For students beginning in the 2019–2020 academic year:

Instrumental auditions are held October through April each year and are scheduled based on the appropriate faculty members' availability. Instrumental auditions can be scheduled on vocal audition days if the instrumental faculty is willing and able.

Once you are admitted to the university, we will contact you with possible dates based on the month(s) you chose on your application. It is preferred instrumentalists chose available months for auditions on their application and preferred vocal audition days if necessary.

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Prepare no more than ten minutes of literature from one or two pieces. Appropriate literature includes solos and etudes, such as the All-State/District audition etudes. Also be prepared to play at least three major scales to demonstrate range and technical facility. Sight-reading is an important aspect of the audition. Students with expertise in jazz improvisation are also encouraged to include a demonstration of these skills at the audition (bring a play-along CD for accompaniment).

If distance precludes you from traveling to Millikin for an audition, you have the option of auditioning virtually. Once you have received notification from Admissions that you have been admitted to Millikin, your first step is to either email a YouTube link or mail an unedited DVD recording of you performing your two audition pieces. It is preferred that your recording is received within one month of your official acceptance to Millikin.

Once your recording has been reviewed, you will be contacted again to set up a time to Skype so your basic music skills can be assessed. You will be emailed a PDF for testing, vocalists will need access to a piano or keyboard and instrumentalists will be tested on their instrument. After you have completed the skills assessment you will find out the cumulative results of your audition and have an opportunity to speak with a member of the music faculty.

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College of Fine Arts Scholarships are offered to students based on their talent and potential for contribution to the School of Music.  For exceptionally promising musicians, we offer the Dean's Scholarship for Excellence in Music. Recommendations for music scholarships are based on the audition. You are automatically considered for a College of Fine Arts Scholarship when you audition for the School of Music. Since scholarships are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, it is better to schedule your audition earlier in the year rather than later.

Millikin offers more than $20 million annually from its Millikin University Tuition Grants and Scholarships fund. Scholarships and grants are financial aid awards that do not have to be paid back. Scholarships are often based on academic achievement or talent, or financial need, and deadlines and requirements vary. All MU scholarships apply toward tuition only and require full-time enrollment. Available scholarships outside the School of Music include:

  • ADM Scholarship
  • Alumni/Legacy Scholarship
  • Caterpillar Scholarship
  • Leadership Scholarship and Fellows Program
  • Leighty Science Scholars Program
  • Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program
  • Millikin Merit Scholarship
  • Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Sibling Scholarship
  • Sly Scholarship
  • Amati String Scholarship

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