Application and Audition Process

Due to safety precautions as a response to COVID-19, we have moved to a video submission process. Information for the Video Submission Process can be found below. Thank you!


Whether you want to major in music, minor in music, or simply audition for a music scholarship, there is one process to follow. All prospective students, both new and transfer, must complete the steps listed below.

Prospective graduate students should fill out the application below (step 2), but also contact the applied faculty member directly via e-mail.

Complete These Steps:

Step 1: Complete your application to Lamar University and be accepted. Start here!

Step 2: Once admitted to LU, submit the Music Department Application.

Step 3: Once admitted to LU, fill out your "MyScholarship" Application.

Step 4: Submit Audition Video(s)! Instructions and Requirements

Dr. Eric Shannon coordinates the auditions. Please contact him if you have questions.


  • Students must be accepted to Lamar University before they can apply to the LU Music Department. 
  • Students must be accepted to Lamar University before they can perform an audition.
  • Students cannot be admitted to the music program or receive a music scholarship offer until they have auditioned.


For Spring 2021 Entrance:

Deadline for Spring 2021 Music Application and Audition Video Submission

  • The final deadline for Music Department Applications and Audition Video Submission for Spring 2021 is not set yet. Please check back soon.

  • If all four steps of the Music Department Application Process (stated above) have not been completed by the set date, the student will need to enter as a General Studies major and wait until the next round of auditions to switch majors into Music, add a minor, or be considered for a non-music major scholarship.

Audition Video Submission Instructions and Requirements

On-Campus Audition Requirements (to be resumed after COVID-19):

Become familiar with the specific requirements for auditioning in your given area:

Winds, Piano        Vocal           Percussion       Composition   

Note: For those students wishing to be considered for additional scholarship support for participating in one of our jazz ensembles, we encourage you to include a jazz etude or other jazz related music as a part of your prepared presentation. This might include performing on a secondary instrument.


On-Campus Audition Day Information (to be resumed after COVID-19):


Check-in --> Short Welcome Meeting --> Theory Placement Assessment --> Piano Placement Assessment (if applicable) --> Audition 

On-Campus Audition Days are held in the Rothwell Recital Hall and Wiley Rehearsal Hall in the James M. Simmons Music Building on the Lamar University campus. 

Check-in is from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. The Welcome Meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Rothwell Recital Hall.

Note: We do not assign audition times. Students audition after they take the theory placement exam, and different students will finish at different times. 

On-Campus Audition Days - More Helpful Information


Off-Campus Location Audition Information:


Through out the year, we sometimes have auditions for the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music off-campus. NOTE: STUDENTS MUST ALREADY HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO LU TO AUDITION.

Check-in --> Short Welcome Meeting --> Theory Placement Assessment --> Audition

*A piano placement assessment is also required, but this assessment will need to be done on-campus with our piano faculty, at a later date. Students who know they are beginners and are ok starting in Group Piano I will not need to take this assessment.   

Note: We do not assign audition times. Students audition after they take the theory placement exam, and different students will finish at different times. 

After the off-campus audition, we will return to the LU campus and process your results. You will receive your results via e-mail within a few weeks (hopefully sooner!). For more information about how you will receive your results, please see the section below:


Admission Results

How you will find out the results of your application/audition?

After your application has been received and you have performed your audition, you will receive an e-mail from "" This e-mail will let you know whether you were admitted to the Music Department or not. There will be three outcomes:

  1. Accepted with Scholarship Offer Forthcoming
  2. Accepted but with No Scholarship Offer
  3. Not Accepted

Each e-mail will have instructions for what to do next. Depending on the outcome, they will also contain options for other ways to participate in our music ensembles if admission to the Department is not granted.

How will you receive a Scholarship Offer?

If you receive a Department Acceptance E-mail stating that you are "Accepted with Scholarship Offer Forthcoming" you will receive a second e-mail with the scholarship offer. This second e-mail will come from the MyScholarship portal. This is why it is so important for you to setup your MyScholarship profile. 

When will you receive a Scholarship Offer?

Acceptance E-mails will be sent within a few days after each audition day, however, Scholarship Offer E-mails may require a few more weeks to be sent to you. 

No admission results or scholarship offers will be made on the day of the auditions, regardless of if it is an on-campus or off-campus audition.

Music Theory and Piano Placement Exam Study Guides:

In addition to the audition, all prospective majors and minors will be given a theory placement exam and possibly a piano proficiency exam. This is to determine the student's appropriate class level in music theory and class piano. Neither of these exams has an affect on scholarships or admission to the music department. These tests merely determine which class section the student will be placed in during the first semester.

Music Theory Placement Exam Study Guides:

Theory Placement Information Sheet

Theory Placement Practice Exam

Answer Key

Piano Proficiency Exam Study Guide:

Piano Proficiency Exam Information Sheet


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