Undergraduate Application Process


Application and Admission 

If you're applying for an undergraduate music degree program, or an applied skills elective (instrument or voice), you'll need to follow the application process and do an audition. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Apply to the Registrar
    Submit a completed Undergraduate Application for Admission to the Dalhousie Registrar's Office. You may complete your application online or mail a paper application to the Registrar’s Office.
  2. Apply to the Fountain School of Performing Arts
    Submit a 2019 Supplemental Application Form directly to the Fountain School of Performing Arts. Please send this form directly to the Fountain School, NOT to the Registrar, as this will cause delays in scheduling your audition. Please note that we can't schedule an audition until we have received this form. You may also download a fillable pdf copy.
  3. Audition
    a) In-Person Auditions:  Once we have received your supplemental application form, we'll contact you to arrange a date and time for your audition. You'll need to follow the requirements for audition repertoire.
    b) Video Auditions:  While in-person auditions are preferred and recommended, if you can't make it in person we do accept video auditions, provided the video is received by the application deadline. You may also send other types of recordings, but these must be accompanied by a video. Again, you'll need to follow the requirements for audition repertoire. Once your video is reviewed by the audition panel, additional testing will be sent to and administered by your local music teacher. Please provide contact details for your teacher when you submit your video.
    For more information on how to prepare for your audition, including sample tests, please see The Audition page.
  4. Admission Decisions
    Audition results will be communicated to you and to the Registrar's Office by the Fountain School's Director. The Registrar's Office will inform you of your admissibility to Dalhousie University. Please note that acceptance by both the Fountain School and Dalhousie University is required. The Fountain School cannot override academic admissions decisions made by the university.

Please note:
Royal Conservatory of Toronto Theory Grades III-V do not equal the material studied in Dalhousie Music Theory classes.
• Transfer students should note that we do not accept automatic transfers of theory, aural skills, keyboard, or instrument/voice classes.  You must complete an audition, followed by equivalency testing, to determine transfer credits and your level of study at Dalhousie.


Applications to audition for Music programs should be governed by the following recommended dates. Please note that in order to be considered for a Dalhousie University entrance scholarship or a Fountain performing arts undergraduate scholarship, your application must be complete (including transcripts) by March 1. Music entrance scholarships are also available.

March 1, 2019

2019 Supplemental form received (Fountain School of Performing Arts)

Complete university application must be received (University Registrar) in order to be eligible for university entrance scholarships.

March 1, 2019
Scholarship audition (Dalhousie Arts Centre)
March 2, 2019 Scholarship audition (Yamaha Canada, Scarborough, ON) [to be confirmed]
March 8, 2019 Scholarship audition (Dalhousie Arts Centre)

Distance applicants who are submitting a video and wish to be considered for scholarships must have their video submitted by March 8
Early April 2019 University and Music entrance scholarships announced
June 1, 2019 Applications received after this date are subject to enrolment quotas (non-scholarship) and will be charged a $25 late application fee

Audition dates

It is to your benefit to audition in person. However, if this is not possible we will accept a video, provided it is received by March 8. Distance applicants must provide teacher contact information with their video.

2019 audition dates

Friday, Mar 1

Scholarship audition (Dalhousie Arts Centre)
Saturday, Mar 2 Scholarship audition (Yamaha Canada, Scarborough, ON)
Friday, Mar 8 Scholarship audition (Dalhousie Arts Centre
Friday, May 10 Late auditions (if space available)