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Auditions and Scholarships

Scholarship Application and Audition Process (New Students)

1. Schedule an audition day/time by calling (281) 476-1832:

All audition times begin at 2 pm.  Audition dates are currently scheduled for:

    Friday, November 2, 2018

    2. Complete the “Music Scholarship Audition Information” form and bring to your audition

    3. Obtain a recommendation using the “Scholarship Recommendation Letter” form and bring to your audition

    4. ONLINE APPLICATIONS (Must complete BOTH applications)

    a. You must complete the two (2) online applications before or while at your audition. A computer lab and assistance will be provided.

    b. Before you can apply for scholarships, you must have a SJC Student ID number (G-number). For information, please visit

    c. General SJC Scholarship Application:

    d. SJCC Music Department Application:

    On your designated audition date:

    • Dress professionally
    • Arrive at least 15 minutes early & check in at the table in the lobby of the Monte Blue Music building--C5
    • Bring with you the following: SJC “G” number (student ID number), Completed “Music Scholarship Audition Information” form, Completed “Scholarship Recommendation Letter,” any music needed

    What to expect while you are here:

    • You will be given time to warm up before auditioning.
    • Expect to perform for 3-6 music faculty
    • If you are majoring in music, you will take a music theory placement test.
    • ALL scholarship applicants will need to complete the 2 online scholarship applications while they are here. We have a computer lab in the building and people to assist you with this process.
    • ALL scholarship applicants will need to schedule an appointment with Ms. Lynne Brandt, department chair, for schedule advisement while you are here.


    Scholarship Application and Audition Process (Returning Students)

    1. Auditions are not required if you are currently enrolled in an ensemble and have not been placed on academic or disciplinary suspension. If you need to schedule an audition day/time, please see Geneva Fort or call (281) 476-1832:

    All audition times begin at 2 pm.

    Audition dates are currently scheduled for:

    friday, November 2, 2018

    a. Complete the “Music Scholarship Audition Information” form and bring to your audition

    b. Obtain a recommendation using the “Scholarship Recommendation Letter” form and bring to your audition


    a. General SJC Scholarship Application:

    b. SJCC Music Department Application:


    Scholarship Criteria

    1. Students must complete the required application paperwork and audition (if audition required) by the designated deadline each semester they wish to be considered for an award.
    2. Students must maintain a cumulative SJC GPA of at least a 2.0.
      • Students may NOT drop any music course.
    3. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours and complete a minimum of 6 hours each semester an award is given.
    4. Students must be enrolled in an ensemble to be eligible for a scholarship.
    5. Students must register for all classes designated in their scholarship award letter.
    6. Students may only receive scholarship funds for no more than 6 semesters without written approval of the scholarship committee.
    7. Renewal of scholarship may be denied if:
      • Student fails a music course
      • Student has documented disciplinary incident(s) with the college and/or the department

    All incoming freshman students (and those transferring from other majors or schools who have had no coursework in music theory) must take a placement exam that tests for the following rudimentary skills: ability to read and write music in treble and bass clefs; intervals (number and quality); major and minor scales; major and minor key signatures; triad qualities; rhythmic notation; meter signs. These tests are typically administered at the time of scholarship auditions but may be taken at other times. (See the front desk of the Monte Blue Music Building for details). Students lacking sufficient background in music theory are required to take MUSI 1301 (Music Fundamentals) before being admitted to the core theory curriculum. Students achieving a satisfactory score on the exam will be placed directly into Theory I and Sight-Singing and Ear-Training I.

    NOTE: SJCC offers Theory I and Sight-Singing/Ear-Training I in both the Fall and Spring semesters. This allows students enrolled in MUSI 1301 during the Fall semester to enroll for these courses in the Spring and continue with Theory II and Sight-Singing/Ear-Training II in the summer semester so that they may keep on task toward a two-year degree plan.

    Students who have coursework or other experience in music theory may elect to take placement exams at higher levels of music theory to evaluate their skill level before enrolling in music theory courses. Placement exams are administered during most audition days.

    It is strongly recommended that students take four semesters of class piano or private piano. Nearly every four-year music school requires four semesters of piano study (or the ability to test out with a piano proficiency requirement exam) to acquire a Bachelor’s degree. At the conclusion of each semester at a four-year school, students will be required to pass a piano jury or barrier exam. Many major universities will require incoming students to take a piano audition in addition to their major instrument. Students may sign up for class piano or private lessons for each of the four semesters. It is highly suggested that students concurrently enroll in class piano, music theory, and ear-training courses of the same level each semester (e.g. Class Piano I, Music Theory I, and Sight-Singing/Ear-Training I).

    NOTE: Students pursuing an Audio Engineering degree will only need to successfully complete one semester of class piano.