The TCU College of Fine Arts and School of Music MM/MME 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.
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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.
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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.)
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.
Coordinator of Music Admissions
TCU School of Music