Bachelor of Arts in Music (EC-12 Music Certification, Strings Emphasis)

Auditions

If you are interested in pursuing a music degree at Texas Woman’s University, you will need to complete an application as well as an entrance audition. You also may choose to compete for a number of scholarships that are available to new and transferring music students each year. These are awarded based on musical excellence, as verified through a performance audition or music theory/sight singing assessment, and are supported by teacher recommendations.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.
  2. Fill out the Music Entrance and Scholarship Audition Application Form and submit online.
    Please fill out the form completely before submitting. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  3. A letter of recommendation must be emailed from your current private teacher or ensemble director to musicrecruiter@twu.edu and received prior to the audition.
  4. Audition.
    • See the Music audition dates website.

    • Your total audition performance time will average 7–10 minutes in length.

      • Singers should memorize two contrasting pieces from vocal literature of the classical genre.
      • Instrumentalists should prepare two selections from the standard repertoire for your instrument. Audition may include scales and sight reading.
      • Pianists should perform pieces representing at least two different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century).
    • A live audition is preferred, but a high-quality DVD may be sent to Texas Woman’s University, P.O. Box 425768, Denton, TX 76204-5768 and marked “Attention: Entrance Audition” OR online links may be emailed to musicrecruiter@twu.edu. Deadline for receipt of audition video is February 20, 2019.
  5. Participate in a placement evaluation.
    • Transfer students:
      • If your performance audition time is before 3 p.m., plan to stay approximately 1 hour afterward for a music theory/sight singing assessment.
      • If your audition time is 3 p.m. or later, report for the music theory/sight singing assessment 90 minutes prior to their audition.
    • First-time in college (FTIC) students:
      • If your performance audition time is before 3 p.m., plan to stay approximately 30 minutes afterward for a music theory/sight singing assessment.
      • If your audition time is 3 p.m. or later, report for the music theory/sight singing assessment 60 minutes prior to their audition.

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or better;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Met the following Testing Requirements:
    • Have achieved the following test scores (none of which may be more than 5 years old):
      • Praxis Core: Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162; or
      • ACT Scores (TWU Code 4224): Verbal 19 (Verbal is the average of the English, Reading, and Science sections); Math, 19, Composite 23; or
    • SAT Scores (TWU Code 6826): 
      • Prior to March 5, 2016: Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070
      • After March 5, 2016: Math 530, EBRW 480; or
    • TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT; option available 1/1/2020).
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or (940) 898-2829 with any questions.

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 129-132   
Major: 61 sch        Required Minor: 26 sch

MUSIC.BA            CIP Code: 50.0901.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

MU 1021Keyboard Musicianship I1
MU 1031Keyboard Musicianship II1
MU 2061Keyboard Musicianship III1
MU 1521Aural Skills I1
MU 1523Music Theory I3
MU 1531Aural Skills II1
MU 1533Music Theory II3
MU 2521Aural Skills III1
MU 2523Music Theory III3
MU 2531Aural Skills IV1
MU 2533Music Theory IV3
MU 3313Music History I3
MU 3323Music History II3
MU 4512Instrumental Arranging2
Principal Instrument (4 sch at 4000 level)12
Music Ensemble6
Performance Juries (6 completed)
Barrier Exam
Capstone Performance
Total SCHs45

 Music Education

Special Requirement: A grade of "B" or higher for courses to be counted toward the degree.

MU 3542Conducting I2
MU 2202Introduction to Music Education2
MU 3832Elementary Music Content2
MU 3401Voice Class1
MU 3001Brass Techniques1
MU 3011Percussion Techniques I1
MU 3031String Techniques1
MU 3041Woodwind Techniques1
MU 3432Secondary Methods and Literature I2
MU 3602Secondary Methods and Literature II2
MU 3601Advanced Conducting1
Elementary Music Proficiency Eam
Instrumental Music Proficiency Exam
Total SCHs16

Other Requirements

MU 3713Music and World Cultures (GP)3
Total SCHs3

Education Minor

EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
Admission to Teacher Education Program
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4943Clinical Student Teaching3
EDUC 4943Clinical Student Teaching3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
Total SCHs26

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement. 

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
MU 1021Keyboard Musicianship I MUSI 11811
MU 1112Music and Wellness 2
MU 1521Aural Skills I MUSI 11161
MU 1523Music Theory I MUSI 13113
MU 2202Introduction to Music Education 2
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
MU 1031Keyboard Musicianship II MUSI 11821
MU 1531Aural Skills II MUSI 11171
MU 1533Music Theory II MUSI 13123
MU 3001Brass Techniques 1
MU 3401Voice Class 1
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 16
Second Year
FallTCCN
MU 2061Keyboard Musicianship III MUSI 21811
MU 2521Aural Skills III MUSI 21161
MU 2523Music Theory III MUSI 23113
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Life/Physical Sciences Core3
Mathematics Core3
 SCHs 17
SpringTCCN
MU 2531Aural Skills IV MUSI 21171
MU 2533Music Theory IV MUSI 23123
MU 3011Percussion Techniques I 1
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 SCHs 14
Third Year
FallTCCN
MU 3031String Techniques 1
MU 3313Music History I 3
MU 3432Secondary Methods and Literature I 2
MU 3542Conducting I 2
MU 4512Instrumental Arranging 2
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
MU 3041Woodwind Techniques 1
MU 3323Music History II 3
MU 3601Advanced Conducting 1
MU 3602Secondary Methods and Literature II 2
Large Ensemble1
Applied Music: Primary Instrument2
Life/Physical Science Core3
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
 SCHs 16
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
MU 3703Women in Music 3
MU 3713 (GP)Music and World Cultures 3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
 SCHs 14
SpringTCCN
MU 3832Elementary Music Content 2
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
 SCHs 14
Fifth Year
FallTCCN
EDUC 4943Clinical Student Teaching 3
EDUC 4943Clinical Student Teaching 3
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  129

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.