National Audition Dates for Music Majors
(Contact Cindy Gaskill, Auditions Coordinator, at (214) 333-5311 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The following dates are for
admission and music scholarship consideration:
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Audition Application, Information, and Checklist
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The central mission of the Department of Music is to educate students in order that they might engage the global society and industry through transformational musical performance, scholarship, and service so they might be servant leaders in their chosen professions. In addition, musical offerings including ensemble, faculty, guest, and student performances enhance the total university liberal arts experience and give opportunity for creative fulfillment.
Overview of Music
A thorough understanding of music theory,
history and literature is required of the student majoring
in music, and a high priority is given to general musicianship
and the development of the highest level of artistic achievement
within the student's chosen area of applied music. All courses
and degree plans are designed to satisfy the requirements
for music accrediting agencies.
The Department of Music is accredited with
the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In 1998,
the Department of Music was given a commendation by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Degree programs
leading to state certification in music education (choral) conform to
the requirements of the State Board for Educator Certification
The music program is an integral part of Dallas Baptist University.
Students enrolled in regular coursework are governed by the
same rules and regulations for attendance, discipline, and
examination as those who apply to the institution as a whole.
To enable students to:
- Gain an overall knowledge of music theory,
forms, and structure.
- Develop a workable knowledge of the history
of Western music and cultivate an awareness of the influence
of music upon culture.
- Cultivate an awareness of non-Western indigenous
music and its influence upon culture.
- Present public performances at the highest
artistic level possible.
- Possess proficient keyboard, conducting,
critical thinking, and improvisational skills.
- Be prepared to earn a living in a chosen
field of music.
To enable students to:
- Understand that music is a gift from God
the Creator and is an art form that helps to make us fully
- Utilize music as a vehicle of worship.
- Recognize music as a tool for enlightenment,
evangelism, edification, training, and recreation in order
to meet the spiritual, intellectual, and physical needs
of the students.
All incoming first year and transfer music
students must formally audition for admission into the Department
of Music. Audition dates are posted on the DBU Department
of Music website.
Prospective music students should call the College of Fine
Arts Office at 214-333-5316 to secure an audition time. Upon
request, printed materials outlining the acceptance process
are available to help each student prepare for the audition.
This audition will also serve as a scholarship audition for
the student seeking financial aid. The student will be notified
in writing of his/her acceptance into the Department of Music,
which will be contingent upon acceptance to the University.
Music Theory Placement
All incoming freshmen music majors/minors, and transfer students will be evaluated for proper placement in music theory and aural skills courses. This evaluation must also occur before these students can register for private music lessons in voice, piano, organ, guitar, or other instruments. This evaluation will take place during Freshman and Transfer Orientation and Registration days each June and/or in August prior to registration for classes. The evaluation is used by the music faculty to determine the course of study most conducive to the student’s present level of understanding. Based on the evaluation results, students who are placed into MUSI 1300 (Fundamentals of Music) and/or MUSI 1100 (Introduction to Aural Skills) will need to successfully complete these courses before they can register for MUSI 1311 (Theory I) and/or MUSI 1111 (Aural Skills I). Transfer students who have taken theory and aural skills courses at other institutions may be encouraged to register for appropriate remedial courses upon matriculation at DBU. They will eventually be required to pass the Music Proficiency Exam (M.P.E.) at the end of either the freshman or sophomore years of study based on the specific music degree they are pursuing.
Piano Placement Tests
All entering first year and transfer music majors and minors
must meet with the Program Director of the keyboard division
to determine the appropriate piano level assignment. Results
of the M.T.P.E. will be considered in addition
to a final piano placement decision.
All non-keyboard music majors must fulfill
piano proficiency requirements as designated in their specific
degree plans. These levels are based on cumulative skills
development which should be completed prior to the junior
year. Students must continue to enroll for applied piano
instruction until this requirement is met.
Applied Music and
At the end of four semesters of study, each student majoring
in music will be advised as to their progress through a faculty
sophomore review. All music students taking applied music
for course credit must take an achievement test (Jury Examination)
at the conclusion of each semester of study. Vocal Performance
and Piano Performance majors and concentrations must pass
a division barrier examination at the conclusion of the sophomore
year of study. The student may not advance to junior-level
applied study without successfully completing this examination.
All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination appropriate to the specific degree requirements.
The student must continue to enroll in applied piano each
semester until the proficiency requirements are met. A description
of the level of achievement required is available to the student
in the Department of Music Handbook available online
or in the College of Fine Arts Office. The student pursuing
the Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree in Music Education (Choral) with Teacher Certification must
successfully pass the piano proficiency examination before
the student-teaching semester. All other music majors must
pass the piano proficiency examination prior to the semester
||Piano Proficiency Level III
||Piano Proficiency Level IV
Sophomore Barrier for Piano
||Piano Proficiency Level V
Piano Proficiency Needed
|MUSI 2023A or 2023B or 3023
|| (Worship Leadership)
||MUSI 2023B or 3023
||MUSI 2023C and 3023
||MUSI 2023A and 3023
|Interdisciplinary Studies (Vocal Emphasis)
||MUSI 2023B or 3023
|Interdisciplinary Studies (Piano Emphasis)
||MUSI 2023C and 3023
Music Education Certification (Choral)
|MUSI 2023B or 3023
All music majors’ academic progress will be monitored through the Sophomore Review at the conclusion of four semesters of study. The faculty will make recommendations and suggestions regarding the student’s progress and future as a music major.
Credit and Time Policy
Pursuant to the DBU Undergraduate Catalog and norms stated in the NASM Handbook, credit and time expectations for Department of Music courses are as follows:
For applied lessons, the standard requirement for liberal arts degrees in music (B.A., B.S.) is one-half contact hour of one-on-one instruction per week, thus totaling seven in-class contact hours per semester.
For applied lessons, the standard requirement for professional degrees in music (B.M.A., B.M.E.) is one contact hour of one-on-one instruction per week, totaling 14 in-class contact hours per semester.
For advanced-level applied lessons, the standard requirement for the junior and senior years in the B.M. Performance degrees is one-and-a-half contact hours of one-on-one instruction per week, totaling 21 in-class hours of instruction per semester.
In addition, an average of two non-contact hours per day is expected for out-of-class student practice and preparation.
For traditionally delivered two-credit-hour lecture and seminar-based courses during a regular semester, students should expect to be in class for two hours per week and work outside of class a minimum of four hours per week.
For traditionally delivered three-credit-hour lecture and seminar-based courses during a regular semester, students should expect to be in class for three hours per week and work outside of class a minimum of six hours per week.
For large ensembles, students should expect to be in class for a minimum of three hours per week for one credit hour. Small and medium ensembles normally meet in class a minimum of one to two hours per week for one credit hour.
Credit in music courses earned at accredited
institutions is accepted for transfer, subject to the following
- The minimum grade accepted for transfer
- Credit in applied music toward a major
in performance is accepted only after a performance test
to determine the actual accomplishment of the student in
technique and repertoire is taken.
- Credit for Aural Skills (MUSI 1111, 1112,
2111, 2112), and Music Theory (MUSI 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312),
Introduction to Music Literature and Fine Arts (MUSI 2305),
and Music History and Literature (MUSI 3204, 3205, 3206)
will be transferred only if each course has been completed
with a minimum grade of 2.0. A placement test will be given
to determine the DBU course(s) for which the student is
prepared (e.g., a student wishing to transfer first year theory
will take a test to determine his/her readiness for sophomore
and Seminar/Performance Lab
All music majors are required to have credit for eight (8)
semesters of Seminar/Performance Lab (MUSI 1000/1001) in order
to be certified for graduation; seven (7) semesters are required
of the music education students due to the student-teaching
semester. This course requires all music majors to attend
75% of all faculty, student, and guest designated recitals
during each semester. All students taking applied music courses
should expect to perform in Seminar/Performance Lab. Performance
majors and students concentrating in voice, piano, and guitar are required
to perform at least once during the course of each semester
Individual recitals are required of all music majors in varying
degrees of involvement. Performance majors in Voice or Piano are required to present a half-hour Junior Recital
and a full-hour Senior Recital. Students majoring in Music Education with Teacher Certification (Choral) (B.M.E.) or Worship Studies (B.M.A.) are required
to present a recital in the area of applied concentration.
Students must be enrolled for a minimum of one semester hour
of applied instruction in their performance area during the
semester in which the recital is presented.
majors are required to present a thirty-to forty-five minute
recital during the senior year. The recital will consist of
original compositions and arrangements by the student for
a variety of voicings or instruments. The prerequisite for
this recital is completion of MUSI 4240.
lessons are offered in voice, piano, composition, organ, guitar, and brass instruments. One (1) semester hour
is given for one half-hour of private instruction each week.
Two (2) semester hours are given for one hour of private instruction
involvement in musical ensembles is available to all qualified
students. Any student who meets audition requirements
may participate in a musical organization. Music majors
must enroll in at least one major ensemble appropriate to
their applied music concentration and/or area of teaching
certification every semester until graduation, regardless of the
number of ensemble credits accumulated. Students in
music education must follow this policy with the exception
of the stuent-teaching semester. Performing ensembles
include the University Concert Chorale, DBU Grand Chorus, LEGACY Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Music Theater Practicum, and Opera Theater.
addition to the financial aid programs administered by the
University, numerous music scholarships are available.
Qualifications are established primarily on the basis of performing
ability and academic record, and are awarded by audition or
competition. Scholarships are awarded for one academic
year. Renewal is not automatic and is subject to the
regulations stated in the music scholarship agreement signed
by the student. For further information regarding music
entrance/scholarship auditions, please contact the College
of Fine Arts office 214-333-5316, or see the DBU
Department of Music website.
A minimum grade of C- is required for all music courses within a music major field of study.
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