Department of Music

Through the Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Arts degree, the Music Department offers challenging instruction and performance opportunities to prepare music majors for careers and/or advanced study in any of a number of music specializations. Students in other majors may pursue a minor in music. Music students have many opportunities to perform in the Braithwaite Recital Hall and Vaughn Auditorium. Braithwaite Recital Hall is an impressive 166-seat hall which features oak paneling throughout, a magnificent stage for solo, chamber, or student recitals, and a state-of-the-art digital recording studio. Vaughn Auditorium is a magnificent 2000-seat hall with a Broadway-sized stage, full cast and solo dressing rooms, and full orchestra pit. The Music Department also features a computer/digital keyboard lab and excellent theory/aural skills rooms.

Specifically, the Music Department provides academic and performance training leading to:

  • all-level teacher certification in Texas and careers in music education in both elementary and secondary schools
  • music careers in private studio teaching or church programs
  • graduate study in music, in preparation for careers in music performance, composition, music theory or musicology

The Department serves students from within a broad liberal arts curriculum. In this role, it provides:

  • a core of basic courses and musical experiences to meet University Core Curriculum requirements in music for the general university student population
  • an awareness of the interrelationship between the arts and other academic disciplines
  • opportunities for individuals to develop an articulate aesthetic sense and to become discerning consumers and patrons of the arts
  • performance experiences for musicians of various skill levels, through ensembles open to membership both with and without audition and ensembles designed to meet the needs of pre-professional musicians

The music faculty holds a strong belief in the value of music and the fine arts as essential components of the human spirit, necessary to a well-rounded, fulfilling existence, and in the academic worth of music as a discipline of study. Music Program faculty work to infuse these beliefs into both classroom teaching and performance instruction.

Lower Division and Transfer Student Requirements

Incoming freshman music majors should be aware that, unlike certain disciplines, specialized music study begins in the first year. These courses are taken concurrently with the freshman and sophomore core curriculum courses.

In addition to meeting all general requirements for admission to the University, all incoming students intending to major in music must perform and pass an entrance audition in their principal performing medium before a faculty committee, or submit a portfolio of compositions, as appropriate. Transfer students must also supply a complete list of repertoire previously studied. Unless approved for upper division instruction through audition, transfer students will enroll in lower division (MUAP 22xx) applied music. Requirements for admission to upper-division study may be found in the Music Student handbook at Audition dates must be arranged through the Music Department.

To ensure appropriate course placement, theory and keyboard assessments will be administered to all incoming transfer music majors. For transfer students, the piano proficiency may be satisfied by either enrolling in MUAP 2001 and passing the proficiency exam, or by enrolling in and earning a grade of C or better in MUAP 2112. Contact the music office for administration dates. Transfer students must complete the lower division Field of Study requirements in music with grades of "C" or better.

The music curriculum is designed to ensure reasonable scope and competence in all graduates. Any music degree is demanding in both academic studies and performance. Most students, especially those seeking teacher certification, will need to complete some of the coursework in summers or plan to allow five years to complete the program. Careful consultation with a faculty advisor is required throughout the program to ensure timely progress toward the degree.

Music Program Policies

Additional policies and requirements, including required ensemble and lessons for music majors, are published in the Music Department Student Handbook, available at

A grade of C or higher for all course work is required for graduation in all music degree programs.