LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

School of Music

Admissions & Audition Information

The School of Music at Louisiana Tech University combines over a century of tradition in training performers and educators in the classical style with ambition to develop innovative new programs and provide new opportunities for our students in music entrepreneurship, industry, and technology.

Here you will find information about applying to the School of Music as a major or minor within our wide range of programs and about many of the musical opportunities available to all students at Louisiana Tech.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Information for Future Music Majors and Minors

Within the School of Music, we offer the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music degree with concentrations (majors) in:

  • Performance

  • Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal)

  • Music - Liberal Arts

  • Music Industry Studies

We also offer Minors in:

  • Music

  • Music Industry Studies

Audition Requirements can be found below.

Applying to the School of Music is a 3-step process. In addition to applying to the university, all prospective music majors and minors are required to submit a supplemental application and an audition video (for concentrations in Performance, Music Education, and Music - Liberal Arts, and the minor in Music) or a portfolio (for the Music Industry Studies major and minor).

To apply now, or for more information, see below.

Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Audition Requirements for MUSIC MAJORS (Performance, Music Education, and Liberal Arts) & MINORS

All Instrumentalists and Vocalists

For information and advice on the best way to record your audition video, please see our Guidelines for Digital Auditions. Please be sure to clearly announce your name and high school (or college/university) at the beginning of your video, and announce the title and composer of each new piece or etude or name of each new scale/arpeggio before you play it.

For instrument-specific audition requirements, please see below:


Brass

Faculty Contact: Prof. Jim Robken

Repertory:

  • Perform two pieces of contrasting style. Pieces can be from either a movement from a piece of the standard repertoire, or from an etude book.

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • Major scales may be required; please contact Prof. Robken for more information.

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • Sight-reading may be required; please contact Prof. Robken for more information.

Scholarship Information:

  • Please contact Prof. Robken for more information about scholarships for high and low brass students.


Flute

Faculty Contact: Prof. Shayla Blake

Repertory:

  • Two contrasting excerpts from etudes or repertory pieces

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • Three scales (preferably two major, one melodic minor)

  • Chromatic Scale

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • Sight-reading may be required; please contact Prof. Blake for more information.

Scholarship Information:

  • Please contact Prof. Blake for more information about scholarships for flute students.


Guitar (Classical)

Faculty Contact: Dr. Cain Budds

Repertory:

  • A work by Bach, Weiss, or Scarlatti

  • An etude by Carcassi (25 Melodic and Progressive Etudes) or Sor (from the Segovia edition)

  • A 20th Century work at the difficulty of a Villa-Lobos prelude

Works learned from tablature or by ear will not be accepted.

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • Two major or minor Segovia scales, three octaves, using rest strokes and free strokes

Additional Information/Requirements:

A student must have at least 6 months of consistent guitar lessons from a qualified guitar instructor before auditioning to be a Guitar Major. Audition must be played on a nylon-string classical guitar. Good music reading skills are essential. You may be Invited to schedule a live audition via Zoom where you will be asked to sightread single-line melodies up through the 5th position.

Scholarship Information:

Scholarships may be available for classical guitar majors accepted to the program.


Guitar (Popular)

Faculty Contact: Dr. Cain Budds

Please contact Dr. Budds for audition information.


Percussion (Concert/Orchestral)

Faculty Contact: Dr. Gregory Lyons

Repertory:

  • One snare drum solo (concert style)

  • One keyboard percussion solo (two or four mallets)

  • One timpani solo

  • Multi-percussion solo (optional)

  • Drum Set (optional)

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • Major scales may be required.

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • Rudiments and sight-reading may be required; please contact Dr. Lyons for more information.

Scholarship Information:

  • Please contact Dr. Lyons for more information about scholarships for percussion students.


Percussion (Drum Kit/Trap Set)

Faculty Contact: Prof. Jesse Kinne

Please contact Prof. Kinne for audition information.


Piano

Faculty Contact: Dr. Steele Moegle

Repertory:

  • Play two pieces of contrasting styles by memory

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • A major and minor scale of student’s choosing, hands together (HT), four octaves, with accompanying major and minor arpeggios

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • The student’s hands must be visible at all times in their audition video

  • If the student wants to be considered for the Performing Arts Scholarship or an Accompanying Scholarship, they may be asked to audition live via Zoom since we need to hear them sight-read; please contact Dr. Moegle for more information.

Scholarship Information:

To be considered for the Performing Arts Scholarship in piano, the student must have a scheduled audition before the end of February. Accompanying scholarships can be awarded at the beginning of each quarter provided funds are available. Generally, these scholarships go to piano majors, and then in the fall any remaining funds are offered to non-piano majors.


Reeds (Single and Double)

Faculty Contact: Dr. Trevor Davis

Repertory:

  • Perform two pieces of contrasting style. Pieces can be from either a movement from a piece of the standard repertoire or from an etude book, such as:

• Clarinet – 32 Etudes for Clarinet by Cyrille Rose

• Saxophone/Oboe – 48 Famous Studies for Oboe or Saxophone by Franz Wilhelm Ferling

• Bassoon – Bassoon Studies, Op. 8 by Julius Weissenborn

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • Major scales may be required; please contact Dr. Davis for more information.

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • Sight-reading may be required; please contact Dr. Davis for more information.

Scholarship Information:

  • Please contact Dr. Davis for more information about scholarships for single and double reed students.


Strings

Faculty Contact: TBD

Repertory:

  • One solo piece (classical)

  • One etude

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • 2- or 3-octave scale in any key

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • Sight-reading may be required; please contact the School of Music Office for more information.

Scholarship Information:

  • Please contact the School of Music Office for more information about scholarships for string students.


Voice

Faculty Contact: Dr. WeiShu Tsai

Repertory:

  • Perform two pieces of contrasting styles, preferably by memory. Ideally, one of these pieces will be in a foreign language, and at least one will be in the classical style (if not both of them; please enquire about exceptions).

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • None

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship must demonstrate sight-reading ability and may be invited to sing a short excerpt of music at sight (without prior preparation) in a live online audition. To practice, students should consult a collection of Bach Chorales and be able to sight-read their own part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass); an accessible collection is freely available HERE.

  • In preparation to submit their audition video, students should record themselves performing the repertory as listed above from memory with a full front view of the performer. Live piano accompaniment is preferred for digital auditions. No audio-only submissions will be accepted.

Scholarship Information:

There are a number of scholarships available to incoming students in voice that are awarded based on merit/performance ability as demonstrated in the audition. Students should schedule an audition before February 1 for best consideration.

Portfolio Requirements for MUSIC INDUSTRY STUDIES MAJORS & MUSIC INDUSTRY STUDIES MINORS

ALL students applying to enter either as a Music Industry Studies MAJOR or Music Industry Studies MINOR must submit a portfolio. The following required materials should be uploaded and will serve as your portfolio (see Step 3 above). Students should submit at least one bit of supporting material with their portfolio.

Faculty Contact: Prof. Jesse Kinne

Questions about suitable materials for their portfolio, about applying to the Music Industry Studies program as a major or minor, or about scholarships for accepted students, should be addressed to Prof. Kinne.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Resume:

All portfolios must include the student’s resume, highlighting any experience they have relating to the music industry (“making beats” as a hobby, composing music for a student film or video game, running the soundboard at your church, performing as a singer/songwriter at a local coffee shop, etc.).

  • Biography/Personal Statement

All portfolios must include a biographical statement that includes the following information:

      • Who you are, what instrument you play (if any) and for how long, and any other personal details that you think are relevant

      • How you got interested in the music industry and what it is you would like to do in it Ii.e. what music industry career do you want to have when you graduate)


SUPPORTING MATERIALS:

Although supporting materials are not required, per se, students should include at least one supporting recording, documents, file, etc. that supports their application to the Music Industry Studies Program, such as:

  • Recordings you have engineered, mixed, mastered, etc. or “beats” you produced

  • Live recordings of your performance of music in any style/genre (rock, country, hip-hop, blues, jazz, “classical,” etc.; performance of two works in contrasting styles/tempos is especially helpful). These can be recordings from an actual public performance, or those you made especially for this portfolio. These can be audio and/or video recordings.

  • Films or video games (or video clips from them) for which you composed the music or created the sound design

  • Sheet music or lead sheets for songs you have written; lyrics-only submissions are also accepted

  • Schematic drawings, still images, or demonstration videos of new instruments, musical interfaces, or audio systems you designed/engineered/created

  • Recommendation letters from a high school teacher or other non-family member who is familiar with your interest and background in music industry-related activities

  • Business plans for a music-related start-up that you hope to run as an entrepreneur after graduation

  • Other materials can be accepted; please contact Prof. Kinne with any questions about suitable material.

PLEASE NOTE: Any supporting materials should include a note explaining how the project was made (what software you used, if applicable), what your role was in the creation of the project, and any other information that will help the admissions committee assess your work. The more information and context you can provide the better.


PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION:

Uploaded files and documents are preferred; a single document with links to a personal website, Soundcloud/YouTube, etc.) is acceptable. If you have any questions about acceptable materials or file formats for submission, please e-mail Prof. Kinne.

Portfolios are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be received prior to any admission or scholarship deadline.


ACCEPTABLE FILE FORMATS:

Audio Files: .mp3 or .wav preferred; please do not send project or plugin files (such as .ptf, .ptx, .logic, .vst, etc.)

Image Files: .jpg, .png, .gif, .tiff, or .png

Document Files: .pdf only (visit this link if you do not know how to save a Microsoft Word document as a .pdf).

Video Files: .mpeg4, .mov, or .wmv

Others: Contact Prof. Kinne with questions about other acceptable file types

Application Instructions

Students who wish to be music majors or minors in the Louisiana Tech University School of Music should follow these steps to apply for admission to the program:

STEP ONE:

APPLY TO LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY THROUGH THE OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS

All music majors and minors must apply and be admitted to Louisiana Tech University; auditions/acceptance as a music major or minor does not guarantee acceptance to the university, or vise versa. For more information about applying to the university, please visit their website: https://www.latech.edu/admissions/.

STEP TWO:

APPLY TO THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Once you have applied to the university, students who wish to major or minor in music must also submit an application to the School of Music using the link below. Simply declaring music as your major or minor in no way guarantees your acceptance to the program or permission to enroll in music courses in the School of Music.

There is currently no additional fee to apply to the School of Music.

STEP THREE:

UPLOAD YOUR AUDITION VIDEO or PORTFOLIO

MUSIC MAJORS (Performance, Music Education, Music-Liberal Arts) & MUSIC MINORS

Please upload and submit your AUDITION VIDEO here. You can find audition requirements for each instrument below.

NOTE (Updated August 2020): Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, we are scheduling regular on-campus auditions during the 2020-2021 on a case-by-case basis depending on a wide variety of factors - your health and safety are our primary concern. Auditions via video submission are preferred, but contact the primary teacher for your area to make other arrangements if necessary, and we will do our best to accommodate your request as conditions allow.

ALL MUSIC MAJORS & MINORS must audition before they are allowed to take private music lessons.


MUSIC INDUSTRY STUDIES MAJORS & MUSIC INDUSTRY STUDIES MINORS

Please upload and submit your PORTFOLIO documents and files here. You can find the portfolio requirements below, which includes a list of required documents and other supporting materials/files that should be included.

There is no performance audition required for students who wish to enter as Music Industry Studies majors, per se, and we welcome students of all skill levels and abilities. However, you will be asked throughout your program of study to learn and perform music in various forms. ALL MUSIC MAJORS & MINORS must audition before they are allowed to take private music lessons, so if you are a Music Industry Studies major or minor and intend to take private lessons your first quarter in residency, you should also submit an audition video (see above).

Students that cannot demonstrate at least a basic level or musicianship upon entrance into the program will be required to demonstrate such experience through remedial coursework, such as Beginning Guitar, Beginning Piano, Beginning Voice, Fundamentals of Music Theory, etc.; these courses will be additional requirements that must be completed before the student can proceed with the regular music coursework and in some cases, may not count toward their degree requirements. You will also study both popular and “classical” music throughout your college career, so even if it is not your favorite genre of music, you will develop at least some fluency and skill in “classical” music theory, history, and performance.

Make sure your name is included in the FILE NAME of any video or other file that you upload here; for example: Jane_Doe_Trombone_Audition.mov.

Acceptable Video File Formats

  • .mpeg4

  • .mov

  • .wmv

For other video formats, please contact the School of Music Office at music@latech.edu or call (318) 257-5473 (during regular business hours).

For audio, document, and other file formats that are accepted as part of Music Industry Studies portfolio submissions, please see the list below in the "Portfolio Requirements" section. Music Industry Studies portfolios are best uploaded as complete file folders.

After You Apply

Within 5 business days of applying to the School of Music by submitting your completed School of Music Application Form and uploading your Audition Video or Portfolio, you will receive an e-mail that will indicate either:

  • your School of Music application has been successfully submitted and will be forwarded to the faculty for review.

  • additional steps or materials are required prior to faculty review.

Although applications are accepted on a rolling basis, students who apply before FEBRUARY 1 of the preceding year will be given priority consideration for scholarships, dorm waivers, and other fee waivers (when applicable).

Applications are not considered complete until all three (3) steps above have been successfully completed.

For questions about audition requirements, or if the audition requirements for your principle instrument are not listed above, please contact the corresponding faculty member.

If you have any questions about applying to become a MUSIC MAJOR or MINOR at Louisiana Tech University,

please contact the School of Music Office: music@latech.edu or (318) 257.5473

ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Click on the ensemble name for information about audition requirements.


PLEASE NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, all ensemble auditions will be held virtually until further notice.

Band of Pride

In-Person and Digital

Choral Ensembles

In-Person Only

Symphonic Band

In-Person and Digital

Jazz Ensembles

In-Person Only

Percussion Ensemble

In-Person Only

Guitar Ensemble

In-Person Only

Flute Choir

In-Person Only

String Ensemble

In-Person Only

Popular Music Ensemble

Coming Fall 2020