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Application Process

Admission to the Music program at York University is based on both academic and artistic criteria. The University sets academic admission standards, while artistic admissibility is assessed locally in the department.

Your application to the Music program involves several steps:

1. Apply to York University

Submit your application to York University: School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design - Music on the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) websiteIf you are not a current high school student, you may also be eligible to apply directly through the York University Office of Admissions.

2. Complete your Supplementary Evaluation

Once you've applied to York (Step 1 above) and have received your York Reference Number from the Office of Admissions, you may proceed to the Supplementary Evaluation website.

The supplementary evaluation for our music program includes an online questionnaire and an in-person audition on campus.

i) Online Questionnaire

The online questionnaire helps us learn about your academic and artistic background as well as your specific interests and goals as they relate to Music. 

At the end of of the questionnaire, you will be asked to pay a $60 evaluation fee (payable by VISA, MasterCard or American Express), and book an appointment for your in-person audition.

ii) In-Person Evaluation

Your in-person evlauation appointment will consist of an audition and a music theory test.

We strongly encourage all our applicants to attend an in-person audition on campus as it offers you the most extensive and engaged experience. However if you live more than 400km away from York University, or have other extenuating circumstances that preclude your coming to campus, please email musicprg@yorku.ca to let us know why you're unable to join us in person (include your full name and York Reference Number). You will be able to upload your audition materials on our supplementary evaluation website.

Audition

On the day of your audition, you will be asked to present two contrasting pieces which reflect your current interests and ability. 

You must provide your own accompanist if your performance requires one. The choice of accompanist is up to you. View a list of some professional accompanists.

If you are unable to audition in person, you may upload a video performance of your two contrasting selections on our Supplementary Evaluation website. We do not require a professional recording. A basic ”home” recording will suffice provided the recording quality does not detract from hearing your performance clearly.

During your audition, you may also submit scores and/or recordings of arrangements or compositions you have created and essays you have written on music, if you wish.

Theory Exercise

You will be asked to complete a theory exercise immediately following your live audition. To view some of the types of questions you may expect, download the sample Theory Evaluation PDF

Distance applicants who are submitting a recorded audition will be able to complete this component online.

If you have formal training, you're invited to provide copies of documentation eg. RCM grades, showing the level of theory, performance and history studies you have attained.

Additional Program Information:

Do you have more questions about the application or evaluation process for this program? Want to know more about your next steps? Ask ampd@yorku.ca


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