BSMT Application Process

Application Process

Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology degree must submit both an IUPUI university online application and a Music and Arts Technology online application. If approved to do so via this application process, prospective students will also be required to take an audition/interview and two short online placement exams (see Audition Information below). 

Admission Requirements

  • First, acceptance to IUPUI - Apply Here
  • Second, submission of the Department of Music and Arts Technology application - Apply Here
  • Third, if approved, complete a scheduled audition/interview session and two short online placement exams (see Audition Information below).

Upcoming audition dates are available from Music and Arts Technology online application.

General Audition Information

The required audition session allows applicants to demonstrate interests, skills, and experiences in 1) music performance and creativity, 2) contemporary music technologies, 3) other arts-related creative, technological, and/or engineering fields, and 4) comprehension of music theory. Applicants are not required to demonstrate in all of these areas, though the audition committee is seeking applicants likely to excel in a degree balancing music technology course-work with music theory and performance/creative skills. 

A “primary instrument” declared for degree entry is to be used in the audition for a performance/creativity skill demonstration (i.e. a specific instrumental/voice, or “applied music technology” such as laptop/software, midi controllers, etc.). This choice determines a student’s path for individual studio instruction throughout the degree. Regardless of primary instrument, applicants are encouraged to bring computer-based demonstrations to illuminate skills and experiences in areas noted above.**See below for detailed primary instrument/technologies information**

Audition requests will be processed only after submitting your application. If an audition is approved and scheduled, you will receive information on how to take two short online placement exams related to the degree program. These online exams must be completed prior to the audition date. Note that 1) your acceptance into IUPUI as a student and 2) the departmental application must both be completed at least three weeks prior to the date of the requested audition.

Remote Auditions

If you live within a reasonable distance of Indianapolis, it is expected your audition will be in-person. If excessive travel distance to Indianapolis prohibits an in-person audition, or you require an accommodation due to a documented disability, you may contact the department to request a remote video audition. A remote audition is normally conducted on one of the specified departmental audition session dates.

In exceptional cases, when a qualified prospective student cannot audition on any of the specified departmental audition session dates, a request may be made for approval of an audition at another time. Contact our audition administrator for further information.

For more info or questions, please contact Ms. Julie Wynn, Academic Advisor, Department of Music and Arts Technology  317-278-3264  julwynn@iupui.edu

What to Expect at the Audition

Auditions are planned for 15 minutes. Specific scheduling that day will be determined by our department audition administrator. An applicant should be prepared to address, though demonstrations and/or verbal responses:

  • What experience do you have with music software applications and technology hardware?
  • What goals do you have for study in audio engineering and/or related technological fields?
  • What is your general background in music?
  • What instrument(s) do you play? and from how much formal instruction?
  • What areas of music theory have you studied?
  • What brings you to choose IUPUI for pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology degree program?


Equipment Provided at the Auditions:

  • A small analog mixer connected to a stereo PA
  • HDMI video cable connected to a large LCD screen
  • a bass amp and a guitar amp
  • grounded power outlets
  • a table and X stand
  • a piano
  • a music stand


 
Please Note:

  • A computer will not be provided for an applicant’s use in the audition 
  • Software-based work to be demonstrated must be shown to the audition panel in the native software. Rendered, bounced, or otherwise exported playback files do not represent an acceptable demonstration. Likewise, using playback files from a cellphone is not adequate, the audition panelists expect to “see” the development process of a work on the provided video monitor.
  • Please bring any cables necessary for connections to your audio and computer equipment.
  • Audition sessions are video recorded for possible review by department administrators or faculty. Under no conditions will these recordings be made available for any other purpose or to any other individual.

Specific Audition Requirements - Applied Music Technologies as Primary Instrument

Please demonstrate three different pieces of work representing a variety of experience and skill with music technologies. The applicant must clearly articulate their role(s) in each work and by what means they employed music technology. Essential demonstration items would include exhibiting competency with a fully featured digital audio workstation software, understanding basic concepts of mixing audio, work methods for digital and analog audio, and the ability to articulate standard functions of audio hardware. Experience with related fields of engineering and technology, one or more acoustic instruments, music theory, and/or composition is also to the advantage of the applicant. A student pursuing applied music technology as a performance medium will take private music technology lessons and serve performance, creative, and/or production roles with appropriate department ensembles.

Specific Audition Requirements -Instrumentalist or Voice as Primary Instrument

Demonstrate 1) two or three contrasting pieces of repertoire for your instrument, 2) major/minor scales, 3) sight reading as requested (provided at the audition)


Students are encouraged to choose repertoire that best represents their experience, skill level, and artistic range. It is also to the advantage of an applicant to include a brief demonstration of experience/interest with music technologies.

If you are auditioning on the following, please note:

Percussion:
For a percussion audition, you will want to perform a couple of music selections that demonstrate your percussive abilities. That could be a snare drum solo, mallet selection, drum set styles or world percussion demonstrations, or anything that highlights your skill on percussion instruments emphasizing your musicianship. It would be beneficial to present selections of contrasting styles. There is a possibility you would be asked to sight-read. We can have a drum set and/or a marimba/vibraphone available for you to perform on for the audition. Note that in the application  percussionists are asked to specify if they will need a 1) drum set and/or 2) mallet percussion provided for the audition.

Guitar:
All students should be prepared to demonstrate the following: 1) perform two contrasting pieces of repertoire, 2) perform major scales in 1-2 octaves, 3. Demonstrate site reading abilities (provided at the audition.  Students are encouraged to choose repertoire that best represents their skill level and artistic range. While we do not require specific repertoire or dictate required genres, we do encourage students to select pieces that are focus specifically on guitar skills. (i.e. not simply strumming chords to accompany a song.)  Our most successful students have tended to audition on either classical or jazz pieces. These tend to demonstrate an ability to read standard notation and handle the music that you will be expected to work with at the college level. Some suitable examples are as follows (students are free to choose something from any other style as well, but are encouraged to select examples that demonstrate an equal level of technique/musicianship regardless of the style chosen).  Examples from any of the following collections (or equivalent) would be appropriate audition material: 1) Royal Conservatory of Music Guitar Repertoire Series, Grade 2 or above, 2) 100 Graded Classical Guitar Studies – Fredrick Noad, 3) Classical Studies for Pick Style Guitar – William Leavitt, 4) Jazz Songbook – William Leavitt, 5) Maiden Voyage, Volume 54 – Jamey Aebersold, 6) Killer Joe, Volume 70 – Jamey Aebersold, 7) Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos, Volume 1 and 2.  If you have any further guitar-related questions please contact: John Alvarado, Senior Lecturer of Guitar joalvara@iupui.edu.