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Applying for an Undergraduate Degree in School of Music

The TCU School of Music undergraduate applications for Fall 2022 admission will open September 1.

In the TCU School of Music, you will find high quality, selective programs taught by distinguished faculty with dedication to mentorship.  With endless opportunities for professional growth in a stimulating and supportive environment, you will thrive as you put your passions into practice. We are a diverse and connected community dedicated to creating unforgettable performance opportunities and compelling academic experiences for you in Fort Worth and beyond.

Learn more about the areas of study for the undergraduate music degree programs offered at TCU.

If you are interested in visiting the TCU School of Music, please fill out the Campus Tour Form. Advance registration is required. 

Applying for an Undergraduate Degree in the School of Music

Admission to the School of Music is highly competitive and requires completion of the following five steps.

First, you will need to apply to TCU.*

Apply to TCU

*The School of Music recommends incoming first year applicants considering a degree in music apply by the Early Action Deadline of November 1 to receive a nonbinding admission decision by January 1.

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 essay, double-spaced typewritten or word-processed 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 of individuals for 2-3 letters of recommendation attesting to your musical accomplishments and ability. Two are required; the third is optional except for Nordan consideration where three are required. (You will need the email addresses for the individuals who will be writing your ‘Letters of Recommendation’ so they may be notified as part of your School of Music Admission Application – you will not personally submit these letters).

A preliminary pre-screening video performance that demonstrates your instrumental or vocal ability; the video file will be uploaded as part of your School of Music Admission 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. For pre-screening video submission requirements, please review audition repertoire requirements in your applied area of study listed under step 4. How to create a quality pre-screen media recording.

Acceptance Policy

Acceptance as a music major requires the completion of both the School of Music online School of Music Admission Application and the general 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 must be submitted by February 1. Music Scholarships will be considered by audition as specified by area of study until February 19, 2022. Applicants must complete the School of Music Admission Application before an audition date and time can be scheduled. Notification of general TCU Admission will be sent by April 1, 2022.

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. Sean Atkinson. Please contact the TCU School of Music and/or the chair/director/dean of your current institution for more information regarding this process.

Application Deadlines

November 1 – TCU Admission Early Action Application –  (recommended for music applicants)
December 1 – Nordan Young Artist Award Pre-screening Deadline  – (Acceptd-School of Music Admission Application- First application deadline)
February 1 – TCU General Admission & School of Music Admission Application Deadline –  (Final deadline)

2022 Audition Dates

Nordan Young Artist Award – Live Audition

  • Saturday, January 15, 2022 (By invitation only.  See area of study for specific pre-screening requirements.)

General Audition/Interview Dates (Specified by program if required beyond online recorded submission.)

  • Saturday, January 29, 2022
  • Saturday, February 5, 2022
  • Saturday, February 19, 2022

The School of Music has three scheduled audition/interview days for the 2021-22 audition cycle. For the Nordan Young Artist Award in Music, students are invited to audition in January after first submitting a preliminary pre-screening video for review.  See area of study for additional details.

Please note: If applicable, Auditions/Interviews will not be scheduled until the School of Music has received the applicant’s Audition Request Application. Please see audition requirements for specific area of study.

 Click on the link below to learn more about audition requirements for your area of study.

Nordan Award Audition

Applications for the TCU School of Music for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 admission will open September 1.

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 for questions or more information.

Contact Information

Debbie Alenius
Coordinator of Music Admissions
TCU School of Music
Office: 817-257-4742
Fax: 817-257-5672

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