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Important Note:

Deadlines for application to ECU for fall semester enrollment are March 15 for those applying for freshman status and April 15 for transfer students. However, you are strongly encouraged to apply by December 1. Completed music applications must be received at least one month prior to your requested audition date.

Admission Procedures
To major or minor in music at East Carolina University, you must be admitted to the School of Music through a competitive audition process. This audition is in addition to the regular undergraduate admission requirements of East Carolina University. Acceptance to East Carolina does not guarantee admission to the School of Music, and conversely, acceptance as a music major does not guarantee acceptance to East Carolina University.
  • 1. Admission to the University
    Application to East Carolina University is made through the office of Undergraduate Admissions, 252-328-6640, www.ecu.edu/admissions. Deadlines for fall semester enrollment are March 15 for those applying for freshman status and April 15 for transfer students. However, you are strongly encouraged to apply by December 1.
International Students are required to apply through the Office of International Affairs, www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/intlaffairs/apply.
  • 2. Admission to the School of Music
    Application to the School of Music is made by completing a Music Application which requires a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation. Completed applications must be received at least one month prior to your requested audition date.  Request an application online
  • 3. Audition
    A satisfactory music performance audition/evaluation is required of all prospective freshmen, transfer students, and students being readmitted. An acceptable level of performance is determined through a personal audition on the major applied instrument, theory/musicianship diagnostic exam, and personal interview. Transfer students will be given more specialized tests to determine their levels of study in music theory, ear training, music history, and piano. Refer to our page on recommended audition material.
Curriculum
East Carolina's School of Music is a major music school that is part of a research university that offers students a professional music degree with the benefit of a broad, liberal arts education.

All East Carolina students must meet the foundations curriculum guidelines. These courses equal one-third of a music student’s undergraduate curriculum and include English, social sciences, humanities and fine arts, science, mathematics, and health and physical education.

The bachelor of music degree requires a common core of music courses. These courses are designed to develop your technical and musical abilities and include music theory, music history, ear training, piano, orchestration, conducting, applied music, and performing groups. You must present a minimum of  a half recital on your major instrument.

At the end of your sophomore year, you will select a concentration majors available (visit the Academic Programs page).

For more information on the specific degrees, visit the Academic Programs page or view a complete listing of our music faculty.

If you need more information or have questions concerning admission to the School of Music, you can contact the Director of Music Admissions:

Christopher Ulffers
Director of Music Admissions
School of Music
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858-4353
252-328-4281 voice
252-328-6258 fax
ulffersj@ecu.edu e-mail