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Frequently Asked Questions
Students with a high school diploma are eligible to apply for the Certificate in Performance and the Artist Diploma. Please note that YSM does not offer a Bachelor of Music degree. YSM is a graduate professional school within Yale University. High school seniors are eligible to apply to the B.A./M.M., a joint degree program through Yale College and YSM.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for the Master of Music and the Artist Diploma.
Students with a Master of Music in the same major as the one for which they are applying are eligible to apply for the Master of Musical Arts and the Doctor of Musical Arts. They are also eligible to apply for the Artist Diploma.
There are no programs at YSM someone with a DMA is eligible to apply for.
No. Applicants may choose to apply to more than one program at YSM. However, should they be admitted for more than one instrument or area, students can ultimately only pursue a degree in one area.
I am already a student at Yale College but am interested in the B.A./M.M. program. Is it still possible for me to apply?
Yes, Yale College students interested in doing the B.A./M.M. program should speak with their private lesson instructor and academic advisor at the beginning of their third year. The application timeline for the B.A./M.M. program is the same as for all other YSM degree programs, with an initial deadline of December 1 and auditions by invitation the week of February 19, 2018.
I would like to major in voice, composition, or conducting. Am I eligible to apply for the B.A./M.M. program?
No, the B.A./M.M. program is intended for instrumental musicians.
I am interested in the B.A./M.M. program but want to pursue a Bachelor of Science at Yale College. Is that possible?
Yes, B.A./M.M. students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts and/or a Bachelor of Science for their undergraduate degree at Yale.
Yes, B.A./M.M. students can select any major for their undergraduate degree.
No, there is no additional cost to participating in the B.A./M.M. program. Participants in the program pay the cost to attend Yale College for four years. Yale College is generous with financial aid for students with demonstrated need, and applications for financial aid are submitted with the undergraduate application. The Yale School of Music is tuition-free, making the fifth year of the B.A./M.M. program tuition-free. YSM also offers a stipend to its students.
There is no set number of students to be admitted to the B.A./M.M. program each year. However, applicants should be aware that they are essentially auditioning for a graduate music school and are expected to be on par with those applying for our graduate-level degree programs.
It is not required that applicants play pieces from memory in their prescreening recordings (unless otherwise noted on the prescreening repertoire list).
Each movement, excerpt, or piece should be filmed in one continuous take. However, many applicants upload each component of the prescreening requirements as a separate video.
A pianist is not required for the prescreening recordings (unless otherwise noted), but it is recommended.
The prescreening requirements do not vary unless otherwise noted on the list of prescreening repertoire. Note that the prescreening requirements are the same even for students applying for the B.A./M.M.
Yes. The live audition is a fundamental part of the School of Music application process.
English is not my first language, but I have been living in the US for six years or more. Do I have to submit a TOEFL score?
You may request a TOEFL waiver if you have studied at English-speaking institutions full-time for six (6) or more years. For more about TOEFL waiver requests, see How to Apply.
No. We only accept TOEFL scores. For the internet-based test, we require a minimum score of 80 for A.D. candidates and 86 for all other degree programs.
I am a high school senior interested in the B.A./M.M. program. Can I apply to Yale College Single-Choice Early Action?
Yes. In order to apply to the B.A./M.M. program as a high school senior, a student must submit separate applications to both Yale College and the Yale School of Music. These application processes are completely independent of each other. Therefore, students should feel free to apply to Yale College either Regular Decision or Single-Choice Early Action. There is only one YSM application deadline (December 1). Note that YSM decisions will not be released until March 23, 2018.
Yes, applicants can apply for more than one degree program for the same instrument or area. There is no additional cost. Applicants will only be accepted to one degree program.
Yes, applicants can apply for more than one instrument or area. However, should you be accepted for more than one instrument or area, you will have to choose one.
Yes, all application materials (including recommendation letters and TOEFL/GRE test scores where applicable) are due by December 1. Test scores, which are mailed from ETS, should be en route to us by December 1.
Yes. As soon as you enter your recommenders’ contact information into your application, they will receive an email with a link to where they can upload their letter. We recommend applicants open an application early and input their recommenders’ information so that they have plenty of time to get the letters in by December 1.
Department of Music
Although both the Department of Music and the School of Music offer courses and programs of interest to any musician, they are not the same. Yale School of Music is one of Yale University’s 12 graduate professional schools with degree programs in instrumental (including piano) performance, voice performance, composition, and conducting. Degrees offered by YSM include the Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts, Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, and Certificate in Performance. The Department of Music offers an undergraduate music major (B.A.) and graduate programs (M.A., PhD) in music theory and musicology.
Yes. The Department of Music offers many courses relevant to YSM students.