In addition to PBA application procedures, prospective students seeking to major in music must file an application with the School of Music and Fine Arts. Approval for study in the Bachelor of Music program or the Bachelor of Arts program is based on several factors, including an audition, interview and review of previous work.
Prospective students must complete a live audition and interview with the music faculty prior to the semester of initial enrollment. If you live too far from an audition site for a live audition to be practical, a videotape may be submitted for provisional consideration, to be followed up by a live audition and interview when you arrive on campus. Recorded accompaniments are not allowed for auditions; an accompanist will be provided if requested.
Application materials should be received and auditions completed at least six weeks before the beginning of your first term in the music major in order to ensure a place in applied music, ensembles and required music courses. Priority music scholarship consideration is given to student applications that are complete (audition and application finished) prior to March 15. No audition or interview is required for the music minor unless scholarship is requested.
Auditions and Placement Examinations
All freshmen and transfer students will be evaluated for piano study, music theory, and musicianship skills placement.
Tests in other areas of music may be required in order to place the student in the appropriate course level. Transfer credit for courses in music theory will be evaluated by the Department of Music upon completion of the entrance examinations.
Auditioning students may supply their own accompanist, or may request that the School of Music and Fine Arts provide one. Taped accompaniment tracks, or any other form of prerecorded accompaniment, are allowed when auditioning for the Popular Music program.
At the discretion of the audition committee, all prospective students may be asked to sight-read. A separate audition may be required for certain ensembles.
Click on each major to view audition requirements:
Voice: Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire are to be performed from memory: one in English and one in Italian, French, or German.
Keyboard: The following are to be performed from memory:
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello: All major and minor scales in three octaves; prepare an etude representing current level of technical development; one movement from J. S. Bach unaccompanied sonatas, partitas or suites; one movement from a standard concerto; two orchestral excerpts.
Bass: All major and minor scales in two octaves; prepare an etude representing current level of technical development; two solo pieces in contrasting style with piano accompaniment; two orchestral excerpts.
Harp: Any major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scale four octaves in 16th notes; an etude from Grossi or Pozzoli; classical era sonata movement or concerto movement; twentieth-century piece; two orchestral excerpts.
Woodwinds and Brass: All major and minor scales; two solo pieces in contrasting style; an etude representing current level of technical ability; two orchestral excerpts.
Percussion: Snare Drum: Etude of choice from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone; demonstration of rolls, open and closed.
Keyboard: Suggest performance of J. S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor (Allegro moderato) as found in Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg; all scales, two octaves. Timpani: Etude of choice from Modern Method for Tympani, by Saul Goodman; demonstration of tuning skills. Accessories: Demonstration of basic techniques on cymbals, bass drum, triangle, and tambourine.
Guitar: All major scales, two octaves, any Carcassi etude, or equivalent solo piece by Guilanni, Sor, Tarrega, or other major composer for classical guitar.
Composition: Perform two contrasting works on an instrument or voice from classical literature. Submit scores of two original works. Interview with the composition faculty.
Questions? Call the School of Music and Fine Arts at (561) 803-2400.