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Becoming a Music Major


Audition and/or interview required for admission to all graduate and undergraduate music degree programs.


2014-15 Audition Dates

Instrumental / Vocal / String / Guitar / Jazz / Latin / Keyboard:

November 1, 2014

January 31, 2015

February 21, 2015

March 7, 2015

****2014-15 online audition application!****
^^follow this link to apply^^

*Note, this link is not active the week before an audition date*


Deadlines for submitting an audition request and all required documents
(resume & recommendation letters):
Sound Recording Technology majors - 4 weeks prior to student's selected audition date
All other Music Majors - 1 week prior to student's selected audition date


download a resume template here

Preparing for an Undergraduate Audition

  • Submit the Undergraduate Audition Application Request form (online application)
    • 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 submitting letters of recommendation in support your admission.
  • Select your music based on the Undergraduate Audition Repertoire requirements for your primary instrument or voice part
    • Note, some areas have specific requirements based on your desired major.
  • Contact recommenders and inform them they will receive an email request for a recommendation (see UnderGrad Admissions Checklist)
  • Students interested in Sound Recording Technology (SRT) must submit an additional application (see the SRT website for details)
  • Jazz Performance Majors must perform a separate jazz audition

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

  • perform on their primary instrument
  • an aural (listening) assessment of musicianship skills
Assessment of Musicianship Skills students will 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. Sightsing a melody
  7. Echo-clap rhythmic patterns
  8. Sightread a rhythm in 4/4 and in 6/8

 (Most of the above activities require singing.  If you are not a singer, you may want to “warm up the pipes” and practice these activities).

Preparing for a Graduate Audition/Interview

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:

Phone: 512-245-4612; musicauditions@TxState.edu