On audition day you will perform on your primary instrument, as well as demonstrate your musicianship skills and knowledge of music theory fundamentals.
All degree programs in the School of Music include courses in music theory. These courses are designed to increase your musical skills and your knowledge about how music "works," about how composers combine scales and chords to create music; and about so much more!
You will demonstrate your ability to:
Take the Theory Entrance Test if you have not previously studied college-level music theory.
This test includes:
The above list is comprehensive. If any of the material is unfamiliar to you, there is a one-semester course at Texas State titled Basic Musicianship in which you can learn this material before enrolling in Theory 1. If you attend Texas State, then you will have the opportunity to re-take the Theory Entrance Test at 9 am on the Thursday before classes begin in Room 125 of the School of Music.
If you are currently enrolled in Music Theory AP, but have not yet taken the AP exam, then we recommend that you take the Theory Entrance Test described above.
Those who earn a "4" on the AP exam will have the option to place out of first-semester theory and aural skills by exam.
Those who earn a "5" automatically receive credit for first-semester theory and aural skills.
Additionally, they have the option to place out of second-semester theory and aural skills by exam.