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Welcome to Penn State School of Music!

Looking for a B1G Ten university that balances serious music study with a student experience that will prepare you for a career and enrich your life? You can stop looking now. At Penn State, you will find the ideal match between the wealth of opportunities found in a B1G Ten University and the individualized attention provided in the intimate environment of our School of Music.

Enrolling approximately 325 students, the school grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of programs that help students develop as performers, teachers, and scholars. We also serve an additional 1,000+ students annually who enroll in our high-quality academic courses designed to fulfill general education requirements or complete a minor in musicOur faculty members are internationally renowned performers and pedagogues who care deeply about their students and use their talents to make a positive impact around the globe.

The School of Music presents more than 400 public events each year, and we also hear wonderful performances presented by the Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Penn State ensemble students regularly perform in the greatest concert venues on the east coast with our annual President's Concert series.

As many things have changed this year, so has the ability to visit University Park campus.  Engage in a virtual campus tour to learn more.  You may also be interested in our state of the art facilities within the School of Music.  

Completing your application via ACCEPTD for the required audition, is only one step in the four-step process. 

  • First, be sure to submit your Penn State application via MyPennState, CommonApp or Coalition. Note: The Penn State ID number you are given is required to submit the ACCEPTD materials
  • Next, submit the audition scheduling form and refer to the audition requirements for the materials you need to prepare for submission on ACCEPTD.
  • Submit the required materials on ACCEPTD no later than the deadline indicated.
  • Finally, the audition/interview completes your process.

Until all steps are completed a decision will not be made.

Multi-instrumentalists need to submit a subsequent application for each instrument they are auditioning in. Please enter the following coupon code to waive the fee: 02penn2021

If you have more questions about general admission to Penn State, please contact our director of enrollment, Kelly Praskovich via email - or set up a virtual appointment.  If you have specific questions about the School of Music admission, please contact Music Admissions coordinator, Irene Kohute via email –

We know this is a family decision and we will be here for you every step of the way.  We're thrilled that you're interested in sharing your talent with us and we're just as excited to get to know you!

R. David Frego, director
Penn State School of Music

If you are unable to afford the fee to submit your materials through Acceptd, please review this support information.

For technical questions, please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.