School of Music
Dale E. Monson, Director
C-550 HFAC, (801) 422-8903
College of Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center
D-444 HFAC, (801) 422-3777
Admission to Degree Program
Enrollment in the School of Music's degree programs is limited.
Prospective majors must pass an audition and aural skills exam.
Please consult the General Information section below and visit the
college advisement center for details.
The School of Music respects and celebrates the historic position
of music at the heart of a liberal education and the gospel. From
ancient times, music has proven its power to enlighten the
understanding, strengthen the spirit, and shape character. With
this power music civilizes and invigorates any society in which it
In the School of Music the student learns self-discipline
through rigorous practice in pursuit of accurate and passionate
performance. The student also learns cooperation and mutual
sensitivity through ensemble work. In the study of music theory
and history, the student comes to hear and appreciate the
grammar and syntax of various musical languages, to distinguish
nuances of style, and to grasp the ways in which styles intertwine
Students learn in a variety of situations: private lessons, small
seminars, multimedia labs, and large lectures. These are offered
with a holistic approach that embraces academic rigor, intuitive
insight, physical grace, and spiritual eloquence.
The School of Music leads its students toward careers in
performance, studio teaching, music education, creating and
managing music projects for the media, recording and sound
technology, arts management, music journalism, composition,
music therapy, and other music-related professions. Because the
music curriculum is rigorous, it is also an excellent
pre-professional course of study for those interested in fields as
diverse as law, business, library science, or medicine. Whatever
degrees one obtains, however, an education in music pertains not
only to earning a living through the art but also using the art to
enhance one's satisfaction and joy in living.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in
addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following
- The university core, consisting of requirements in general and
religious education. (See University Core for details. For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see the current class schedule.)
- A minimum of 30 credit hours in residence
- A minimum of 120 credit hours
- A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office
Undergraduate Programs and Degrees
Students should see their college advisement center for help or
information concerning the undergraduate programs.
Graduate Programs and Degrees
- Admission applications to the School of Music must be received by January 15 (for vocalists, December 1).
- All entering students (including transfer students) must pass
a performance audition on their major instrument (or voice).
Live auditions are held on the last Saturday of January.
Students who cannot attend the live audition must submit an
audio or VHS videotape for consideration; these tapes must be
received by January 15. See the School of Music office (C-550
HFAC) for further details regarding the audition process and
requirements, or call (801) 422-8903.
- All entering students must also pass an aural skills examination.
They may take this examination in one of three ways:
(1) in a group, at admissions auditions on the last Saturday of
January; (2) individually, at the BYU Testing Center (call 
422-6129 to schedule times), or (3) individually by proctor at
other locations (call the School of Music office to arrange).
Students may take the exam as many times as desired to
improve their score. (Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on
the aural part of the AP music exam are exempt from this test.)
- All students who do not have a keyboard emphasis (piano or
organ) must complete the piano proficiency requirement by
the end of the sophomore year. Students can fulfill this
requirement by (1) taking one or both of Music 221, 222, or by
(2) taking the Piano Proficiency Exam. (Call the School of
Music for more details.)
- Upon acceptance as a music major, each student must meet
with their academic advisor in the college advisement center.
- Students who pass either part of the AP Music Test with at
least a score of 4 should check with the college advisement
center before registering for core courses.
- All major performance instruction must be in the same
instrument (or voice).
- All students registered in Music 161, 250R, 260R, 360R, or 460R must
complete an examination before a faculty jury on their major
instrument (or voice) near the end of each semester of
performance study. (With the approval of the faculty, students
may elect to substitute a juried public recital for a jury
examination.) Students wanting to enter Music 360R or 460R
(normally after the sophomore year) must first be granted
approval to do so by a faculty jury.
- All students must fulfill the ensemble requirements of their
individual degree programs as described below. Ensemble
requirements are filled through a mixture of assigned
"Category 1: Approved Large Ensembles" (Music 311R
[University Chorale] if placed by audition, 312R [Men's
Chorus], 313R [Women's Chorus], 314R [Concert Choir], 315R
[University Singers], 325R [Symphonic Band], 326R [Wind
Symphony], 337R [Symphony Orchestra], and 338R
[Philharmonic Orchestra]) and "Category 2: Other Ensembles
Approved for the Major," as allowed in each degree program.
Only one approved large ensemble per semester may count
toward this requirement, and this ensemble assignment is
determined by the student's major instrumental teacher or by
choral audition, not by the student. The total ensemble
requirement should be completed in consecutive semesters of
enrollment beginning the freshman year. Students may not
enroll in more than two conducted or directed ensembles per
- All transfer students must have their previous university work
in music evaluated by the appropriate BYU School of Music
faculty members to determine what credits will be accepted in
the transfer (see the college advisement center for referrals).
We subscribe to the policy of the National Association of
Schools of Music and carry no obligation to accept upper-division
music credits from other member schools.
- If any course the School of Music is failed twice, the student
is dropped from the major.
- Students temporarily leaving the School of Music or private
studio instruction (for a mission, Study Abroad, etc.) for one or
more semesters before their major requirement is completed
are required to file a deferment form with the School of Music
office (C-550 HFAC). Failure to do so may result in the loss of
any music scholarship as well as private studio instruction in
the semester or two following the student's return to BYU.
- It is expected that School of Music students attend at least
eight concerts and two School of Music-sponsored lectures
each semester, in the process seeking greater exposure to a
more diverse variety of music literature and thought. For more
information see the "Undergraduate Handbook" published by
the School of Music.