Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

BSMTx Application Process

Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy degree must submit both an IUPUI university online application and a Music and Arts Technology online application. If approved to do so via this application process, prospective students will also be required to take an audition/interview and two short online placement exams (see Audition Information below). While a prior formal music education is not required to be admitted the program, some previous informal musical experiences (local choirs or bands, acapella groups, orchestra, music tech programming, solo performance, etc) are required. 

Admission Requirements

  • First, acceptance to IUPUI - Apply Here
  • Second, submission of the Department of Music and Arts Technology application - Apply Here
  • Third, if approved, complete a scheduled audition/interview session and two short online placement exams (see Audition Information below).

Upcoming audition dates are available from the Music and Arts Technology online application.


General Audition Information

The required audition/interview session allows applicants to demonstrate 1) an explanation of interest in the discipline of music therapy, 2) performance capabilities on one or more musical instruments, 3) vocal performance capability, 4) creative endeavors related to the arts, and 5) activities related to community service and/or therapeutic care.

Additional areas to be assessed, but not required for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, include 1) knowledge of software or hardware music technologies and 2) comprehension of music theory.

We recognize that not all potential music therapy students will have experience with music technology and music theory; however, the audition committee seeks applicants likely to excel in a degree program balancing music therapy course-work with the allied areas of music theory, performance/creative skills, and music technology. Therefore, both areas will be assessed during the audition process.

A “primary instrument” declared for degree entry is to be used in the audition for a performance/creativity skill demonstration (i.e. a specific instrumental/voice, or “applied music technology” such as laptop/software, midi controllers, etc.). This choice determines a student’s path for individual studio instruction throughout the degree. **See below for detailed primary instrument/technologies information**

Audition requests will be processed only after submitting your application. If an audition is approved and scheduled, you will receive information on how to take two short online placement exams related to the degree program. These online exams must be completed prior to the audition date. Note that 1) your acceptance into IUPUI as a student and 2) the departmental application must both be completed at least three weeks prior to the date of the requested audition.

Remote Auditions

If you live within a reasonable distance of Indianapolis, it is expected your audition will be in-person. If excessive travel distance to Indianapolis prohibits an in-person audition, or you require an accommodation due to a documented disability, you may contact the department to request a remote video audition. A remote audition is normally conducted on one of the specified departmental audition session dates.

For more info or questions, please contact Ms. Julie Wynn, Academic Advisor, Department of Music and Arts Technology  317-278-3264

What to Expect at the Audition 
Auditions are planned for 15 minutes. Specific scheduling that day will be determined by our department audition administrator. An applicant should be prepared to address, though demonstrations and/or verbal responses:

  • What is your interest in the field of music therapy?
  • What is your background in music?
  • What are your singing experiences and/or training?
  • Do you have prior experience with music software and/or audio hardware?
  • What music theory skills do you possess?

Equipment Provided at the Auditions:
• A small analog mixer connected to a stereo PA
• HDMI video cable connected to a large LCD screen
• a bass amp and a guitar amp
• grounded power outlets
• a table and X stand
• a piano
• a music stand
Please Note:
• A computer will not be provided for an applicant’s use in the audition 
• Please bring any cables necessary for connections to your audio and computer equipment.
• Audition sessions may be video recorded for possible review by department administrators or faculty. Under no conditions will these recordings be made available for any other purpose or to any other individual.

Specific Audition Requirements by Primary Instrument:


  • Perform one piece of your choosing for your instrument. This should be from a solo or ensemble competition list, or should be emblematic of your instrument if it is a non-symphonic instrument such as guitar. For examples of appropriate music, please visit the Indiana State School Music Association for a listing of Group I solos. The list of Group I vocal solos are found here:
  • Sing one of the following songs in the key of your choosing: America, the Beautiful, Down in the Valley, Home on the Range, Scarborough Fair, or This Land Is Your Land
  • Perform major scales in 1-2 octaves
  • Sight read two examples on the primary instrument


  • Perform one piece of your choosing. This should be from a solo or ensemble competition list.
  • Sing one of the following songs in the key of your choosing: America, the Beautiful, Down in the Valley, Home on the Range, Scarborough Fair, or This Land Is Your Land
  • Perform a major scale in 1 octave
  • Sight sing two examples

 Applied Music Technologies as Primary Instrument

Please demonstrate three different pieces of work representing a variety of experience and skill with music technologies. The applicant must clearly articulate their role(s) in each work and by what means they employed music technology. Essential demonstration items would include exhibiting competency with a fully featured digital audio workstation software, understanding basic concepts of mixing audio, work methods for digital and analog audio, and the ability to articulate standard functions of audio hardware. Experience with related fields of engineering and technology, one or more acoustic instruments, music theory, and/or composition is also to the advantage of the applicant. A student pursuing applied music technology as a performance medium will take private music technology lessons and serve performance, creative, and/or production roles with appropriate department ensembles.