Missouri State University

Admission and Audition Requirements

Composition concentration

To be admitted to the composition program, students must satisfactorily meet the following conditions:

  • Submission of at least three compositions to the composition faculty for their approval as a prerequisite for admission
  • Audition in a major performance area

Conducting concentration

To be admitted to the conducting program, students must satisfactorily meet the following conditions:

  • Intensive interview with the faculty member from the conducting area with whom they will study
  • Submission of works electronically, on CDs/DVDs or videotapes of ensemble conducting performances OR visitation of Missouri State University faculty to concert or classroom situations OR observation of live performance by Missouri State faculty
  • Audition in a major performance areas

Music education concentration

To be admitted to the music education program, students must satisfactorily meet the following conditions: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited music program a with a completed major equivalent to certification by a state agency to teach music (K-12)
  • Intensive interview with a faculty member in the music education area
  • Submission of works electronically, on CDs or DVDs, along with programs of choral and/or instrumental performances OR classroom visit by faculty for the purpose of observing and evaluating the student in his or her teaching situation
  • Audition in a major performance area

Pedagogy concentration

Applicants must be prepared to perform a live audition consisting of at least three pieces of contrasting styles. Keyboard auditions must be memorized.

Performance concentration

Applicants must be prepared to perform a live audition consisting of at least three pieces of contrasting styles. Piano auditions must be memorized. Vocal auditions should include five memorized selections in contrasting styles including pieces in French, German and Italian.

Theory concentration

To be admitted to the theory program, students must satisfactorily meet the following conditions:

  • Submission of samples of written theory work (research papers, analyses, etc.) to the theory faculty for their approval as a prerequisite for admission
  • Audition in a major performance area

Graduate Audition Request Form