Auditions & Required Assessments

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) offers non-audition track programs (Music Business & Recording Arts) and audition track programs (Music Business, Recording Arts, Music Performance, and Singer/Songwriter). 

Non-audition track programs are designed for students who hope to work behind-the-scenes in the music industry. Our non-audition track programs do not require any supplemental application forms. Any applicant who is admitted to CU Denver can start in these programs. Non-audition track students can start in any semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer). The deadline to apply for the Fall Semester is August 1st but we recommend that students apply much sooner than this. 

Audition track programs are designed for students who want to master an instrument and have career options in performance. ​

Audition track applicants must complete supplementary MEIS application requirements (listed below) in addition to the CU Denver application. Audition track applicants are only considered for a fall start at CU Denver. Applicants looking to start during the Spring Semester must start as non-audition track students before auditioning to attempt to switch to an audition track program for the fall. Audition track applicants must complete all three requirements below. These may be completed in any order but they all must be completed by April 1st.


  1. CU Denver Application - Applicants must apply to CU Denver through the Admissions Office Webpage and be admitted in order to be considered for admission to the MEIS Department. Applicants are encouraged to apply to CU Denver before January 1st in order to qualify for full academic-based scholarship consideration. 
  2. Music Theory and Ear Training Assessment Exams - All audition track applicants must complete the online Music Theory and Ear Training Assessment Exam as part of their application to the MEIS Department. Applicants must score at least a 55% on the exam in order to be considered for admission. The exam is completed online and is free for applicants. Please use the pdf Exam Study Guide as a resource and take free practice tests on the Website.
  3. Audition - All audition track applicants must either submit an audition video or conduct a live audition with our faculty by April 1st. Our live audition dates can be found below. Applicants who choose to audition by video may upload audition videos beginning on September 1st to the Get Accepted website. There is a $30 application fee to submit an audition video. The faculty will review audition videos and contact applicants about the next steps. Please note that faculty may still require an in person audition. 

Audition requirements for Music Performance Program emphasis areas:



Drum Kit

Electronic Digital Instrument


Low Brass




Violin, Viola




Audition requirements for the Singer/Songwriter Program:

Only for Singer/Songwriter Emphasis applicants. Music Business and Recording Arts Audition Track applicants cannot choose singer/songwriter for their instrument. Applicants must accompany themselves on either piano or guitar.

Live Audition Dates

The live audition dates for Fall 2019 applicants are:

Friday, November 30th

Friday, February 1st

Friday, March 1st

Friday, March 22nd

Please note that we host MEIS Open House events on each live audition date. Applicants can learn more about faculty, students, facilities and programs, and audition on the same day!

To schedule a live audition date, please contact the faculty member listed on the Audition Requirements Sheet (above). While in-person auditions are strongly preferred, live auditions may be conducted by Skype or Facetime for out-of-state students who are unable to visit campus.




Proficiency testing in the MEIS department allows students to pass out of courses in Music Theory, Ear Training and Sight Singing, and Piano. By testing out of one or more of these classes, students are waived of the requirement to take the class, but no credit is awarded for the class. Instead, the credits must be made up with other courses offered by the MEIS department.

Review Proficiency Testing guidelines and schedule a proficiency test.