All TAC applicants are required to submit notated scores and recordings fulfilling the prescreening requirements listed below with the application. Applicants will be informed if they are invited to attend an audition or have been denied in prescreening.


If invited through prescreening, applicants will have a virtual interview and need to submit recordings of the piano proficiency requirement and performance on primary instrument (if applicable) as detailed below.


Uploaded Media and Composition Scores

  • One notated musical score that demonstrates original musical thought and the fundamentals of compositional technique
  • One self-produced recording of an original work (can be made using any combination of acoustic and virtual instruments)
  • Additional work samples: We want to get a sense of how you think and interact with various disciplines and technologies. Please include anything that might paint a bigger picture of your creativity or interests. Multimedia art, interactive digital art, literary interests, improvisation, and computer-generated compositions are encouraged.

Writing Requirements Within the Application

  • In the required Personal Statement essay describing your decision to apply to SFCM, please also detail your interest and/or experience with music outside of the classical tradition, as well as your musical training background.
  • Additional Essay: What are some recent developments in music technology that you are most excited about? Why?


Final Audition Portfolio

  • Audiovisual performance of a selection of music on the piano or keyboard that demonstrates basic knowledge of music theory and hand coordination. Pieces can vary in difficulty. If you would like to prepare something more advanced, we encourage you to do so. The following are examples of beginner to intermediate pieces that could be performed with a few months of practice for non-pianists. The entire work does not need to be performed, only selections:
    • Bach, Notebook for Anna Magdalena
    • Kabalevsky, Pieces for Children, Op. 27
    • Stravinsky, Les cinq doigts
    • Bartok, Mikrokosmos
  • If piano is not your primary instrument, please upload a performance of a short piece on your primary instrument. This is in addition to the piano performance requirement.
  • Applicants may make updates or additions to the prescreening scores and recordings for their Final Audition portfolio.


For audition dates, please visit Auditions.

TAC Facilities

  • TAC lab