Additional Degree Program Requirements

Music Industry Studies Audition

In addition to the online audition on their principal instrument or voice, students interested in Music Industry Studies must supply a resume and a biography at the same time as when they submit their online audition video recording. A Word document or a PDF may be submitted.

  • Your resume – This should be one page outlining your experiences related to the music industry, such as working a soundboard at church, recording a concert or running the lighting booth for a school musical. You may include any information that shows you are ready to pursue a demanding, competitive career field. Use any format you would like – show us your creativity.
    Note: Please name your file as FirstLastName.MIS.Resume.docx (Word file format) or FirstLastName.MIS.Resume.pdf (PDF file format). For example, JayJohnson.MIS.Resume.docx (Word file format)
  • Your biography – Tell us about yourself in this essay, using the format outlined below. Please use Microsoft Word, 11-point Courier font
    Note: Please name your file as FirstLastName.MIS.Bio.docx (Word file format) or FirstLastName.MIS.Bio.pdf (PDF file format). For example, JayJohnson.MIS.Bio.docx (Word file format)
    • Paragraph 1: Where you are from, what instrument you play, how long you have played, and anything else you would like us to know about you.
    • Paragraph 2: Your interactions with the music industry up to this point – and what you have seen that you think you would like to be part of.
    • Paragraph 3: Where you see yourself 10 years from now. (We realize that is likely to change as time goes on, but many studies have shown that people with thoughtful, written out goals are much more likely to succeed in their chosen careers.)

Music Therapy Audition

In addition to the audition on their principal instrument or voice, an interview with members of the music therapy faculty is required for students interested in Music Therapy. The interview typically takes place on the day of the audition. Graduate student requirements.

Composition/Theory Audition

In addition to successfully completing an online audition on their principal instrument or voice, prospective students will also interview with Dr. Andrew Hannon. The online interview and audition will be scheduled for the same day.

Prospective students are required to submit a portfolio at the same time as when they submit their online audition video recording. The portfolio should include scores and recordings of 2-4 compositions (in PDF and MP3 formats).  Contact Dr. Andrew Hannon at hannonac@appstate.edu with questions.

Music Education Audition

In addition to successfully completing an online audition on their principal instrument or voice, prospective students will also have an interview with our music education faculty. The online interview and audition will be scheduled for the same day.  It is extremely important for your application to be complete (especially test scores, GPA, and class ranking) in order for the faculty to accept your application for the Music Education major.