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Becoming an Undergraduate Music Major

2021 Audition Dates

October 24, 2020

November 14, 2020

February 6, 2021

March 6, 2021

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

All audition dates above are for Fall 2021 acceptance consideration only.

If you are interested in Spring 2021 consideration, follow the instructions under Step 2 below.


Preparing for an Undergraduate Audition

Step 1 - Gain Admission to TXST

All BA - Music, BM - Music Studies, BM - Performance, and BS - Sound Recording Technology applicants must apply and be accepted to Texas State

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. Pre-music is the major that students should select in the ApplyTexas application if they are interested in one of our 4 bachelor degree programs (BA - Music, BM - Music Studies, BM - Performance, or BS - Sound Recording Technology). Students interested in being considered for all Fall 2021 TXST academic scholarships must be admitted by December 15th, 2020.

*Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the university! You must meet the university's admission standards. The School of Music cannot change a student's university admission decision.*  

Step 2 - Submit your School of Music Audition Request

Submit your online Audition Request through Acceptd including all required submissions outlined below based on your degree program.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the TXST School of Music must conduct our October 24th and November 14th auditions via media upload submissions of the audition materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3). Vocalists and SRT applicants must still submit the required pre-screen uploads and after the faculty review those materials, they will determine whether or not to move you to the audition stage where they would review your complete audition material uploads. The SRT director will schedule Zoom interviews with applicants whose audition materials are approved by the applied faculty. Some applied faculty will be scheduling Zoom aural assessments and/or meet & greets on your selected audition date. You will be contacted via Acceptd with more details within two weeks of your selected audition date. 

Spring auditions on February 6th and March 6th are currently scheduled to be in-person.

In-person auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), you may select and submit Media Only as your audition date. This selection requires you to attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3) to the Audition Application's Media tab.

Applications are due three weeks prior to the audition date you select.

Saturday, October 24 --> Applications Due: October 3

Saturday, November 14 --> Applications Due: October 24

Saturday, February 6 --> Applications Due: January 16

Saturday, March 6 --> Applications Due: February 15

 

If you are interested in Spring 2021 acceptance consideration, you must audition by November 14th. 

For application upload requirements (based on your preferred degree plan), click on the appropriate tan box below for full details. Degree plan details and jobs each program prepares you for can be found on our Undergraduate Degree Program page. Please explore both the upload requirements and degree program details prior to submitting your application through Acceptd.


Application Upload Requirements by Degree Plan

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  • This program provides a general liberal arts overview of music studies and is combined with a minor or second major of the students choosing to lead to careers in a variety of fields. Potential careers opportunities/fields including music business, music therapy (NOTE: This degree is not the equivalent of a Bachelors degree in Music Therapy. Students must transfer to a full degree granting program prior to graduation and/or complete additional certifications through another institution in order to receive a Music Therapy degree or accreditation.), music history/ethnomusicology, entertainment law, music ministry, arts administration, and music journalism, just to name a few.

     

    Required Uploads

    • Vocalists must upload a pre-screen video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3) under vocalists - freshman - classical or vocalists - transfers (sophomores & juniors). A decision as to whether you will be invited to our live auditions on the date that you selected will be made as soon as possible after your application is submitted.  
    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.
  • This program leads to teacher certification for public schools, grades K-12. Areas of concentration include choral, band, and orchestra with all areas achieving elementary competencies.

    An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to this concentration in the BM - Music Studies degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

     

    Required Uploads

    • A pre-screen video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3) under vocalists - freshman - classical or vocalists - transfers (sophomores & juniors). A decision as to whether you will be invited to our live auditions on the date that you selected will be made as soon as possible after your application is submitted.  
    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.
    • A 250-500 word written statement answering the question "Why do you want to teach music?" 

     

    ​​​​​​​Transfer Students

    • The Music Studies area requires a GPA of 2.85 or higher. If your GPA is close to a 2.85, consult with one of our Music Education faculty (see Faculty Directory – by Division for contact information) prior to submitting your application.

     

    A decision as to whether you will be invited to our live auditions on the date that you selected will be made as soon as possible after your application is submitted.  

  • This program leads to teacher certification for public schools, grades K-12. Areas of concentration include choral, band, and orchestra with all areas achieving elementary competencies.

    • Instrumental (band or orchestral)
      • An optional minor in Mariachi (18 hours) can be added to this concentration only. Courses in mariachi ensemble, arranging, vihuela & guitarron techniques, mariachi history, and other mariachi techniques make up the Mariachi minor.
    • An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to the BM - Music Studies degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

     

    Required Uploads

    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.
    • A 250-500 word written statement answering the question "Why do you want to teach music?".

     

    Transfer Students

    • The Music Studies area requires a GPA of 2.85 or higher. If your GPA is close to a 2.85, consult with one of our Music Education faculty (see Faculty Directory – by Division for contact information) prior to submitting your application.
  • This program leads to teacher certification for public schools, grades K-12. Areas of concentration include choral, band, and orchestra with all areas achieving elementary competencies.

    • An optional minor in Jazz (18 hours) can be added to this concentration. Courses in jazz theory and improvisation, jazz ensemble participation, jazz history, and jazz pedagogy make up the Jazz minor.
    • An optional minor in Mariachi (18 hours) can be added to this concentration. Courses in mariachi ensemble, arranging, vihuela & guitarron techniques, mariachi history, and other mariachi techniques make up the Mariachi minor.
    • An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to the BM - Music Studies degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

     

    Required Uploads

    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.
    • A 250-500 word written statement answering the question "Why do you want to teach music?".

     

    Transfer Students

    • The Music Studies area requires a GPA of 2.85 or higher. If your GPA is close to a 2.85, consult with one of our Music Education faculty (see Faculty Directory – by Division for contact information) prior to submitting your application.
  • This program provides preparation for performance and studio teaching careers as well as graduate studies in all music areas.

    An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to the BM - Performance degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

     

    Required Uploads

    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.
  • This program provides preparation for performance and studio teaching careers as well as graduate studies in all music areas.

    An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to the BM - Performance degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

     

    Required Uploads

    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.

     

  • This program provides preparation for performance and studio teaching careers as well as graduate studies in all music areas.

    An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to the BM - Performance degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

     

    Required Uploads 

    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.
  • This program provides preparation for performance and studio teaching careers as well as graduate studies in all music areas.

    An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to the BM - Performance degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

     

    Required Uploads

    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.

     

  • This program provides preparation for performance and studio teaching careers as well as graduate studies in all music areas.

    • An optional minor in Opera (20 hours) can be added to this concentration only. Courses in opera, acting/theatre, dance, and language (Italian, French, or German) make up the Opera minor.
    • An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to the BM - Performance degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

     

    Required Uploads

    • A pre-screen video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3) under vocalists - freshman - classical or vocalists - transfers (sophomores & juniors). A decision as to whether you will be invited to our live auditions on the date that you selected will be made as soon as possible after your application is submitted.  
    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Two email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.
  • The Sound Recording Technology (SRT) program is the only one of its kind in the Southwest. It trains students to enter into the recording industry in various capacities. Potential careers include music producers, live sound technicians, post-production editors, and much more. Please visit the SRT website for complete information.

    • An optional minor in Music Composition (18 hours) can be added to the BS - Sound Recording Technology degree program. Courses in advanced theory, applied composition, and electronic music make up the Composition minor.

    Note: Percussionists interested in the SRT degree program may audition on classical percussion instruments or on Drum Set only. However, if a student completes a classical percussion audition and is accepted into the SRT program, their applied lessons will be exclusively on Drum Set. 

     

    Required Uploads

    • Vocalists must upload a pre-screen video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3) under vocalists - freshman - classical or vocalists - transfers (sophomores & juniors). A decision as to whether you will be invited to our live auditions on the date that you selected will be made as soon as possible after your application is submitted.  
    • All applicants must upload a pre-screen video (60 seconds minimum – 90 seconds maximum)
      • Discuss why you think this is an appropriate major for you. You can address this in any way you choose; including, but not limited to: your background, experiences, career goals, academics, musicianship, equipment you own or have access to, or personal issues. What do you think are the most important things we need to know about you? It is imperative that you organize your thoughts to present a compelling presentation.
      • Acceptable formats (either raw files or URLs): MPEG4, Vimeo or YouTube. No DVD, Blu-Ray, or optical discs will be accepted. The quality of the video is not used in the selection process. It is recommended that you use the built in web-cam in a laptop, a cell phone, or any other device capable of capturing both audio and video.
    • October 24th and November 14th applicants must upload a video(s) (Media tab) to your audition application request with all required audition materials indicated for your instrument/voice part. Details can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Best practices for recording your video(s) are included in this section as well.   
    • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. National Honor Society), and any work/volunteer experience. 
    • Your unofficial transcript(s) in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format (for freshmen = High School transcript; for transfers/current TXST students = High School transcript (if available) and all College/University transcript).
    • Three email addresses of music directors/applied lesson instructors and/or professional music or educational/occupational persons who have agreed to submit positive and descriptive recommendation in support of your admission. They will receive an email request from Acceptd with directions on submitting their recommendation.

     

    A decision as to whether you will be invited to our live auditions and interview with the Sound Recording Faculty on the date that you selected will be made as soon as possible after your application is submitted.   

     

Step 3 - Audition Requirements

Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for your primary instrument or voice part indicated in your application. BS - Sound Recording Technology applicants are required to complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice part in addition to their pre-screen video/portfolio submission.


Audition Day Information

  • 8am: Check-in begins
    • If your first activity (audition and/or interview) is in late morning or afternoon, you do not need to arrive at 8:15am, however, you must check-in at least one hour prior to your first activity (audition and/or interview time).
  • 8:15am: Student guides lead tours through central campus and the Performing Arts Center.
    • Tours will leave from the School of Music lobby every 30 minutes
  • 9:15am: Auditions, Graduate and SRT Interviews begin
  • TBD: Parent/guardian question and answer session with the School of Music Interim Director and the Recruitment Coordinator

The campus tours and parent/guardian meeting are optional activities.

You will complete your performance audition for the faculty on your primary instrument/voice part for studio/degree plan acceptance consideration.

  • 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.


What to expect after your Audition

  • Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the University. NOTE: We highly recommend that you submit your TXST Apply Texas application prior to submitting your School of Music audition request and auditioning.
  • Results will be sent to you via your Acceptd application within two to three weeks of your audition with one of three results: accepted, not accepted, or pending. Be sure to turn on your notifications in Acceptd to receive alerts when messages are sent.
    • 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 sent to you when your status has been finalized to either accepted or not accepted. At the latest, you can expect to receive an update by the end of April.
  • If you are accepted, we ask that you return your written acceptance of our offer as soon as possible. Note, per the National Association of Schools of Music, your written acceptance is not binding until May 1st. If a written acceptance is not received by then, we will assume that you will not be attending TXST and offer your space to a waitlist student on your instrument/voice part.
    • You will be asked to indicate your top 2 applied lesson faculty choices if you are in an area with multiple instructors (trumpet, trombone, percussion, keyboard, voice) and a written description of any/all communication and/or interaction (phone, email, or in person) you have had with that instructor. Indicating a professor as your top choice does not guarantee you a spot in their studio, but we will take your request into consideration when making studio decisions.
  • Music scholarship offers will be sent via your Acceptd application (may or may not be at the same time as your acceptance letter) as soon as a decision has been made. 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. 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 finalize your fall class schedule and make any changes to your  registration.


Recruitment Coordinator Contact Information

Krystyn Jensen

Phone: 512.245.7928

Email: musicauditions@txstate.edu