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.

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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 that begins with applying to Louisiana Tech University.

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

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/.

Once you choose "Music" as your major, there is a supplemental music application that you will be asked to complete - please fill it out as completely as you can.

If you're prospective student:

If you're already a Louisiana Tech Student:

Want to change your major to music? Fill out this application form. Then proceed to STEP TWO below. You do not need to complete Step 3.

Want to declare a MINOR in music? Fill out this application form. Then proceed to STEP TWO below. You do not need to complete Step 3.

Don't want to change your major or minor, but you're interested in participating in an ensemble? Scroll down to the bottom of this page for more information

If are a prospective international student:

Please fill out this application form. Then proceed to STEP TWO and STEP THREE below.

For Information about International student admissions to Louisiana Tech University, please visit https://iso.latech.edu/.

Step Two

SCHEDULE an AUDITION

or

UPLOAD YOUR AUDITION VIDEO or PORTFOLIO

Depending on the concentration or minor you want to pursue in the School of Music, you'll need to either audition or submit a portfolio before you can be formally admitted to the School of Music.

To see whether or not you need to audition or submit a portfolio, please select the music concentration you wish to pursue:

Audition/Portfolio Requirements

MUSIC MAJOR
Performance, Music Education, or Music - Liberal Arts Concentrations
& MUSIC MINOR

All Instrumentalists and Vocalists

Students who wish to pursue a concentration in Performance, Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal), or Music - Liberal Arts must audition to be accepted to the School of Music.

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; click on the "Faculty Contact" name for their contact information. You can also find faculty contact information further down on this website:

Brass

Faculty Contact: Dr. Christopher Heidenreich

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 Dr. Heidenreich for more information.

Additional Information/Requirements:

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

Scholarship Information:

  • Please contact Dr. Heidenreich 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, or 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: Dr. Amanda Wilton

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 Dr. Wilson for more information.

Scholarship Information:

  • Please contact Dr. Wilton 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.


MUSIC MAJOR - Music Industry Studies Concentration
& MUSIC INDUSTRY STUDIES MINOR

You must submit a portfolio to apply to be a music major with a concentration in Music Industry Studies, or to declare Music Industry Studies as your minor.

Every portfolio must include the following:

  • A narrative statement
    Please tell us about your background and that highlights interest in the music industry and your career goals. Help us to understand why you want to be part of the program. We want to make sure that we make room in this high-demand program for students who are serious about pursuing a career in the music industry.

  • A résumé
    Please be sure to include any relevant experience that you may have working or volunteering in activities closely related to the music industry (ex. working as a party DJ, running the sound at your church, producing beats for your friends, etc.). The experiences you list do not necessarily have to be paid gigs, per se, but please make sure to indicate the length of time you participated and your level of involvement.

If you have any of the following items, please also include them with your portfolio when you apply:

  • Songs you have written (recordings, lead sheets, lyrics, etc.)

  • Recordings of performances (as soloist, band member, etc. )

  • Audio or video files of music you have produced, recorded, composed, music videos you have produced, etc.
    Please only send audio or video files (.wav, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, etc.); do not send project files.

  • Links to your work online

  • Letters of support from teachers or other professionals who are familiar with your work/experience; letters from family members or close friends aren't particularly helpful unless the letter writer is somehow involved in the music industry (or a closely-related field) and has been directly involved in your training or creative process.

  • Other materials that showcase your talent and demonstrate your ability to succeed in the program

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. 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. Please understand that these courses are not a punishment or used to hold you back, they're designed to set you up for as much success as possible and to make sure everyone begins our programs on as close to the same level as possible.

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. If you don't have a lot of "classical" or organized training, that's perf
ectly fine. And don't worry if you don't think you're as good as other students; you'll likely succeed in other areas where they may struggle, and we take pride in our ability to learn from each other.

If you are a performer, please note:

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 the requirements above).


If you have any questions about what to submit as part of your application portfolio, or if you have any other questions about your portfolio or the application process, please contact Prof. Jesse Kinne | jkinne@latech.edu | 318.257.4109.

Schedule an In-Person Audition
Music Majors (Performance, Music Education, or Music - Liberal Arts Concentrations)
Music Minor

To schedule an in-person audition, please contact the faculty member that corresponds to your principal instrument:

Voice: Dr. WeiShu Tsai | wtsai@latech.edu | 318.257.2060

Piano: Dr. Steele Moegle | mmoegle@latech.edu | 318.257.5275

Guitar: Dr. Cain Budds | cbudds@latech.edu | 318.257.3655

Strings: Dr. Amanda Wilton | awilton@latech.edu | 318.257.5473

Flute: Prof. Shayla Blake | sblake@latech.edu | 318.257.2458

Single and Double Reeds (Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone):
Dr. Trevor Davis | tdavis@latech.edu | 318.257.5472

High and Low Brass (Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba):
Dr. Chris Heidenreich | cph@latech.edu | 318-257-4233

Percussion: Dr. Gregory Lyons | glyons@latech.edu | 318.257.5470

Note: Students interested in the Music Industry Studies program are absolutely welcome to schedule an in-person audition for voice, guitar, or other relevant instrument, but they must still upload their other application documents below. Please notify Prof. Kinne at jkinne@latech.edu to let him know you will be on campus for a vocal/instrumental audition as far in advance of your audition date as possible.

If you want to schedule an audition to correspond with a visit to campus hosted by the Office of Admissions, please make arrangements through Kirsten Verdin, Admissions Specialist for the College of Liberal Arts | kdowies@latech.edu | 318.257.2050. Kirsten can also answer questions you may have about admission to the university, housing, non-music financial aid, and other general questions.

Submit an Audition Video (Virtual Audition) or Portfolio
Music Majors (Music Industry Studies Concentration)
Music In
dustry Studies Minor

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

Please upload and submit your AUDITION VIDEO using the form on the right. You can find audition requirements for each instrument above.

Alternatively, we are also scheduling regular on-campus auditions by appointment. Your health and safety are our primary concern. Please email one of the faculty members listed above to set up an appointment.

All students, INCLUDING MUSIC MAJORS & MINORS, must first audition before they are allowed to take private music lessons on any Instrument, regardless of major, concentration, or minor.

MUSIC INDUSTRY STUDIES MAJORS & MUSIC INDUSTRY STUDIES MINORS

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

Please 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.

For questions about uploading files, please contact the School of Music Office at music@latech.edu or call (318) 257-5473 (during regular business hours).

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.

After You Submit Your Materials

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.

Step Three

SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS and TEST SCORES TO LOUISIANA TECH

If you have not yet done so, please make sure that academic transcripts from your high school (and any college or dual credit program you may have attended) are submitted to the Office of Admissions. Please visit https://www.latech.edu/admissions for more Information.

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 other 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 below for information about audition requirements:

Band of Pride

In-Person and Digital

Wind Ensembles

In-Person and Digital

Choral Ensembles

In-Person Only

Jazz Ensembles

In-Person Only

Percussion Ensemble

In-Person Only

Guitar Ensemble

In-Person Only

Flute Choir

In-Person Only

String Ensemble

Digital Only

Popular Music Ensemble

In-Person and Digital

Opera Workshop

In-Person Only