Becoming a Graduate Music Major
An application to any of the Master of Music programs includes an application to the Graduate College, an audition or portfolio in the School of Music, and an interview with the Coordinator of Music Graduate Studies or area coordinator. In order to ensure full consideration for music scholarships and assistantships, applicants must have all Graduate College documents on file by January 15 and auditions or portfolios completed by February 3.
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 MUSIC 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 MUSIC EDUCATION 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.
Audition or submit a portfolio by following the instructions below. All applicants will be required to complete an interview at the audition or by appointment.
Saturday, March 3
- For M.M - Music, Performance concentrations
- Select one of the available Audition Dates above.
- Submit the Graduate Audition/Interview 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/voice can assist you with questions regarding your performance audition.
- For M.M - Music, Conducting concentrations
- Select "Other" as your audition date on your Graduate Audition/Interview Request form.
- Submit the Graduate Audition/Interview Request.
- Prepare and submit your pre-screening video(s) based on the Audition Repertoire requirements for your conducting area.
- The conducting instructor(s) in your area can assist you with any questions you have regarding your pre-screen submission.
- For M.M. Music - Music Theory, Musicology, or Composition concentrations, submit documents as described below.
- Music Theory
- A research paper or sample of scholarly writing in Microsoft Word or PDF
- A composition or pastiche writing (optional)
- Other: All interested applicants should contact Dr. Cynthia Gonzales (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Nico Schüler (email@example.com) with questions about studies in Music Theory at Texas State University.
- 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 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 questions about studies in composition at Texas State University.
- Music Theory
- For M.M. - Music Education (Choral, Instrumental, General, or Kodály), submit the following Portfolio documents:
- An unlisted YouTube video recording of a 20-minute demonstration of teaching skills in a normal music classroom setting or rehearsal (do not submit a concert performance).
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- A copy of your State music teacher certification or licensure and evidence of two years of successful classroom music teaching (for example, teacher evaluation forms from your administrator, performance evaluations such as U.I.L. adjudicator forms, or awards). Applicants for the Kodály concentration may request a waiver for the two-year teaching requirement.
- An essay describing your philosophy of teaching.
- Other: Interested applicants should contact Dr. John Denis (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about studies in 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.
M.M. Performance Concentration Audition Day Schedule and Information
- 8:30am: Check-in Opens
- 9:15am: Auditions begin
- 9:30am: A parent/guardian question and answer session with the School of Music Director and Administrative Assistant
For the faculty you will complete your performance audition on your primary instrument for studio/degree plan acceptance consideration. If you are auditioning for Fall 2018 acceptance you will also be considered for School of Music scholarships at the same time (no additional application/procedure is required).
NOTE: Live auditions are preferred; however, if you 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
What to expect after your Audition
- Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the Graduate College. NOTE: If you have not submitted all documents to the Graduate College, audition results will be delayed. When the audition/portfolio has been completed in the School of Music and the Graduate College materials have been submitted, the applicant’s grade point average (GPA) will be calculated. The School of Music will then make an admission recommendation to the Graduate Dean with whom the final decision rests.
- After an admission decision has been made, applicants will receive email notification from the Graduate College at the email address provided on the ApplyTexas application. Applicants admitted to a degree-seeking program will also receive a letter via U.S. Mail. For additional information regarding application status, please see the following link on the Graduate College website: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/admissions/policy.html#decision. If accepted, please email Dr. Al Corley, email@example.com, to confirm your attendance plans and arrange an advising session. You will be cleared to register upon acceptance.
- Music scholarship offers and graduate assistant offers will be sent by email February - March.
- If you receive a music scholarship and wish to accept it, please sign and return the letter to the School of Music as soon as possible. Scholarship offers become binding April 15th.
- If you accept a music scholarship offer from another institution prior to April 15th and decide to accept a music scholarship offer from TXST instead, you must notify the original institution prior to April 15th; otherwise the TXST offer is void.
- Graduate Assistant positions are awarded separately from scholarships. Applicants awarded assistantships will receive a separate email letter providing the details of the position. Instructions for accepting the assistantship will be included.
Graduate Music Coordinator
Dr. Alton Corley