BACHELOR OF MUSIC ADMISSIONS INFO

Application deadlines, fees, and details can be found below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department directly at 1-800-ALL-PLAY or email admissions@mi.edu.

BACHELOR DEGREES OFFERED

Bachelor of Music in Performance (Contemporary Styles)

Bachelor of Music in Composition

ADMISSIONS INFO

  • ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    1. Satisfactory completion of an accredited secondary school program (high school) or its equivalent. Students are advised to follow a college preparatory curriculum with four years of English, three years of Social Sciences and as many music courses as are practical.
    2. At least three years of study on the primary instrument (Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Drums, or Vocal).
    3. Music reading ability in both treble and bass clef.
    4. Knowledge of and interest in contemporary styles.
    5. Working knowledge of keyboard harmony.
  • APPLICATION PROCESS

    The admissions procedure for Bachelor of Music consists of three parts:

    1. Completed application for Harmony, Theory and Ear Training form with all required documents
    2. Written entrance test
    3. Complete the following for the program to which you are applying:
      1. Bachelor of Music in Performance Applicants: Video Performance Test.
      2. Bachelor of Music in Composition Applicants: Audio recording (digital format) of two examples of music in any style written by the applicant (solo or ensemble, instrumental or vocal) accompanied by notation (lead sheet, score or piano reduction).

    After your written application is received, reviewed, and approved, you will receive a written Bachelor of Music entrance test by mail. This must be completed and returned along with an unedited video recording of yourself performing speci c instrumental playing requirements (details provided with entrance test).

    Please send all of the following items together by mail or email:

    • Completed application form.
    • High school diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution.
    • $100.00 USD application fee.
    • A 250-word written essay describing why you want to attend Musicians Institute.
    • Domestic students: SAT or ACT scores (from within the previous five years); SAT minimum: 500 Critical Reading, 500 Mathematics, 500 Writing; ACT minimum: 21. (SAT/ ACT scores are not required if applicant has satisfactorily completed at least one quarter of postsecondary schooling, including MI, at 12-units per quarter minimum).
    • Two letters of recommendation from instructors or professors you have studied with for at least one year, including one recommendation in music and one recommendation in academic areas.
    • Transfer credit information from prior college or university (if applicable).

    TUITION DEPOSIT (DOMESTIC STUDENTS ONLY)
    Upon acceptance to the Bachelor of Music program, students are required to submit a refundable deposit in the amount of $300.00 USD to secure their placement. The deposit is applied toward the first quarter’s tuition and is completely refundable in the event of cancellation of enrollment.

  • INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION PROCESS

    The $100.00 USD application fee, which must be submitted as an International Money Order, Postal Money Order, Bank Wire Transfer, or Credit Card for U.S. funds.

    • If a student’s principal language is not English, he or she must present veri cation of English language pro ciency through a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOEFL acceptance score is 61 (Internet-based), 500 (paper- based) or 173 (computer-based). The minimum test score on the IELTS is a score of 6.
    • TOEFL/TOEIC test scores are not required of international applicants if either of the following conditions are met:
      • Student has graduated from an MI AA Program
      • Fully completed applications will be reviewed with placement priority given to students in the order of accepted application. Accepted applicants will be notified by mail and telephone. Applicants who are not accepted will receive notification by mail only, along with the specific reasons for non-acceptance.
  • REGISTRATION

    • Students are expected to arrive prior to the start of classes for registration and orientation.
    • Late registration will be held until Friday of the first week of classes.
    • Registration after the first week of classes is by permission only.
    • Students who need housing/roommate assistance should arrive at least two weeks prior to the start of classes.

    • Daily housing meetings and new student tours will take place during registration week.
  • PLACEMENT EVALUATION

    After you are accepted by the Bachelor of Music Program, you will be given a placement evaluation to determine your experience level in several fundamental areas of music and musicianship.

    In some cases, you may receive advanced placement in certain subjects in which you may already be pro cient.

    Placement evaluations will take place on the Wednesday of Week 12. Students will not be scheduled for classes until their evaluations are complete.

  • NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

    Orientation will be held on the Thursday prior to the start of classes. During this meeting, you will learn about school policy and procedures, Student Affairs, Juries and other school-related topics.

  • GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER CREDITS

    The two main components of the Bachelor of Music Degree are the music coursework and the general education:

    • Student is a Foreign National.
    • Resident Foreign National applicants must take either ESL or SAT/ACT tests for admittance to the college.
    • A nonimmigrant student F-1 Visa is required for all degree programs (see International Student Information for details).

    For more information, see the International Student Information section.

  • ADMISSIONS DEADLINES AND NOTIFICATION

    The Admissions Department must receive a completed written application, plus all of cial documents, required materials, and completed Harmony, Theory & Ear Training and Performance DVD tests by the following dates:

    NEW STUDENTS

    • FALL: July 31
    • WINTER: October 30
    • SPRING: February 1
    • SUMMER: May 2

    Fully completed applications will be reviewed with placement priority given to students in the order of accepted application. Accepted applicants will be noti ed by mail and telephone. Applicants who are not accepted will receive noti cation by mail only, along with the speci c reasons for non-acceptance.

  • TUITION DEPOSIT (DOMESTIC STUDENTS ONLY)

    Upon acceptance to the Bachelor of Music program, students are required to submit a refundable deposit in the amount of $300.00 USD to secure their placement (see Letter of Acceptance for details). The deposit is applied toward the rst quarter’s tuition and is completely refundable in the event of cancellation of enrollment.

  • GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER CREDITS

    The two main components of the Bachelor of Music Degree are the music coursework and the general education requirements. To fufill the general education degree requirements, students must complete 45-quarter units or 30 semester-units in liberal arts subjects. For this purpose, Musicians Institute has a partnership with Los Angeles City College (LACC).

    All required general education courses, including a wide selection of subjects in English, mathematics, natural science, social science and humanities are offered on the nearby LACC campus. MI students may register for appropriate general education courses in consultation with LACC advisors, with support and coordination from Musicians Institute. LACC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

    See Bachelor of Music Degree requirements for a summary of required general education credit distribution. Students may also transfer up to the maximum number of required general education units from institutions other than LACC, pending review and approval by the Dean.

    Acceptance of coursework will be based on standards set by the National Association of Schools of Music and Musicians Institute, as well as comparisons to offerings from LACC.

  • MUSIC TRANSFER CREDITS

    The maximum number of transfer credits that may be applied to satisfy music coursework requirements varies according to the student’s initial placement in the areas of Private Lessons, Ensembles, Harmony, Theory, Ear Training, and Reading.

    In no case may the total number of transfer credits (music and general education combined) exceed the maximum allowed under the Residency/Transfer of Credit Requirement (see Policies).

  • APPLYING FOR TRANSFER CREDIT

    Provide official transcripts and course catalogs of all college studies that are relevant to the desired transfer credits to:

    Musicians Institute Office of Admissions
    6752 Hollywood Boulevard
    Hollywood, CA 90028

    Transfer students who enter Musicians Institute with missing official transcripts or classes in progress must meet with the Dean of Baccalaureate Programs during their rst quarter to con rm the transfer of those credits. The Admissions Of ce must receive all transcripts before the end of the student’s rst quarter of enrollment at Musicians Institute.

    Note: See the Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Musicians Institute under Additional Information.

  • ABILITY TO BENEFIT NOTICE

    Musicians Institute does not participate in Ability to Bene t Programs. As such, all students must meet minimum admissions requirements.

  • REQUIREMENTS FOR MI ASSOCIATE DEGREE STUDENTS APPLYING TO THE BM PROGRAM

    Applicants who complete an Associate of Arts in Performance in Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboard Technology, or Vocals at Musicians Institute with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, while meeting all other Bachelor of Music admission requirements, will be admitted to the Bachelor of Music Program.

    Each admitted student will be given a placement test in Harmony, Theory and Ear Training and placed at the appropriate level in those subjects (in some cases, remedial coursework may be required). Students who complete an Associate of Arts Degree at MI with a GPA lower than 3.30, or students who complete an Associate of Arts Degree (Combined Emphasis), will be required to complete additional tests as part of the Bachelor of Music application process.

    Acceptance for admission will be subject to meeting minimum test requirements.

  • TRANSFER CREDITS FROM MI ASSOCIATE TO BM PROGRAM

    Applicants who have completed MI’s Associate of Arts Degree in Performance (Bass, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, Drum, or Vocal), and have been accepted to the Bachelor of Music Program, may transfer the following credits (for passed courses) toward their Bachelor of Music Degree completion requirements:

    • Instrument Study: 12 credits
    • Additional credits from upper-level Associate’s classes
      may be transferred based on results of Bachelor of Music entrance evaluation. These credits may include:

      • Private Lesson: up to 8 credits
      • Ensembles: up to 4 credits
      • Electives: up to 9 credits

    Transfer credits for students who are admitted to the Bachelor of Music Program after completing the Associate of Arts Performance Degree will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE

The transferability of credits you earn at Musicians Institute is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree or certi cate you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, degree, or certi cate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Musicians Institute to determine if your credits, degree, or certificate will transfer.

DISCLAIMER

While Musicians Institute provides no guarantee that employment will result from attending or completing any program offered by the institution, we are dedicated to assisting students in nding professional opportunities. For more information on the Career Development department in the Artist Support Center.

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