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Marylhurst welcomes transfer students. Applicants transferring from another school will follow the same application and audition procedures as those who will begin the first year of the program at Marylhurst.


As an outcomes-based institution, Marylhurst uses proficiency levels to determine student placement into classes. Once proficiency is determined, we evaluate prior music courses for transfer credit in the major. Our goal is your success in developing musical skills. We don't want to place you in coursework that is over your head and beyond your skill level. Neither do we want you to repeat classes in which you are competent.

On audition day we will evaluate your performance level on your primary instrument and your ability to sight read on your primary instrument.

On incoming student assessment day (typically two weeks before the fall term begins), we will assess your ability to read and analyze music, to sight-sing and to take aural dictation.   We also will assess your functional keyboard skills.  Previous coursework in music helps develop proficiency in these areas, but perhaps not to the level we expect of students who take coursework at Marylhurst.  Some transfer students will find that they move directly into the third year of our core program.  Other transfer students will repeat some or all second-year core courses.  Occasionally we will ask a transfer student to start over in the first year.  Because it is the level demonstrated on incoming student assessment day that determines course placement, it's important for you to prepare for your musicianship skills assessment during the summer. 

Once you are accepted into a Marylhurst music program, we expect you to take your remaining music requirements at Marylhurst. Students who have completed two years of music studies at another school will often find that it takes another three years to complete the music therapy or composition program. So if you are in the first year of music studies at a community college, we encourage you to consider transferring to Marylhurst for your second-year studies to begin the 200-level coursework in your major and to move through your program in a timely manner.

Many community colleges offer courses that can be transferred based on review of course description and syllabus. These are typically courses that last for one term only; they are not sequential nor skill-based. These courses are equivalent to Marylhurst courses, and include music subjects such as music technology and conducting, and most coursework in the Marylhurst Core. Students may complete many Marylhurst Core requirements at a community college while enrolled in music courses at Marylhurst. Please contact our Office of Admissions for further details.

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