The College of Arts and Architecture

Entrance to the Major

School of Music Program Descriptions

Application Packet Instruction Sheet This link will give you instructions on how to complete the application packet. Please read carefully.
Application Packet Cover Sheet This form contains a checklist to aid your completion of the packet.
Student Application Check Sheet This check sheet must be completed and included with your BME Entrance to Major Application packet.
Essay Question 1 Each essay question gives information about you to the Music Education faculty prior to your interview.
Essay Question 2 Each essay question gives information about you to the Music Education faculty prior to your interview.

Recommendation Form - Applied Teacher

Recommendation Form - General

You will need recommendations completed by your applied teacher and one teacher of your choice (non Music Ed.) Signatures are required.
Clearances Instruction Sheet This Clearances Instruction Sheet is revised.  It will help you make good use of the web sites to the Child Abuse, Criminal History, and the FBI Clearances below.  For instance, you have the option of submitting a paper form or submitting an electronic form.  Please note that the Child Abuse and FBI Clearances take a great deal of time to process (up to 12 weeks) so do not delay in submitting these clearances!
Act 151: PA Child Abuse History Clearance This link will open up Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services site where you can download and find instructions for completing this form.
Act 34: Request for Criminal Record Check From this web page, students can choose to process their Criminal History Record using on-line PATCH system using a credit card or download the paper form and send a money order or certified check for the amount of $10.00 payable to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the address on the paper form.
FBI Clearance This links to the Cogent Systems Fingerprint Services for Pennsylvania web site.  Click on "Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)."  Applicants must register online with Cogent Systems prior to going to the fingerprint site.
Disposition Statement This document is for you to read and sign indicating you understand and will abide by expected standards for the profession.
Individualized Emphasis Plan This document is used to establish the courses for your individualized emphasis, based on your career goals and your current strengths and weaknesses.
Plan of Study

This document reflects the courses chosen in the Individualized Emphasis Plan (IEP). On the Plan of Study form list ONLY those courses you've chosen in your IEP which are NOT yet complete (a total of 10 credits or less). The Plan of Study will be signed by a music education faculty member at your Entrance to Major interview in the spring. The link for the rotation of courses is:

Test Scores This document provides information on the current guidelines for the PAPA/CORE tests, and the scores for SAT/ACT that allow students to be exempt.

For more information about these forms please contact: Lisa Stamm by email ( or by phone (814-865-1052).