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Becoming an Undergraduate Music Major


An audition is required for admission to all undergraduate music degree programs.


2015 - 2016 Audition Dates

November 7     January 30     February 20     March 5


Download a Resume Template Here

Preparing for an Undergraduate Audition

  • Submit an online Audition Application Request form
    • You will be required to upload a current resume prior to submitting the audition application request form (you may use the template above or a template of your choosing).
    • You will be required to submit a minimum of 2 names and email addresses for those who will be submitting letters of recommendation in support of your admission to the Texas State School of Music. *Select people who will write positive and descriptive recommendation letters and inform them that they will receive an email request from our online application server (SlideRoom) with directions on submitting their letter.
  • Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for your primary instrument or voice part.
    • Some areas, such as Jazz may have additional classical audition requirements. See the jazz instrument entry to determine if you will be required to play both a jazz and a classical audition. 
  • Ensure you have completed all items on the Admissions Checklist
  • Students interested in Sound Recording Technology (SRT) must submit an additional paper application and materials (see the SRT website for details).


On Audition Day applicants will be required to complete the following:

  • An audition on their primary instrument
  • An aural diagnostic assessment of musicianship skills
    • students should be prepared to demonstrate their 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.

Audition Day Information

  • Audition Day Check-In:
    • Check-in occurs from 8:00am to 9:00am (those who check-in first, audition first)
  • Audition Day Schedule:
    • Auditions begin at 9:15am
    • A parent/guardian question and answer session with the School of Music Director begins at 9:30am

NOTE: Live auditions are preferred; however, prospective music students who are unable to audition in person due to geographic distance from campus may attach a recorded audition that represents the students best performing abilities via the Audition Request Form (under the media tab).

Music Auditions Contact Information

Phone: 512-245-3375; musicauditions@txstate.edu