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Students are only required to audition on their primary instrument/voice type. For those interested in Music Therapy, please take note of the additional requirements. Composition majors also have additional requirements, listed HERE.

Classical Guitar

All auditioning students are required to perform on a nylon string guitar, and with proper classical guitar technique (no plectrum / pick).


Two contrasting works from different time periods. pieces from the Grade 1 Texas UIL Prescribed Music List are acceptable. 

Be prepared for a short sight-reading excerpt.

Music Therapy

 One Grade 2 piece from the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List.

One study from Matteo Carcassi's Opus 60.

Be prepared for a short sight-reading excerpt.

Theory & Composition

 One Grade 2 piece from the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List.

One study from Matteo Carcassi's Opus 60.

Be prepared for a short sight-reading excerpt.


Please see the Percussion Studio page for audition materials.



Students will perform up to thirty minutes of memorized repertoire representing a minimum of three of the following four style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist/ Contemporary. Required: A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Opus 49, K. 282, 331, and 545). Recommended: Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, a solo piece from the Romantic repertoire, and a work by a representative 20th Century/Contemporary composer. The student will also be asked to play all Major and minor scales, 4 octaves ascending and descending (minimum speed: quarter note = 120) and an excerpt of sight-reading.

Music Therapy

Students will perform a fast movement from a classical period sonata (same exclusions apply) and two contrasting period works. The sonata must be memorized, and memorization for the two contrasting works is optional. Scales and sightreading requirements remain the same.

New age, popular, contemporary Christian, and other similar styles of music will not be accepted.

Please contact Dr. Ilonka Rus-Edery at (936) 294-1385 ( to answer any questions about the previous sections.


Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Memorization is required for music performance majors. For all other majors, memorization is optional.

  • Performance Majors will prepare a movement from a standard concerto with cadenza (if applicable), and a contrasting piece or movement from a sonata or concerto. In addition, applicants should be prepared to play any three-octave scale of the committee's choosing, major or minor (melodic mode).
  • Other Majors (Music Education, Music Therapy, Bachelor of Arts, Composition) will prepare one three-octave scale and two arpeggios (minor arpeggio and major arpeggio), and two contrasting pieces or movements from a sonata or concerto.


Applicants will prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from a sonata or concerto, and one orchestral excerpt from the standard literature. Performance majors must play at least one of the pieces or movements from memory.


Music Education, Performance, or Music Therapy

Students should prepare two selections from the standard classical vocal repertoire; one selection should be in a foreign language (examples of appropriate literature can be found in the “Texas UIL Prescribed Music List”). Contemporary Christian, musical theater, country, pop and jazz music will not be accepted. Music must be memorized.

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.

Transfer students in voice must sing four standard classical selections with a minimum of three languages represented.


Wind players should prepare one or two solos or etudes, which demonstrate technical facility as well as lyrical, expressive playing. Sight-reading and/or major scales may be requested. An accompanist is not necessary. Music may be used. Check with your applied instructor for instrument-specific requirements.

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Additional Music Therapy Requirements

In addition to the School of Music audition on your primary instrument/voice type, those applying for admission to the Music Therapy undergraduate program must interview with Music Therapy faculty. Students should contact the Director of Music Therapy at or (936)294-1376 to schedule the interview, which can take place at any time during the application process.

Those applying for admission to the Music Therapy graduate or graduate equivalency program must follow the application procedure posted in "Graduate Studies" - " Music Therapy Master Equivalency Program" and should contact the coordinator of graduate studies in music therapy at or (936)294-3261. 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.

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