Graduate Student Admission

The TCU School of Music graduate applications for Fall 2025 admission opens September 1, 2024. Please apply to TCU School of Music and to TCU graduate studies.

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.

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 2025 term for all piano masters degrees, 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 December 1, 2024. Optimal consideration for scholarships and assistantships will be given to applications completed fully with ALL supporting materials received by December 1, 2024.

To assure full consideration for the fall 2025 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 January 15, 2025. Optimal consideration for scholarships and assistantships will be given to applications completed fully with ALL supporting materials received by January 15, 2025.

To be announced

*Please note that Masters candidates in conducting may have a different audition date (will be scheduled close to above dates)

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 (comparable to at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) 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 iBT, TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS or 105 on the Duolingo English test is required for admission. The TOEFL may be waived for students who hold undergraduate degrees from a university with English as the language of instruction.Test scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency  to school code: 6820.  See other requirements for international students.

Master of Music degree plans

Master of Music Education degree plan

For full consideration, applicants seeking admission to the piano MM/MME programs should complete their application by December 1 to be considered for a fall matriculation. All materials – transcripts, GRE, recommenders’ email addresses, TOEFL, etc. must be received by the graduate office by the December 1 deadline. Incomplete files will not be considered for admission.

For full consideration, applicants seeking admission to the MM/MME programs other than piano should complete their application by January 15 to be considered for a fall matriculation. All materials – transcripts, GRE, recommenders’ email addresses, TOEFL, etc. must be received by the graduate office by the January 15 deadline. Incomplete files will not be considered for admission.

Requested official transcripts for all college college work should be sent by an electronic transcript service  to: tcugradstudies@tcu.edu. Translations must be provided for all international transcripts. Unless requested otherwise, all other items should be submitted electronically through the School of Music Admission Application on 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:

 

 

In addition to completing the above three items, please include in your Acceptd application:

  • Personal statement of your experience and vocational goals, and discuss how the program at TCU can help you achieve those goals.
  • CV or résumé. For Collaborative Piano – Include a repertoire list of both solo and collaborative repertoire.
  • Three names of 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 at the time of application (but not the letters themselves).
  • Audition Video/Recording – required audition pre-screening recording(s).
  • Email an official electronic transcript directly from the Registrar’s Office of each institution to tcugradstudies@tcu.edu.

Optional Materials:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional for applicants in all MM/MME programs. Student are not required to take the GRE, but are strongly encouraged to do so and submit scores prior to admission. The test scores, along with other materials, provide valuable information aiding in the evaluation and placement of students. Test scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency to school code: 6820.

International Requirements:

  • Official English Proficiency Score –Required for international students. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination is required for all international applicants for the Master’s degree program. Students are required to achieve a minimum score of 80 on the iBT, TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS or 105 on the Duolingo English test. Official scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency. The TOEFL may be waived for students with an undergraduate degree from a university with English as the language of instruction. 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.

Additional Information:

  • 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

Sarah Walters
Coordinator of Music Admissions
TCU School of Music
Office: 817-257-4742
Email: s.walters77@tcu.edu

TCU is committed to providing a positive learning, living and working environment free from discrimination and harassment. As a result, TCU prohibits a range of behaviors, including unlawful discrimination, harassment, and related sexual and other misconduct based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, predisposing genetic information, covered veteran status, and any other basis protected by law, except as permitted by law. See TCU’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.

If you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against during the admissions process, you may report your concerns to TCU’s Office of Institutional Equity. See TCU’s Policy on Responding to Reports of Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.

The TCU School of Music graduate applications for Fall 2025 admission opens September 1, 2024. Please apply to TCU School of Music and to TCU graduate studies.

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.

To assure full consideration for the fall 2025 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, 2024. Optimal consideration for scholarships and assistantships will be given to applications completed fully with ALL supporting materials received by December 1.

Doctor of Musical Arts applicants must hold a master’s degree (by matriculation) in either 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 and with faculty in their intended major area.

For international students – A minimum score of 100 on the iBT, TOEFL, 7 on the IELTS or 120 on the Duolingo English test is required for admission. Students who have earned a degree (in music) at an English-language university may be exempted from taking the TOEFL, at the discretion of the School of Music. 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.

To find out more about TCU School of Music’s doctoral degree plans, please see the TCU catalog description.

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 Admission Application. *Please note that DMA, flute performance and DMA, organ candidates will not be accepted for the Fall 2024 admission cycle.

Composition
Applicants must submit five scores of recent works with recordings, as available. These electronic files will be uploaded as part of the School of Music Admission ApplicationSee 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 Admission Application.

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 Admission Application.)

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

 

 

  • Email an official electronic transcript directly from the Registrar’s Office of each institution to tcugradstudies@tcu.edu Do not upload these in your application as they are not considered official copies. (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.

Within the Acceptd application, please:

  • Submit the emails of three individuals who can provide current letters of reference. These individuals should be qualified to comment on the applicant’s academic musical achievement, teaching and/or professional experience, and potential for success in the degree program. The letters will be requested electronically through the School of Music Graduate Admission/Audition Request Application on Acceptd.
  • Upload 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.
  • Upload a curriculum vitae that includes a list of concert performances, compositions, publications, and other musical accomplishments.

Optional Materials

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional for applicants in all DMA programs. Student are not required to take the GRE, but are encouraged to do so and submit scores prior to admission. The test scores, along with other materials, provide valuable information aiding in the evaluation and placement of students. Test scores must be sent to TCU from the testing agency to school code: 6820.

International Requirements

  • Official English proficiency test score –Required for international students. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent 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 iBT, TOEFL, 7 on the IELTS or 120 on the Duolingo English test is required for admission.  The TOEFL may be waived for students with an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university with English as the language of instruction. 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. 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.

Please note that all applicants are considered for scholarships and assistantships 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/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.

There will be testing in both Music Theory and Music History for all applicants who audition/interview.

Theory exam: Students given 2.5 hours to complete the exam. Tests harmonic dictation, Roman numeral analysis, score analysis, etc.  While the theory exam alone cannot disqualify (or qualify) a DMA applicant, it is an important factor in assessing academic preparedness.  There are no remedial classes offered at the DMA level; all students are expected to enter ready to take graduate-level theory courses at TCU

Sight Singing test: Lasts approximately 5 minutes with two components—a melody and a rhythm.  Applicants will have 90 seconds to review each before performing.  For the melody, students will be given a starting pitch.

Music History exam: Students given 2.5 hours to complete the rigorous and thorough exam which consists of listening ID, score ID, terms, and two essays. There is the assumption that the auditioner has a TCU senior-level or MM-level grasp of music history.

For further information, please see Summary of skills to be evaluated

Conducting DMA Auditions:

To be scheduled with ensemble directors.

All Other DMA Audition Dates:

TBA

*Examinations will be held the Friday before the audition dates and will be in-person. Students invited to audition will receive more information about the times of the exams.

Contact Information

Sarah Walters
Coordinator of Music Admissions
TCU School of Music
Office: 817-257-4742
Email: s.walters77@tcu.edu

TCU is committed to providing a positive learning, living and working environment free from discrimination and harassment. As a result, TCU prohibits a range of behaviors, including unlawful discrimination, harassment, and related sexual and other misconduct based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, predisposing genetic information, covered veteran status, and any other basis protected by law, except as permitted by law. See TCU’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.

If you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against during the admissions process, you may report your concerns to TCU’s Office of Institutional Equity. See TCU’s Policy on Responding to Reports of Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.