Audition Requirements

We strongly encourage all applicants to schedule a live audition for one of our regularly scheduled on-campus audition dates (listed HERE). You should first apply to Baylor University before scheduling an audition date via the Request for Audition form, available online HERE.

For those who are unable to attend an on-campus audition for reasons of distance or cost of travel, submitting a recorded audition is acceptable. Recorded auditions must be unedited video and submitted through our online media submission partner, Acceptd. Undergraduate applicants should additionally submit a repertoire list of works studied over the last several years via Acceptd or by direct email to keyboard@baylor.edu at least one week prior to the scheduled audition date. Graduate applicants will supply repertoire information as a part of the assistantship application process.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

B.M. in Piano Performance or Piano Pedagogy

Three contrasting solos prepared by memory are required:

1. a selection from the Baroque Era, such as a prelude and fugue by J. S. Bach or a sonata by Scarlatti
2. the first or last movement of a major sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
3. one substantial composition from either the 19th or 20th Century

(Although not needed for the audition, applicants are expected to have studied selected works from the etude literature and to have learned all major/minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves in 16ths.)

B.M.E. in Music Education with Piano Concentration
B.M. in Church Music with Piano Concentration
B.A. in Music (Applied Track with Piano Concentration)


Piano students must prepare at least three contrasting pieces by memory similar to those suggested for piano majors in the previous section.

(Although not needed for the audition, applicants should have studied major/minor scales and arpeggios. Additionally, keyboard skills such as sight reading, accompanying, harmonization, and transposition are suggested as preparation for these programs.)

Scholarships

Keyboard scholarships are based upon outstanding accomplishment in performance, potential for artistic development, and commitment to a career in music. Scholarships are awarded to piano majors in the Bachelor of Music degree programs only (e.g., B.M., B.M.E.). Qualifications are determined by either a campus or recorded audition, and awards are announced by letter in late March or early April. All undergraduate students who apply and audition are automatically considered for a keyboard scholarship..




GRADUATE ADMISSION
To obtain information and application forms for admission to graduate study in organ, contact the following university offices:

OFFICE OF THE DEAN
Graduate School
One Bear Place, #97264
Waco, TX 76798-7264

and

DIRECTOR, Graduate Studies in Music
One Bear Place, #97408
Waco, TX 76798-7408


Graduate Audition Requirements

M.M. in Piano Performance

An audition program, at least 30 minutes in duration, of memorized solo repertoire from three style periods is required for admission in Performance. The program should include at least two major works, such as a complete sonata, substantial variation set, major single-movement work, etc.

M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance
M.M. in Church Music with Piano Concentration


An audition program, at least 20 minutes in duration, of memorized solo repertoire from three style periods is required for admission in Pedagogy and in Church Music. The program should include at least one major work, such as a complete sonata, substantial variation set, major single-movement work, etc.

For international students, admission to the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance requires the submission of a video-recorded demonstration of teaching in English and a writing sample. The writing sample may be a minimum of 3 pages and could be a paper written for a previous course or a statement of one's teaching philosophy. The teaching video should be a minimum of 15 minutes with a student at or below the late intermediate level, and the lesson should be given entirely in English. These are considered as part of the application to the degree program as well as the application for a graduate assistantship in piano pedagogy.

M.M. in Collaborative Piano

The audition for Collaborative Piano applicants will consist of at least 10 minutes of memorized solo repertoire and a collaborative repertoire component that includes a major instrumental work with piano and a vocal/piano work. The option of a video-recorded performance may be approved when distance to the audition would be a hardship. In-person applicants will coordinate their collaborative repertoire with the Coordinator of Collaborative Piano. Applicants not auditioning in person should submit unedited video recordings of collaborative performances (both instrumental and vocal).

Advanced Performers Certificate

Admission to the Advanced Performers Certificate program requires a live audition consisting of 60 minutes of solo repertoire representing the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and including at least two major works and two virtuoso etudes from the literature. The option of a video-recorded performance may be approved when distance to the audition would be a hardship. When the audition is by recording, the student must present a live audition before a designated faculty committee during the first semester of residence in order to be fully accepted into the program.

For international students, admission to the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance requires the submission of a video-recorded demonstration of teaching in English and a writing sample. The writing sample may be a minimum of 3 pages and could be a paper written for a previous course or a statement of one's teaching philosophy. The teaching video should be a minimum of 15 minutes with a student at or below the late intermediate level, and the lesson should be given entirely in English. These are considered as part of the application to the degree program as well as the application for a graduate assistantship in piano pedagogy.

D.M.A. in Church Music with Piano Concentration

An audition program, at least 30 minutes in duration, of memorized solo repertoire from three style periods is required for admission. The program should include at least two major works, such as a complete sonata, substantial variation set, major single-movement work, etc.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships in piano are available for those entering the M.M. Piano Performance, the M.M. Piano Pedagogy and Performance, and the M.M. Collaborative Piano degrees. The assistantship duties for the M.M. Piano Performance and M.M. Collaborative Piano degrees are primarily collaborative, while those for the M.M. Piano Pedagogy and Performance degree are primarily teaching related. Interested applicants should submit a graduate assistantship application, available via the following link: Graduate Assistantships.