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Masters of Music

One movement from a J. S. Bach Lute Suite or from the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BWV 998).

Two contrasting works from different periods.

Music Therapy

Those applying for admission to the Music Therapy graduate or graduate equivalency program must follow the application procedure posted in "Graduate Studies in Music." Additionally, students should submit a writing sample and should contact the coordinator of graduate studies in music therapy at or (936)294-1376 for a faculty interview. All students applying for the music therapy masters equivalency program must pass the music therapy equivalency audition as a part of the interview. Music therapy master equivalency applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree in music (i.e., music performance, music education, or music therapy) should take the School of Music audition.


Masters of Music

The purpose of this degree is to provide advanced skills in the research of music for students planning to pursue the Ph.D. in musicology or for those seeking to teach at the college level.

In addition to the admission requirements for the SHSU School of Music, students seeking admission to the Musicology track for the Masters of Music degree must submit a sample of academic writing relevant to musicology and complete an admission interview with the Musicology Coordinator, Dr. Sheryl Murphy-Manley (MUS_SKM@SHSU.EDU), and/or the primary Professor in the student's field of study. Applicants to the musicology track must have maintained a minimum of 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate music credit hours, and maintained a minimum of 3.25 GPA in all music literature and music history courses. Graduate students who graduate with an emphasis in Musicology are required to pass a language proficiency examination in either German or French. The language requirement should ideally be fulfilled by the end of the second semester of study.


Please see the Percussion Studio page for audition materials.


Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music

Applicants should prepare three contrasting works in different instrumentation (for example: a baroque flute sonata, a romantic string sonata and modern vocal work).  Both an audition repertoire list and a complete repertoire list (instrumental and vocal) must be submitted with your application. Sight reading proficiency will be examined during the audition. Any changes to the audition requirements must be discussed with Dr. ILonka Rus-Edery,, Director of Collaborative Piano Area, at least four weeks before the scheduled audition.

MM applicants for the Collaborative Piano program are eligible for a collaborative piano assistantship and must submit a resume detailing their collaborative piano experience and a repertoire list in addition to the assistantship application. It is important that the applicant coordinate the audition with both the office of Graduate Studies at SHSU as well as the Director of the Collaborative Piano Area.

In special circumstances such as international applicants, an unedited video recording will be considered in lieu of a live audition. If you wish to upload a recorded audition, please contact Dr. Rus-Edery for permission and instructions before proceeding.


Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Prepare the first movement of a romantic concerto with cadenza (if applicable), and two movements of an unaccompanied partita or sonata by J. S. Bach (from memory).


Prepare two contrasting works. Performance majors must play these from memory. Also prepare three orchestral excerpts from the standard literature.


Masters of Music

Prospective graduate students are to prepare a program of five memorized pieces from which the voice faculty will choose selections for the audition. Music must be memorized. The prepared pieces must cover all of the following categories:

  • At least one selection in English, Italian, German, and French.
  • At least one, but no more than two arias (opera or oratorio).
  • At least one selection must have been written before 1800.
  • At least one selection must have been written after 1920.

Students may bring their own accompanist or one will be provided. Please bring a copy of the sheet music to the audition to share with the accompanist. The accompanist’s copy should be prepared with all the notes on the page, double-sided and contained in a three-ringed binder. Music must be in the keys in which you will sing. Students will have the opportunity to work with the accompanist briefly before their audition.

Prospective students will be asked to sight-read a short musical passage. Students may also be asked to repeat short melodic passages (played on the piano) to demonstrate tonal memory and musicianship skills.


Masters of Music

Wind players should prepare two entire works from contrasting time periods from the standard repertoire. Three to four orchestral excerpts from the standard literature should also be prepared. An accompanist is not necessary. Music may be used.

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