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Interested in audition at SFA for graduate percussion studies in music performance or education? Here are some helpful links and some information on all of the programs:




Look through the School of Music’s “Graduate Admissions” webpage: http://www.music.sfasu.edu/admissions.php?link=grad_admissions



Apply on the SFA Graduate School website at: http://www.sfasu.edu/graduate/101.asp


Also, apply to be considered for Graduate Assistantships (if desired) at: http://www.music.sfasu.edu/admissions.php?link=grad_assistantships



In order to ensure admission, ALL applicants must submit the following:

1) Graduate Application (ApplyTexas application)

2) Send in Official Transcripts to the Office of Admissions (address below)

3) Submit a “Statement of Purpose” –

Submit a written statement outlining your objectives for graduate study, career plans, and the reasons for applying to our program. This document is submitted electronically as part of the ApplyTexas application and should be no more than 500 words in length.

4) Take the General Music Entrance Exam [GMEE] online (contact Graduate Music Office for information on taking this exam at: graduatemusic@sfasu.edu)

5) Audition (contact Dr. Meyer to schedule an audition date/time at: meyerbe@sfasu.edu)


Office of Admissions Mailing Address
P.O. Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
Located in Rusk Building, Room 206


All the items in STEPS 2 and 3 must be completed by the following dates to become a graduate student at SFA:

– dates for fall 2014 admission TBA


If you have any questions about the School of Music’s Graduate Application process, please  contact the Graduate Music Office (graduatemusic@sfasu.edu) to answer any questions or concerns you may have.



Contact Dr. Meyer (meyerbe@sfasu.edu) to schedule an audition date/time.


Graduate students should prepare at least a 4-mallet memorize marimba solo, timpani solo, and snare drum solo. Auditionees are also encouraged, but not required, to perform:

– Orchestral excerpts (xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, and accessory percussion)

– Vibraphone solo

– “Ethnic percussion” solo (congas, riq, bodhran, tar, djembe, mbira, etc.)

– Drumset

– Marching Percussion


Please feel free to contact Dr. Meyer about appropriate graduate-level music to audition with, or reference the Undergraduate/Graduate Repertoire List the SFA Percussion Studio uses for lessons and recital preparation. Auditions will also include sight-reading and a 10-15 minute interview. At the end of the audition, students will talk with Dr. Meyer about the audition for another 10-15 minutes. After the interview, auditionees can opted for a 30-50 minute lesson with Dr. Meyer to sample his teaching style.