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.

The application to the Music program therefore is a two-step process:

1. Apply to York University

Submit your application to the York University: School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design - Music program on the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) website.

2. Complete your Supplementary Evaluation

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

An in-person evaluation is a key component of many of our programs. We strongly encourage all our applicants to attend an in-person evaluation 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 you from coming to campus, you may arrange a distance evaluation by contacting Please include your full name, York Reference Number and an explanation of your circumstances in the email.

Once you have completed Step 1 (above) and received your York Reference Number from our Office of Admissions, we will send you an email with instructions to complete your supplementary evaluation.

i) Online Component

The online component consists of a questionnaire that 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, Master Card or American Express), and book an appointment for your in-person evaluation.

ii) In-person Evaluation

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


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.

Applicants who are unable to come to campus may submit a video recording of their two contrasting selections electronically. We do not require a professional recording. A basic ”home” recording will suffice provided the recording quality does not detract from hearing the 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, you may download the sample Theory Evaluation PDF

Long distance applicants who are submitting a recorded audition will be able to complete this component online at the same time.

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

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