Applied Music Placement Auditions 2.4 - 2.6

2.4.   Suggestions for Audition Literature (Complete list)

Bachelor of Arts

Applicants who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree will prepare at least one selection selected from standard repertoire for that medium. For Music Technology emphasis contact the Composition/EA/Music Technology coordinator, Dr. Pablo Furman.

Bachelor of Music

Requirements for applicants in the following concentrations:


The instrumentalist (any standard band or orchestral instrument or piano) will select and perform an etude, sonata, concerto, and/or orchestral excerpt for that instrument. Pianists will play two prepared piano selections. One of the piano selections should be memorized. Students may audition on a secondary instrument as well. See Appendix A for suggested material.


The singer will perform two prepared art songs or arias. 


Bachelor of Music applicants must prepare three different works by different composers or from three different style periods for a total of approximately twenty minutes of memorized music.

  • Any of the J. S. Bach WTC, book I or II, except Numbers one and eight.
  • Any of the Six French Suites or English Partitas, Toccatas by J. S. Bach.
  • Any first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.
  • Any piece from Books five or six of Bartok's Mikrokosmos.
  • Any of the Brahms Intermezzi.
  • Fantastiestucke, Opus 12, Robert Schumann.
  • Chopin's Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Polonaises, Ballads.
  • Any Romantic Work, e.g. Brahms, Schumann, Chopin.Bachelor of Music, Keyboard Majors
  • All other piano applicants should play two pieces chosen from the examples above or comparable pieces with one from memory.  

Jazz Studies

For a list of suggested audition material see Appendix A (also see Section 2.5). 

2.5.    Jazz Studies Auditions

Applicants are expected to exhibit a high degree of proficiency on their major instrument as well as a practical understanding of jazz improvisation concepts.

  1. Demonstrate ability to improvise and play with a rhythm section.
  2. Three different selections (one must be a ballad) in different jazz styles, moods, and tempos.
  3. Sight-reading.
  4. Scales and/or broken chords (arpeggios).
  • Diatonic major scales
  • Harmonic minor scales staccato and slurred; basic chords (major, minor, augmented, and diminished). Scales may be sung/played in any key, and must be at least one octave (range of the instrument/voice if possible) ascending and descending, and sung (vocalists only) with letters, syllables, or on “la.”

Students are expected to be familiar with jazz style and repertory. During the audition, students should play and improvise on a twelve-bar blues, a ballad, and a jazz standard, accompanied by a small rhythm section (bring Aebersold play-along tape or CD or a “live” rhythm section).

Sight-Reading: The faculty will provide lead sheets.


2.6.   Music Technology Auditions

A Music Technology emphasis may be declared in the freshman year. However, students must meet the following requirements without exception:

  1. Acceptance into the B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music Technology must be approved, in writing, by the Composition and Music Technology faculty. (This is done when you audition).
  2. Students must audition and be accepted into a performing ensemble as a pre-condition for enrollment in the program. If you cannot play an instrument or sing in the choir you will not be accepted. This is part of the larger music program and all students must be enrolled in a performing ensemble (See 2.7).
  3. Music Technology students must be concurrently enrolled in the Music 1-3 series.
  4. Students may enroll in individual applied lessons only after completing Music 167, 168, 170A, and 170B with a grade of B or better. Usually, these courses can be taken in two semesters.