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Music Major Information
LSU is the flagship university of Louisiana with degree programs in virtually every academic discipline. With an enrollment of over 475 students, the LSU School of Music has a distinguished national reputation and is also one of the twelve "Foundations of Excellence" on the LSU campus. The LSU Band program is over one hundred years "young," and is also nationally recognized for its concert ensembles and the award winning LSU Tiger Marching Band, The Golden Band from Tigerland. Students who major in music will have one of the country's finest artist-teachers as their major professor. The School of Music encourages all instrumental music majors to participate in Tiger Band and Bengal Brass. To join the bands fill out our information sheet by clicking here.
Music Major Audition Requirements
Students who wish to enroll in the LSU School of Music must be admitted to both the School of Music and the University. The general application to LSU, called the "Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships Application," serves as the application for all scholarships available at LSU for entering freshmen, including college and departmental awards. There is no separate School of Music application––acceptance to the School of Music is determined by audition with the major professor. Scholarships are prioritized and are awarded based on talent, academic merit, and financial need. Students should complete the Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships application ("Apply Online") by November 15th of their high school senior year for full scholarship consideration. Deadline for submission of the application is April 15* for the fall semester. Late applications incur a late fee of $15. (*Note: Music Majors are encouraged to audition prior to March 1st.)
Before a student can be admitted as a music major, music education major, or Bachelor of Arts in music major, she/he must audition for the appropriate applied music faculty. Taped auditions are acceptable in some areas, although a personal audition is preferred. On-campus auditions also give prospective students an opportunity to tour our facilities, meet with other students, and meet with applied faculty. Prospective students should check the on-campus School of Music audition schedule for the appropriate dates for their instrument or discipline. Audition requirements vary between areas; it is best to contact the applied music professor for specific requirements.
In order to receive maximum scholarship consideration, music majors should call and schedule an audition prior to March 1st of their senior year in high school. If you call the Band Department (225-578-2384), we will help coordinate your audition with the appropriate studio teacher. In addition to the School of Music's individual instrument audition requirements, we would like to hear your chromatic scale (full range of instrument) and sight-reading. We encourage all potential music majors to come to campus to audition. If you cannot travel to LSU, we will accept a compact disc of your playing. Assuming students meet the requirements for admission to LSU, and have a successful School of Music audition, we will recommend they be considered for maximum scholarship consideration. As a music major, an early application and successful audition should result in a response from LSU in early spring. Please understand that our scholarships are competitive and not every student receives the maximum award. The Associate Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts makes all final decisions on scholarships awarded by the LSU School of Music.
LSU Band Faculty
Damon Talley, Director of Bands
Roy King, Director of Athletic Bands and Director of the Golden Band from Tigerland
Dennis Llinás, Associate Director of Bands
In the College of Music and Dramatic Arts, the LSU School of Music serves approximately 475 music majors with over 75 full and part time faculty and staff.