Admission

In addition to your application to TCU, you need to apply to the School of Music. Below you will find links to the pages for admission and audition information for our undergraduate, graduate, and Artist Diploma programs.

The TCU School of Music undergraduate applications for Fall 2021 admission are now open.

In the TCU School of Music, you will find high quality, selective programs taught by distinguished faculty with dedication to mentorship.  With endless opportunities for professional growth in a stimulating and supportive environment, you will thrive as you put your passions into practice. We are a diverse and connected community dedicated to creating unforgettable performance opportunities and compelling academic experiences for you in Fort Worth and beyond.

Learn more about the areas of study for the undergraduate music degree programs offered at TCU.

If you are interested in visiting the TCU School of Music or scheduling a trial lesson, please complete this SOM Campus Visit formAdvance registration is required. 

Applying for an Undergraduate Degree in the School of Music

Admission to the School of Music is highly competitive and requires completion of the following five steps.

First, you will need to apply to TCU.*

Apply to TCU

*The School of Music recommends incoming first year applicants considering a degree in music apply by the Early Action Deadline of November 1 to receive a nonbinding admission decision by January 1.

A complete résumé, to include:

  • Names and addresses of your high school(s)
  • Names and addresses of your high school band/orchestra/choir director(s)
  • Names and 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 essay, double-spaced typewritten or word-processed  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 of individuals for 2-3 letters of recommendation attesting to your musical accomplishments and ability. Two are required; the third is optional except for Nordan consideration where three are required. (You will need the email addresses for the individuals who will be writing your ‘Letters of Recommendation’ so they may be notified as part of your Audition Request Application – you will not personally submit these letters).

A preliminary pre-screening 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.  For pre-screening video submission requirements, please review audition repertoire requirements in your applied area of study listed under step 4. How to create a quality pre-screen media recording.

Acceptance Policy

Acceptance as a music major requires the completion of both the School of Music online Audition Request Application and the general 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 must be submitted by February 1, 2021.  Music Scholarships will be considered by audition as specified by area of study until February 27, 2021.  Applicants must complete the School of Music online Audition Request Application before an audition date and time can be scheduled.  Notification of standard TCU Admission will be sent by April 1, 2021.

Transfer Prospective Students Policy

If you are currently a music major and /or receiving scholarship funds to study music at another college or university and wish to transfer to TCU, you must present a letter of release from your current institution before the TCU School of Music may offer you admission and financial aid/scholarship. The TCU School of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and must follow the NASM Code of Ethics when working with transfer students. Letters granting permission to withdraw from the commitments, obligations, and benefits at your current institution must be received by the Interim Director of the TCU School of Music, Dr. Kristen Queen. Please contact the TCU School of Music and/or the chair/director/dean of your current institution for more information regarding this process.

Application Deadlines

TCU Admission Early Action Application – November 1, 2020 (recommended for music applicants)
Nordan Young Artist Award Pre-screening -School of Music Audition Request Application – December 1, 2020 (Acceptd-School of Music- First application deadline)
TCU Regular Admission & School of Music Audition Request Application Deadline – February 1, 2021 (Final deadline)

2021 Audition Dates

Nordan Young Artist Award – Live Virtual Audition

  • Saturday, January 16, 2021 (By invitation only.  See area of study for specific pre-screening requirements.)

General Audition/Interview Dates (Specified by program if required beyond online recorded submission.)

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021

The School of Music has three scheduled audition/interview days for the 2020-21 audition cycle. For the Nordan Young Artist Award in Music, students are invited to audition in January after first submitting a preliminary pre-screening video for review.  See area of study for additional details.

Please note: If applicable, Auditions/Interviews will not be scheduled until the School of Music has received the applicant’s Audition Request Application. Please see audition requirements for specific area of study.

Due to the continued effects of Covid-19 and the necessity of safety precautions, please read specific admission and audition requirements for area of study as they will vary.  

Click on the link below to learn more about your area of study.

Nordan Award Audition

Applications for the TCU School of Music for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 admission will open September 1, 2020

Apply to the TCU School of Music

You will be asked to upload the information from step two, and a $30 application fee is required to complete the application process.

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).

Please contact Debbie Alenius, Coordinator of Music Admissions; d.alenius@tcu.edu or 817-257-4742 for questions or more information.

Contact Information

Debbie Alenius
Coordinator of Music Admissions
TCU School of Music
Office: 817-257-4742
Fax: 817-257-5672
Email: d.alenius@tcu.edu 

The TCU College of Fine Arts and School of Music graduate applications for Fall 2021 admission are now open,

The TCU Master of Music degree program provides the student with resources to successfully continue their study of music with an emphasis in performance, pedagogy, collaborative piano, conducting, musicology, theory/composition and music education.

Learn more about the areas of study for the Master of Music degree programs offered at TCU.

If you are interested in visiting the TCU School of Music or scheduling a trial lesson, please complete this SOM Campus Visit formAdvance registration is required. 

The TCU Master of Music degree program provides the student with resources to successfully continue their study of music with an emphasis in performance, pedagogy, collaborative piano, musicology, theory/composition and music education.

To assure full consideration for the fall 2021 term, an application must be completed online and ALL supporting materials pertaining to the application for admission must be delivered to the TCU College of Fine Arts Office of Graduate Studies BEFORE February 1, 2021. Optimal consideration for scholarships and assistantships will be given to applications completed fully with ALL supporting materials received by February 1, 2021.

January 30, 2021
February 6, 2021
February 27, 2021

To be admitted to the MM/MME degree programs, students must possess a Bachelor of Music or its equivalent, with a major in the area of proposed graduate study, including sophomore-level credit in an approved foreign language in the case of prospective majors in musicology, theory, composition, voice, or voice pedagogy. For  admission, the student must have satisfactory undergraduate preparation for the particular degree sought which includes at least a “B” average in all undergraduate work and satisfactory scores on the appropriate tests required by the school/college.

For international students – A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or the equivalent is required for admission. (See more information below under Application Guidelines.)

Master of Music degree plans

Master of Music Education degree plan

For full consideration, applicants seeking admission to the MM/MME program should complete their application by February 1 to be considered for a fall matriculation. All materials – transcripts, GRE, letters of recommendation, TOEFL, etc. must be received by the graduate office by the February 1 deadline. Incomplete files will not be considered for admission.

Requested official transcripts only should be sent directly by the institution’s Registrar’s Office by mail to: TCU School of Music, Attn: Debbie Alenius, TCU Box 297500, Fort Worth, TX 76129. If sent by Fed Ex, DHL or UPS, send to 2800 S. University Dr., Ed Landreth Hall – Room 120, in lieu of box number.   Unless requested otherwise, all other items should be submitted electronically through Acceptd.

Prospective applicants should consult the School of Music website links below and with faculty in their intended major area for specific requirements and expectations and additional application requirements.

To begin the application process, follow these application guidelines below:

  • Complete the TCU College of Fine Arts Graduate Studies Application.
  • Complete the TCU School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application. An additional $30 application fee is required for this application.
  • On a separate piece of paper, provide a personal statement of your experience and vocational goals, and discuss how the program at TCU can help you achieve those goals. (Upload in the School of Music Graduate Admission/Audition Request Application on Acceptd.)
  • CV or résumé. For Collaborative Piano – Include a repertoire list of both solo and collaborative repertoire. (Upload in Acceptd)
  • Three current letters of reference from persons qualified to comment on the applicant’s academic musical achievement, teaching and/or professional experience, and potential for success in the degree program. These will be requested electronically through the School of Music Graduate Admission/Audition Request Application on Acceptd. You will need to supply the e-mail address of each reference for this option.
  • Audition Video/Recording – required audition pre-screening recording(s). (Upload in Acceptd)
  • Have TWO complete OFFICIAL transcripts mailed directly from the Registrar’s Office of each institution attended. (If the last school attended was TCU, we will obtain transcripts that are on file in the Registrar’s Office for you.) Translations must be provided for all international transcripts. Requested official transcripts only should be sent directly by the institution’s Registrar’s Office by mail to:  TCU School of Music, Attn: Debbie Alenius, TCU Box 297500, Fort Worth, TX 76129.  If sent by Fed Ex, DHL or UPS, send to 2800 S. University Dr., Ed Landreth Hall – Room 120, in lieu of box number. Do not upload these in your application as they are not considered official copies.
  • TCU Music Theory Diagnostic Exam – Required of all Music applicants. (Upload hand-written scanned test into Acceptd)
  • Official TOEFL Score –Required for international students. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international applicants for the Master’s degree program. Official scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency. A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or the equivalent is required for admission. The TOEFL is waived for international students at the master’s level with a 4 year U.S. undergraduate degree. Be sure to take the exam early enough that scores are available during the admission process. Test scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency  to school code: 6820.  See other requirements for international students.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for graduate programs in Music Composition, Music Education, Music Theory, and Musicology. Test scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency to school code: 6820.
  • Please read the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) portion of the Graduate website.
  • All applicants are considered for financial aid on a merit basis.  There is no separate application for financial aid.

Contact Information

Debbie Alenius
Coordinator of Music Admissions
TCU School of Music
Office: 817-257-4742
Fax: 817-257-5672
Email: d.alenius@tcu.edu 

The TCU College of Fine Arts and School of Music DMA graduate applications for Fall 2021 admission are now open. 

The objective of the TCU Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in performance, piano pedagogy, composition or conducting is to develop the musician-scholar—one who displays a high level of mastery in a professional medium and is equipped with scholarly research skills. The program leading to the degree is designed to prepare musician-scholars for careers as creative artists and teachers at institutions of higher learning. Enrollment in the doctoral program is carefully monitored toward the goal of remaining highly selective and relatively small. Prospective DMA students must demonstrate the potential for both artistry and scholarship on the highest levels.

Learn more about the  areas of study for the Doctor of Musical Arts program degree programs offered at TCU.

If you are interested in visiting the TCU School of Music or scheduling a trial lesson, please complete this SOM Campus Visit formAdvance registration is required. 

To assure full consideration for the fall 2021 term, an application must be completed online and ALL supporting materials pertaining to the application for admission must be delivered to the TCU School of Music office BEFORE December 1, 2020. Optimal consideration for scholarships and assistantships will be given to applications completed fully with ALL supporting materials received by December 1, 2020.

To be admitted for study leading to the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program, the applicant must hold a master’s degree in music or music education (or the equivalent) of at least 30 credit hours from an accredited college, university, or comparable institution, and present a grade point average of at least 3.0 for all previous graduate level work (A = 4.0). Appropriate preparation for the doctoral study will vary according to the major/degree plan chosen; therefore; prospective applicants should consult the School of Music website links below and with faculty in their intended major area for specific requirements and expectations and additional application requirements.

For international students – A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or the equivalent is required for admission.  TOEFL is waived with a United States college degree.  (See more information below under Required Application Items.)

Doctor of Musical Arts degree plans

In addition, applicants must complete the requirements for the major field of study as described below:  

Performance
Applicants must submit a video recording of a live performance and include a program (PDF preferred). These required materials are uploaded through the School of Music Graduate Audition Request.

Composition
Applicants must submit five scores of recent works with recordings, as available. These electronic files will be uploaded as part of your Graduate Audition Request Application.   See complete admission directions.

Conducting
Applicants must submit a video recording of a recent ensemble performance and rehearsal conducted by the applicant and a repertoire list of significant conducted, as well as those prepared for conducting. These required materials are uploaded through the School of Music Graduate Audition Request.

Pedagogy
Students must submit a 15 minute DVD recording of their teaching. The teaching excerpt should include a private lesson and may include a group lesson. International students should submit a video demonstrating their ability to teach using the English language. (Teaching excerpts can be uploaded as part of the School of Music School of Music Graduate Audition Request.)

To begin the application process, follow these application guidelines below:

  • Complete the TCU College of Fine Arts Graduate Studies Application.
  • Complete the TCU School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application. An additional $30 application fee is required for this application.
  • Non-refundable application fees will be charged for both the TCU application and the School of Music application.
  • TWO complete OFFICIAL transcripts mailed directly from the Registrar’s Office of each institution attended for all college work. (If the last school attended was TCU, we will obtain transcripts that are on file in the Registrar’s Office for you.) Translations must be provided for all international transcripts. Requested official transcripts only should be sent directly by the institution’s Registrar’s Office by mail to:  TCU School of Music, Attn: Debbie Alenius, TCU Box 297500, Fort Worth, TX 76129.  If sent by Fed Ex, DHL or UPS, send to 2800 S. University Dr., Ed Landreth Hall – Room 120, in lieu of box number. Do not upload these in your application as they are not considered official copies.
  • Three current letters of reference from persons qualified to comment on the applicant’s academic musical achievement, teaching and/or professional experience, and potential for success in the degree program. These will be requested electronically through the School of Music Graduate Admission/Audition Request Application on Acceptd. You will need to supply the e-mail address of each reference for this option.
  • A double-spaced typed paper of five pages or more that illustrates the applicant’s writing and research skills. A term paper completed as part of master’s level work is sufficient, or the student may submit a research paper, a critical analysis, or an article suitable for publication.  This will be uploaded into Acceptd.
  • A curriculum vitae is required. This should include a list of concert performances, compositions, publications, and other musical accomplishments. This will be uploaded into Acceptd.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for graduate programs in Music Composition only. Test scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency to school code: 6820.
  • Official TOEFL Score –Required for international students. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all international applicants for the Doctoral degree program. Official scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency. A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or the equivalent is required for admission.  If you have a degree from a US institution you may apply and be considered without a TOEFL score; however, admission is highly competitive and it would be advantageous to present an iBT score of 100 or better. The College of Fine Arts Graduate Office prefers you have a TOEFL score if you only have a two year U.S. degree. It is automatically waived if you also have an undergraduate U.S. degree. Be sure to take the exam early enough that scores are available during the admission process. Test scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency to school code: 6820.  See other requirements for international students.
  • All applicants are considered for financial aid on a merit basis.  There is no separate application for financial aid.

Based on the results of pre-screening, an invitation may be extended to perform an on-campus audition and/or interview in the major area before a faculty committee. Applicants should not select an audition day (including scheduling travel) until they have received an official invitation to do so. If invited, the audition/recital/interview should be arranged in coordination with the faculty in the major area and the School of Music Admissions Coordinator. Consult the faculty in your major area for instructions concerning the audition requirements, material to bring, etc. The School of Music Admissions Coordinator will send faculty contact information after application materials are received.

There will be testing in both Music Theory and Music History for all applicants who audition on campus. See Summary of skills to be evaluated

Audition dates are posted below.

Additional requirements for specific areas apply. Please visit the graduate catalog website for detailed application/audition requirements and instructions.

February 4-5, 2021
February 25-26, 2021

Contact Information

Debbie Alenius
Coordinator of Music Admissions
TCU School of Music
Office: 817-257-4742
Fax: 817-257-7344
Email: d.alenius@tcu.edu 

The TCU School of Music Artist Diploma applications for Fall 2021 admission are now open. 

TCU’s artist diploma provides intensive study and performance opportunities under the guidance of master teachers in preparation for a concert career. This program accepts only the most advanced and gifted performers who demonstrate serious potential to become concert artists through their performance and credentials.

The artist diploma is a three-year program (two-year in Voice/Opera) available in both a pre-baccalaureate and a post-baccalaureate track.

An audition is required. Admission to the program is allowed only upon the recommendation of the appropriate applied studio faculty and the approval of the School of Music director.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain satisfactory academic progress in this program.

Learn more about the areas of study for the Artist Diploma programs offered at TCU.

Step 1:

Complete the School of Music online Audition Request Application and upload your high-quality video file, résumé and letter of intent. 3 recommendations are required.
Applications open on September 1.  Application fee is $80.

  • Applicant will submit a pre-screening video performance for review; those that qualify receive an invitation to perform a live audition.
  • All international applicants must submit a TOEFL score. Those scoring below a 75 will be required to interview with a faculty committee in the area, either in person, or via Zoom or Skype, as a part of the admissions decision.

Application Deadline is February 15, 2021.

Step 2:

Order Transcripts

  • Please request one official, sealed transcript or graduation certificate be sent to TCU either electronically* or by mail/courier service**
  • This document should represent the highest level of education you have completed or are currently completing.
  • This document must be received before your application will be reviewed and processed.

*Transcripts/Graduation Certificates sent in an electronic format using a service such as National Student Clearinghouse. Electronic transcripts should be sent to Dr. Paul Cortese at p.cortese@tcu.edu.

** Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
via U.S. Postal Service
TCU School of Music Non-Degree Programs
Attn: Dr. Paul Cortese
TCU Box 297500
Fort Worth, TX 76129

via Courier Service (DHL, FedEx, UPS)
TCU School of Music Non-Degree Programs
Attn: Dr. Paul Cortese
2800 S. University Drive
Ed Landreth Hall, Suite 120
Fort Worth, TX 76129

If using the U. S. Postal Service, the School of Music recommends that applicants send their materials First Class Mail and utilize the USPS’s Delivery Confirmation Service.

Step 3: International Students Only

Complete the required International Student Financial Statement found online at International Applicant Admission Information. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requires evidence of sufficient financial resources for the duration of studies and sponsorship verification before issuing the I-20 or DS2019 (required to obtain a visa). All documents must be original and submitted with official English translations.

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021

For more information about the Artist Diploma program at TCU, contact:
Dr. Paul Cortese
Assistant Director for Operations
817-257-7098
p.cortese@tcu.edu

Music Minor Requirements (21 Hours)

Studio Performance Lessons (4 hours)

Lower Division (4 hours)

Requires four semesters of successful jury examinations designated to fulfill music minor requirement

Music Theory (8 hours)

Music History (9 hours)

TCU’s artist diploma provides intensive study and performance opportunities under the guidance of master teachers in preparation for a concert career. This program accepts only the most advanced and gifted performers who demonstrate serious potential to become concert artists through their performance and credentials.

The artist diploma is a three-year program (two-year in Voice/Opera) available in both a pre-baccalaureate and a post-baccalaureate track.

An audition is required. Admission to the program is allowed only upon the recommendation of the appropriate applied studio faculty and the approval of the School of Music director.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to maintain satisfactory academic progress in this program.

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