choral).
Master of Music in Jazz Studies
The MM in Jazz Studies includes private instruction, jazz ensembles, studies in jazz harmony, improvisation, arranging, recording techniques, and other courses suited to the needs of today's jazz musician. Students may major in either jazz performance or jazz composition.
Master of Arts in Music
The MA in Music provides necessary training for classical composers, for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies in musicology or theory, and for students who plan to enter other music-related fields. Students may major in composition, theory, or music history (musicology).
Master of Science in Music Education
The Master of Science in Music Education program is designed to increase the professional knowledge and skills of probationary teachers working toward professional certification. The program stresses the foundation and psychology of music and education, the teaching of elementary general music, vocal and instrumental pedagogy, conducting and research.
The Queens College Foundation has very generously given over $400,000 for graduate scholarships this year. New applicants for Fall 2019 entry should apply by April 15 in order to be considered.
Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate in Music (pre-K-12)
The Advanced Certificate Program is a non-degree program comprised of pedagogical courses mandated by the New York State Education Department for Initial Certification. Students will be guided through the pedagogical coursework and student teaching.