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College of Music / Admissions / Application Instructions / Graduate Programs / Doctor of Music in Performance / Percussion


Path to Admission

Step 1: Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.

Step 2: Complete the College of Music supplemental application.

The College of Music application will require you to submit the following items:

  • Audition
    • You will be asked to register for an audition date. Please be prepared to do so. If you are unable to audition on-campus, you may upload a recording through the application.
  • Vita/Resume
    • Include education, background, experience, honors and awards, publications, names of former teachers, and any other important information.
  • Comprehensive List of Repertoire
  • Scholarly Writing Sample
    • Acceptable scholarly writing samples may include either:
      • A paper of at least 5 pages submitted for an MM-level course, including proper citations and appropriate bibliography; or
      • Program notes for the pieces to be performed for the audition (same criteria for minimum length, citations and bibliography apply).
    • Please note that an anti-plagiarism monitoring program to ensure the originality of the work may be used to check papers.
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
    • It is strongly preferred that Letters of Recommendation be submitted electronically via the secure form available through the College of Music Application. Alternatively, we will accept letters submitted via email (, regular mail, or fax.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Please send transcripts directly to:

     Florida State University
     Office of Admissions
     282 Champions Way
     Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to FSU and contain an official seal and signature.

Transcripts bearing the statement "issued to student" or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

International applicants must send a certified English translation with the original transcript.

Step 4: Complete your College of Music audition.


Other Requirements

Grade Point Average

In order to meet the Florida State University requirements for graduate admission, applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree. Applicants not meeting this requirement may be considered for admission, but only by special exception.  To determine your upper-division GPA, please consult the GPA calculation worksheet.  If your upper-division GPA is below a 3.0,please be sure to address this deficiency in your Personal Statement.  You are also encouraged to have your referees address your academic preparedness for graduate study in their letters of recommendation.


Meritorious Financial Aid

College of Music Assistantships

All graduate applicants are automatically considered for College of Music Assistantships.  To ensure consideration, applicants should complete all application requirements (with the exception of the audition or interview) by December 1st.

University Fellowships

Please note that University-wide fellowships require a nomination by college faculty and administration.  If you wish to be considered for one of these fellowships, please take the following steps to ensure timely consideration of your materials:

  • Send an email to indicating the fellowship(s) to which you are applying.
  • Submit all application materials by December 1st.
  • If your program requires an audition, you must register for the first audition weekend in January.  (If auditioning by recording, your recording must be received by December 1st.)


International Requirements

  • Langauge Proficiency Exams (only one of the below exams are required)
    • Internet based TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 97
    • Paper based TOEFL (TOEFL): 590
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 90
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7.5
  • Speak Test - required for students interested in assistantship consideration.
  • Certification of Financial Responsibility - Please send directly to the Center for Global Engagement (

Review the International Information section of this website for specific details.


Important Admissions Dates and Deadlines

December 1

  • Priority Deadline to begin the application process.

January and February

February 15

  • Final application deadline. Applicants in all performance areas must have completed the online application and be registered for an audition by this date.