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Undergraduate Admissions and Placements

Music Majors - Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

To become enrolled in the School of Music, all prospective students must be accepted by both the School of Music, and by the University.  Acceptance by the School is contingent upon being accepted by the University.  Seek enrollment in the University by contacting the Undergraduate Office of Admissions:  (901) 678-2111; see http://memphis.edu/future.htm.  Every student wishing to enroll in the School of Music as a Music Major in any concentration must have an audition or orientation, and take music theory and piano placement exams.  Go to “Apply Now” on the School of Music Future Students page, and log in to Decision Desk to start your application.

Regarding undergraduate class piano placements for music majors: Students who have taken formal lessons should prepare a piece that represents their level of playing; sight reading, keyboard theory, harmonization and scales will also be assessed.  Students with no piano experience will not be asked to play.

To be placed in Theory I (MUTC 1008/1010), students must be able to identify and write:

* All major and minor key signatures in treble and bass clef
* All major and three forms of minor scales – natural, harmonic, melodic
* Major, Minor, Perfect, Diminished and Augmented intervals
* Rhythmic notation including simple and compound meters, note and rest notation

See the Sample Theory Placement test.

Students who take the theory placement test and do not place into Theory I will be advised to prepare to retake the test or take Basic Theory (MUTC 1001) in the Summer.


Music Minors
Any student wishing to minor in music must perform an audition, take a theory placement test, and be accepted as a Minor by the School of Music.  The Minor in Music consists of 21 hours from the following:  4 hours applied music individual instruction; 2 semesters appropriate ensembles; Music Theory (MUTC 1008 and 1009); Music History (3 hours from MUHL 3301, 3302, 3303); 6 hours electives in music; 25 concert/recital attendance requirement.  Music Minors are advised by applied music faculty.

Non-music Majors
Non-music majors who wish to take Applied Lessons must audition to be approved for private study.  All undergraduate students who take applied private lessons are required to perform in an ensemble as selected and/or approved by faculty; group classes exempt.  A theory placement test is not required except for vocalists who take theory placement.  A piano placement test is not required.  Students who are accepted for Lessons Only are offered lessons as room in the studios allows.

Non-majors who want to study piano or theory have several options.  Non-majors may register for Class Piano MUAP 1100 or Basic Theory MUTC 1001 (permit required) with no audition.  Theory and piano classes beyond this level require placement exams. To continue the theory sequence past MUTC 1008, students must have passed the previous course with a “C-” or better.

Non-music majors who wish to participate in ensembles are not required to take theory or piano placement examinations, nor audition for the School of Music.  To participate in an ensemble, contact the conductor of the ensemble and participate in ensemble placements the week before the fall semester begins.  See the School of Music website homepage for ensemble placement information.  

Music Business and Recording Technology Majors
Music Business and Recording Technology applicants must meet academic standards required by the Music Industry division before attending a Music Industry Orientation/Audition Day.  Acceptance is based on: completion of academic standards; provision of ACT and GPA documentation if necessary; an essay; attendance on an Audition Day for placement tests (applied instrument or voice if the student is proficient, theory and piano); participation in a MUID orientation on an audition day, and acceptance by MUID faculty.

Acceptance into Music Industry Division degree programs is not solely based on high performance proficiency on an instrument or voice.

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