Music Therapy

2014-2015 Audition Dates

Applications must be completed no later than two weeks before a chosen audition date.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - Closed
Friday, February 6, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Step One -- Submit an application to Montclair State University

Before applying to the Cali School, all prospective students must first complete the application to the University offices of Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions:

Step Two - Apply to the Cali School

After applying to the University, all students must apply to the Cali School through Decision Desk (link below).

The audition process for both undergraduate and graduate applicants for this area of study includes:

  1. Audition on primary instrument or voice (see details below)
  2. Interview with music therapy faculty member: as part of the interview, undergraduate candidates are required to sing a song from any genre of music (popular, rock, blues, jazz, show, etc.) while self-accompanying on piano or guitar. Graduate candidates are required to sing two songs from any genre of music, self-accompanying one with piano and the other with guitar. For both undergraduate and graduate applicants, use of basic chords to support the harmonies of the song—versus precise, written accompaniment—is fully acceptable.*
  3. Music theory/aural skills placement test
  4. Music history syllabus review for undergraduate transfer students who wish to transfer music history credits: submit a course syllabus for each music history course for faculty review and approval.

Note: Faculty members interview prospective students in Music Therapy in order to assess suitability.

Audition on primary instrument or voice

1. Review the audition requirements for your academic level and area of interest:








2. For an online audition, prepare an audition video including specific requirements for your instrument or voice and upload it on the Decision Desk website. For live auditions, be prepared to

  • Perform on your primary instrument without an accompanist, voice with an accompanist to be provided
  • Bring your own instrument (exception for percussion)
  • Bring your own music as an instrumentalist, and music for the accompanist as a vocalist
  • Take music theory test (used for placement if you are accepted to the School; different tests for freshmen, transfers, post-baccalaureate and graduate applicants)
  • Transfer applicants only: submit a course syllabus for each music history course for faculty review and approval if you want to transfer credits
3. Complete the online application at Decision Desk to schedule your audition.

General Notes

  • Applications will be processed within two weeks.
  • Applicants must satisfy both the audition criteria of the Cali School of Music as well as the academic criteria of the University.
  • Non-music majors may only take general education music courses.
  • Music minors are not currently offered.
  • Musical Theatre auditions are not held at the Cali School: Apply here

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the audition process, contact the Auditions Coordinator 973-655-7610 or

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