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Undergraduate Admission and Music Scholarships


To be Admitted as a Music Major You Must:

All incoming students must apply to the University Click here to apply

Visit the Office of Admissions for a complete breakdown of APSU Admissions requirements.

All prospective music students, including TN Promise students with a music academic interest, must pass an audition before you will be able to claim a music major. This audition can also serve as a scholarship audition. Following your audition, you will be notified of your admission status as a music major.

The audition also consists of a Music Skills Assessment. The assessment does not influence the committee's decision regarding acceptance or scholarship amount. It is merely a tool to help our theory faculty place you in the appropriate class. For more information visit the Music Skills Assessment  page.

Don't forget to apply for any of the music department's named scholarships (this is in addition to scholarships you may earn through a music performance audition. The deadline for named scholarships is March 1 so apply early! Click here to apply.

Students transferring from another institution must take a proficiency examination in music theory. Placement in music theory will depend upon the results of this examination. The transfer student’s placement in applied music must be approved during the jury examination at the end of the first semester at APSU.


Undergraduate Scholarships

Music scholarships are available to qualified students. All high school graduates with acceptable academic records and music aptitude, who plan to pursue studies leading to a degree in music, are eligible to audition. All applicants for scholarship aid must first apply for admission to the university to be considered.

Scholarships in varying amounts are awarded to successful applicants by the scholarship committee. Awards are made on the basis of talent, musicianship, academic record, and needs of the department.  All awards are renewable yearly provided all conditions for renewal are met. All music scholarship recipients are required a maximum of three hours work per week and are assigned within the music department.

Auditions consist of one or more prepared solos and an interview with the scholarship committee.

Named Scholarships are available for eligible current and incoming music majors (including TN Promise students who pursue music as an academic interest). Recipients are announced at the department's annual Honors and Awards Ceremony at the close of each spring semester. Scroll through the scholarships listed on this page to determine your eligibility, then click here to apply through the University's scholarship application system. You must complete and submit your application, and meet all eligibility requirements to be considered.

Any student, regardless of intended major, is eligible to audition for a marching band scholarship. Contact Professor John Schnettler, Director of Athletic Bands for more information.

Governors Own Marching Band

John P. Schnettler
(931) 221-6820
Music/Mass Communication Building, Room 163

For other music and non-music scholarships visit the APSU Scholarships page.