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Application Process


1. Complete YSU application & financial aid forms

      •Percussion auditions may only occur after you are admitted to the University. 

      •Undergraduate candidates should file the FAFSA form through YSU Financial Aids.

Students who are planning on living on campus, after filing FAFSA, should apply for the YSU Housing Grant which awards up to $3,000 per year; link Housing Grant application.

There is also the MLK Inner-City Achievement Awards for incoming Freshmen - a merit award up to $1,000 per academic year.  

For students out-of-state and not from the Affordable Tuition Advantage area, may also qualify for the Provost Scholarship up to $6,000 per year which together with the YSU Merit Scholarship makes their tuition almost in-state. 

All scholarship criteria are listed HERE.  

Students who receive Honors Scholarship, in addition to the Merit Scholarship, may also be eligible for Honors Housing. 

Review Dana School of Music admissions procedures 

3. Review percussion audition guidelines  Undergraduate Studies or Graduate Studies  Applicants must demonstrate certain proficiency levels in a percussion audition/interview to qualify for music major admission status to the Dana School of Music.

4. Schedule a Percussion Visitation Day with Dr. Schaft, preferably before your audition. Send an email request to

      •We recommend you visit well before your audition; preferably your sophomore or junior year of high school. The visitation itinerary will include a complimentary private lesson with Dr. Schaft, discussion of your career goals and degree options, questions/answers, college entrance audition preparation, observation of lessons and rehearsals, introduction of our students and faculty, and tour of our instruments/facilities. Parents are welcome. Bring mallets and music you are presently working on. A typical itinerary is Fridays 10am-5pm. Campus tours are available through Undergraduate Admissions and a virtual campus tour is available at

5. Schedule your audition — undergraduates call the Music office 330.941.3636. If you require a date other than those published here or the Dana School of Music website, contact Dr. Schaft directly. He also offers private lessons or can refer you to other teachers. Graduate candidates should schedule directly with Dr. Schaft - 330.941.3643. 

     •Undergraduate theory placement test is administered on the audition day and is designed to place you in the appropriate theory course.

     •Take the Piano Placement Test if you possess reading experience, to determine if you test out of some or all the four required keyboard musicianship classes for most Bachelor of Music degree programs.

6. Audition results - Dana School of Music sends audition result notification letters in late February and early March.

7. Upon acceptance, Dr. Schaft will email you a Letter of Intent which should be completed and returned to him by May 1, indicating your attendance plans. Be sure he has your current e-mail and mobile telephone number. 

8. Scholarship Awards - may include YSU Academic Awards and/or Dana School of Music Scholarships. Dana scholarship notification letters are typically sent in mid to late March - early April under separate cover from YSU academic awards.

9. Visit our website tab “curriculum” and  read "advisement & registration" before you attend the YSU (SOAR) registration sessions.

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