Frequently Asked Questions about Music Scholarships

Q: When do students find out if they have been awarded a music scholarship?

A: Decisions are generally made in early April and students are contacted as soon as possible.

Q: What primarily qualifies a student for this type of award?

The department seeks out exceptionally talented students who, based upon the audition interview, possess an aptitude to be successful as a music student.  The department also looks at each student’s individual character and determines how effectively the student would represent the Department of Performing Arts at Methodist University.

Q: What should a student be prepared to do in the audition itself?

A:  Show your breadth and skill as a musician by choosing pieces in contrasting styles (contrasting languages for singers).  Official requirements can be found online.  Be prepared to sight read material that a faculty member may choose to put in front of you.  Also, at the conclusion of the audition, be ready to take a brief music theory diagnostic exam and write a brief essay about yourself.

Q: What if I am not awarded a music scholarship?

A: We sincerely hope that students who are not awarded scholarships will consider joining the Department of Performing Arts at Methodist University anyway. While the pandemic has affected the breadth of awards we are able to provide in music, there are many other options to consider that may defray the cost of education. We encourage students to visit financial aid and to seek out as many types of scholarships as possible.

Q:  Do singers need a live accompanist on their audition video?

A:  While performing with a live accompanist is optimal (it lets us better assess musicality and ensemble abilities), we understand that the pandemic has created a host of difficulties in this area.  If you must use a recorded version of a song, please ensure the following:

  1. There is not another voice on the recording (do not sing to a recording with another singer or with background vocals)
  2. The accompaniment track is piano only (not orchestral)

Q: Do those wishing to audition only for ensembles need to attend the audition day?

A:  The only students who need to submit auditions are those hoping to major in music.  Students wishing to participate in ensembles who are seeking other degrees should contact individual ensemble directors to schedule an audition:

Choral             Dr. Michael Martin                 mmartin@methodist.edu

Orchestra        Dr. Michael Martin                 mmartin@methodist.edu

Bands              Dr. Daniel McCloud                 dmccloud@methodist.edu

Guitar              Dr. Carlos Castilla                   ccastilla@methodist.edu

Brass               Dr. Larry Wells                        lwells@methodist.edu

Q:  Do I have to be a music major to participate in music at Methodist University?

A:  No!  We welcome those interested in music from every degree program on campus into our ensembles, into our performance classes, and into our private lesson studios!