InstrumentalArts (MFA Only)

Before applying, please make sure to familiarize yourself with the InstrumentalArts Programs/Specializations, faculty, facilities, curriculum and view student work.

Please note that you must complete all Admissions Requirements as well as the portfolio requirements to be considered for admission.

to audition at 27 locations throughout the U.S. Please make sure you also apply using the if you use DEN to audition.

What is DEN? The Disklavier Education Network (DEN) offers pianists the opportunity to record their college admission auditions on a Disklavier reproducing piano, complete with synchronized video. These performances are subsequently shared with audition committees through the cloud. When these recordings are played back on CalArts’ Disklavier piano, the piano will actually reproduce the original performance as though the student was playing live. (Please note: DEN charges a $150 fee for auditions).

Your audition or recordings should include your performance of three works in contrasting styles chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth/Twenty-first Centuries. The audition or recording must clearly demonstrate your level of performance and range of repertoire. Memorization of the pieces to be performed is preferred. In a live audition, expect to demonstrate your abilities in sight-reading and the identification of chords, scales and rhythmic patterns. When a live audition is not possible, you should submit evidence of ability in these musicianship skills. This evidence may take the form of letters from major teachers and/or transcripts of prior musical courses or private training.