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Undergraduate

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 21 at 8:30 a.m. on the Ed Landreth Auditorium Stage. Required for all incoming freshmen.

School of Music Fall Convocation – Wednesday, August 23 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

Charlene Smith 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. Charlene 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 Charlene Smith if you have questions about locker assignments at 817-257-7232 or c.smith3@tcu.edu.

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 Charlene Smith 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 Charlene Smith for more information at 817-257-7232 or c.smith3@tcu.edu.

Computer Lab

The SOM Computer Lab is located on the third floor in Ed Landreth 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.

Advising

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 Paul Cortese, Assistant Director at 817-257-7098 or p.cortese@tcu.edu.

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 Kristen Queen, Assistant Director at 817-257-6349 or at k.queen@tcu.edu.

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.