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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:

  • Saturday, January 25, 2014 
  • Saturday, March 1, 2014

How to Audition

  1. Fill out the Audition Application Form and submit online. Form must be received by the music department no later than Tuesday, January 21, 2014 for the January audition and Tuesday, February 25, 2014 for the March audition. The Audition Application Form is posted at the bottom of these instructions. Please fill out the form completely before submitting, as incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  2. Make application to the University Admissions.  You may not be awarded a scholarship until you have been accepted for admission into the University.
  3. Total performance time will average 5-7 minutes in length. 
    • Singers should memorize two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire. 
    • Instrumentalists should prepare a selection from the standard repertoire for your instrument. Audition may include scales and sight reading.
    • Pianists should prepare three pieces representing different style periods, at least two of which are from the classical repertoire.  
    • An accompanist will be provided, or you may bring your own.  No taped accompaniments are allowed.
  4. For students whose performance audition time is prior to 3:00 p.m., a music theory/sight singing assessment of approximately one hour in length will immediately follow the performance audition. Students whose performance audition time is 3:00 p.m. or later are to report for the music theory/sight singing assessment 90 minutes prior to their performance audition time.
  5. A live audition is preferred, but a high-quality CD or DVD recording may be sent to the address on the application form and marked “Attention: Entrance Audition.” Deadline for receipt of recordings is Thursday, February 27, 2014.
  6. A letter of recommendation needs to be sent from your current private teacher or ensemble director to:
    music@twu.edu
    OR
    TWU Music Scholarship
    P.O. Box 425768
    Denton, TX 76204-5768

    For further information, call 940-898-2500, email music@twu.edu or lrichman@twu.edu.

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.

Will Stelter                                                                                                                                 2013-14 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 March 1. 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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