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Admissions and Scholarships

Admission to the Department of Music:

Acceptance as a music major is a two-part process. One, you must be admitted to the University, and two, you must be accepted within the Department of Music. To be accepted within the Department of Music each student must complete an audition to the appropriate division (vocal, instrumental and piano). This audition will serve as the audition for acceptance to the Department of Music and for scholarships.

Access the Audition and Scholarship Application Form by selecting the following appropriate online form.

All candidates are expected to complete the Audition and Scholarship Application Form to the department before an audition. All auditions require a confirmed reservation with Mr. Phillip Clements, Director of Instrumental Activities (Phillip.Clements@tamuc.edu), Dr. Randall Hooper, Director of vocal Activities (Randall.Hooper@tamuc.edu), or Dr. Luis Sanchez, Director of Keyboard Studies (Luis.Sanchez@tamuc.edu) at least two weeks prior to the audition date. For scholarship applicants, an on-campus audition is required before May 1st. If a live audition is not possible on one of the departments audition dates an alternative date may be arranged, or if the applicant resides 400 or more miles from the university, a high quality DVD may be submitted. DVD’s may be mailed to the Department of Music at PO Box 3011, Commerce, Texas 75429. If you are shipping these materials through UPS or Fed-Ex please send your materials to the Department of Music. 2600 S. Neal St., Commerce, Texas 75429. Audition materials will not be returned.

The Undergraduate Degrees:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Music (with Teacher Certification)
  • The Bachelor of Music in Performance

The Graduate Degrees:

  • The Department offers the Master of Music with an emphasis in Performance or Music Education. Performance degrees may be sought in instrumental or vocal performance, piano performance or conducting.  
  • For information about the application process to be admitted as a graduate student in the Department of Music, contact the appropriate division head:
  • If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree through the TAMUC Music Education Cohort, please click here to fill out the Informational Data Sheet.  You will be contacted as soon as possible.

Scholarship Audition Dates:

  • February 22, 2014
  • March 8, 2014
  • March 29, 2014
  • (Other days are available upon request)

Voice Audition Requirements:

  • 2 Songs memorized (Your selections should be of the same quality as a Texas UIL Solo)
  • 1 of the 2 songs should be in a language other than English
  • Sight-sing a unison melody

Instrumental Audition Requirements:

  • All Major Scales
  • 2 contrasting etudes (slow & fast) or portions of solo repertoire (lyrical and technical)
  • Sight-read a short musical example
  • For percussion audition information, please visit the Percussion Website

Keyboard Audition Requirements:

  • A complete piano solo work or movement from a sonata. The repertoire should include at least 20-30 minutes of playing.
  • All major and minor scales

Music Major Scholarships:

  • Performance-based scholarships are available to music majors based on the results of the Department of Music audition. The amount of the award varies according to the student’s audition and potential contribution to the department.
  • Housing scholarships are available in addition to performance-based scholarships. Housing scholarships are awarded as a $500.00 a semester credit toward the students on-campus housing bill.
  • Students must meet the eligibility requirement of the University to be eligibility for a music scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to meet the ensemble and studio requirements as stated in their scholarship contract each semester.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for a music scholarship to be renewed each semester. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for a housing scholarship to be renewed each semester.
  • Keyboard scholarship students must be available as an accompanist for a reasonable amount of rehearsals and performances as needed.

Scholarships for students not majoring in music:

  • Performance-based scholarships are available to students who are not majoring in music based on the results of the Department of Music audition. The amount of the award varies according to the student’s audition and potential contribution to the department.
  • Housing scholarships are available in addition to performance-based scholarships. Housing scholarships are awarded as a $500.00 a semester credit toward the student’s on-campus housing bill.
  • Students must meet the eligibility requirement of the University to be eligibility for a music scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to meet the ensemble and studio requirements as stated in their scholarship contract each semester.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for a music scholarship to be renewed each semester. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for a housing scholarship to be renewed each semester.
  • Keyboard scholarship students must be available as an accompanist for a reasonable amount of rehearsals and performances as needed.

 Basketball Band Scholarships:

  • Basketball Band Scholarships are available through an audition held during the fall semester each year.



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