Admission and Audition Requirements

To begin course work in the field of music performance, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.


Students desiring to pursue a major or minor offered by the Department of Music must first audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s desired performance area. This audition should take place during the semester prior to or during the first week of enrollment in applied lessons. See Music Department web site for dates. All students will be required to demonstrate, through successful completion of a Music Theory Entrance Exam, a rudimentary ability to relate musical sound to notation and terminology before beginning the theory and ear-training sequence.

Admission to degree program

All majors must apply for formal admission to the degree program. This typically will occur at the end of the sophomore year, and must be completed before the student has finished 75 hours. In order to be admitted to the degree program, students must pass MUS 298, the piano proficiency exam, and have a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.75 and a GPA of at least 3.00 in Music courses. Students who have not been formally admitted to the degree program will be unable to enroll in 300-level and above applied study. Students must also have a passing score on the Music Theory Entrance Exam before enrolling in MUS 103.

Additional audition information

Audition dates are announced in the fall of each academic year. At that time you will have an opportunity to do all of the following: audition with the faculty of your interest area(s), audition with the ensemble director(s) of your interest area(s), take a theory placement exam, take a campus tour arranged with the admissions office, and observe a concert chorale rehearsal, if you are a vocalist.

The audition with the area faculty is for acceptance as a music major, placement into an applied studio, and consideration for any area scholarships that might be available. The audition with the ensemble director(s) is for acceptance into one or more ensembles and consideration for talent awards and/or band grants. To request more information, contact the music department office, at 417-836-5649 or

In addition, entrance auditions are required of anyone wishing to pursue the Bachelor of Music with a focus on jazz performance. Please mark your interest in jazz studies on the audition request form so an additional 10-15 minute audition can be scheduled for you. Contact Jazz Studies Director Randy Hamm at 417-836-6739 or for additional information.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the degree program, students must audition for a committee of applied faculty in that student’s major performance area. Students must also have a passing score on the Music Theory Entrance Exam before enrolling in MUS 103.

The degree is designed to develop the student’s ability for either performance and private teaching or composition. It is also designed to prepare students for graduate study in the specialized area. All students (including transfer students) who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree must pass a performance hearing in order to be accepted into the program. This hearing should take place either prior to or at the end of the first semester of study.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the music performance program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to music performance by visiting the Academic Advisement Center, University Hall 109
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
  3. Complete the program’s admission requirements
  4. Work with the music performance department to complete the Application to a Degree Program form to update your record

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.

Schedule your audition in early spring for fall admission > Audition Request Form