The Music Department receives many more applications than we are able to admit. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to SUNY Buffalo State as early as possible.
As soon as you complete your application, go on to Step 2.
At this time we are asking students to submit a YouTube link to a private video. Below are directions for how to upload a video to YouTube. Make sure you make your video “available to those with the link” instead of “public”, unless you want it to be openly searchable. Vocalists may perform a capella, or with recorded accompaniment, if access to live accompaniment is not possible; instrumentalists should perform a capella.
Once the music department faculty have received your recording, we will reach out to schedule an interview, either over the phone or using Skype, FaceTime, or whatever face-to-face technology you might be familiar with.
All students who audition are automatically considered for Music Department scholarships!
Now that you have been accepted to Buffalo State and have an audition scheduled, it’s time to prepare for your audition.
Take a look at the audition requirements and select pieces to perform at your audition. We suggest selecting pieces with your music teacher’s help. Practice your pieces until they are performance ready. You may also be asked to sight-read during your audition.
Students will be given diagnostic tests in Music Theory and Ear Training upon arrival to campus. These exams are meant to help us place you in the appropriate level of each course. Your admission to the music department will not be affected by your performance on the diagnostic exams; however, the results of the exams may impact degree-completion time. All incoming students are encouraged to review the Music Theory Study Guide and the Aural Perceptions Study Guide prior to taking the diagnostic exams.
All applicants must provide a prepared essay about their most influential teacher. This person does not have to be a music teacher, but needs to be a person who has had a profound influence on your life.
In this essay, describe your relationship with this person and why this person has been a positive role model, guide, and inspiration. Memorable characteristics and educational experiences are also important to mention.
Length: 500-750 words
Font: Times or Times New Roman
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