We know how hard it is leaving home. We know finding a college is difficult. We know how expensive it is. Here at the School of Fine Arts at East Texas Baptist University, you are more than just a student or a musician. You are family; this is your home away from home.
Why should I go to ETBU? Yes, we are small --- and we like it! We know you will, too. With one-on-one individualized attention by professors, faculty, staff, conductors, and directors, no student is left out. Our wonderful faculty and staff not only care about your academic and musical development, but also believe your spiritual, physical, and emotional growth is of utmost importance. However, our emphasis on small classes and personal relationships does not mean your opportunities will be small. We offer challenging classes, a variety of performance opportunities, and many student organizations and activities to help you maximize your potential. Because our classes are small, we can provide each student with real-world experience like church music internships, rehearsing and conducting college ensembles, performing in operas and musical theatre productions, practice teaching with homeschooled children, experience with stage management, lighting and sound; and supervised observation, practicum, and student teaching in public schools. Marshall and the surrounding communities are just the right size to allow many of our students to build their professional resumes through paid positions as music ministers, church pianists, church choir section leaders, symphony orchestra members, or private instrumental lesson teachers. Our graduates are prepared for success in a range of music-related careers and advanced studies.
That's awesome, but how can I pay for it? ETBU awards over 16 million dollars in scholarships and grants. With the financial assistance ETBU can provide, your out-of-pocket expense can be surprisingly affordable. Over 90% of ETBU students receive financial aid! Good academic records in high school or good ACT/SAT scores will help you get scholarships from academics alone. (See those here.) Do you demonstrate Christian leadership? You can even get money for that here. All we ask is that you go through the admissions/financial aid process and the audition process with us and let us do our best to make ETBU a reality for you. We have made it quite simple, and it will be worth the effort. We will help you every step of the way.
Transfer student? There are scholarships just for you here! Your music audition alone can earn you money, too! The School of Fine Arts combines scholarships from the Music Department, academics, grants, loans, external scholarships, or whatever else you receive into one scholarship package. You might be surprised how affordable ETBU is if you apply for everything you can and do your best in school and your audition!
Where do I start? First of all, apply to East Texas Baptist University. Then, fill out an audition form. Once you've done those two things, you're good to go! We look forward to hearing from you and we will contact you as soon as we are able.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. Let's start this journey together!