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Graduate Audition Information

Entry into a graduate music program requires acceptance by the College of Graduate Studies and by the department of music through a formal audition. The graduate audition includes:

  1. Demonstration of musical ability based on the student's concentration and performance area. See below for more information.  
  2. Interview with audition committee. The interview is also a major factor in considerations for awarding assistantships.

NOTE: General university admittance is a prerequisite to all music department admission and assistantship decisions. Therefore, interested students are urged to promptly apply to the university for acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies after submitting this audition request. Click here to apply to the College of Graduate Studies. 


Graduate Audition Dates for Spring 2024 Admission

Auditions usually consist of several contrasting selections from different style periods. (Voice applicants should plan on four selections, performing in at least three foreign languages). Contact the applied faculty member in your area for additional information.

Candidates are required to conduct/rehearse an APSU ensemble in the candidate's area. Choral conducting candidate should contact Dr. Korre Foster, Director of Choral Activities for requirements. Instrumental candidates should contact Dr. Gregory Wolynec, Director of Bands and Orchestra for requirements.

Candidates should submit a recent video of classroom teaching or ensemble rehearsal. The video clip should be unedited, ranging from 20 to 45 minutes. Videos may be submitted via YouTube link inserted in the question/comment box below, or a DVD mailed to the coordinator of the music graduate program.

The video must be accompanied by a writing sample that answers the following questions:

  1. What were the overall goals or objectives of the lesson?
  2. In what way(s) did you measure student success or mastery of the lesson's objectives?
  3. After watching the video, what changes would you make to your instruction to better support student learning?
  4. Why do you think these changes would improve student learning? Support your explanation with evidence of student learning and/or principles from theory and/or research.
  5. Describe any classroom management or behavioral issues that you experienced and how you dealt with the issue.
  6. Rate your over-all impression of your teaching and of the lesson, elaborating on any details that have not been addressed in prior questions.

The writing sample should be uploaded as a PDF document. Music Education Candidates who have not held a teaching position may submit videos of student teaching, or may audition through live performance.

For additional information, contact Dr. Michael Chandler, Coordinator of Music Education.

For additional questions, contact

Dr. Korre Foster
Music Graduate Coordinator
(931) 221-7002

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