A student-centered education in the heart of UW–Madison

We are a community of musicians, scholars, and teachers. Since its beginning in 1895, the School of Music has lived out a commitment to practical and enriching student-centered musical education. Our faculty and staff provide models of academic and artistic leadership, and our students reap the benefits of a dynamic public university and the limitless intellectual and artistic opportunities provided in Madison, Wisconsin.

What we look for in our applicants

Just like the UW–Madison’s general admissions process, the School of Music has a holistic application review. While individual specialties may apply their own criteria, broadly speaking we are looking for qualities such as leadership, community engagement, and success in other areas, in addition to academic excellence and potential for growth and achievement in music. Pre-college musical opportunities and interests vary widely between individual applicants. Musical engagement and drive to excel may be evidenced by a wide range of qualifying experiences. We also consider personal background and potential to contribute to the School of Music community.

Auditions for entry in Spring 2024/Fall 2024 will be HYBRID (your choice of remote or live) for all audition areas. Please review the application/audition information below for additional important details.