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.
Admission and Audition Requirements
Admission and audition requirements
Music degrees are designed to develop the student's abilities for performance, public school certification for teaching, private teaching, or composition. These degrees also prepare students for graduate study in music.
Students desiring to pursue a BA, BMus, BME, or BS music major or minor 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 the first semester of enrollment in applied lessons. See Music Department website for audition 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.
All music 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 combined (Missouri State and transfer) 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 pursuing the minor in either Composition or Recording Arts are not required to audition in a performance area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 RandyHamm@missouristate.edu for additional information.
The admission process
To gain full admittance into the music performance program, follow the steps below:
- Declare or change your major to music performance by visiting the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, University Hall 109
- Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
- Complete the program’s admission requirements
- 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.
For those times when you are unable to attend an audition in person, follow these professional tips to prepare and record your vocal or instrumental audition video.
The department has released a free Guided Practice Sessions (GPS) video series that covers the required scales and etudes from band audition materials. The videos, which include trumpet, horn, clarinet, flute, trombone and saxophone, take a progressive teaching approach to help students prepare.