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Are you a School of Music student yet? Want to become one?
If you're not yet a student in the Louisiana Tech University School of Music, it's not too late to apply!
All students who wish to major or minor in music must apply BOTH to the School of Music AND to Louisiana Tech University!
Visit music.latech.edu/audition for more information and to begin the application and audition process.
You can also text the word "Music" to 318-579-6587 for more information.
Important Dates for 2021-2022 (Academic Calendar)
August 1, 2021: Admission Application Deadline for Fall 2021
August 30: 1st Schedule Purge for Fall 2021 non-payment (i.e. the Registrar's Office will drop any students from their courses if they
have an outstanding tuition bill by 5:00PM CST on this date)
August 31: General Registration/Fee Payment
September 3: Residence halls open at 9:00AM CST (Band of Pride students should discuss early move-in with the Director of Bands)
September 6: Labor Day (University Closed)
September 8: 2nd Schedule Purge for Fall 2021 non-payment (i.e. the Registrar's Office will drop any students from their courses if they
have an outstanding tuition bill by 6:00PM CST on this date)
September 9: FALL 2021 CLASSES BEGIN
September 10: School of Music Orientation, 2pm, Recital Hall - All new music students are required to attend
September 13: Late Registration Ends (last day for Drop/Add and "no-grade" drops)
September 21: 9th class day (Census Date)
October 25: Advising for Winter 2022 Begins
October 29: Last day to drop courses or resign with "W" grades ("F" grades after this date)
November 1: Admission Application Deadline for Winter 2021
November 9: 1st Day of Winter 2022 Registration for 1st-Year (Freshman) students
November 1-19: Advising/Registration Period for Winter 2021 Courses
November 18: LAST DAY of CLASSES - FALL 2021
November 19: 1st Schedule Purge for Winter 2022 non-payment (5:00PM CST)
Residence Halls Close at 12:00pm noon
November 23: Grades go "live" in B.O.S.S.
November 25-26: Thanksgiving Holidays (University Closed)
November 28: Residence halls open at 1:00PM CST
November 30: 2nd Schedule Purge for Winter 2021 non-payment (6:00PM CST)
December 1: WINTER 2021 CLASSES BEGIN
December 3: Late Registration Ends (last day for Drop/Add and "no-grade" drops)
December 13: 9th class day (Census Date)
December 21: Winter Holidays begin (at end of classes)
Food Services close at 2:00 PM
Residence Halls close at 7:00 PM
January 5, 2021: Winter Holidays end (classes resume at 8:00AM)
January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (university closed)
January 31: Advising for Spring 2022 begins
February 1: Admission Application Deadline for Spring 2021; Advising for Spring 2021 Begins
February 4: Last day to drop courses or resign with "W" grades ("F" grades after this date)
February 7-25: Registration Period for Spring 2022
February 25: 1st Schedule Purge for Spring 2022 non-payment (5:00PM CST)
February 26: LAST DAY OF CLASSES - WINTER 2022
March 1: Mardi Gras Holiday - University Closed
March 6: Residence Halls open at 1:00PM CST
March 8: 2nd Schedule Purge for Spring 2021 non-payment (6:00PM CST)
March 9: SPRING 2021 CLASSES BEGIN
March 11: Late Registration Ends (last day for Drop/Add and "no-grade" drops)
April 14: Easter Holiday Begins (at end of classes)
April 18: Easter Holiday Ends (classes resume at 5:00PM CST)
April 25: Advising for Summer and Fall 2022 Begins
April 29 Last day to drop courses or resign with "W" grades ("F" grades after this date)
May 2-20: Registration Period for Fall 2021
May 20: LAST DAY of CLASSES - SPRING 2022
May 25: Grades go "live" in B.O.S.S.
May 30: Memorial Day Holiday (university closed)
June: Summer 2022 CLASSES BEGIN
Check the Louisiana Tech University Academic Calendar for the most recent updates.
Follow Us on Social Media
School of Music (and related) Social Media Accounts
Updated August 2020
Accounts listed in italics are student groups or are otherwise affiliated with the School of Music and its organizations, but they are not official accounts run by the SoM or the university.
School of Music (@LaTechMusic)
Band of Pride (@LaTechBOP)
LaTech Choirs (@latechchoirs)
Louisiana Tech Woodwind Studio (@TechWoodwinds)
LaTech Percussion (@LaTechPerc)
Louisiana Tech Concert Association (@TechLTCA)
KLPI 89.1 FM (@klpiradio)
LaTech NAfME (@LaTechNAfME)
Kappa Kappa Psi (@EtaXiLATech1919)
Louisiana Tech Music Society (@LTMS_official)
Phi Buda ruda: Phalam Stutter (@phalam_stutter)
Tau Beta Sigma - Zeta Phi (@ZetaPhiTBS1946)
TYBA - Alpha Chapter (@TYBA_Alpha)
Music Curriculum Sheets
Bachelor of Arts in Music (effective Fall 2021 or later)
Note: When viewing the .docx file for these documents in your browser, the formatting may appear incorrectly; please download the .docx file to your computer before opening.
Concentration in Music Education
Concentration in Music Industry Studies
Concentration in Music - Liberal Arts
Concentration in Performance
Minors in Music (effective Fall 2021 or later)
Minor in Music Curriculum Sheet (.docx)
2021 Curriculum Tune-Up Booklet & Video
Booklet and Video highlighting all of the curricular updates and changes in the School of Music can be found here.
Previous Curriculum Sheets for Music Concentrations and Minors
Concentration in Instrumental Music Education (Fall 2017 - Summer 2020)
Concentration in Vocal Music Education (Fall 2017 - Summer 2020)
Concentration in Performance (Fall 2017 - Summer 2021)
Concentration in Liberal Arts (Fall 2017 - Summer 2021)
Concentration in Music Industry Studies (Fall 2019 - Summer 2021)
Concentration in Instrumental Music Education (Winter 2021 - Summer 2021)
Concentration in Vocal Music Education (Winter 2021 - Summer 2021)
Minor in Music (Fall 2017 - Summer 2021)
Minor in Music Industry Studies (Fall 2019 - Summer 2021)
Advising and Academic Affairs
- Advising Form (fillable)
- Course Rotation: Winter 2020-Spring 2026 (for planning purposes only; subject to change)
- Courses that Meet General Education Requirements (GERs) (Updated Fall 2020)
Policy on Taking 12+ Hours (College of Liberal Arts)
- Directed Study Contract Form (for MUDS 450 A-D)
Curriculum Worksheets for Music Concentrations and Minors (2021)
Student Organizations in Music
Below is a list of the various music-related student organizations with chapters at Louisiana Tech University. Although these organizations primarily function to support the work of the School of Music and we are very fortunate to have them on campus, they are not officially affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the university. Inquiries regarding membership and activities should be made directly to the organization.
As with all other student organizations on campus, hazing will not be tolerated; for more information, see University Regulations Section 3.01:20 of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Behavior.
Ever Loyal Music Group | Ever Loyal Records | Tech Yeah Records (2020)
On-campus Record Label
Ever Loyal Music Group is an on-campus practicum experience open to all current students at Louisiana Tech who are interested in the music industry. Ever Loyal Records is our jazz and classical label, and Tech Yeah Records covers pop, rock, country, EDM, and other popular genres.
Website - Coming Soon
Kappa Kappa Psi (KKΨ) - EX Chapter (1980)
National Band Fraternity for Men
Kappa Kappa Psi is a national honorary fraternity devoted to members of university and college bands. Its purposes are concerned with assisting with and promoting the activities of university and college bands on a local level and nationwide, as well as to honor outstanding members in the field of college band music. The first chapter was founded in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1919. The local chapter at Louisiana Tech is Eta Zi.
KLPI 89.1 FM (1973)
On-campus Radio Station/Student Organization
KLPI is Louisiana Tech’s campus based, student-run,alt-rock radio station. Specialty Programming occurs from 8PM-Midnight, allowing student members to create and host both talk and musical shows.
Louisiana Tech Music Society (2019)
The purpose of the Louisiana Tech Music Society is to advocate and recruit for the School of Music, allow Louisiana Tech students and local Ruston musicians to express themselves through various genres of music, and to make our presence known campus-wide. Any student of Louisiana Tech with a love for music is welcome to join.
Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) Student Chapter
National Music Education Organization
MTNA collegiate chapters work to enhance students’ classroom studies by providing educational, musical, social and professional experiences. Each chapter’s goal is to acquaint students with professional opportunities and career options in the music field, while developing professional leadership skills.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
National Music Education Organization
NAfME is one of the largest arts education organizations in the world with more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service teachers. NAfME Collegiate at Louisiana Tech is our department's professional membership for future music educators. At Tech, NAfME Collegiate sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year designed to assist anyone with an interest in the field of music education.
Phi Buda ruda - Phalam Stutter Chapter (1993)
National Percussion Fraternity
Phi Buda ruda is a nationally-recognized professional percussion fraternity whose purpose is to further the fraternal relationship amongst percussionists, promote and teach the art of percussion, and instill a feeling of brotherhood across the nation.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (ΦΜΑ) - MN Chapter (1964)
National Social Music Fraternity for Men
Membership is open to all male students interested in music who have a 2.5 grade point average. According to the National Office, “The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater. Sinfonians share a love of music that unites them as brothers with a common interest. The Fraternity teaches men to develop themselves and their art, not for the sake of art itself, but as a means of enriching the lives of others. Sinfonia provides many exciting opportunities for the development of social and leadership skills in an atmosphere of brotherhood and mutual support.”
Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣAI) - EK Chapter (1969)
International Professional Music Fraternity for Women
Sigma Alpha Iota is an international scholastic music fraternity for women. It is an organization for women who have a sincere interest in music, who wish to uphold the highest standards of music and give inspiration and encouragement to its members. Requirements for membership include the completion of a minimum of one music course, a 2.5 GPA and have a recommendation from a music faculty member.
Tau Beta Sigma (ΤΒΣ) - ΦZ Chapter
National Band Sorority
Tau Beta Sigma is a co-educational national honorary band sorority dedicated to serving college and band programs. The sorority operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that they require of their band. Our goals are not only to provide the band with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership, and social contacts.
Recital and Capstone Project Forms and Documents
- Student Recital Checklist (start here)
- Student Recital Program Templates
Updated February 2022
(Note: this Word document may look strange in preview, but should be formatted correctly after download)
Louisiana Tech University provides its students with access to two (2) major online databases of recorded music:
Classical Music Library - Classical Music Library Streaming audio files (MPS or Windows Media 9) of tens of thousands of tracks of recorded orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral music, opera and operetta, and music of the stage and screen, licensed from over 32 major labels, and searchable by composer, artist, conductor, ensemble, instrument, genre, period or label.
Naxos Music Library - Naxos Music Library Streaming audio files of over 85,000 tracks of Classical, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music from the Naxos, Marco Polo, and Da Capo catalogs. Media Player 9.0+ is required in addition to MS IE 6.0, Mozilla 1.7, Netscape 7.1 or Opera 7.53 on a PC (Windows 92SE/2000/XP/7) or Mac (OS 8.6+). Downloading or burning any of this music to compact disk is NOT permitted.
Click here to access these resources through the Prescott Memorial Library's website.
For more information regarding audio and/or video recordings of concerts, recitals, and other events in the School of Music, please e-mail email@example.com.
from The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices: Chapter 800
Note: Be sure to visit copyright.gov for the latest information about current copyright law in the United States.
Health and Safety Information for Musicians
Many of the items provided in the following list of resources were developed in part by our accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), in partnership with the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). These resources are designed to provide essential information to help keep music students healthy and safe.
The Effects of Loud Noise on Musicians - New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation
Hearing Safety - Louisiana Tech Speech and Hearing Clinic
Occupational Noise Exposure - U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
How Loud Is Too Loud?
The amplitude (or volume) of a sound is measured in decibels (dB). As decibels increase, so does the risk of hearing damage. For every 3dB over 85dB, safe exposure time is reduced by half:
80 dB = 8 hours per day before hearing damage
83 dB = 4 hours per day
86 dB = 2 hours per day
89 dB = 1 hour per day
92 dB = 15 min. per day
101 dB = 4 min. per day
107 dB = 1 min. per day
PAINFUL & DANGEROUS (use hearing protection or avoid): 130-140 dB
Threshold of pain (140 dB)
Custom car stereos at full volume (140 dB)
Gunshots (140-150 dB)
Jackhammers (130 dB)
Ambulances (130 dB)
UNCOMFORTABLE (dangerous over 30 seconds): 120-129 dB
SOUND OVER 120 dB FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME CAN CAUSE PERMANENT HEARING LOSS/IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO THE COCHLEA
Loudest possible sound (190 dB)
Eardrum bursts (160 dB)
Chest begins to vibrate (150 dB)
Rock Concert (140-150dB)
Jet planes (during take off) (140 dB)
Full Symphony Orchestras (at loudest sections of standard rep) (120-137 dB)
Amplifier (rock) (@4-6 ft.) (120 dB)
High-hat cymbal strike (120 dB)
Nightclub with music / Loud bar (110 dB)
VERY LOUD (dangerous over 30 minutes): 80-119 dB
Smartphones and .mp3 players at full volume (110-115 dB)*
Note: Earbuds can produce sound up to 9 dB louder than on- or over-the-ear headphones at the same volume setting on smartphones and .mp3 players. You should NEVER listen to your smartphone with headphones with the volume set beyond 75% of the default maximum level.
You can limit the volume level on your smartphone:
Marching Band (115 dB) - permanent hearing damage possible in 30 sec. with no earplugs
Drum Line (110 dB) - permanent hearing damage possible in less than 30 sec. with no earplugs
Concerts (of any genre) (110 dB)
Sporting events (110 dB)
Tympani and bass drum (peak) (106 dB)
Orchestra Pit (100 dB)
Oboe (peak) (95-112 dB)
Motorcycle (95-110 dB)
Concert Band (average volume) (93 dB)
Flute (peak) (92-103 dB)
Piccolo (peak) (90-106 dB)
(French) Horn (peak) (90-106 dB)
Lawnmowers and power tools (90 dB)
Hair dryers (90 dB)
Trombone (peak) 85-114 dB)
Cello (peak) (85-111 dB)
Clarinet (peak) (85-114 dB)
Piano Fortissimo (84-103 dB)
Violin (peak) (82-92 dB)
SOUND OVER 85 dB FOR EXTENDED PERIODS CAN CAUSE PERMANENT HEARING LOSS
Alarm clocks (80 dB)
Freight Train (@ 110 ft. away) (80 dB)
Chamber music in small auditorium (75-85 dB)
LOUD: 70-79 dB
Traffic (70 dB)
Noisy restaurant (70 dB)
Vacuums (70 dB)
Fortissimo singer (@ 3 ft.) (70 dB)
MODERATE: 50-69 dB
Piano practice (60-70 dB)
Normal conversation (60 dB)
Dishwasher (60 dB)
Moderate rainfall (50 dB)
SOFT: 30-49 dB
Quiet Library (40 dB)
Soft Whisper (@ 5 ft. away) (30 dB)
FAINT: 1-29 dB
Leaves rustling (20 dB)
SILENT (Threshold of Hearing): 0 dB
Protecting Your Neuromusculoskeletal Health - NASM/PAMA
Repetitive Stress and Strain Injuries: Preventative Exercises for the Musician - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Protecting Your Vocal Health - NASM/PAMA
Taking Care of Your Voice - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Teachers: Taking Care of Your Voice - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Vocal Disorders - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Medications and Adverse Vocal Effects - Nemr, Kátia, et al. 2018. Journal of Voice, 32(4), 515.e29-39.
Environmental Noise Can Lead to Vocal Strain and Damage
Be aware of the volume of your surroundings - the louder a space is, the louder you must speak (or yell) to be heard, which could lead to vocal damage. The scale below describes the ease with which a conversation at arm's length can occur:
0-60 dB: Easily hold a conversation without raising voice
25-80 dB: Conversation possible, but you may need to raise your voice to be heard
50-95 dB: Conversation difficult, and you may need to shout to be heard
75-95 dB: Conversation very difficult and may become painful after a short time
100+ dB: Conversation nearly impossible
Infection Control and Musical Instruments - Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (Infections Disease Epidemiology Section)
Instrument Cleaning Guidelines and information - National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
Instrument Hygiene - University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Music Perfomance Anxiety in Classical Musicans - What We Know About What Works - Matei & Ginsborg, May 2017. BJPsych International, 14(2):33-35. (NIH)
Overcoming Performance Anxiety among Music Undergraduates - Zakaria, Musib, & Shariff, 2012. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 90(2013): 226-234.
Smoking Cessation for Musicians - New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation
Dental Health and Musicians - New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation
Analysis of Wind Instruments on Orofacial Anatomy: A Review of Literature - Dixon and Chavez, 2019. Virginia Commonwealth University - VCU Scholars Compass. Poster.
Binge Drinking and Musicians - New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation
Health Insurance and Advocacy
American Federation of Musicians
Healthcare.gov - Affordable Care Act Marketplace
Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) - Future of Music Coalition
MusicCares - Recording Academy (Grammy)
Please Note: Health and safety depend in large part on the personal decisions of informed individuals. According to our accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), "Institutions have health and safety responsibilities, but fulfillment of these responsibilities cannot and will not ensure any specific individual’s health and safety. Too many factors beyond any institution’s control are involved. Individuals have a critically important role and each is personally responsible for avoiding risk and preventing injuries to themselves before, during, and after study or employment at any institution. The NASM standards in this section and applicable guidelines below, and institutional actions taken under their influence or independently do not relieve the individual from personal responsibility for appropriate, prudent, and safe behavior or action, nor do they shift such responsibility and liability for the consequences of inappropriate, imprudent, and/or unsafe behavior or action in any instance or over time to any institution, or to NASM." See the health and safety section of the most current version of the National Association of Schools of Music Handbook for more details.