The first step in the admissions process is to contact me! I strongly encourage you to come to campus for a visit, take a lesson, and chat with me about what we do here at A&M-Commerce. You should also contact the University Admissions Office to arrange an official campus tour, meet with financial aid, housing, and other departments that can help your transition to university life. Of course, you’ll also need to apply to the university, submit your SAT/ACT scores, send transcripts, etc. The Admissions Department’s website provides easy access to the entire process.
In addition to being accepted to the university, prospective music majors must also be admitted to the Department of Music. Music admission is based on a Music Application and a live audition, though recorded auditions (video preferred) may be accepted from applicants for whom travel to Commerce is impractical. Music scholarship awards are also determined in large part on this audition, so it’s imperative that you show us your best efforts!
Repertoire – Your audition should include 5-10 minutes of music (solos, etudes, and/or orchestral excerpts are acceptable) that shows your playing at its best. I don’t have a required list of pieces but I do need to hear examples of your slow/lyrical playing as well as your technical skills. I also need to hear major scales (from memory, if possible) and I’ll ask you to sight read. Prospective Graduate students and music performance majors should also prepare three standard orchestral excerpts. If you just have no idea of what to prepare just contact me and I can help!
The Music Department has scheduled Audition Days in the spring to make the whole process easy. We’ll have representatives from the Department and University on-hand to answer your questions and give tours of the building and campus. While I can hear auditions by appointment I strongly suggest you make plans to audition on one of our official Audition Days.