Admission to Dana

This page contains important information about Undergraduate Admission to Dana School of Music, including YSU and Dana Admissions Procedures, Audition Requirements, Theory Test, Scholarships and Financial Aid.

It is expected that students be proficient in one or more areas of applied music before entering the University. Proficiency levels are determined by auditions, placement tests, and interviews. Students not qualifying for the standard course of study in a major area of applied music may take preparatory work until sufficiently prepared.


  1. Prospective students must apply to Youngstown State University in addition to auditioning for the Dana School of Music. Apply online or call our Admissions Office toll free (877) 468-6978 (877-GO-TO-YSU) or local (330) 941-2000 to request an application.
  2. Return the following forms to the Dana School of Music Office: Music Teacher's Confidential Report and the Confidential High School Evaluation Form. You may also receive these items via mail from the Music Office.
  3. Send an official high school transcript to the YSU Admissions Office.
  4. Schedule an audition with the Dana Music Office by clicking the link below. (Please note that all forms should be returned prior to the audition and must be returned prior to acceptance or scholarships.)


Fall 2022 Audition Dates:

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 |  8:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 19, 2022  |  8:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 26, 2022 |  8:30 AM

reserve an audition date

Note: If one of the above dates does not work for you, please make an individual appointment by calling 330-941-3636.

The audition should include a performance of material that illustrates your ability. An accompanist is desirable but not required. Students will be notified of the results of their audition by the Dana School of Music shortly after the audition date. Audition materials vary according to the performance area, but the following has been prepared as a guide to candidates planning to audition.

A selection of works including a composition by Johann Sebastian Bach, a movement from a classic sonata, and a work from the 19th or 20th century, all preferably memorized, demonstrate ability in major and minor scales, arpeggios and playing by ear.

Organ (an audition on piano to include):
A work by Bach, a movement from a classic sonata, a 19th or 20th century work. An organ selection may be performed, but the piano audition is required including scales and arpeggios.

All songs must be performed from memory with the live accompaniment (no pre-recorded music will be allowed). Candidates should provide their own accompanist if possible.

  • Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education

Two contrasting classical songs (folk song arrangements are also acceptable); one in English and the other in Italian, German, Spanish or French.

  • Music Minor

One classical song in English, Italian, German, Spanish or French.

Woodwind and Brass:
Approximately 10 minutes of solo and/or etude literature that demonstrates your best technical and lyrical playing (piano accompaniment is not required)

Applicants should prepare major and minor scales and arpeggios using a standard method of the applicant's choice and two works of contrasting styles.

See audition requirements posted on the Percussion Page

View guitar audition requirements.

Please submit written examples of compositions to Dr. Morgan, Recordings of performances of original works may be submitted. Composition students must also audition on an instrument or as a vocalist. Candidates should consult suggested audition material in their performance medium.

View audition requirements.  Students auditioning for any jazz programs will still need to schedule an audition for their primary instrument.


This test is given at each audition day and is a means of determining your placement in our music theory curriculum. It is required of all entering freshmen. The test results will be used only for theory placement and will have no effect on your admission to the University or potential scholarship awards.

The Dana Music Theory Placement Exam is designed to measure native and learned skills in pitch and rhythm discrimination -- as well as basic vocabulary necessary to the study of music theory. Students may enhance their performance on this test by studying the following:

  1. Basic reading of music in treble and bass clefs.
  2. Construction of scales including major, natural, harmonic and melodic minors.
  3. Construction of chords. (Major, minor, diminished, augmented)
  4. Construction and identification of intervals.
  5. Basic ear-training skills such as melodic dictation and recognition of chord qualities and intervals.

For more information, including practice tests, please visit: and click on "Music Theory Information for Prospective Students" at the bottom of the page.


A limited number of performance-based scholarships are granted on a competitive basis. Auditions for entrance into the Dana School of Music and for scholarship purposes are taken at the same time (one audition suffices for both). If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you must obtain financial aid forms from the Financial Aid Office. In addition to Dana School of Music scholarships, YSU offers awards based on academic achievement and financial need.


The University participates in a variety of loan programs. Those needing financial aid should seek assistance from the Financial Aid Office.