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Music Scholarship and Entrance Auditions

A number of competitive scholarships are available to new and transferring music students each year. These are awarded based on musical excellence, as verified through a performance audition, music theory/sight singing assessment, supported by teacher recommendations.

Audition Dates for Fall 2015:

  • January 24, 2015
  • February 28, 2015
For more information about the audition process, check out the Future Students page.

Scholarship Information

TWU music students are eligible for scholarship support from a wide array of sources, both within and outside of TWU.  All students seeking financial aid are strongly encouraged to apply for assistance, in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans, through the Office of Financial Aid. This site provides comprehensive financial aid application information and resources.

Lily Mildred Hodges Endowed Scholarship

A scholarship that provides for Music Education majors who are in their final year of study and are also student teaching in the spring of the semester the scholarship is given. This scholarship was established by Dr. Effie Creamer in honor of Lily Mildred Hodges and her love of Music Education.

Lenore Diemicke - 2013-14 Scholarship Recipient

Caroline Barbee Bellamy Endowed Music Scholarship

A scholarship fund in the name of Mrs. Caroline Barbee Bellamy, alumna of Texas Woman’s University, to provide scholarships for students majoring in music.

Richard and Marji Bentley Music Scholarship Endowment

A scholarship fund established by Dr. and Mrs. Bentley to provide scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in music education. 
Dr. Bentley is Professor Emeritus of Music at Texas Woman’s University.

Sarah Verna Cox Coffey Endowed Scholarship

A fund intended to provide scholarships for full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in music with a preference in piano.

Mary Beth Glover Endowment Fund

This fund supports scholarships of which 25% is designated for the department of music, 25% for the department of visual arts, and 50% for the school of management.

Betty King Music Scholarship

This fund is available to all music students with a preference given to music therapy majors.

Brian K. Leavell Music Education Memorial Scholarship Endowment

A fund intended for the support of undergraduate or graduate music education majors.

Dr. Brian Leavell was a former band director and professor at Texas Woman's University. 

Lee R. and Virgie McDonald Scholarship Endowment

A fund intended for the support of junior or senior students at Texas Woman’s University majoring in piano.

Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award

This award is given annually to an outstanding music major at or after the end of her/his junior year, intended to provide substantial financial support during the student’s senior year.  The award is a prestigious one with the choice of recipient guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit.  Funding of this award is provided by the Presser Foundation, namesake of Theodore Presser, founder of the music publishing company that bears his name.  TWU’s department of music is one of a select group nationwide selected by the Presser Foundation to receive this distinctive award each year.

Delanie Sager - 2014-2015 Scholarship Recipient

Rosabelle R. Pridmore Endowed Memorial Scholarship

A fund established by Mr. James A. Pridmore in memory of Rosabelle Ragin Pridmore, alumna of Texas Woman’s University, intended to support deserving undergraduate and graduate students with preference given to music students.

Richard Rodean Music Scholarship Endowment

A fund intended to provide scholarship support for students majoring in music, named for Dr. Richard Rodean, Professor Emeritus of Music at Texas Woman’s University and former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Rudd Endowed Scholarship and Loan Fund

A fund established by William Lee and Ruth Crosby Rudd to be used for the benefit of students majoring in music.

Dr. Richard J. Shuster Honorary Endowed Scholarship

A fund established by Dr. David L. Ring and Mrs. Karen R. Ring in honor of Dr. Richard Shuster. This fund provides scholarships for students obtaining a Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in music pedagogy or performance whose primary instrument is piano.

Marion E. Jones Snowden Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Marion Elizabeth Jones, former student of Texas Woman’s University, intended to support students who show financial need and are majoring in music.

Frances Tretton Music Therapy Scholarship

A fund designated for support of music therapy students.

Other Scholarships

The department of music also provides information on other scholarship opportunities for music students made available periodically by various outside organizations including, for example, the Texas Federation of Music Clubs, Performing Arts Fort Worth, and Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Music is fortunate to have several Graduate Assistantships that support both the music major and general education instructional programs. Typically, we have 9 to 11 assistantships with approximately half being awarded to new students each year. In the Department of Music there are both Graduate Assistants and Graduate Teaching Assistants. Graduate Teaching Assistantships are the teachers of 11 record for the courses to which they are assigned and must have at least 18 semester credit hours of graduate work.

Graduate Assistantships in the Department of Music provide students with a wide range of professional experiences, including a unique opportunity to learn about music and teaching in higher education. Graduate Assistantships are very competitive and there are always more qualified and deserving students than there are positions. Prospective graduate students who are seeking Graduate Assistantships should apply no later than February 28. Students must complete the Graduate Teaching Assistant Application found on the graduate school website and send it to Dr. Pamela Youngblood, pyoungblood@twu.edu. In addition to the application, each applicant must submit a brief cover letter (to Dr. Youngblood) which includes his/her answers to the following questions, in any order:

  1. Why are you seeking a graduate assistantship?
  2. What is your ultimate career goal?
  3. What strengths and/or skills do you bring to the position of Graduate Assistant? (You are not limited to music statements only here.)
  4. Why did you choose to attend TWU for your graduate study?

For information about Graduate Assistantships, including stipends and benefits, please visit the Graduate School website. 

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