Music Theory and Composition

For entrance into the TCU School of Music and scholarship consideration, students who want to major in undergraduate music theory/composition must complete all university and School of Music application requirements and submit the following:

Composition Emphasis

Submit three to five original scores (including one handwritten example) as well as recordings.
*Recordings can be uploaded as part of the Audition Request application and/or if mailed, provided on either a CD or flash drive.

All applicants are required to mail** their original scores and recordings to:
Texas Christian University
School of Music
TCU Box 297500
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Attn: Debbie Alenius

**The SOM recommends applicants send materials Priority Mail – this service includes a USPS Tracking number to confirm delivery. International applicants should choose a comparable service that provides a tracking number for delivery confirmation. 

Nordan Young Artist Award Requirements

Composers should submit several compositions demonstrating considerable ability and achievement in creative work. Audio/video files of these compositions can be submitted online to in the completed the Audition Request Application due December 1.  In order to be considered for the Nordan pre-screening in composition, scores must be received by November 15 as explained in the undergraduate composition requirements listed above.

Learn more about Nordan Young Artist Award requirements.

Theory Emphasis

Submit two to three examples of analytical writing to the Audition Request application. At least one example should deal with an arts-related topic.

Learn more about music theory/composition at TCU.

 

Masters

Doctoral

  • Complete all University and School of Music application requirements.
  • Submit a portfolio of original scores and recordings. These will be evaluated before an invitation to campus for testing and an interview is issued. (Scores should be mailed as explained below.  *Recordings can be uploaded as part of the Audition Request application and/or if mailed, provided on either a CD or flash drive.)
  • In addition to School of Music entrance examination requirements, composers invited to campus are tested in the areas of keyboard literacy, orchestration, and counterpoint. The results of these exams are factored into the admission decision.

Composition Application Materials Mailing Instructions

All applicants applying for composition are required to mail** their original scores to the TCU School of Music Office.

Texas Christian University
School of Music
TCU Box 297500
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Attn: Debbie Alenius

**The SOM recommends  applicants send materials Priority Mail – this service includes a USPS Tracking number to confirm delivery. International applicants should choose a comparable service that provides a tracking number for delivery confirmation

Learn more about music theory/composition at TCU.