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  • Advising


    Getting advised is an important part of your academic life. Each semester, you will meet with an advisor to review your current classes and plan for the upcoming semester.

    During your first two semesters on campus, you will meet with an advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising (CASA) Center in Room 203 of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. After you have completed two semesters, your studio professor will advise you.

    In addition to your advising meetings each semester, you must schedule an appointment with the department head after you have completed 30 credit hours so you can file an official degree plan. This plan is filed in the department office and the College of Arts and Sciences office, and will allow the university to calculate your graduation requirements, date of graduation and additional information. Students may revise their official degree plan at any time. In the semester prior to the one in which they plan to graduate, students should also make an appointment with the department head to confirm their progress toward graduation.

    Advising Links

  • Scholarships


    • ASU Jazz Band Scholarships

      Jazz Band Scholarships are available to all qualified students (music or non-music majors). Interested students should contact Dr. Timothy Bonenfant, director of the ASU Jazz Ensemble.

    • ASU Piano Scholarships

      Piano Scholarships are awarded to talented students who are majoring in music. Student must be admitted to ASU to apply. Awards are distributed annually and may be renewed for up to four years.

    • ASU Band, Choir, and Orchestra Scholarships

      Band, Choir, and/or Orchestra Scholarships are available to any musically talented students, regardless of major, who wish to participate in the band, choir, or orchestra programs at ASU. These scholarships, awarded by the director of bands, director of choral activities, and orchestra director respectively, may be renewed for a total of four years. Students must be admitted to ASU to apply. Students should contact the director of bands, Dr. Daniel McCloud, director of choral activities, Dr. Pamela Lee, or Dr. Maurice Kelley, orchestra director, for information regarding application procedures. Students may receive both band and choir scholarships concurrently.

    • ASU F.A.M.E. Scholarships

      These scholarships are funded by the Angelo State University Friends of Art and Music Education (F.A.M.E.) and are available for students who wish to major in music. After being accepted for admission to ASU, incoming freshmen may apply for an ASU F.A.M.E. Scholarship. The ASU F.A.M.E. Board of Directors grants scholarship awards annually. These scholarships are based on set criteria and are renewable. The deadline date for applications is March 1. However, applications received up to June 1 may be considered if funds are still available.

    • Performing Arts Scholarships

      These annual scholarships are for music majors only and are renewable for a maximum of four years. Students who are gifted both musically and academically are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students who are accepted for admission to the university and apply for the scholarship by April 1. However, applications received after that date may be considered if funds are still available.

  • Registering

    Registering For Classes

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  • Ensembles

    ASU Performing Ensembles

    • Instrumental Ensembles

      Choirs and Opera/Music Theatre

      Marching Ram Band

      The Marching Ram Band heightens the competitive atmosphere at football games through a display of school spirit and entertaining performances. The Ram Band is the largest student organization on campus and offers its students the opportunity to develop life skills through teamwork and leadership, both on campus and beyond. In addition to performing at all home football games, the band generally travels to one away game each year.

      Regularly scheduled rehearsals are MWF 8:00-8:50 a.m. and TR 8:00-9:15 a.m.

      Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

      The Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental performing ensemble at the university. It educates its members and audiences by performing music literature of the most renowned composers and arrangers.

      This auditioned ensemble presents four major concerts each year and often features faculty, student and guest soloists.

      The Symphonic Band is dedicated to broadening the creative level and interest of its members while performing music of artistic and historical significance. No audition is required.

      Woodwind Ensembles

      Woodwind ensembles at ASU are the Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, and Woodwind Quintet.

      Jazz Ensemble

      Performance in the Jazz Ensemble is central to the jazz emphasis at ASU. Meeting three times a week, the Jazz Ensemble rehearses and performs a variety of jazz styles, including swing, be-bop, fusion and contemporary settings. Participation in this ensemble prepares students for performances in the world of jazz and commercial music.

      Crucial to the jazz program is a concentrated emphasis on improvisation, the utmost expression of personal musical creativity. All students participate in regular “combo sessions” so that they experience improvising with a rhythm section. Students delve into the intricate mixture of melody, harmony and rhythm on which their musical ideas are based.

      The Jazz Ensemble offers student performers the opportunity to study a wide variety of jazz music, from the early days of its New Orleans birthplace to today’s jazz greats. ASU is proud to offer performances in this uniquely American art form.

      Brass Choir

      The Brass Choir is a brass chamber ensemble for trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba performers. The ensemble performs masterwork literature from the 16th through the 20th centuries in some of the most appealing venues for brass performance in San Angelo and the surrounding Concho Valley.

      This ensemble is open to both music major and non-music major brass players. No audition is required for membership. The Brass Choir performs each semester during the notable “Night of Brass” concert along with other smaller brass chamber ensembles. Rehearsal time for the Brass Choir is 1-1:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

      Other brass chamber ensembles in the department include the Trumpet Choir, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and Brass Quintet.

      For more information, visit Dr. John Irish’s website, Brass at ASU.

      Trumpet Ensemble

      The Trumpet Ensemble prepares repertoire that span a variety of musical styles. The ensemble fosters an appreciation for teamwork and promotes the enjoyment of playing the trumpet.

      The Trumpet Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. John Irish and performs regularly in concert as well as in collaboration with nationally known performers. The group is open to all trumpeters.

      Visit these websites to learn more about the Trumpet Ensemble:


      Basketball Pep Band

      The ASU Basketball Pep Band is a high-energy spirit ensemble that performs at all of the home basketball games for the Rams and Rambelles, plus other select university and community engagements. Students in the ensemble are selected through an audition process held in early September. For more information, contact Dr. Gordon Hicken.

      Basketball Band Personnel Form 

      Percussion Ensemble

      Under the direction of Dr. Gordon Hicken, the Angelo State University Percussion Ensemble (ASUPE) performs a wide repertoire of music written specifically for percussion instruments. The ensemble consists of students with varying degrees of percussion experience, and membership is open to any current ASU student with a background in percussion. ASUPE performs two on-campus concerts each year in addition performances at public schools and community events. 

      The ASU Percussion Ensemble is committed to providing members with a high-quality performance environment as well as producing entertaining and educational programs for our audience. ASUPE concerts regularly present a variety of musical selections that represent various styles and instrumentations, including landmark percussion ensemble compositions, works appropriated for percussion ensemble, music from cultures around the world, and cutting-edge new music. Programs include works by John Cage, Glenn Kotche, Anthony Cirone, Steve Reich, Michael Colgrass, Ivan Trevino, David Skidmore, Russell Hartenberger, Jeffrey Smith, and Blake Tyson; as well as arrangements of original compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Hellmesberger, and Pat Metheny.

      Please contact Dr. Gordon Hicken if you are interested in the ASUPE!

      Flute Choir

      The Flute Choir is directed by Dr. Constance Kelley and is open to all members of the student body who play the flute and seek a venue for musical expression through teamwork.

      Repertoire for this ensemble is selected from standard literature, transcriptions and new compositions as well as from arrangements for the flute family.

      The Flute Choir performs in regularly scheduled Woodwind Chamber Ensemble concerts and in community outreach efforts. For more information, contact Dr. Constance Kelley.

      ASU Orchestra

      The ASU Orchestra is an ensemble for musicians who play the violin, viola, cello and bass and is open to all members of the student body, faculty and staff. The ensemble performs music from various periods in history, from Baroque to Modern eras. The performance schedule consists of one or two concerts each semester as well as community outreach events.

      No audition is required for membership, but it is recommended that interested musicians contact Dr. Maurice Kelley before enrolling. For more information, contact Dr. Maurice Kelley.

      Chamber Strings

      ASU Chamber Strings is a collective of small string ensembles such as trios, quartets, and quintets. It is open to all members of the student body, faculty, staff, and community by audition. The performance schedule varies from semester to semester but includes a recital, performance at selected university functions, and community outreach events. The group rehearses twice a week for 60 minutes.

      Interested musicians should contact Dr. Maurice Kelley before enrolling. For more information, contact Dr. Maurice Kelley.

      Concert Chorale

      This group is a large mixed ensemble open to any student, regardless of major. No audition is required.

      The Concert Chorale comprises 80-100 singers representing nearly every department on campus. The ensemble presents two concerts each semester and performs a wide array of literature, including a major work with orchestra each year.

      Rehearsals are from 1-1:50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

      Chamber Singers

      The Chamber Singers is a small, mixed ensemble consisting of 24-36 outstanding vocalists. It performs a repertoire that encompasses a broad range of styles and languages. Membership is by competitive audition.

      Rehearsals are from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. This group also serves as the leadership core of the Concert Chorale in rehearsal and performance.

      Opera/Music Theatre Workshop

      The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop focuses on the study of singing and acting techniques through the use of scenes taken from opera and music theatre literature. This workshop focuses on ensembles, quartets, trios and duets as well as solo material. Students are selected by audition. Both music majors and non-music majors are welcome.


  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

    Building Hours

    Carr Education-Fine Arts Building

    • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
    • Friday: 7a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Sunday: Noon to 11 p.m.

    Music Student Handbook

    Consult the Music Student Handbook for departmental rules and policies regarding academic requirements, ensemble participation and recital attendance.

    Health and Wellness Guide

    This guide offers important information on health and wellness for the musician.
    Health-Wellness Guide


    Jury Form

    Student Academic Support Services

    International Opportunities

    Study Abroad

    Student Organizations

  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Angelo State University is a state-assisted university with less than 32 percent of budgeted funds provided by state appropriations. State funding currently provides the means for providing basic education, while private funding supports many special programs and projects not possible through conventional funding sources. Examples of these are scholarships and fellowships, building projects and research. Many academic opportunities and enhancements that make ASU great are only available through private support.

    • The ASU Foundation, originally called the Honorary Alumni Association, was created in 1967 to help the university attract support from private resources. It now administers many of the university’s fundraising activities. The purpose of the ASU Foundation is to build relationships between ASU and its donors and prospective donors. The foundation solicits, receives, invests and disburses private gifts that benefit ASU for purposes consistent with the university’s mission.

    • Making a gift to ASU is easy because there are so many ways to give – by phone, online or through the mail—with a check, credit card or appreciated asset. Read about how to make a gift now for more information.

    • Your support of the Annual Fund enhances the reputation of ASU and provides a vital source of funds to the university. The Annual Fund Campaign is our primary drive to raise funds for ASU and its programs. Annual gifts are critical to our success and each gift, large or small, adds value and excellence to our students’ education.

      Loyal ASU alumni, parents and friends contribute to the Annual Fund each year, helping meet the university’s ongoing need for flexible, unrestricted income to support our academic missions. As unrestricted gifts, these contributions are used by ASU on a daily basis where the needs are greatest. Your support to the Annual Fund goes directly to the area of your choice as a personal expression of your commitment to the university, its students, programs and goals.

    • We want all alumni and friends of ASU to give at whatever level they can. We are thankful for all our donors. Our goal each year is to increase the percentage of alumni who give. Without gifts of all sizes, it would be impossible to raise the funds that are essential for growing ASU, especially with declining state support.

    • You do. You may designate your gift to the university’s greatest needs or a particular college, program or department. You can also establish a scholarship, fellowship or professorship or provide funds to support other projects on campus. Regardless of the purpose, every gift makes a difference to ASU’s future.

    • An endowment provides an ongoing source of funds for your designated project. Your gift is invested and only the investment income is used for the designated purpose each year. The minimum gift to create a scholarship endowment is $10,000, payable over a five-year period. Endowments can be created for scholarships, fellowships or professorships and for departments or programs.

    • The VETS Center can help you determine what you may qualify for, but only VA can tell you what you are actually eligible for and how many months of entitlement you have. To find out more, or for assistance with submitting an application for VA Education Benefits, call or stop by the VETS Center. Our staff will ask a few questions to determine what you may qualify for, and answer any questions have before you apply.

    • It is about participation! ASU alumni and friends can invest in students for $5 a month—that is a $60 annual gift. We make it easy to do with Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). With your permission, the ASU Foundation will automatically withdraw an amount you specify from your checking account (around the 10th of each month) and allocate it to your area of interest.

    • Have you registered for an eBenefits account? Your eBenefits account is the best place to access information about your record of service and benefits that you are currently using or may qualify for. VETS Center staff can help you set up your eBenefits account and show you where to access your information.

    • The Alumni Association and the Annual Fund are two separate programs. The Annual Fund Campaign raises money for the university, its colleges and various programs. The money is spent by the president, deans or program directors, based on the immediate needs of their respective areas.

      Alumni Association membership is your opportunity to stay involved with the university and your classmates through programs and events. We hope that you choose to support the Annual Fund and join the Alumni Association.

    • Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can be transferred to your spouse or child while you are in the active military. After separation, you are no longer eligible to transfer benefits to a dependent. If you transferred at least one day of entitlement to a dependent before separating, you can transfer additional months of entitlement, but the initial transfer must take place while you are enlisted in the active military. Click here for more information about the Transfer of Entitlement option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

    • Tuition and Fees- up to 100% of your in-state tuition and fees are paid directly to the University by VA, based on your eligibility percentage. Post-9/11 GI Bill does NOT cover out-of-state (non-resident) tuition. If eligible, Yellow Ribbon matching funds may be available to offset out-of-state charges. See the Request for Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program form on our website for eligibility information.


      Monthly Housing Allowance- paid directly to you, based on rate of pursuit (number of credit hours currently attended) and multiplied by your eligibility percentage. You must be attending at least 7 credit hours to be eligible to receive MHA.


      Book Stipend-$1000 per year maximum paid directly to you, based on your percentage of eligibility and your enrollment.

    • Gifts to ASU and the ASU Foundation are eligible for tax deductions to the full extent of the law. Consult with your tax advisor for specific guidance on your gift.

    • Book stipends for Post-9/11 GI Bill participants are usually disbursed the week prior to the start of a semester or term (if you requested certification of your benefits at least 30 days before the term began). Stipends are paid for each enrollment period separately, so you will receive more than one payment per term if you courses are taught in 8 week blocks. The rate for book stipends is $41.67 per credit hour with an annual cap of $1000.00.

    • Post-9/11 GI Bill- you should receive your book stipend immediately before each new semester or term begins, as long as you haven’t already received the maximum amount for the year. Your housing stipend is paid in arrears. You will be paid for January on or around the first of February, and so on. If you enrolled late, requested certification of your benefits late, or made changes to your enrollment before the beginning of the term, your book stipend will be delayed.

      For all other chapters, your monthly stipends is paid in arrears. Your January stipend will be paid on or around the first of February, and so on. Changes to your schedule and late registration or certification can cause your payment to be delayed.

    • Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients who are only taking online courses qualify for the housing allowance under the National Average MHA rate. The current rate for full-time enrollment is $714.50 for each full month of enrollment for those eligible at the 100% rate.

    • For any semester or term, you must be enrolled MORE THAN HALF TIME to be eligible for the housing allowance. This varies based on how long each course is, how long the term is, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, and if you are taking your courses online or in-person.

      Typically, for an undergraduate student taking courses that span the entire long semester, you must take more than 6 hours to be “more than half time” and eligible for a pro-rated housing allowance. Graduate students must take 5 or more hours during a long semester (Fall and Spring), and 4 hours or more in Summer to remain eligible for a pro-rated housing allowance. To be eligible for the full amount of housing allowance, you must be enrolled full-time for the entire semester or term. Please see the VETS Center if you are unsure about your eligibility for the housing allowance.

    • The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between ASU and VA to provide assistance for Veterans, service members and dependents of Veterans and service members using Post-9/11 GI Bill who do not qualify for in-state (resident) tuition rates.

      You must meet ALL of the requirements below to qualify:

      • Be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate (both Veterans and dependents using transferred benefits)
      • Be an enrolled student who is not eligible for in-state tuition rates
      • NOT be an active duty service member OR the spouse of an active duty service member

      Funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To request Yellow Ribbon funds, you must have a complete file determining your eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill in the VETS Center, be enrolled for one or more upcoming terms, and you must complete and submit a Request for Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program prior to the payment deadline for the semester.

      ASU’s Yellow Ribbon agreement provides up to $4000 per year to cover out-of-state tuition costs for undergraduate level students and $2000 per year for graduate level students. These funds are matched by VA and applied directly to the cost of out-of-state tuition and fees. We accept the first 5 requests for each level per year. Yellow Ribbon funds do not typically cover all tuition and fee charges, so participants should expect to pay at least a portion of their tuition and fees each year on their own.

    • Please contact the Office of Development by phone at 325-942-2116 or by e-mail at for more information about supporting ASU.

    • Yes. If you are eligible for GI Bill benefits and have remaining entitlement, you can use it for a graduate degree and beyond.

    • Yes- as long as they are required for graduation, VA will cover them. Summer is a great times to maximize your benefits, too. for undergraduate students, if you enroll in two 3-hour courses in Summer I and two 3-hour courses in Summer II, you will only expend about 2 months of GI Bill eligibility while you accomplish an entire semester’s worth of coursework! Graduate students are only required to enroll in 6 total semester hours over the course of summer to be considered full-time in most cases.

    • We encourage all students receiving VA Educational Benefits to apply for federal financial aid as an additional resource to pay for college expenses. Your education benefits will not be counted against you for the purposes of determining eligibility for grants. Grant eligibility is determined by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and careful processing done by our Financial Aid staff. Aid that you qualify for through our Financial Aid office will be applied to any balance you owe the university for tuition, fees, parking, mailbox rental, housing/meals, late fees and other items. Any remaining credit will be refunded to you after your balance has been paid in full. If you are using Post-9/11 GI Bill, your financial aid will be applied to your account balance after your GI Bill credit is applied, and any remaining credit will be refunded to you.

    • Active duty service members who are currently stationed in Texas can request a waiver of out-of-state tuition rates by completing an Active Duty Military Certification Form and submitting it to the Registrar prior to the census date of the term. Spouses and dependent children can request this waiver as well. See our Residency Information page for more information.

    • Under certain circumstances, yes. This is called “stacking” your benefits. If you are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill at less than the 100% rate, and are fully eligible for the Hazlewood Exemption, you can use the exemption to cover the remaining tuition not paid by VA. Other benefits might be eligible for stacking with Hazlewood. Contact the VETS Center to see if your VA Education Benefit qualifies.

    • The Hazlewood Act provides an exemption of (up to) 150 semester hours of eligible tuition and fees for Veterans who were:

      • honorably discharged after serving at least 181 days on active duty
      • AND whose home of record at the time of entry into military service was Texas
      • AND currently reside in Texas and qualify for in-state (resident) tuition rates
      • AND currently have no remaining entitlement under Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Education OR be eligible for Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill at less than the 100% rate - in this case, the Hazlewood Exemption can be applied to the remaining unpaid percentage of eligible tuition and fees.

      There are provisions for transferring un-used Hazlewood hours to a dependent child under the Hazlewood Legacy Act. To transfer un-used hours to a child, the Veteran must be fully eligible for the exemption, and the child must reside in Texas and qualify for in-state (resident) tuition rates. Children using transferred hours must be 25 years old or younger on the first day of the semester for which the exemption is claimed, and must be ineligible or eligible at less than the 100% rate for Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

      Spouses and children of honorably discharged Texas Veterans with a complete and permanent service-connected disability or who died because of a service connected disability may also qualify for the exemption. Please see the information listed on our website for complete information about eligibility

    • VA will adjust all stipends accordingly. If you are enrolled 3/4 time, VA will pay you 75% of your benefits. If you are enrolled in 1/2 time, VA will pay you 50% of your benefits. EXCEPTIONS: those using Post-9/11 GI Bill must be enrolled a MORE THAN HALF TIME to be eligible to receive housing stipend. For long semesters, you must enroll in 7 or more hours to qualify for the housing stipend. For block courses, you will not be eligible for the housing stipend until you have attended courses totaling 7 or more credit hours for the term.

    • If you attend the course all the way to the end of the term, VA will pay for you to repeat the course without penalty one time. If you fail the class because you stopped attending it before the end date, an adjustment will be made to your account, and VA may ask you to repay all or part of your stipend for that course. VA will pay for you to repeat the course one time without penalty.

    • Please notify the VETS Center so we can process the withdrawal and notify VA that you are no longer attending classes at ASU. After we process the withdrawal:

      For Post-9/11 GI Bill, VA will request that you return all or part of the tuition and fees paid to the University for the course, based on the date of the withdrawal and the reason for withdrawal.

      For all other chapters, VA will stop your monthly stipend and possibly ask you to repay a portion of the stipend if they have overpaid you.

      If you have medical or other unavoidable circumstances that are outside your control that cause you to withdrawal form all of your classes, be sure to let us know. We won’t ask for all the details, but we will ask questions and give you all the information we can to make sure your file is processed with your situation in mind. In some situations, VA can waive the debt associated with your withdrawal, but only if we ask them to review it.

    • Please notify the VETS Center so we can process the drop and notify VA that there has been a change in your enrollment. After we process the adjustment:

      For Post-9/11- VA will request that you return all or part of the tuition and fees paid to the University for the course, based on the drop date. They may also request that you repay your book and housing stipends for that course. If you drop below full-time, your housing stipend will be adjusted based on your remaining enrollment. If you drop to half-time or less, you will no longer be eligible for the housing stipend, and VA will request that you repay any housing stipend funds that were paid after the date of the drop. Va will pay for you to repeat the class.

      For all other chapters- VA will adjust your monthly stipend according to your remaining course load. If you remain enrolled full-time, no adjustment is made. If you remain enrolled 3/4 time, Va will pay you the 3/4 time rate from the date of the drop. If you remain enrolled 1/2 time or less, VA will adjust your rate to the amount of your tuition and fees only, and request reimbursement of any overpayment that has been made to you. VA will pay for you to repeat the class.