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Becoming an Undergraduate Music Major

2018 Audition Dates

Sunday, November 5

Saturday, December 2

Saturday, February 3

Saturday, March 3

An audition is required for consideration of acceptance into all music degrees.

 

Preparing for an Undergraduate Audition

  1. Apply to Texas State University through the Apply Texas application. Acceptance to the university does not have to be achieved prior to audition, but having the application in process is the best practice! The university acceptance process can take up to 8 weeks after the completed Apply Texas application is submitted. Students interested in being considered for all Fall 2018 TXST academic scholarships must be admitted by December 15th, 2017. *Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the university!
  2. Submit an online Audition Application Request form.
    • All applicants will be required to upload one document containing all unofficial High School (Freshman) or College-University (Transfers/Current TXST students) transcripts as well as a current resume using the TXST SoM Resume Template prior to submitting the audition application request form.
    • BA, BM - Music Studies, and BM - Music Performance applicants, you will be required to submit a minimum of 2 names and email addresses for those who will be submitting recommendations in support of your admission to the TXST School of Music. *Select people who will write positive and descriptive recommendations and inform them that they will receive an email request from our online application server (SlideRoom) with directions on submitting their recommendation.
    • SRT applicants, you will need to upload a minimum of 3 names and email addresses for those who will be submitting recommendations in support of your admission to the TXST School of Music and SRT program. *Select people who will write positive and descriptive recommendations and inform them that they will receive an email request from our online application server (SlideRoom) with directions on submitting their recommendation.
    • All vocalists must upload a pre-screen video to their audition application request. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link under vocalists - freshman - classical or vocalists - transfers (sophomores & juniors).
    • Transfer students applying to the BM - Music Studies degree program should have a GPA of 2.75 or higher to ensure you are able to meet the Educator Preparation standards shortly after admission. If your GPA is close to a 2.75, please consult with one of our Music Education faculty (see Faculty Directory - by Division for contact information) prior to submitting your application.
  3. Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for your primary instrument or voice part.
  4. Students interested in Sound Recording Technology (SRT) must submit applicational materials.
    • Note: If accepted into the SRT program, students can apply to be a part of the Retama Living-Learning Community through the Texas State Housing application.

Audition Day Schedule and Information

Sunday, November 5

  • 12:15pm: Check-in
  • 1:00pm: Auditions and SRT Interviews begin

Saturday's (December 2, February 3, March 3)

  • 8:30am: Check-in
  • 9:15am: Auditions and SRT Interviews 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).

  • An aural diagnostic assessment of musicianship skills may be performed during your audition time
    • Be prepared to demonstrate your ability to:
      1. Match pitch - We play a pitch at the piano, and you sing the same pitch anywhere in your singing range.
      2. Compare two pitches played on the piano - Is the second pitch higher, lower, or the same as the first?
      3. Sing a major scale (in any key)
      4. Echo-sing a short tune
      5. Sing “Happy Birthday”
      6. Sight-sing a melody
      7. Echo-clap rhythmic patterns
      8. Sight-read a rhythm in 4/4 and in 6/8

Most of the above aural diagnostic activities require singing. If you are not a singer, you may want to practice these activities prior to the audition.

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).


What to expect after your Audition

  • Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the University. NOTE: If you have not already been accepted to TXST or who have not even applied, audition results will be delayed.
  • Results will be sent to you via the email address you entered in your SlideRoom application within two to three weeks of your audition with one of three results: “accepted”, “not accepted”, or “pending”.
    • If you receive a “pending” letter, you are on a waiting list until a more definite decision can be made. A final result will be emailed to you when your status has been finalized to either “accepted” or “not accepted”. At the latest, you can expect to receive this notice the first week in April.
  • If you receive an acceptance letter, we ask that you sign and return it to the School of Music to confirm your intention of attending TXST no later than May 1st. If a signed acceptance letter is not received by this date, we will assume that you will not be attending TXST and offer your space to a waitlist student on your instrument/voice.
    • You will be asked to indicate on your signed acceptance letter, your top 2 applied lesson faculty choices if you are in an area with multiple instructors (Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Keyboard, Violin, Voice) and whether or not you have already reached out to them via phone or email.
  • Music scholarship offers may be sent via email with your acceptance letter, but they can come separately. All School of Music scholarship offers will be sent to students by the end of March.
    • If you receive a music scholarship offer and wish to accept it, the letter must be signed and returned to the School of Music as soon as possible. However, scholarship offers with any institution do not become binding until May 1st.
    • If you accept a music scholarship offer from another institution prior to May 1st and want to accept a music scholarship offer from TXST instead, you must notify the original institution prior to May 1st otherwise the TXST offer is void.
  • During your summer orientation, you will meet with an Undergraduate Advisor with music coursework knowledge to determine your fall class schedule and register for classes in the degree plan indicated in your acceptance letter.


Music Auditions Contact Information

Phone: 512.245.7928

Email: musicauditions@txstate.edu