Study Music at UNR
The study of music at UNR is an exciting prospect for high-achieving students. We are glad you are interested. This page will direct you to the information you need to set the admissions process in motion. You'll find briefs on entrance requirements, financial aid, scholarships, and on how the Department of Music evaluates applicants. If you have any questions specific to the Department of Music admissions process, don't hesitate to call the Department office at 775-784-6145, or stop by. We're open Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. You can also email our Administrative Assistant, Cynthia Prescott with all your Department of Music questions. If she doesn't immediately have the answer, she'll find the person who does.
Important Admissions Deadlines
First Year Applicants for Fall (undergraduate):
- Music Scholarship Application Deadline: February 1
- FAFSA Deadline: February 1
- Nevada Advantage/WUE Deadline: February 1
- Final University Application for Fall Admissions Deadline: June 1
Note: If you are a new student, you must audition for the program, regardless of whether you want to be considered for a scholarship.
First Year Applicants for Spring:
- Application Deadline: January 5
For All Returning Students
- Music Scholarship Application Deadline: December 1
- Fall Scholarship Deadline: February 1
- Application Deadline: July 15
Transfer/Bachelors Applicants Spring:
- Application Deadline: January 5
Non Degree/Graduate Special Applicants:
- Fall Application Deadline: Second Friday before school starts
- Spring Application Deadline: Second Friday before school starts
Visit the Graduate School website for program deadlines.
Visit the Admissions page for more information on the above deadlines, GPA requirements, SAT and ACT test scores, high school transcripts, college transcripts, application fees, and how to apply online or by mail.
Graduate Admission to the Department of Music
Graduate students have their own specific steps to follow for admission into the graduate program. The process is two-fold with requirements to be met from both the Graduate School and the Department of Music.
Undergraduate Admissions Process
General First Steps
For general admissions information, the University Web site has several pages that can be helpful in understanding the admissions process at UNR:
- UNR Admissions Home Page
- This page offers a university-wide introduction to the admissions process with information on how to plan for college, how to set up a campus tour, and more. You can begin your investigation according to what type of student your are or intend to be (first year, returning, transfer, graduate, veteran, international, etc.)
- Applying to University of Nevada, Reno
- This page introduces the application process itself. You will find information about incoming Freshman requirements, minimum GPA requirements, transfer requirements, etc.
- Apply Right Now Online
- You can begin the application process right on line. Simply open an account. Once created, your account can be used to save and re-edit all of your applications on the ApplyWeb system, as well as submit your applications to the admissions department.
- Costs, Scholarships & Financial Aid
- This page offers general information on how to estimate the cost of going to UNR, initial steps for applying for financial aid and university scholarships, external scholarships, scholarships for Nevada high school graduates, student loans, the Pack Advantage, and more. There is also Scholarship and Financial Aid specific to the Department of Music.
- Records and Registration
- This is an information and resources gateway for students. Find information about procedures for finding an academic advisor, official dates and holidays, application and registration deadlines. You can also access current class schedules, the general course catalog, residency policies, and more.
Undergraduate Admission to the Department of Music
Acceptance into the University is the first step. The next step is to be accepted into the music program of your choice. Students planning to pursue a Bachelor of Music or Master of Music degree must audition.
Admission to the College of Education
Music Education Majors
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in music education will receive their degree from the College of Liberal Arts; however, they must also meet certain requirements of the College of Education to qualify for student teaching and state certification. Students must apply for admission to the College of Education to register for courses required for the degree.
Following are the criteria for admission into the College of Education:
- Completion of at least 30 credits of university level courses including the core requirements in English, Math, and Science.
- Students must have taken and achieved passing scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST). The PPST exam may be taken through PRAXIS, Educational Testing Service (609-771-7395), or locally at the Sylvan Learning Center, 940 W. Moana Lane, Reno (call 775- 829-2700 for an appointment).
- Completion of EDU 202 (grade of C or better); or, if this course has not yet been completed, students currently enrolled in EDU 202 may submit an application.
- An overall GPA of 2.50 is required for admission to the College of Education, and a 2.33 GPA in English 101 and 102 is required.
- Two letters of recommendation and a short essay are also needed to complete the process of admission to the College of Education.
For more degree information explore the following links:
- Degrees in Music Education Home Page
- Bachelor of Music, Music Education - Instrumental Track
- Bachelor of Music, Music Education - Voice Track
- Bachelor of Music, Music Education - General Music Education Track
Student Teaching Requirements
- Present negative TB test (this may be skin or chest X-ray) immediately prior to student teaching. Consult Student Health Service, personal physician, or Public Health Service.
- Maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 in professional education courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all courses.
- Maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher in music courses.
- Apply for student teaching by September 15 for Spring semester student teaching, and by February 15 for Fall semester student teaching. Forms are available from Director of Field Experiences, College of Education.
- All course work should be completed prior to student teaching, including the Senior Recital, MUS 498. In addition, students WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO APPLY TO STUDENT TEACH if they have not completed the Piano Proficiency Exam.
- It is recommended that all students obtain a Substitute License after attaining junior status, and prior to applying for student teaching. Applications are available from College of Education, Director of Field Experiences.