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Becoming an Undergraduate Music Major

2020 Audition Dates

November 16, 2019

February 1, 2020

February 22, 2020

March 7, 2020

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

All audition dates above are for Fall 2020 acceptance consideration only.

If you are interested in Spring 2020 consideration, see 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 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 2020 TXST academic scholarships must be admitted by December 15th, 2019.

*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 (available August 2019)

Submit your online Audition Request through Acceptd including all required submissions outlined below based on your degree program. NOTE: Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/international), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3) to your Audition Application Media tab.

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

Saturday, November 16 --> Applications Due: October 26

Saturday, February 1 --> Applications Due: January 11

Saturday, February 22 --> Applications Due: February 1

Saturday, March 7 --> Applications Due: February 17

 

If you are interested in Spring 2020 acceptance consideration, you must email the faculty member on your instrument or voice area coordinator (see Faculty Directory - by Division for contact information) to request a specially arranged audition. If they agree to a specially arranged audition, they will then determine the date for this audition. After you have that information, you may submit your online application to the School of Music.

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  • Required Uploads

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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.  
  • Required Uploads

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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 pre-screen video(s) (Media tab). Pre-screen video requirements can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3) under vocalists - freshman - classical or vocalists - transfers (sophomores & juniors).
    • 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.  

  • Required Uploads

     

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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.

  • Required Uploads

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Required Uploads

     

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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.

  • Required Uploads

     

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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.

  • Required Uploads

     

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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.

  • Required Uploads

     

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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.

  • Required Uploads

     

    • 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).
    • 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. 
    • 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 pre-screen video(s) (Media tab). Pre-screen video requirements 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.  

  • Required Uploads

     

    • 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). Applicants with high math/science grades and/or scores on the ACT/SAT are preferred due to the technical nature of this program.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Vocalists must upload an additional 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 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 and BM - Performance (Composition) 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 and SRT Interviews begin
  • 9:30am: Parent/guardian question and answer session with the School of Music Director
  • 1pm: Parent/guardian question and answer session with the School of Music Director (available during spring audition dates only)

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 emailed 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 last week in 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 (clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, keyboard, violin, 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.


Music Auditions Contact Information

Krystyn Jensen

Phone: 512.245.7928

Email: musicauditions@txstate.edu