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Music Degree Audition Policy Students interested in a major in music must go through a two-part admissions process. All students must be admitted to the University through the regular freshman and transfer admissions processes. In addition, all freshmen and transfer students must audition in order to be accepted into the music education program. The audition will differ slightly based on the track (choral, wind/percussion, or strings). Auditions may be arranged on an individual basis prior to the semester for which the student is seeking admission.

Choral

Students interested in a major in music-choral track must pass an audition before they will be permitted to enroll in the music degree program. During the audition, students must demonstrate: 1) the ability to accurately reproduce pitches; 2) possession of appropriate range, tonal beauty, and vowel accuracy; 3) the ability to repeat brief melodic fragments; 4) the ability to accurately reproduce written rhythmic patterns; 5) the ability to sight-sing a passage equivalent in difficulty to that of a Bach Chorale; and 6) the ability to perform an accompanied solo demonstrating a high degree of musical artistry.

Instrumental

Students interested in a major in music-wind/percussion or string track-must pass an audition before they will be permitted to enroll in the music degree program. During the audition, students must: 1) perform a solo of the student's choosing; 2) play two octave scales (winds from among G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, & Db and strings from among C, G, D, A, F, & Bb); and 3) the ability to sight-read a passage chosen by the music faculty.

Percussion Auditions: 

  • Freshmen Auditions: Mallets, Snare Drum, Timpani, opt. 4-mallet
  • Transfer Auditions: 4-mallet, Snare Drum, Timpani, opt. Drum set

Piano:

Audition Repertoire Requirements:
  • Two compositions of contrasting style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic or contemporary
  • At least one work should be performed by memory
  • Sight-reading (student will be asked to sight read piano music at an early intermediate level)
Suggestions for repertoire:
  • Baroque periods: Preludes and fugues from Well-Tempered Clavier, a suite, or a partita by Bach, Sonatas by Scarlatti, etc.
  • Classical Period: One movement of Sonata or Sonatas by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.
  • Romantic period: Brahms, Chopin, Schuman, Mendelssohn, Liszt, etc.
  • Impressionistic or contemporary: Bartok, Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, etc.
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