Music

Course Overview

As a student in the TCU School of Music, you’ll excel and grow as an artist in a program that is large enough to provide a wealth of musical opportunities, yet small enough to guarantee a personalized musical education. TCU’s NASM-accredited programs prepare students for a variety of careers. While affirming music as an integral part of a classic liberal arts education, students may choose to become future teachers, performers, entrepreneurs, scholars, conductors, composers, lawyers, doctors, and more.

  • Become the best musician you can be; study under the guidance and encouragement of a world-class faculty; experience a wide range of musical styles by attending hundreds of concerts and master classes; deepen your understanding of a variety of musical genres; and open your ears to new sounds and experiences.
  • Contribute to Fort Worth culture by performing on TCU’s campus and in theaters, clubs, and churches throughout the Metroplex, whether in large ensembles, chamber groups, or a solo/studio recital.
  • Travel and play music around the world in places such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Italy, Austria, and Indonesia.
  • Experience truly world-class musical study and experiences in an environment small enough to ensure personal attention.

Course Examples by Year

The Music program includes courses such as:

Music Theory and Ear Training
Music History
Applied Studio Instruction (lessons)
Music Education and Pedagogy
Large and Small/Chamber Ensembles

As a Music student, you may choose degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance (Church Music; Piano; Piano Pedagogy; Organ; Theory/Composition; Voice; or Wind and Percussion; or Music Education (Instrumental or Choral Emphasis). Students may also choose to pursue a Music Minor in addition to a degree in an outside field. Admission into the TCU School of Music is determined by an audition. To learn more about the admission requirements, please visit www.music.tcu.edu/undergraduate.asp.

Where Graduates Go

Recent TCU School of Music graduates have chosen careers that include teaching in public and private secondary and post-secondary schools; establishing private teaching studios or companies; directing church music programs; software developers; real estate professionals; performing for international competitions, professional opera companies and chamber music festivals; lawyers; doctors; and working in the music and film industries. Others have chosen to continue their studies at prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, the Cincinnati Conservatory, Yale School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Academy of Music (London), among others.