With the resources provided by the TCU School of Music, you will be guided through the application process, undergraduate and graduate process to reach your TCU degree. Faculty members are also equipped with information as they teach the next generation of students.

School of Music Office Location
The School of Music Office is located in Ed Landreth Hall, Suite 120.

Fall Ensemble Auditions
Refer to our list of ensembles and visit page to find audition requirements.

Music Library


Important Dates

The following activities are required of all new incoming music majors:

Theory/Ear Training Placement Exam – Monday, August 26 at 8:30 a.m. on the Ed Landreth Auditorium Stage. Required for all incoming freshmen.

Music History Course Rotation 2019-2021

Music Theory Course Rotation 2019-2021

School of Music Fall Convocation – Wednesday, August 28 at 3:00 p.m. in PepsiCo Recital Hall.

All incoming music majors are required to enroll in MUSI 11030 Class Piano. Students interested in testing for placement beyond the first semester can do so during the week before classes begin. (Download pdf).

Recital/Concert Attendance

Music majors are required to enroll in and pass MUSI 11000, Recital Hour, each semester. This is a pass/no-credit, zero-credit course. Music majors are required to attend a minimum of 15 concerts each semester, with the exception of the student-teaching semester for BME students. Six of these concerts must be from the weekly School of Music Recital Hour Series. The remaining nine may be chosen from faculty and guest artist recitals, TCU and guest ensemble concerts and student recitals. Students will submit to the School of Music office original printed concert programs signed by a TCU School of Music faculty member in attendance. Programs must be submitted to the School of Music office within five days after the event, or they will not be accepted. The deadline to submit programs for concert credit is 5 p.m. on the last day of classes.

How to Get a Locker

Sarah Walters assigns lockers in the SOM Office. Once you have a locker assignment, you may keep it as long as you are a music major at TCU. Instrumental lockers are located in both Ed Landreth and the Walsh Center – piano students will be assigned a locker in the piano wing located in the Walsh Center. Sarah will issue you a combination to the locker/padlock when she assigns you the locker. Students are not allowed to use their own padlocks on the lockers. Please contact Sarah Walters if you have questions about locker assignments at 817-257-7232 or

Practice Rooms

Practice rooms for the School of Music are located on the second floor in Ed Landreth Hall. These rooms are open during regular building hours of 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

There are additional practice rooms in the basement of Waits Residence Hall located next to the SOM. These rooms are card key accessible 24 hours, seven days a week. Please see Sarah Walters in the SOM Office to activate your ID card to use this facility.

These SOM Practice Rooms are on a “first come, first served basis” and are subject to the SOM Practice Room Policy.

The Piano Practice Rooms located in the Walsh Center piano wing are only for students enrolled in private piano lessons. Upon registration, each student is granted card access and then must sign up for practice hours at the beginning of each semester. Please contact Sarah Walters for more information at 817-257-7232 or

Computer Lab

The SOM Computer Lab is located on the third floor in Jarvis Hall. The lab contains both Mac and PC computers equipped with ear training and music notation software. MIDI keyboards are part of each workstation as well. Hours of operation vary throughout the week and on weekends. Check the lab door for the most recent schedule.


All music majors are assigned a faculty advisor based on their area of study. Learn more about advising on the School of Music advising page.

At TCU, all students are welcome to participate in the variety of events and programs available in the School of Music. Whether you’re interested in singing in a choir, playing in the orchestra, marching in the band or taking guitar lessons, the information below will help answers your questions and point you in the right direction.

Audition Information

Non-majors are welcome to audition for ensembles within the School of Music. Please see the audition information above.

Private Lessons

Private instrumental and vocal lessons for non-majors are available on a limited basis. Interested students are required to audition for the area instructor in order to be considered for studio placement. Non-majors who have received a music scholarship from the SOM are required to enroll in private lessons. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Cortese, Assistant Director at 817-257-7098 or

Music Minor

The TCU Minor in Music provides student musicians with the opportunity to study music history, music theory and applied performance at the collegiate level. This program is not intended as an introduction to music. Rather, it is designed for students with previous, substantial musical experience who wish to further their musical knowledge and abilities with professional study. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Click, Assistant Director, TCU School of Music, at 817-257-4294 or at

While all music students are expected and encouraged to perform, CPT is applicable to international students only, Curricular Practical Training is defined as an alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education or any other type of required practicum that is academically-required at TCU and offered by sponsoring employers. CPT originates from an academic need for work, and as a result, it must be required of all students in a program. It may either be required specifically in a particular class or it may be a programmatic expectation to fulfill degree requirements. Implied in this is a system of evaluation by the academic department and a beginning and termination date for a particular employment.

Undergraduate students must be in F-1 status for at least 9 months before employment can be initiated. All students may not work full-time (over 20 hours including all assistantships and CPT employment) except during summer and winter vacation. CPT is a departmental privilege, and thus may be revoked for academic reasons at any time.

Typically in music, Curricular Practical Training students are expected to seek professional opportunities as a part of their coursework. Participation and progress in these endeavors must be approved and overseen by the supervising faculty member. Examples might include activities in teaching, participation in professional orchestras, chamber music performance, performance in church services, weddings, funerals, accompanying, etc. International students MUST file appropriate paper work BEFORE accepting professional gigs and services.

CPT Application Instructions

Download the CPT Recommendation Form from the International Student Services (ISS) website.

  • Submit Section 1 of the CPT form to your academic advisor (applied studio teacher) for completion
  • Have your academically-approved employer complete Section 2 of the CPT form
  • Sign and submit form to ISS at least 7 days prior to employment start date
  • Do not begin work until this process is completed and you have signed and picked up your new, work-authorized I-20 from ISS.


School of Music Office Location
The School of Music Office is located in Ed Landreth Hall, Suite 120.

College of Fine Arts Graduate Resources


Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified, full-time graduate students in the School of Music. Applicants must be admitted to the program, have an outstanding academic record and present favorable recommendations.

Master’s and doctoral applicants will be considered for graduate assistantships as part of their application process. Assistantships provide tuition grants plus stipend and require approximately ten hours of work weekly.

Musicology students are also eligible for the Michael M. Winesanker Scholarship, named for the late distinguished scholar who served the TCU School of Music for more than 40 years.

The deadline for doctoral applications is December 1, and the deadline for master’s applications is February 15.

Learn more about graduate assistantships under the corresponding Graduate Area of Study, or contact the applied faculty member regarding graduate assistantships for the upcoming year.

All entering graduate students are required to take placement examinations during the first week of residency and must satisfy keyboard and theory proficiencies. All portions of the test must be satisfactorily completed prior to admission to candidacy.

Located on the third floor of the Mary Couts Burnett Library, the Music/Media Library houses several thousand scores, print books, CDs and music discipline-related videos. The Music/Media Library and Hamilton Audiovisual Center provide a creative space for musicians to listen to music, watch performances, study scores, write research papers and attend specialized classes.

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Graduate Office: 817-257-7603
School of Music: 817-257-7341
Graduate Housing: 817-257-5895 (Amy McDurham) or 817-257-7891
TCU Police: 817-257-7930 (emergency on Campus – x7777)
International Student Services: 817-257-7292
Health Center: 817-257-7940
Student Insurance: 817-257-7940



Faculty Advisor Information

The Recommendation Form includes one section that the advisor/professor must sign. This signature is an agreement that you approve the employment and will monitor the progress of the student.

Employment is based upon academic requirements and the Code of Federal Regulations strictly prohibits CPT that’s sole purpose is to provide employment for F and J visa holders. Where applicable US students must be participating in work as well.

Requirements cannot be informal:

  • Employment based upon class requirements must indicate this in an official class document, such as a syllabus
  • Employment based upon degree fulfillment must include suitable language in the departmental section of the University catalogue.

Because employment is curricular, evaluation of student performance is mandatory. An academic agenda must drive the employment (and thus, completion of a class or degree is de facto completion of the employment).

Further information may be obtained by calling Liz Branch at 817-257-7292, or email at

Da Capo

Da Capo is the official TCU School of Music news magazine. It is published annually and reflects on the activities of the School of Music and its alumni during the academic year and summer months. To include your news and photo items in the next issue of Da Capo, please use the form below and tell us about your life and your activities, present and past, musical and non-musical.

Da Capo News Submission Form


Ex-Bandsmen Association

In recent years, the TCU Ex-Bandsmen Association has also been known as the TCU Alumni Band. The Ex-Bandsmen name was originally chosen so that anyone that was ever in the TCU Band could be a member of the Association, regardless of whether or not they actually graduated from TCU.


We believe that the Alumni Band designation is an appropriate name for the Ex-Band members that perform at the Homecoming Pre-game activities. Our opinion—keep them both! But keep in mind that our “official” name that appears on the bank account is the TCU Ex-Bandsmen Association.


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