Undergraduate

Step TWO: List of Required School of Music Application Materials

Prepare the following items before completing the online Audition Request Application in Step Five. Please be sure your name appears on all documents:

A complete résumé, to include:
• Names/Addresses of your high school
• Names/Addresses of your high school band/orchestra/choir director(s)
• Names/Addresses of your private music teacher(s)
• Honors and awards received
• Work experience and/or musical performance experience
• List of all music courses taken at the high school level
• List of solo and small ensemble repertoire studied/performed - Composers should include a list of original compositions performed and/or recorded
The résumé must be saved as a PDF file.

A one-page, double-spaced typewritten or word-processed essay describing the part music plays in your life, and why you wish to study music at the university level. The essay must be saved as a PDF file.

Names for two letters of recommendation attesting to your musical accomplishments and ability. (You will need the email addresses for the two people who will be writing your 'Letters of Recommendation' so that they may be notified as part of your Audition Request Application you will not personally submit these letters).

A preliminary video performance that demonstrates your instrumental or vocal ability the video file will be uploaded as part of your Audition Request Application. Please note that composition applicants are not required to upload a preliminary video but have the option to do so as part of their application.

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Once you have the above items ready:

Complete the online Audition Request Application in Step Five you will be asked to upload the above items as part of your application. A $30 application fee is required to complete the process.

Audition* before a faculty committee in your proposed major area - instrumental, vocal, or composition. Preferably, the audition will be performed live during one of our spring audition days (see Step Three for the list of dates available). A video audition may be substituted for the live audition if permission is obtained from the division faculty chair who oversees your area.

Specific audition requirements for each area are available in Step Four or by contacting Debbie Alenius, Coordinator of Music Admissions, at d.alenius@tcu.edu or calling 817-257-4742.

*Please note: Auditions will not be scheduled until the School of Music has received the applicant’s Audition Request Application with a completed résumé and essay. This does not include the two letters of recommendation that are submitted separately by your designated persons.

If you are unable to complete the online Audition Request Application, please contact Debbie Alenius, Coordinator of Music Admissions, at d.alenius@tcu.edu or calling 817-257-4742.

Additional Information

All incoming music majors will be tested in the area of music literacy. This exam, given at the beginning of the fall semester, is designed to assess music theory and ear training skills. In addition, incoming students will have their keyboard skills assessed for the purpose of placement in the appropriate level piano class (if required).

Scholarships

Many TCU students receive both music and academic scholarships that make attendance more affordable.  In order to be considered for an academic scholarship, a standard TCU Undergraduate Student Application (including teacher and counselor evaluations) and the online School of Music Audition Request Application must be submitted by February 1, 2018.  Music Scholarships will be considered by live audition until February 24, 2018; applicants must complete the Audition Request Application before an audition time can be scheduled.  TCU Admission notification will be sent by April 1, 2018.

TCU EARLY APPLICATION/DECISION PROGRAM

Music applicants interested in an earlier admission response are strongly encouraged to complete both application procedures above before the TCU Early Action deadline of November 1, 2017.  TCU Early Action provides application review and nonbinding University notification by January 1, 2018, while allowing applicants to decide by May 1, 2018 (National Candidate Reply Date) whether or not to attend TCU.  TCU Early Action combined with the January 27, 2018 Audition Day ensures a comprehensive admission decision by February 15, 2018.

NORDAN SCHOLARSHIP

The NORDAN Scholarship is an exclusive award, open to entering freshmen vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers of superior talent, who have chosen to major in music.  NORDAN winners receive a four-year, FULL TUITION AWARD.  Applicants are required to complete the online Audition Request Application and upload a preliminary video performance for review in order to be considered for a live audition.  The application and video must be received by December 1, 2017.

NORDAN Live Auditions are held on January 13, 2018.  More information is available at www.music.tcu.edu/nordan-request.asp

REMINDER: Acceptance as a music major requires the completion of both the School of Music online Audition Request Application and the standard TCU Undergraduate Student Application (including teacher and counselor evaluations). However, one audition will suffice for both acceptance as a major and consideration for music scholarships. Both applications procedures must be submitted by February 1, 2018.  Music Scholarships will be considered by live audition until February 24, 2018; applicants must complete the School of Music online Audition Request Application before an audition time can be scheduled.  Notification of standard TCU Admission will be sent by April 1, 2018.

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