Apply and Audition

If you are interested in pursuing a music degree at Texas Woman’s University, you will need to complete 1) a TWU application via Apply Texas, 2) an Acceptd audition application, and 3) an entrance audition, which includes a placement examination.

You also may choose to compete for scholarships that are available to new and transferring music students each year. These are awarded based on musical excellence, as verified through your entrance audition and placement examination, and supported by teacher recommendations.

3-Step Application Process

Step 1: Apply to TWU via Apply Texas

Undergraduate Admission

When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
oap@twu.edu
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076

Graduate School Admission

Approval for admission to the Graduate School is required of all graduate students.

Graduate School admission does not imply admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Candidacy will be granted only after a period of successful graduate work and when compliance with the conditions and course of study established by the University and its departments, schools, and colleges have been met.

The total enrollment of graduate students is limited. All applications to the Graduate School are subject to whatever provisions may limit the enrollment of graduate students. Admission is granted for not more than one academic year. Students who do not attend the University for four or more terms, including the term of admission, must reapply. Graduate students who have been enrolled may stop out for a maximum of two years including the last semester of enrollment. If another institution is attended during the two-year timeframe, the student must reapply.

Graduate students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the University and are expected to maintain the high standard of social and academic life of the University as well as the professional standards of their chosen field of study. Thus, graduate students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook, the Graduate Catalog, and the policy statements of the Graduate School and the academic components. All graduate students of Texas Woman’s University are expected to know and adhere to high standards of personal conduct and of academic integrity and scholarship. Any falsification, misrepresentation, or misapplication of information or research; any violation of professional or ethical standards; or any violation of the rules and regulations of the University may result in dismissal.

Step 2: Complete the TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd along with any degree-specific criterion

Undergraduate Programs

Admission to the B.S. in Music Therapy

  1. All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.
  2. Fill out the online TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd.
  3. A letter of recommendation from your current private teacher or ensemble director will be required for each application. The letter must be received prior to your audition date and must be submitted by the letter writer through the Acceptd platform.
  4. Audition and participate in a placement evaluation.
  5. Meet individually with one of the music therapy faculty, learn more about the program, and ask any questions.

You also may choose to compete for scholarships that are available to new and transferring music students each year. These are awarded based on musical excellence, as verified through your entrance audition and placement examination, and supported by teacher recommendations.

Admission to the B.A. in Music with Teacher Certification

  1. All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.
  2. Fill out the online TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd.
  3. A letter of recommendation from your current private teacher or ensemble director will be required for each application. The letter must be received prior to your audition date and must be submitted by the letter writer through the Acceptd platform.
  4. Audition and participate in a placement evaluation.

You also may choose to compete for scholarships that are available to new and transferring music students each year. These are awarded based on musical excellence, as verified through your entrance audition and placement examination, and supported by teacher recommendations.

Teacher Certification

There are three application periods per year (Fall, Spring and Summer). Students must have their applications in by the deadline the semester before they intend to take EDUC 3003 and EDUC 3482 (see schedule below). Please adhere to the following guidelines: We recommend preparing your application well in advance of the deadline. That way you will be able to identify and resolve any potential issues before the deadline date. No late applications will be accepted. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or a day that TWU is closed, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next day that TWU is open after the deadline day. 

Spring Application Deadlines*  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Summer)

  • May 1 - Deadline to apply for Summer admission
  • May 31 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement

Summer Application Deadlines  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Fall)

  • July 1 - Deadline to apply for Fall admission
  • July 31 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement

Fall Application Deadlines*  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Spring)

  • December 1 - Deadline to apply for Spring admission
  • December 21 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement

  *If you apply while taking EDUC 3003 and need a grade in EDUC 2003 to increase your GPA to a 2.75, the Office of Educator Preparation Services will accept your application for review.

  ^If you intend to register early for Summer and Fall, it is recommended that you apply to the EPP by December 1 and meet all requirements by December 21.

Teacher Certification Admission Requirements

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or 940-898-2829 with any questions.

 

Admission to the B.A. in Music with a Performance Emphasis

  1. All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.
  2. Fill out the online TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd.
  3. A letter of recommendation from your current private teacher or ensemble director will be required for each application. The letter must be received prior to your audition date and must be submitted by the letter writer through the Acceptd platform.
  4. Audition and participate in a placement evaluation.

You also may choose to compete for scholarships that are available to new and transferring music students each year. These are awarded based on musical excellence, as verified through your entrance audition and placement examination, and supported by teacher recommendations.

Admission to the B.A. in Music (Liberal Arts)

  1. All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.
  2. Fill out the online TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd.
  3. A letter of recommendation from your current private teacher or ensemble director will be required for each application. The letter must be received prior to your audition date and must be submitted by the letter writer through the Acceptd platform.
  4. Audition and participate in a placement evaluation.

You also may choose to compete for scholarships that are available to new and transferring music students each year. These are awarded based on musical excellence, as verified through your entrance audition and placement examination, and supported by teacher recommendations.

Graduate Programs

Admission to the Master of Music Therapy

Program Contact

Dr. Pamela Youngblood
940-898-2495
pyoungblood@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

No deadline, rolling admission

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's in Music Therapy

Students with a bachelor's in Music may be granted provisional admittance with the stipulation that a student completes all equivalency coursework and clinical experience that make them eligible for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Meet with the Music Therapy faculty.
    • Master’s Equivalency Applicants: Individuals interested in a career in music therapy will meet individually with one of the music therapy faculty. Interested students will engage in an interview and demonstrate music skills with a music therapy faculty member. Students will perform TWO songs, each from a different genre of music. At least one piece of music should be you accompanying yourself vocally with a chosen instrument. Both pieces of music should be non-classical. 
    • Master of Music Therapy Applicants: Individuals interested in pursuing the advanced degree of MMT will meet individually with one of the music therapy faculty.  During this interview, students will share two live and contrasting songs and discuss goals, context, and other relevant rationale surrounding songs.  Applicants should come prepared to discuss their career goals, insights about themselves, and music skills using piano/voice and guitar/voice. Music performed should be non-classical and highlight your clinical musicianship. 

Additionally, if the applicant wishes to be considered for performance-based scholarships:

 

  1. Fill out the online TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd.
  2. A letter of recommendation from your current private teacher or ensemble director will be required for each application. The letter must be received prior to your audition date and must be submitted by the letter writer through the Acceptd platform.
  3. Audition on the primary instrument.

Admission to the M.A. in Music (Education, Pedagogy, or Performance)

Program Contact

Dr. Pamela Youngblood
940-898-2495
pyoungblood@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

No deadline, rolling admission

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate students take placement examinations in music history and music theory/aural skills at the beginning of the first year of graduate course work. Appropriate keyboard skills required of the major emphasis will be tested during the first term of enrollment.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Performance or Pedagogy track students:
    • Fill out the online TWU Music Audition Application via Acceptd.
    • A letter of recommendation from your current private teacher or ensemble director will be required for each application. The letter must be received prior to your audition date and must be submitted by the letter writer through the Acceptd platform.
    • Audition on the primary instrument.
  3. All students must take the Placement Exam prior to the beginning of the first semester of registration.

Step 3: Audition

Fall 2021 Audition Dates

November 6, 2021 (for Spring 2022 admission only)
January 22, 2022
February 19, 2022
March 12, 2022
April 23, 2022

Audition

  • Auditions for Spring and Fall 2022 admission will take place on the TWU Denton Campus.
  • Your total audition performance time will average 7–10 minutes in length.
    • Singers should memorize two contrasting pieces from vocal literature of the classical genre.
    • Instrumentalists should prepare two selections from the standard repertoire for your instrument. Percussionists should prepare a keyboard and concert snare drum selection. The audition may include scales and sight-reading.
    • Pianists should perform pieces representing at least two different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century).
  • Graduate Music Therapy (or Equivalency) and Music Education programs are not required to audition, but may do so to be considered for performance based scholarships. Graduate Music Performance and Pedagogy applicants must successfully complete the audition process in order to be admitted to the program.

Participate in a placement evaluation.

Music Therapy applicants:

  • Undergraduate Applicants: Individuals interested in a career in music therapy will also meet individually with one of the music therapy faculty, learn more about the program, and ask any questions.
  • Master’s Equivalency Applicants: Individuals interested in a career in music therapy will meet individually with one of the music therapy faculty. Interested students will engage in an interview and demonstrate music skills with a music therapy faculty member. Students will perform TWO songs, each from a different genre of music. At least one piece of music should be you accompanying yourself vocally with a chosen instrument. Both pieces of music should be non-classical.
  • Master of Music Therapy Applicants: Individuals interested in pursuing the advanced degree of MMT will meet individually with one of the music therapy faculty. During this interview, students will share two live and contrasting songs and discuss goals, context, and other relevant rationale surrounding songs. Applicants should come prepared to discuss their career goals, insights about themselves, and music skills using piano/voice and guitar/voice. Music performed should be non-classical and highlight your clinical musicianship.

Questions?

Questions?

For additional information about our application, audition or placement process, contact our office at musicrecruiter@twu.edu or at 940-898-2514.

If you are a graduate student interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, visit our graduate assistantships page to apply or learn more.

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