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Undergraduate Student Admission

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Applying for an Undergraduate Degree in School of Music

Admission to the School of Music as a music major requires completion of the following five steps.

First, you will need to apply to TCU.


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, double-spaced typewritten or word-processed essay 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 for two letters of recommendation attesting to your musical accomplishments and ability. (You will need the email addresses for the two people who will be writing your ‘Letters of Recommendation’ so that they may be notified as part of your Audition Request Application – you will not personally submit these letters).

A preliminary 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.

Acceptance Policy

Acceptance as a music major requires the completion of both the School of Music online Audition Request Application and the standard 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 procedures must be submitted by February 1, 2018.  Music Scholarships will be considered by live audition until February 24, 2018; applicants must complete the School of Music online Audition Request Application before an audition time can be scheduled.  Notification of standard TCU Admission will be sent by April 1, 2018.

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 director of the TCU School of Music, Dr. Richard C. Gipson. Please contact the TCU School of Music and the chair/director/dean of your current institution for more information regarding this process.

The School of Music has three scheduled audition days in February and March. For the Nordan Young Artist Award in Music, students are invited to audition in January after first submitting a preliminary video for review.

Decide on a first choice audition day and a second choice audition day. You will need this information when completing the Audition Request Application in step five.

Please note: Auditions will not be scheduled until the School of Music has received the applicant’s résumé, essay and Audition Request Application. This does not include the two letters of recommendation. It’s preferred for students to audition on campus, but a video audition may be substituted with approval from the division chair.

Nordan Award Information

2018 Audition Dates

Nordan Young Artist Award

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019

Standard Audition Days

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019

Many of the various areas of the School of Music have specific audition and admission requirements. Click on the link below to learn more about your area of study.

Nordan Award Audition

TCU School of Music applications for Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 admission will open on September 1, 2018.

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; or 817-257-4742.