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Application Procedures for Music at WT

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Preliminary Exams

(1st Time Freshman)

You should take either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) and designate the West Texas A&M University at Canyon as a score recipient. The ACT School Code is 4250 and the SAT School Code is 6938. You may contact the provider of your test to have your scores sent to WT. It can take more than a month for your scores to reach the WT office of admissions.

Apply to WTAMU and for Scholarships

Make sure all the items required to make your application complete arrive in the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.  More information on required materials from the Office of Admissions.

a. Application for admission with required fee - Texas Common Application*

b. Official high school and any college transcripts

c. TAKS scores (for Texas residents attending a public school)

d. Entrance exam scores on the ACT or SAT I

*Applicants to WTAMU are not required to answer page 5 ("extracurricular, personal, volunteer activities") or page 6 ("employment information") on the Texas Common Application.

e. Apply for WT scholarships at the same time as you apply for admission. The application can be found on the Scholarship Application Page.

Set up an Audition Date or Submit a Distance Audition

Fill out the online WTAMU School of Music audition form and request an audition date. Please note the audition date application deadlines. You must apply before the deadline for the date you wish to audition. All prospective Music students, regardless of their choice of degree plan must audition to be admitted into the School of Music. Plan to audition early, as space is limited for the later audition dates. 

Prospective students may also audition by submitting an audition video (DVD, or Electronic). Please contact the Music Recruiter (contact data below) for more information. The audition requirements are the same for both face-to-face and distance auditions. 

Audition Requirements

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Brass Audition Requirements
Guitar Audition Requirements 
Percussion Audition Requirements 
String Audition Requirements
Vocal Audition Requirements
Woodwind Audition Requirements



 

Undergraduate Brass:

Graduate Brass:

1. Two contrasting etudes or movements of a solo of your choice. This can include all region etudes, solo and ensemble pieces, etc. Work up something that can really show off your playing ability. 1. Two contrasting solo works from major literature. 
2. Major scales up to three sharps and flats. There is no particular range required, so play as many octaves as you feel comfortable playing. 2. All Major and minor scales.

3. There may be a short sight reading excerpt. 

You are not required to play with an accompanist, nor will it affect your audition results.

3. Sight reading. 
 
 
Undergraduate Guitar:

Graduate Guitar:

1. Two contrasting solo pieces of your choice. This can include etudes, solo and ensemble pieces, etc. Work up something that can really show off your playing ability. 1. Two complete pieces of contrasting style from major repertoire.
 
2. Major scales. You pick the rhythm. Play as many octaves as you feel comfortable playing. 2. All Major and minor scales; chromatic scale, full range.

3. There may be a short sight reading excerpt. 

You are not required to play with an accompanist, nor will it affect your audition results.

3. Sight reading selected by the panel.   
 
 
Undergraduate Percussion:

Graduate Percussion:

1. A concert-style solo or etude on snare drum. Students may also wish to demonstrate part or all of a rudimental solo. 1. Performance of a senior recital level solo on marimba.

 
2. A solo or etude on marimba or vibraphone. Demonstration of four mallet abilities is preferred. 2. Performance of a senior recital level solo or an advanced etude on timpani.

3. A solo or etude on timpani.

3. Performance of an advanced level concert snare drum solo or etude.
   

4. Major scales and arpeggios, 2-3 octaves.

4. Optional performance of an advanced multi-percussion solo. For logistical reasons, this solo may be submitted as audio or video (preferable) recording.

5. Sight-reading  of elementary-intermediate level music on keyboard percussion (2 mallet) and snare drum as selected by auditioning committee.

5. Sight-reading of intermediate level snare drum and keyboard percussion (2 mallet) literature as selected by auditioning committee.

 
 
Undergraduate String:

Graduate String:

1. Two contrasting movements from major repertoire. (Concertos, sonatas, solo suites, etc.)

Contact the applied professor of your instrument for specific information.

2. Major orchestral excerpts may be performed in addition or as a substitution with approval of the applied professor in that area.  

3. Technical work, scales, and/or sight reading may be requested.

 

 

Contact the professor of your instrument with questions about substitutions or specific information.

 

 

Undergraduate Voice:

Graduate Voice:

Two Songs

Five songs

1. Song in a foreign language 1-4. The program must consist of four different languages: French, German, Italian, and English.
2. Song of your choice from the classical music repertoire 5. Another selection must be an aria from the standard opera or oratorio repertoire.

Your audition will also include a sight-reading exercise and a short interview.

 
 
 
Undergraduate Woodwind:

Graduate Woodwind:

1. Two contrasting etudes or movements of a solo of your choice. This can include all region etudes, solo and ensemble pieces, etc. Work up something that can really show off your playing ability. 1. Two complete pieces of contrasting style from major repertoire.

 
2. Major scales up to four sharps and flats. You pick the rhythm. Play as many octaves as you feel comfortable playing. 2. All Major and minor scales

3. Chromatic Scale in a comfortable range.

 

3. Chromatic scale, full range.

4. There may be a short sight reading excerpt selected by the panel. 

You are not required to play with an accompanist, nor will it affect your audition results.

4. Sight reading selected by the panel.

 


If you are a transfer student your program must reflect junior level competency before being allowed to enroll in upper level voice. For transfer students the requirement is three songs in three languages and one selection being an aria from standard opera or oratorio repertoire.

Scholarships are available to select students who show potential for excellence in their chosen field.

Transfer students from Amarillo College are eligible for the Mila Gibson scholarship upon transfer.


University Contact Information

School of Music
WTAMU Box 60879
Canyon, TX 79016

Music Recruiter 806-651-2841
School of Music 806-651-2840
Band Office 806-651-2854
Choir Office 806-651-2846
musicrecruiter@mail.wtamu.edu

Office of Admissions
WTAMU Box 60745
Canyon, TX  79016
Telephone
1-800-99-WTAMU

Financial Services
806-651-2055
Fax: 806-651-2924
financial@wtamu.edu

Residential Living
WTAMU Box 60878
Canyon, Texas 79016
806-651-3000
Fax: 806-651-3010
housing@wtamu.edu

WT Mailing Address
West Texas A&M University
2501 Fourth Avenue
Canyon, TX 79016