Music Minor

Audition Requirements - Music Minor

1. SOLO PERFORMANCE

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. Specific questions about your major performance audition should be directed to the individual instrument instructors.

Solo performance categories include:

Flute French Horn Violin / Viola Piano / HarpsichordOrgan
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.

2. VOCAL ASSESSMENT

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.

3. MUSIC THEORY EXAM*

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