Bachelor's Degree Admissions

Applying for the Bachelor's degree in Music

Follow these important steps of the admission process in order to be considered to the Bachelor's Degree in Music program.

  • Step One: Apply to the University

    Get Your NSHE ID

    Apply to the University, including the application for University scholarships which is a part of the admission application. You will be assigned a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) ID. This is a system-wide ID issued to students applying to schools within NSHE. Once you apply, the ID is e-mailed to you.

    What is a NSHE ID?

    The NSHE ID is a system-wide ID issued to students applying to the Nevada System of Higher Education. Once you apply, the NSHE ID is sent to you by email or postal letter, or both. You will use your NSHE ID to access the MyNEVADA Web site for accessing information and tools for your enrollment. You need this ID to be considered for scholarships and financial aid from the Department of Music.

  • Step Two: Reserve an audition time or send a video

    Live Audition Dates

    Call the Department of Music Office after Nov. 1, 2019 to Reserve an Audition Time

    Phone: (775) 784-6145

    Las Vegas Auditions: All students except Jazz

    Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020: 3:30-8 p.m.
    Friday, Jan. 24, 2020: 3:30-8 p.m.
    Ed. W. Clark High School

    Reno Auditions: All Students

    Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    University of Nevada, Reno
    University Arts Building

    Jazz students

    Reno area students may audition on Jan. 25, 2020, or in case of a conflict with the Folsom Jazz Festival.

    Vegas area students, please contact Adam Benjamin directly to arrange a live audition

    Video Submissions

    If you are unable to attend an audition in person but wish to be considered for program admission and scholarship consideration, you may email a video audition to You can attach a video to your email, or include a YouTube link. Write 2020-2021 Program and Scholarship Audition in the Subject line of the email. In the text of the email, please include your name, instrument or voice type, school currently attending, and intended major. This must be received by Feb. 1, 2020. It is important to follow all other steps on this page in order to be considered for admission.

  • Step Three: Review audition requirements

    Audition Preparation

    Your audition selections should not be "works in progress" - make every effort to achieve a level of mastery appropriate to a recital or concert performance.


    In general, instrumentalists should prepare a single work or two contrasting movements, totaling no more than eight minutes, which demonstrate technical proficiency, sound and phrasing. Candidates should also be prepared to perform major scales with common articulations. Piano accompaniment is not required. However, you may bring an accompanist with you if you wish.

    Detailed information for specific instrumentalists and other audition requirements:

  • Step Four: Apply for a Department of Music scholarship


    Download, fill out and mail the scholarship application form:

    The 20-21 Scholarship Application form is no longer available. Check back on Nov. 1, 2020 for the 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Form.

    Mail to:

    University of Nevada, Reno
    Department of Music Scholarships / 0226
    Reno, NV 89557-0226

    Important Notice

    To be considered for any institutional scholarship, including Department of Music scholarships, all students must complete the Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship Application in MyNEVADA. Select Student Center, Supplemental Forms, then Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship Application. The deadline for this is Feb. 1 annually.

    To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require or prefer financial need, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and include federal school code 002568-00; University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV. This must be done between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1 annually. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA (such as international students or students with DACA status), may complete the Institutional Methodology for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students Form and submit it between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1 annually.

    The Department of Music accepts music scholarship applications from incoming freshman, transfer students, continuing students, and graduate students . To be eligible for consideration, students must apply for admission to the University (including submission of official transcripts and, for new first year students, official ACT or SAT test scores) prior to application for any departmental scholarship.