Graduate

GRADUATE Admission, Audition, and Scholarship Information
2015-2016 (for students entering Fall 2016 or Spring 2017)

Graduate Admission Procedures

imageThe following is an overview of the requirements for applying to the TCU School of Music for graduate study.

 

 

 

Master of Music Degree – Application deadline, March 1

  • Complete the TCU College of Fine Arts Graduate Studies Application
  • Provide a personal statement detailing a musical experience or professional career goals
  • Provide a résumé listing education and professional musical experiences
  • Provide three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Complete the online School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application. An additional $30 application fee is required (School of Music audition).
  • Provide examples of scholarly writing and musical composition (Musicology and music theory/composition applicants only)
  • Provide two (2) sealed copies of each official academic transcript for all colleges and universities attended
  • Complete the required Music Theory Diagnostic Exam
  • (Voice Performance and Voice Pedagogy applicants only) Candidates for all graduate degrees will be asked to sight-read and translate French, German and Italian into English during the audition. Further, as a prerequisite for admission to the MM in Vocal Performance, all candidates must have completed intermediate French, German or Italian, or demonstrate equivalent knowledge.
  • (Piano Pedagogy applicants only) Submit a 15 minute DVD recording of teaching, to include a private lesson (may include a group lesson).International students should submit a video demonstrating their ability to teach using the English language.
  • (Musicology, music theory/composition, and music education applicants only) Submit GRE scores
  • (Graduate Wind and Orchestral Conducting applicants only) Provide transcript evidence that the required piano proficiency level from the undergraduate degree granting institution was successfully completed. Should one be unable to present such transcript documentation, an individual assessment will be scheduled with the Conducting Division Faculty before or during the audition process.
  • (Graduate Choral Conducting applicants only) As a diagnostic evaluation during the interview process and before acceptance to the program, students will be asked to sight-read two choral pieces in open score format (SATB) at the piano. One piece will be homophonic and the other will have simple imitative polyphony—both pieces from the Renaissance or Baroque eras. In addition, all applicants will complete a proficiency exam in language and vocal pedagogy. Candidates will be expected to read aloud and translate in French, German, Italian, Latin, and English, as well as demonstrate sufficient knowledge in teaching those skills related to language and diction in a rehearsal setting. If major deficiencies exist the student will not be admitted to the program. If minor deficiencies exist the student will practice under guidance during the first year of study and retake both exams.
  • (International applicants only) Submit TOEFL scores.

Music Theory Diagnostic Test. Required of all Music applicants.
http://www.cfagraduate.tcu.edu/forms/MusicTheoryDiagnostic.pdf

Once completed, please send your materials to:
Texas Christian University
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Fine Arts
TCU Box 297550
Fort Worth, TX 76129

The School of Music recommends that all applicants send their materials First Class Mail and utilize the USPS’s Delivery Confirmation Service. Please note: Auditions will not be scheduled until the School of Music has received the applicant’s résumé, personal statement and Audition Request Application.

2016-2016 Masters Degree Audition Dates
January30, 2016
February 20, 2016
February 27, 2016

Doctor of Music Arts Degree – Application deadline, December 1

Application Overview

  • Complete the TCU College of Fine Arts Graduate Studies Application
  • Provide two (2) official transcripts of all college work. Translations must be provided for all International transcripts
  • Include three (3) current letters of reference from persons qualified to comment on the applicant's academic musical achievement, teaching and/or professional experience, and potential for success in the degree program
  • Complete the online School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application. An additional $30 application fee is required (School of Music audition).
  • Include a double-spaced typed paper of five pages or more that illustrates the applicant's best 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.
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae. This should include a list of concert performances, compositions, publications, and other musical accomplishments.
  • Submit GRE scores (required of all DMA applicants in all programs)
  • Submit TOEFL scores (International students only)

In addition, applicants must complete the application requirements for the major field of study as described below:

A. Performance

  1. In addition to the application materials above, students must submit printed programs of their performances, and supply a CD recording of a live performance (DVD may be required in some programs or areas) with their application for admission. A videotape or DVD certainly may be submitted in addition to the required CD recording. (pre-screening for on-campus audition invitation)
  2. Based on the results of pre-screening, an invitation may be extended to perform an on-campus audition/recital in the principal applied music area before a faculty committee. The performance should feature works of contrasting styles, chosen to demonstrate musicianship and technical proficiency. Memorization is encouraged for all performers; it is required in Piano, Strings, and Voice. Sight-reading may be included as part of the audition. Audition requirements vary depending upon the area of study; for specific audition requirements, applicants must contact the faculty in their intended major area.

B. Composition

  1. In addition to the application materials above, students must submit five scores of recent works with recordings, as available. (pre-screening for on-campus audition invitation) Scores with recordings, should be mailed as explained below.
  2. Based on the results of pre-screening, an invitation may be extended for an on-campus interview with the composition faculty.

C. Conducting

  1. In addition to the application materials above, students must submit a videotape of a recent ensemble performance and rehearsal conducted by the applicant. Applicants must submit a repertoire list of all works conducted, as well as those studied in depth and prepared for conducting. (pre-screening for on-campus audition invitation). (Recordings and repertoire list can be uploaded as part of the School of Music School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application
  2. Based on the results of pre-screening, an invitation may be extended to perform an on-campus audition/recital with a TCU choral or instrumental ensemble before a faculty committee. The audition will consist of a work chosen by the applicant in addition to one work assigned by the conducting faculty. (Choral conducting applicants will undergo a diagnostic evaluation during the interview process before acceptance into the program, students will be asked to sight-read two choral pieces in open score format (SATB) at the piano. One piece will be homophonic and the other will have simple imitative polyphony—both pieces from the Renaissance or Baroque eras.)
    If major deficiencies exist the student will not be admitted to the program. If minor deficiencies exist the student will practice under guidance during the first year of study and retake the exam.

D. Piano Pedagogy (including a Cognate in Piano Pedagogy)

  1. In addition to the application materials above, students must submit printed programs of their performances, and supply a DVD recording of a live performance with their application for admission. (pre-screening for on-campus audition invitation) (Recordings and repertoire list can be uploaded as part of the School of Music School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application
  2. In addition to the performance DVD, 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 School of Music Graduate Audition Request Application
  3. Based on the results of pre-screening, an invitation may be extended to perform an on-campus audition/recital before a faculty committee. For specific pre-screening and on-campus performance audition requirements, students should visit the Piano Division website.

DMA Audition

Based on the results of pre-screening, an invitation may be extended to perform an on-campus audition/recital/interview in the principal applied music area before a faculty committee. If invited, the audition/interview should be arranged in coordination with the faculty in the major area and the College of Fine Arts Graduate Office. The CFA Graduate Office will send faculty contact information after application materials are received. Audition dates will be posted on the CFA Graduate Studies Website: http://music.tcu.edu/grad-aud-dates.asp. Please contact Donna Smolik in the CFA Graduate Office to make these arrangements.

The candidate must present a dossier at the audition; it should include the audition program, a vita, and a repertoire list. During the audition, which will be heard by at least three members of the graduate faculty, the candidate normally performs 30-45 minutes from a prepared one-hour program. After the performance, the applicant will interview with the faculty present. The faculty will report their evaluation of the audition and interview to the CFA Graduate Office, using the Report of DMA Audition Form. This report will be added to the student’s file, which will be reviewed by area faculty, the Graduate Standards Committee, the Director of the SOM, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

Additional requirements for specific areas apply. Please visit the Graduate Catalog Website for detailed application/audition requirements and instructions.

Once completed, please send your materials to:
Texas Christian University
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Fine Arts
TCU Box 297550
Fort Worth, TX 76129

The School of Music recommends that all applicants send their materials First Class Mail and utilize the USPS’s Delivery Confirmation Service.

2015-2016 Doctoral Degree Audition Dates
January 28-29, 2016
February 18-19, 2016

College of Fine Arts Graduate Office:

Telephone: 817-257-7603
Fax: 817 - 257-5672
E-mail: cfagradinfo@tcu.edu

(2015-16 audition dates)

One audition will suffice for acceptance and consideration for scholarships.

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