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The College of New Jersey Department of Music offers a superior experience for undergraduates in music education and performance. Majors in the areas of voice, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano and accordion will be considered. Admission to the Department of Music is competitive.

Upon receipt of your application to the College and your information forwarded to the Department of Music, our Audition Specialist will contact you about scheduling an audition . Please refer to the information below regarding the application and audition process.

Questions regarding your application and/or audition may be directed to:

Course Sequence Guides
Degree Requirements
Jury Requirements

Application Process

Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions is responsible for receiving your application materials, forwarding your application information to the Department of Music, updating your application status based on your audition performance, and notifying you of your application decision.

Department of Music

The Department of Music receives your application information from the Office of Admissions. An audition is scheduled and the results of that audition are forwarded to the Office of Admissions. Specific information on auditioning can be found below.


Your application to the Department of Music at The College of New Jersey will follow this process:

  • Application materials received in the Office of Admissions
  • Application information forwarded to the Department of Music
  • Audition date scheduled by the Department of Music
  • Audition completed and results forwarded to the Office of Admissions
  • Office of Admissions will notify you of your application decision

Students who wish to audition for the music major should:

  1. Complete TCNJ’s Admissions Application
  2. Consult the Audition Requirements Handbook

2013-14 Audition Dates:

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 (Early Decision and Transfer)
Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Auditions for Wednesday, February 5th have been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 12th.  Please check your email for further instructions.

Audition dates are scheduled and confirmed by the Department of Music after your application has been forwarded to us by the Office of Admissions.  Please check that your application to The College of New Jersey is complete.

Advanced Placement Tests

During the orientation program in June, students who have been accepted into the College as music majors will be given the option of taking advanced placement tests in Keyboard Skills and in Musicianship. Please consult the following documents for further information about the skills to be assessed in each of these tests:

Special Instructions for Vocalists

Piano Accompaniment

Taped or CD accompaniment will NOT be permitted under any circumstances. Candidates are encouraged to rehearse with and bring their own accompanist to the audition. If this is not possible, an accompanist will be provided for vocal auditions. Please be aware that because of time constraints, rehearsal time will not be available with this accompanist. There will be enough time to discuss tempo and musical markings only.

If the candidate plans to use the accompanist provided by TCNJ, the candidate must make this request and must provide the following information to the Music Department no later than five business days before his/her audition:

  • Titles and composer names for musical selections (not the music itself unless specifically requested to do so)
  • Title of collection or edition
  • Publisher name of music to be sung
  • Key of piece (please use letter key, not voice part or “medium-high”)

The candidate may email this information to Dr. Hickman at or fax it to her at 609.637.5182.

Special Instructions for Pianists

Pianists who will audition for the music major are asked to submit a list of the standard works that they have performed and/or studied during the past three years to Dr. Kanamaru at or fax it to her at 609.637.5182. This list should be submitted at the time of application or by four weeks prior to the audition date, whichever comes later. Please include your audition date if it has been scheduled by that time.

Sample Repertoire List (This is meant to serve as a model only; the format is not limited to this particular format.)

Special Note for Pianists & Guitarists

Pianists and Guitarists are required to audition on a secondary instrument as well. Please consult the Audition Requirements Handbook for further information about this requirement.