Becoming a Graduate Music Major
An audition or portfolio and an interview is required for admission consideration of all graduate music degrees. In order to ensure full consideration for music scholarships and assistantships, applicants must have a complete application on file (including audition or portfolio) by the Priority Application Deadline, mid January and audition no later than end of January.
Application for admission only is open until the Standard Application Deadline, June 15.
Preparing your Graduate School Application
- Apply to the Graduate College.
- If you are applying for consideration into one of our M.M. - Music degree programs, detailed instructions for completion and upload of all Graduate College requirements can be found on the Graduate College MUS page.
- If you are applying for consideration into one of our M.M. - Music Education degree programs, detailed instructions for completion and upload of all Graduate College requirements can be found on the Graduate College MUSED page.
- The application to the Graduate College, regardless of degree involves:
- Completing an application form (including fee) through ApplyTexas.
- Activating your NetID
- Submitting the following documents:
- Official transcripts of your undergraduate degree(s)
- English Proficiency (TOEFL) for international students
- Statement of Purpose
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- International students visit the Graduate College's International Student Information page for detailed information regarding additional requirements.
- Schedule and prepare for an audition or portfolio review and interview by following the instructions below.
- For M.M - Music, Performance concentrations
- Select one of the available Audition Dates:
- Submit the Graduate Audition/Interview Application Request.
- Select and prepare your music based on the Audition Repertoire requirements for your primary instrument/voice part. Note, some areas have specific requirements based on your desired major.
- The area coordinator or applied lesson instructor on your instrument can assist you with any questions you have regarding your performance audition.
- For M.M - Music, Conducting concentrations
- Select the arranged Audition Date on the Graduate Audition/Interview Application Request.
- Submit the Graduate Audition/Interview Application Request.
- Prepare and submit your pre-screening video(s) based on the Audition Repertoire requirements for your conducting area.
- The applied lesson instructor(s) in your area can assist you with any questions you have regarding your pre-screen submission.
- For other M.M. Music, submit documents based on the appropriate concentration below.
- Music Theory
- ONE or two writing sample(s).
- A composition or pastiche writing (optional)
- A letter of application
- Other: All interested applicants should contact Dr. Cynthia Gonzales (email@example.com) with any questions about studies in Music Theory at Texas State University.
- Music History
- A research paper or sample of scholarly writing in Microsoft Word or PDF
- Other: All interested applicants should contact Dr. Ludim Pedroza (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about studies in Music History at Texas State University.
- Portfolio: a portfolio of TWO to THREE scores of original music as PDF's and corresponding recordings (if available).
- ONE additional work without a notated score (electronic music, non-notated music, film scores) will be considered as a complement to notated scores. Please include a short description of the work as context for reviewing faculty members.
- Based on the materials submission above, applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.
- Other: All interested applicants should contact Dr. Michael Ippolito (email@example.com) with any questions about studies in composition at Texas State University.
- For M.M. - Music Education, submit documents based on the appropriate concentration below.
- Choral, Instrumental, or Kodály
- Demonstration of Successful Teaching:
- Submit a DVD (or VHS) recording of a 20-minute demonstration of teaching skills in a normal classroom setting or rehearsal (do not submit a concert performance).
- Ensure that your Graduate College curriculum vitae (CV) submission includes evidence of successful teaching.
- Document two years of successful public school teaching or the equivalent (applicants with a Kodály emphasis may request a waiver for this prerequisite).
- Entrance Exam: Applicants must submit a document giving their philosophy of teaching and discussing why you would like to pursue the Masters in Music Education.
- Conducting: Applicants may be asked to conduct a musical excerpt during their interview with the music education faculty.
- Applicants who have a certificate for public school music teaching will be given higher consideration.
- Other: All interested applicants should contact Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer (Lbrinckmeyer@txstate.edu) for Choral or Kodály concentrations or Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt (M.E.Cavitt@txstate.edu) for Instrumental with any questions about studies in Music Education at Texas State University.
- Submit ONE PDF document with the following:
- A narrative describing your philosophy of teaching and discussing why you would like to pursue the Master of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Mariachi (approximately 400 words).
- A narrative describing your experience as a music educator in general and as a mariachi educator in particular (approximately 200 words).
- Two YouTube links showing your skills as a mariachi musician and/or director. Briefly describe the setting and context for each of the links (concert, classroom, ensemble, etc.).
- Other: All interested applicants should contact Dr. Ludim Pedroza (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about studies in Mariachi Music Education at Texas State University.
- For all applicants, Dr. Alton Corley, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music will assist you in scheduling your interview and uploading your portfolio submissions via TRACS.
Graduate Music Coordinator
Dr. Alton Corley
M.M. Performance Concentration Audition Day Schedule and Information
- 8:00am: Check-in (those who check-in first, audition first)
- 9:15am: Auditions/Interviews begin
NOTE: Live interviews/auditions are preferred, however, prospective music students who are unable to audition in person due to geographic distance from campus (ex. out-of-state/international) may attach a recorded audition that represents your best performing abilities to your Audition Request Form above (under the media tab).
Music Auditions Contact