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Graduate Student Admission

Application deadline: February 15

To apply to the Master of Music program, 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 or theory/composition.

Follow these application guidelines:

Send your materials to:
Texas Christian University
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Fine Arts
TCU Box 297550
Fort Worth, TX 76129

The School of Music recommends that all applicants send their materials first-class mail and utilize the USPS’s delivery confirmation service. Please note: Auditions will not be scheduled until the School of Music has received the applicant’s résumé, personal statement and Audition Request Application. Also one audition will suffice for acceptance and consideration for scholarships.

2018 Master’s Degree Audition Dates
January 27, 2018
February 10, 2018
February 24, 2018

Audition Requirements for Specific Graduate Programs

 

College of Fine Arts graduate studies

Master of Music degree offerings

Application deadline: December 1

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.

DMA Admission Requirements

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

Application to the Doctor of Musical Arts program requires students to complete the TCU Graduate Admission Application in addition to the School of Music application. The TCU Graduate Admission Application is available at www.graduate.tcu.edu.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Completed online applications to TCU Graduate Studies and the School of Music.
  2. Two official transcripts of all college work. Translations must be provided for all international transcripts.
  3. Non-refundable application fees will be charged for both the TCU application and the School of Music application.
  4. Three current letters of reference from persons qualified to comment on the applicant’s academic and¬/or musical achievement, teaching and/or professional experience, and potential for success in the degree program.
  5. 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.
  6. A curriculum vitae is required. This should include a list of concert performances, compositions, publications, and other musical accomplishments.
  7. Test scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency: GRE (composition and piano pedagogy only) and TOEFL or IELTS (international students).
  8. 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 materials should be mailed directly to the CFA Office of Graduate Studies. 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.)

Audition and Testing
Based on the results of pre-screening, an invitation may be extended to perform an on-campus audition and interview in the major area before a faculty committee. 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

Applicants should not select audition days 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 College of Fine Arts Graduate Office. Consult the faculty in your major area for instructions concerning the audition requirements, material to bring, etc. The College of Fine Arts Graduate Office will send faculty contact information after application materials are received. Audition dates are posted below.

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

Once completed, please send your materials to:
Texas Christian University
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Fine Arts
TCU Box 297550
Fort Worth, TX 76129

The School of Music recommends that all applicants send their materials first-class mail and utilize the USPS’s delivery confirmation service. Note: one audition will suffice for acceptance and consideration for scholarships.

2018 Doctoral Degree Audition Dates
February 8-9, 2018
February 23-24, 2018

College of Fine Arts Graduate Office:
Office: 817-257-7603
Fax: 817-257-5672
Email: cfagradinfo@tcu.edu

Doctor of Musical Arts degree plans

Audition Requirements for Specific Graduate Programs