Music Program Auditions
Acceptance into the Music Program
Students interested in pursuing a degree in music must perform an entrance audition. Contact the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to schedule an audition during one of the Audition Dates. Alternate audition dates are available. Specific audition requirements are outlined below.
Students are accepted into the program in two different ways: full acceptance or conditional acceptance. A student who is fully accepted into the program has all rights and responsibilities of a music major at the time of matriculation. A student who is accepted conditionally must successfully complete one semester of applied instruction as well as other courses deemed appropriate. Full acceptance of a conditional student will be determined by the faculty committee upon completion of the jury at the end of the conditional semester.
Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire for your instrument, scales, sight-reading. Orchestral excerpts are optional.
Students are required prepare a total of three (3) audition etudes, one for each instrument area: snare drum, keyboard percussion, and timpani. The following collections are only suggestions for audition repertoire – comparable material may be used for the audition. Auditioning on drumset is optional, but encouraged!
Snare Drum (required)
A concert-style snare drum etude from one of the following suggested collections:
Intermediate Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters
Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
Contemporary Studies for Snare Drumby Fred Albright
Students will be asked to sight-read a snare drum excerpt.
Keyboard Percussion (required)
A two- or four- mallet etude or solo from one of the following suggested collections:
Masterworks for Mallets by Beth Gottlieb
Masterpieces for Marimba by Thomas McMillan
Fundamental Solos for Mallets by Mitchell Peters
Marimba: Technique through Music by Mark Ford
Yellow After the Rainby Mitchell Peters
Students will be asked to sight-read a 2-mallet keyboard excerpt.
An etude from one of the following suggested collections:
Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman
Pedal to the Kettle by Kirk Gay
Concepts for Timpani by John Beck
Students will be asked to demonstrate a basic timpani tuning.
Drumset (optional but encouraged!)
Prepare a variety of standard musical styles/grooves. For example:
Students will be asked to demonstrate each style, and then to “trade fours” (four measures of time followed by four measures of solo).
Woodwinds and Brass
Two contrasting selections from the standard repertoire for your instrument, major scales, chromatic scale, and sight-reading.
Two contrasting pieces from the standard piano repertoire, performed from memory, and sight-reading.
One song from the standard vocal repertoire, performed from memory, and sight-reading. Any member of the voice faculty can assist in selecting appropriate repertoire. An accompanist will be provided.
For more information about audition requirements, please call the Visual and Performing Arts Department at 325-942-2085 or e-mail us.