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, go to the LU Scholarship page and fill out these two scholarship applications:

  1. General Scholarship Application
  2. Music Department Scholarship Application.

Step 4: Submit your Audition Video(s) by uploading them to YouTube (or other cloud service) and e-mailing the links to

Audition Video Submission 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 2022 Entrance:

Auditions for Spring 2022 will take place on December 4, 2021 at the Music Building on LU Campus. More information will be posted by October.


For Fall 2021 Entrance:

Auditions for Fall 2021 entrance are now closed.

  • Students must already be accepted to Lamar University before they can completed steps 2-4 listed above.

  • The DEADLINE to have completed steps 1-4 listed above was July 9, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

  • If students feel strongly that they would prefer an in-person audition, they must inform Dr. Shannon of this via e-mail and it must be agreed to and scheduled with the corresponding applied lessons teacher.




Admission Results

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

After your application has been received and you have submitted your audition video(s), 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 from the MyScholarship portal. It will be sent to your "" e-mail address. 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 10 days of you submitting your audition video, 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 in-person or on the day you audition or submit your audition video.


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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