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American Band College Checklist
American Band College of Sam Houston State University
Master of Arts Degree • 3-Year Checklist


DIRECTIVE and EXPLANATION
FORM & NOTES
MAIL TO or LOCATION
COMPLETION DATE
FAQ LINK

PRE-ENROLLMENT — FIRST YEAR CANDIDATES

  • REGISTER ONLINE  via the ABC web site and make the $500 down payment.
    (No openings guaranteed after 3/1 or above cap. Absolute cutoff is May 1 and candidate must have SHSU admission documents in place.)
Before May 1
(by March 1 best)
  • Order the ABC Study Materials Set ($80 which includes links and YouTube recordings of all literature examples, our Embou-Sure Book & CD, sample exams, various charts) Optional.
Anytime before June
• Complete the following list for admission to Sam Houston State University:
  1. Application for Admission - online via "Apply Texas" website (with $45 non-refundable fee)
  2. Three letters of recommendation. (Send to SHSU Office of Graduate Studies.)
  3. ALL official transcripts (undergraduate as well as all graduate courses taken). Send to SHSU Office of Graduate Studies.
  4. Take ABC Theory Exam on June 19 in Ashland (replaces GRE)  More
  5. Check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all correspondence.

Admission Questions?

  1. Contact the Admissions Office at (936) 294-1971 or marypascarella@shsu.edu. (Main contact is Mary Pascarella)
  2. Once the Admissions Office approves your file it is sent to the School of Music.
  3. Contact Kevin Clifton (School of Music Assoc. Director) at (936) 294-1393 or kmc053@SHSU.EDU

NOTE: If you are receiving financial aid, you MUST make sure that all financial aid requirements are done.

ONLINE ADMISSION WEBSITE

• Choose Summer I option.
• Major - Band Conducting, MA (ABC Program)

Sam Houston State Univ.
Admissions Office
Box 2478
Huntsville, TX 77341

(936) 294-1971
or
graduate@shsu.edu


Apply for admission before May 1 with all required documentation in place at SHSU!! All new ABC candidates take the Theory Exam on June 19 (instead of the GRE).
More

• Financial Aid (optional): (Priority Deadline is April 1)

  1. Complete an Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online form.
  2. Use the 2016-2017 FAFSA when applying for financial aid.
  3. Check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all correspondence.
  4. Get more info about financial aid at the SHSU Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

INSTRUCTIONS

 
Start in February
Complete by May 1

RECITAL PROJECT

ABC Catalog-Handbook
(See page 11 & 21)
Course: MUSI 6181 Recital
ABC
407 Terrace St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Midnight June 10

PRE-ABC TO DO

MUSI 6181 RECITAL

MP3 & PHOTOS

  • Make payment in full to SHSU registration (after full admission) via your online SHSU account.
  • (Sign up for courses via SHSU starting in April based on the EXACT list provided by ABC. Wait until CRN Numbers are listed in "My ABC Courses" screen.)

SHSU Registration Questions? Click here for step-by-step process.

If you have questions or concerns check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all email correspondence.

   
Payment in full
By May 30 via SHSU
By June 10 via ABC

FIRST ABC SUMMER

• TAKE ABC ENTRANCE EXAM
  (Offered ONLY on June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

• TAKE ABC THEORY EXAM
  (Offered ONLY on June 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

NOTE: Must have wireless enabled computer to take entrance, theory and July 5 exams.

Check-in: ABC Registration (at Ashland High School) will open at 8:00 am for 1st year students.


On campus at
Ashland High School
June 19
  • Upload an mp3 recording of your band. DO NOT try to save as an aif or aiff. Length:10 minutes maximum. Style: Include varying styles and tempos (by starting at the mid-section of an ABA-structured composition, for example). Composites of sections from 2 pieces is OK. Click here for more help!

Info on Research 1 (RE#1)
ABC Catalog-Handbook
(See pages 16 & 21 )

By June 10
• Upload to www.bandworld.org/abc:
  1. A scanned baby picture
  2. A current photo of yourself
  3. A short bio
Login to your account and then click on "My Account." Then choose "Bios and Photos " in the list to add your bio and upload your pictures.
By midnight June 10
  • Bring your principal instrument and other instruments that may be of use to you for study purposes (especially oboe or bassoon). Also bring black concert attire.

To campus
By June 20
  • Meet with ABC Staff to discuss Entrance Exam results (optional).

On campus
June 21-30 (TBD)

  • COMPLETE, the online Practical Applications Form (Online entry form will be available the day after you receive entrance exam results)
June 24 (Midnight latest)
 
  • Attend all ABC clinics, rehearsals, & sightreading sessions.
On campus
June 20 - July 4
Via SHSU Blackboard (online) system   By midnight June 30  
  • Perform in ABC Directors’ Bands for concerts.

CRATERIAN THEATER
and AHS Stadium
June 25 and July 4
  • Attend post-concert socials at McKee’s home.

407 Terrace Street
June 25 and July 4

  • Take final exam & play in ABC Exit Exam Band.
  • Does not conclude until 4:30 p.m. Participation required.

Note: Must have wireless enabled computer to take July 5 final exam.


On campus at
Ashland High
July 5, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mail to arrive no later than midnight July 28, your Research 1 Project (MUSI 5398)—and—
  • Mail to arrive no later than midnight August 4 Practical Application 1 Project (MUSI 6285)

(See complete details on pages 15, 16, 20 & 21 of the ABC Catalog-Handbook.)

NOTE: YOU MUST USE THE ABC PROJECT FORM & ENVELOPE FOR BOTH THE PRAC-TICAL APPLICATION & THE RESEARCH PROJECT. ("Pristine" copies provided during ABC.)

ABC Catalog-Handbook
(See pages 15, 16, 20 & 21)

ABC Project Form (Required)
(PDF for envelope)

 

No matter how early you mail the PA project that is due by August 4, it will not be graded, nor the grade posted until Aug. 18.

ABC
407 Terrace St.
Ashland, OR 97520

RE to arrive by July 28
PA to arrive by Aug. 4

Arrival date is absolute.
No exceptions!

  • Video record your band during school year for use in second Research Project– MUSI 5388.

(See pages 17 & 21 in the ABC Catalog-Handbook about preparing video.)

Research 2 MUSI 5388
ABC Catalog-Handbook
(See pages 17 & 21
)
Your school
During school year

 

 

DIRECTIVE and EXPLANATION
FORM & NOTES
MAIL TO or LOCATION
COMPLETION DATE
FAQ LINK

SECOND ABC SUMMER

  • You must have passed the Music Theory entrance exam and be in good standing at Sam Houston State University to start the second summer of course work. If you have more than two C grades, an F or a GPA below 3.0, you must apply for reinstatement.

Contact Scott McKee at ABC
if reinstatement is required.

  Status must be OK prior to May 1  
  • REGISTER ONLINE  via the ABC web site and make the $500 down payment. (No openings guaranteed after 3/1 or above cap.)
  • All returning candidates must be registered on or before May 1. (No exceptions.)
REGISTER ONLINE www.bandworld.org/abc ABC Registration must be completed by May 1
Payment in full
By May 30 to SHSU
By June 10 to ABC
COST

SPECIAL COURSES
If you skip a year of ABC, you will need to complete the following list for admission to Sam Houston State University:
  1. Application for Admission - online via "Apply Texas" website (with $45 non-refundable fee)
  2. Three letters of recommendation. (Send to SHSU Office of Graduate Studies.)
  3. ALL official transcripts (undergraduate as well as all graduate courses taken). Send to SHSU Office of Graduate Studies.
  4. Take ABC Theory Exam on June 19 in Ashland if you did not pass the exam your first year at ABC (replaces GRE)  More
  5. Check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all correspondence.

Admission Questions?

  1. Contact the Admissions Office at (936) 294-1971 or graduate@shsu.edu. (Main contact is Mary Pascarella)
  2. Once the Admissions Office approves your file it is sent to the School of Music.
  3. Contact Kevin Clifton (School of Music Assoc. Director) at (936) 294-1393 or kmc053@SHSU.EDU

NOTE: If you are receiving financial aid, you MUST make sure that all financial aid requirements are done.

ONLINE ADMISSION WEBSITE

Choose Summer I option.

Sam Houston State Univ.
Admissions Office
Box 2478
Huntsville, TX 77341

(936) 294-1971
or
graduate@shsu.edu


Apply for admission before May 1 to have a chance of being admitted in time for ABC. All new ABC candidates take the Theory Exam on June 19 (instead of the GRE).
More

  • Make payment in full to SHSU registration (after full admission) via your online SHSU account.
  • (Sign up for courses via SHSU starting in April based on the EXACT list provided by ABC. Wait until CRN Numbers are listed in "My ABC Courses" screen.)

SHSU Registration Questions? Click here for step-by-step process.

If you have questions or concerns check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all email correspondence.

   
Payment in full
By May 30 to SHSU
By June 10 to ABC

• Financial Aid (optional): (Priority Deadline is April 1)

  1. Complete an Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online form.
  2. Use the 2016 - 2017 FAFSA when applying for financial aid.
  3. Check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all correspondence.
  4. Get more info about financial aid at the SHSU Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

INSTRUCTIONS

 
Start in February
Complete by May 1
  • Bring your principal instrument and other instruments that may be of use to you for study purposes (especially oboe or bassoon).
  • Also bring black concert attire for the June 25 and July 4 concerts.

See page 13 & 14 in the ABC Catalog-Handbook regarding sightreading conducting assignment. Music sent to you in late May.

Also bring your conductor's score
for sightreading session.
To campus
By June 20
  • Meet with your ABC staff or faculty to discuss your course of study (optional).

On campus
June 21-30 (TBD)

  • Attend all ABC clinics, rehearsals, & sightreading sessions
On campus
June 20-July 4
Via SHSU Blackboard (online) system   By midnight June 30  
  • Perform in ABC Directors’ Band concerts (June 25 & July 4)

CRATERIAN THEATER
and AHS Stadium
June 25 and July 4
  • Attend post-concert socials at McKee’s home.

407 Terrace Street
June 25 and July 4

  • Take final exam & play in ABC Exit Exam Band.
  • Does not conclude until 4:30 p.m. Participation required.

Note: Must have wireless enabled computer to take July 5 final exam.


On campus
July 5, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mail to arrive no later than midnight July 28, your Research 2 Project (MUSI 5388)—and—
  • Mail to arrive no later than midnight July 28, your Practical Application 2 Project (MUSI 6285)

(See complete details on pages 15, 17, 20 and 21 of the ABC Catalog-Handbook.)

NOTE: YOU MUST USE THE ABC PROJECT FORM AND ENVELOPE FOR BOTH THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION & THE RESEARCH PROJECT. ("Pristine" copies provided during ABC.)

ABC Catalog-Handbook
(See pages 15, 17, 20 & 21)

ABC Project Form Required (pdf)

No matter how early you mail the PA project that is due by July 28, it will not be graded, nor the grade posted until at least Aug. 18.

ABC
407 Terrace St.
Ashland, OR 97520

PA & RE to arrive by midnight July 28
Arrival date is absolute.
No exceptions!

 

 

DIRECTIVE and EXPLANATION
FORM & NOTES
MAIL TO or LOCATION
COMPLETION DATE
FAQ LINK

THIRD ABC SUMMER

  • You must have completed all first and second year courses and be in good standing at Sam Houston State University to start the final summer of course work. If you have more than two C grades, an F or a GPA below 3.0, you must apply for reinstatement.

Contact Scott McKee at ABC
if reinstatement is required.
  Status must be OK prior to May 1  
  • REGISTER ONLINE  via the ABC web site and make the $500 down payment. (No openings guaranteed after 3/1 or above cap.)
  • All returning candidates must be registered on or before May 1. (No exceptions.)
REGISTER ONLINE www.bandworld.org/abc ABC Registration must complete by May 1
Payment in full
By May 30 via SHSU
By June 10 via ABC
COST

SPECIAL COURSES
• If you skip a year of ABC, you will need to complete the following list for admission to Sam Houston State University:
  1. Application for Admission - online via "Apply Texas" website (with $45 non-refundable fee)
  2. Three letters of recommendation. (Send to SHSU Office of Graduate Studies.)
  3. ALL official transcripts (undergraduate as well as all graduate courses taken). Send to SHSU Office of Graduate Studies.
  4. Take ABC Theory Exam on June 19 in Ashland if you did not pass the exam your first year at ABC (replaces GRE)  More
  5. Check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all correspondence.

Admission Questions?

  1. Contact the Admissions Office at (936) 294-1971 or graduate@shsu.edu. (Main contact is Mary Pascarella)
  2. Once the Admissions Office approves your file it is sent to the School of Music.
  3. Contact Kevin Clifton (School of Music Assoc. Director) at (936) 294-1393 or kmc053@SHSU.EDU

NOTE: If you are receiving financial aid, you MUST make sure that all financial aid requirements are done.

ONLINE ADMISSION WEBSITE

Choose Summer I option.

Sam Houston State Univ.
Admissions Office
Box 2478
Huntsville, TX 77341

(936) 294-1971
or
graduate@shsu.edu


Apply for admission before May 1 to have a chance of being admitted in time for ABC. All new ABC candidates take the Theory Exam on June 19 (instead of the GRE).
More

  • Make payment in full to SHSU registration (after full admission) via your online SHSU account.
  • (Sign up for courses via SHSU starting in April based on the EXACT list provided by ABC. Wait until CRN Numbers are listed in "My ABC Courses" screen.)

SHSU Registration Questions? Click here for step-by-step process.

If you have questions or concerns check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all email correspondence.

   
Payment in full
By May 30 via SHSU
By June 10 via ABC

• Financial Aid (optional): (Priority Deadline is April 1)

  1. Complete an Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online form.
  2. Use the 2016-2017 FAFSA when applying for financial aid.
  3. Check your "MySam" email address as SHSU uses this student email address for all correspondence.
  4. Get more info about financial aid at the SHSU Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

INSTRUCTIONS

 
Start in February
Complete by May 1

• Prepare for Graduation:

  1. Apply for Graduation through SHSU and pay the $35 fee. (Apply for "Master of Arts in Conducting")
  2. Submit your official name as you would like it to appear on your ABC plaque.
  1. SHSU web site info (Graduation)
  2. www.bandworld.org
    (Click on "My Account", login, then choose Degree Application)
  ABC Deadline: End of May or as soon as SHSU will allow
(See SHSU link to left for more info)

APPLY  TO GRADUATE

ABC PLAQUE

  • Make payment in full to SHSU registration via your online SHSU account.
  • (Sign up for courses starting in April based on the EXACT list provided by ABC.)
   
  • Bring your principal instrument and other instruments that may be of use to you for study purposes (especially oboe or bassoon).
  • Also bring black concert attire for the June 25 and July 4 concerts.

See page 14 in the ABC Catalog-Handbook regarding conducting assignment. Music sent to you in late May.

Also bring your conductor's score for assigned rehearsal segment.
To campus
By June 20
  • Meet with your ABC staff or faculty to discuss your final summer of study, final conducting project, and exit examination (optional).

On campus
June 21-30 (TBD)

  • Attend all ABC clinics, rehearsals, and sightreading sessions.
On campus
June 20-July 4
Via SHSU Blackboard (online) system   By midnight June 30  
  • Perform in ABC Directors’ Band concerts (June 25 & July 4)

CRATERIAN THEATER
and AHS Stadium
June 25 and July 4
  • Attend post-concert socials at McKee’s home.

407 Terrace Street
June 25 and July 4

  • Conduct band in rehearsal (digital recorded).
Conductor score mailed late May
On campus
June 20-July 1

  • Participate in ABC Certification Graduation Ceremony.

On campus
July 3, 2:00 p.m.

  • Take final exam & play in ABC Exit Exam Band if not graduating.
  • Does not conclude until 4:30 p.m. Participation required.
  • Comprehensives: Conduct rehearsal diagnostics band and do clarinet, horn and snare startup lessons
    (if graduating).

Note: Must have wireless enabled computer to take July 5 final exam.

ABC Catalog-Handbook
(See page 19)
Score available 6/29
On campus
July 5, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mail to arrive no later than July 28, your Research 3 Project (MUSI 6388)—and—
  • Mail to arrive no later than July 28 your Practical Application 3 Project (MUSI 6285)

(See complete details on pages 15, 18, 20 & 21 of the ABC Catalog-Handbook.)

IMPORTANT: Both projects must arrive by midnight July 28 in order to graduate!

NOTE: YOU MUST USE THE ABC PROJECT FORM AND ENVELOPE FOR BOTH THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION & THE RESEARCH PROJECT. ("Pristine" copies provided during ABC.)

ABC
407 Terrace St.
Ashland, OR 97520

Both Projects (PA & RE) must Arrive by midnight July 28
Arrival date is absolute.

Link to FAQs


LODGING & TRAVEL QUESTIONS:

What is the closest airport to Ashland, OR?

What are my lodging options while I attend ABC?

What are the directions to the hotels, the Ashland High School Music Building, the Craterian Theater from the airport?

How do I get from the airport to the various hotels? Do I need to rent a car?

Updated: 3/1/2017

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