You must submit a portfolio of three original compositions. These should be works you consider your best compositions so far, that show as much breadth and depth as possible. These printed scores should be neat and should demonstrate your interest in and care toward the craft of composition—your works should include tempo markings, dynamics, articulations, and should reveal an attempt to express your musical ideas as clearly as possible. If you have audio recordings of one or more of the pieces in your portfolio, you are welcome to include them with your submission; you can submit audio files (.wav, .aif, .mp3) on a USB drive, CD, or CDR, or you can email/share files via email with Dr. Steve Ricks directly using DropBox, Box, Google Drive, or some other web-sharing format.
Admissions decisions will be based on a careful review of your portfolio and audition results.
Please email all portfolio material no later than January 15th to email@example.com.
To share audio files for your portfolio, or for answers to questions about applying to the Composition program, please contact:
Dr. Steven Ricks
Division Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition
The portfolio consists of three components:
- Three recorded examples of your best original works or productions. Works can be original songs, arrangements and/or various recorded productions or media compositions (jingles, film cues, recordings of your engineering skills if you are more of an audio specialist, and the like).
- A typed document describing the roles, credits, technologies and efforts you used in creating the works. We need to know what we are listening to and a detailed explanation of what part you had in its creation. Printed scores, charts and supporting documents may be included.
- A résumé-type document that includes any other information such as software skills, audio technical knowledge, any additional musical and technical background and experience that would make you desirable as a Commercial Music candidate.
- These items can be submitted electronically or by mail via CD and a portfolio binder.
The Portfolio will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Composition / Writing
- Sonic Quality
- Technical Knowledge
Portfolios may be submitted either electronically or in a physical form with an audio CD or DVD and hard copies of documents and enclosures. Electronic submission: Compress all relevant files into a “.zip” file labeled with your name, ie. JohnSmithCommercialMusic.zip.
- Click here (hyperlink: https://byu.app.box.com/f/0b4a45f776d042a883ad4f33c9e6bc1b) and upload your portfolio.
- DO NOT send us a shared link to Google Drive, Drop Box, YouTube or any other cloud based storage for your main portfolio. (You may include hyperlinks in your documentation for supplemental works if desired)
- Your total .zip file size should be less than 300 MB.
- If you have any questions contact the School of Music Admissions office at: 801-422-2660 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical submission: Place all documents and an audio CD in a folder and label it “Portfolio Submission” and deliver or mail to: School of Music Admissions Commercial Music C-550 Harris Fine Arts Center Brigham Young University Provo, UT 84602-6410 Recordings and portfolios will not be returned to the applicant. Please do not submit original documents or master recordings.