2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


School of Music

School of Music Overview

The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree (BM) with majors in performance, piano pedagogy, theory/composition, and church music; the Bachelor of Music Education degree (BME) with a concentration in vocal or instrumental music in preparation for all-level certification; and the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) with either a major or minor in music.

Admission/Audition

Acceptance to the School of Music requires passing an audition in the primary performance and scholarly area. Before an audition can be scheduled, applicants must submit a completed School of Music Audition Request Application, a résumé highlighting musical activities and an essay discussing a musical topic or experience. In addition, two separate letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's musical accomplishments and ability must be provided. These required materials are uploaded through the School of Music Web site. Complete directions are available at: www.music.tcu.edu/admissions.asp.

Applicants applying in music composition must also mail physical copies of original scores and papers to the School of Music in support of their application. Applicants unable to visit the campus for a live audition may submit a video audition with the above required materials. Detailed audition repertoire requirements as well as mailing instructions are available at: www.music.tcu.edu/admissions.asp.

After satisfying all of the above requirements, final acceptance to the School of Music is contingent on being admitted to TCU.

Pre-Major Status

All incoming music students are designated as music pre-majors (MUPM). A student must complete the above application requirements and pass an audition in the primary performance and scholarly area in order to be eligible for music major status. Once eligible, the student completes and submits a signed Change of Major form to the School of Music office. This form is then sent to the College of Fine Arts where it is processed and the new major is in effect once it appears on the student's my.tcu.edu account. Forms are available online at www.music.tcu.edu/Major_Authorization.pdf.

Honors College

Music majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors College and should enroll in the Honors sections of MUSI 30613 and MUSI 30623 prior to their senior year. They should enroll in MUSI 40003 the fall semester of their senior year.

School Facilities

The School of Music is housed in historic Ed Landreth Hall, the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts, Music Building South, Waits Hall and Jarvis Hall. The Ed Landreth building includes the music offices and conference room; teaching studios; classrooms, a computer lab; practice and rehearsal facilities; and a 1,200-seat auditorium, once home to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Instrumental resources include numerous upright and grand pianos, four pipe organs, two harpsichords, a clavichord and a collection of authentic Baroque instruments.

The Walsh Center is home to the unique 325-seat PepsiCo Recital Hall, which is well known for its unprecedented acoustical design. The Walsh Center also contains an instrumental rehearsal hall, a choral rehearsal hall, an electronic piano laboratory, piano teaching studios and piano practice rooms all furnished exclusively with Steinway pianos.

Located on the south side of the TCU campus, Music Building South serves the TCU Opera Studio and contains a 100-seat rehearsal studio theater and the John Large Vocal Arts Laboratory.

The third floor of Jarvis Hall contains teaching studios, two classrooms, the Upchurch Studio for Electro-Acoustic Music, the Music Education Resource Library and the School of Music student lounge.

In addition to these four buildings, practice rooms and teaching studios are located in Waits and Foster residence halls; and a large, comprehensive music library complete with recordings, reference books, texts, scores, and a listening room is housed in the Mary Couts Burnett Library.

School of Music Requirements

Keyboard Skills

All music majors, unless exempted by testing, register for MUSI 11030, Class Piano, in the first semester, and must continue in classes until they pass the Keyboard Proficiency exam. This requirement must be met by the end of the sophomore year. Students are not allowed to register for courses in the junior year until this requirement is met. Piano and organ majors meet this requirement by taking MUSI 20071 and 20081, Functional Piano.

Recitals

All music majors participate in school and studio recitals. Students majoring in performance are required to present a half recital during their junior year and a full recital during their senior year. Students majoring in music education are required to present a half recital, typically the semester before student teaching.

Juries

A jury examination takes place each semester for majors and minors in performance courses and annually for theory/composition majors beginning the sophomore year. At the end of the sophomore year, this examination determines whether the student is permitted to enroll in upper-division performance and composition lessons. The junior jury and/or recital determine admission to senior standing for performance majors.

Recital/Concert Attendance

Music majors are required to enroll in and pass MUSI 11000, Recital Hour, each semester. This is a Pass/No-Credit, zero-credit course. Music majors are required to attend a minimum of 15 concerts each semester, with the exception of the student-teaching semester for BME students. Six of these concerts must be from the weekly School of Music Recital Hour Series. The remaining nine may be chosen from faculty and guest artist recitals, TCU and guest ensemble concerts, and student recitals. Students will submit to the School of Music office original printed concert programs signed by a TCU School of Music faculty member in attendance. Programs must be submitted to Ms. Ott in the School of Music office within five days after the event, or they will not be accepted. The deadline to submit programs for concert credit is 5 p.m. on the last day of classes.

Two-steps ensure that students in the School of Music are fulfilling the requirements for Recital Hour:

  • Students must pass 3 semesters of Recital Hour before they are eligible to sign up for their sophomore barrier.
  • Students must pass 6 semesters of Recital Hour before they are eligible to sign up for their senior recital.

Failure to do these steps may impact progress toward completion the degree program.

Passing Grade Requirement

All music courses taken in the major or minor sequences must be passed with a grade of "C" or better to fulfill graduation requirements.

Performance Major Requirements

The School of Music offers the BM with a major in performance in the following areas:

  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Wind and Percussion Instruments
  • String Instruments
  • Voice