Music Education

Audition Requirements - Music Education


Presentation of selected works demonstrating your level of musical and technical mastery as an instrumentalist or vocalist. You should prepare and perform two contrasting pieces of repertoire that best demonstrates your level of musical and technical mastery. Major and/or Chromatic Scales may be asked of instrumentalists. Specific questions about your major performance audition should be directed to the individual instrument instructors (email below).

Solo performance categories include:

Flute French Horn Violin / Viola Piano / Harpsichord / Organ
Oboe / Bassoon Trumpet Cello Virtual Instruments
Clarinet Trombone Bass Voice*
Saxophone Euphonium / Tuba Guitar Percussion

*Auditioning students whose major performance area is voice must sing with some form of accompaniment.  This may be live OR prerecorded (CD or MP3).  An accompanist will not be provided.


All applicants must demonstrate a minimum level of vocal-aural proficiency in the following manner:

  • Sing one of two songs provided here - AUDITION SONGS. Songs may be transposed to another key and will be sung without accompaniment. Copies of the songs are included in the audition information packet sent upon receiving your application and request for audition date, however, you may wish to print out a copy now for practice purposes.
  • Echo/Sing single pitches, melodic sequences (2-7 pitches), and pitches from major, minor augmented, diminished and dominant 7th triads as modeled on piano.


The Music Theory Exam is a Diagnostic Tool that the department uses in order to place incoming students into a theory class that matches their knowledge of music. Applicants will demonstrate knowledge of musical notation in both treble and bass clefs with regard for the following:

  • Key signatures and scale construction for major and relative minor keys.
  • Intervals (minor second through octave).
  • Chord construction (minor, major, diminished, augmented and dominant 7th).
  • Rhythmic notation for simple and compound meters.
  • *Suggested preparatory material may be found in: Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm & Meter (3rd Edition), written by John Clough, Joyce Conley, & Claire Boge. (Parts 1-5 & 7) published by W.W. Norton Co. (1999) ISBN #0-393-97369-7


The interviews, conducted by faculty in their respective fields, aim to provide understanding of students’ motivation for their career choice. Students should prepare to answer the following questions:

  • Why would you like to enter this field?
  • What communication and performance skills and abilities do you possess that will prove effective in your chosen field?
  • Where do you see yourself professionally in five years and in 10 years after college graduation?
  • What previous experiences will you draw upon to help you as a professional?