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The following checklist serves as a guide through the School of Music admission process.

The SHSU School of Music welcomes new student applications year-round. Applicants must apply for admission to the university as well as to the School of Music. Acceptance into the School of Music is contingent upon admittance to the university. Please visit the SHSU Admissions website for more information on eligibility requirements.

Please do not apply to the Music Therapy Masters Equivalency Program until you have contacted Prof. Carolyn Dachinger at

Application Checklist

ATTN: Tony Boutté
SHSU School of Music
P.O. Box 2208
Huntsville, TX 77341

  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Submit to address above)
  • Two Writing Samples (Submit to address above)*
  • Contact the coordinator for your area of interest
  • Request an audition and/or interview using the form below. See each track for specific requirements
  • Graduate Assistantship Application (if interested)

*Prospective students must submit two writing samples, including a Personal Statement and a scholarly writing sample. In the Personal Statement, explain your interest in pursuing graduate studies in your area of specialty and your career plans/goals following graduate school. The second writing sample should represent your best scholarly writing about music, such as a research paper from a previous music theory or music history course or, for music therapy candidates, a professional document from a work setting. This scholarly writing sample should demonstrate your ability to utilize and appropriately cite reputable references, and should showcase your capacity to synthesize information from various sources and create new interpretations of that information. Both samples will be assessed for content, as well as the mechanics of your writing, including sentence structure, word choice, sentence and paragraph length, punctuation, and spelling. For a final admissions decision, writing samples do not constitute the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant, nor do writing samples constitute the primary criterion to end consideration of an applicant. The applicant’s writing samples will be compared with those of other applicants from similar socioeconomic backgrounds to the extent that those backgrounds can be properly determined and identified by the School of Music’s admissions process.

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1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360

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