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The Music Major at Sacramento State is a rigorous four-year (Undergrad) or two-year (Graduate) course of study with a traditional conservatory curriculum, providing classical or jazz training. We offer the following degrees:

All of our degree concentrations have performance as a foundation. In addition to applying for admission to Sac State, all applicants must complete an entrance audition (except Graduate candidates in Conducting or Composition).

  • Graduate candidates in Conducting should contact the Graduate Coordinator
  • Graduate candidates in Composition should submit a portfolio as outlined in the Audition Info sheet

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High School Seniors and Junior College students: attend our FREE Open House on Sunday, October 9 from 10am-3pm. Enjoy brunch, a recital featuring Sac State Music Majors, meet our Faculty and Staff, and find out more about what it's like to be a Music Major at Sac State.

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Apply to Sac State

The first step to becoming a Music Major at Sac State is to complete a admission application to California State University, Sacramento. Select the correct option below:

First Time Freshman
Transfer Student
Graduate Student*
International Student

* Graduate student applicants should read the Graduate Admissions Supplement for important information relating to your application

Audition Process

Once you've applied for admission to Sac State, select your audition repertoire (see the Audition Info table below) and submit an Audition Application to the School of Music for the correct semester of entrance:Spring 2023 Audition Application

Fall 2023 Audition Application

  • Prior to completing the Audition Application above, we recommend that you create lists of:
    • Previous private instructors
    • Performance group experiences
    • Repertoire studied (at the end of this section in the Application, you are welcome to submit a statement of purpose for your desire to study Music at Sac State).

Spring and Fall 2023 auditions will be held virtually by video submission. Instructions are at the end of the Audition Applications linked above.


Mark Allen, Music Admissions
(916) 278-6543

Audition Info/Repertoire

The faculty of the School of Music has compiled lists of suggested repertoire for your entrance audition, as well as some basic information on what your studies here at Sac State will include. Below are links for individual instruments and areas of study. (This information assumes that you have already completed a Sac State admission application. You may audition prior to acceptance to Sacramento State.)

Scholarship Info

Scholarships are awarded based on the strength of your Entrance Audition. To qualify for scholarship consideration, you must audition on or before the February audition date (for the following academic year awards).

Placement Exams

All entering Undergraduate music majors must take the theory, musicianship, and piano placement exams prior to initial enrollment (all music minors must take the theory and musicianship exams only). The theory and musicianship placement exams may be taken only once. The results of these exams will determine whether the entering student will begin the theory, musicianship, and class piano sequence in any of the lower-division courses or in the upper division.

Read More On The Placement Tests

Advising Worksheets

New Advising Worksheets are coming for Fall 2022 - through Civitas. Stay tuned for more!

Shadow Day

Want to learn more? Consider a Shadow Day! Spend a day with us on a weekday, and join one of our students as you attend classes, lessons, and rehearsals.

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