Undergraduate Auditions

Strings

Required Audition Repertoire:

 

  1. Harp Cadenza from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
  2.  Two contrasting solo pieces which best demonstrate the technical and musical ability. 

 

Note: All selections must be performed by memory.

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

Classical/Contemporary Guitar repertoire

  1. A movement from one of the lute suites by J. S. Bach.
  2. One of the Preludes by Villa-Lobos.
  3. A movement or entire piece (five minutes maximum) from the Segovia repertoire: Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Moreno-Torroba, Ponce, Tansman, Turina, etc.

Jazz Studies Guitar Repertoire

  1. For students interested in Jazz Studies be prepared to:
    • Play the melody, “comp” the chords, and improvise a solo over the chord changes of two jazz standards, one swing and the other a bossa nova.
      • These tunes should be performed with an accompaniment backing track, such as a Jamey Abersold or a track from iReal Pro app.
    • Play major and jazz scales with different modes (two octaves).
    • Sight-reading (for live auditions only).
    • Demonstrate standard jazz chord voicings.

Because of the ever changing pandemic please check this page once a month and every week when it gets closer to the audition date for any updates to our audition procedure.

First things first

There are two different application processes. One to the university and one to the BYU School of Music. We can only consider students for the live auditions who complete both the applications.

  1. Start here to complete your online application to BYU.
  2. Complete the online School of Music application and letter(s) of recommendation here.
 
VIOLIN PRE-SCREENING REQUIREMENTS
  1. Instructions for your videos (due December 1, 2021).
    • Begin your video by stating your name, email address, your intended major (Violin Performance, Music Education [several options], Composition, Commercial Music, or Bachelor of Arts). You can find information on these majors here.
    • Upload your pre-screening audition recording (video, not just audio) to YouTube by December 1, 2021. Click here to learn how to upload a video to YouTube.
    • Film yourself in landscape view from approximately the waist up, with the top of your head near the top of the frame.
    • Stand between 10 and 15 feet away from your recording device to improve sound quality. Most applicants use their phone, computer, or tablets to record. The use of an external microphone is always advised but not necessary.
    • Perform the required selections listed below. (Performing with a pianist is not required for this video.)
PRE-SCREENING ROUND REPERTOIRE
  1. Perform A Major and E Major and Minor scales at 16th notes with spiccato bow stroke (off the string) at 104= a quarter note.
  2. A movement from a Bach solo Sonata or Partita.
  3. A slow movement from a sonata, concerto, or a short slow piece like Vocalise or Beau Soir with a singing tone quality and with vibrato.
  4. A fast movement from a concerto or like genre that demonstrates technical ability, such as those by Mozart (3, 4, or 5), Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Barber, Sibelius, Paganini, Wieniawski, etc. Other pieces like Symphonie Espagnole, Carmen Fantasy, Rondo Capriccioso etc. are also acceptable.
  5. Brahms Symphony No. 4, Movement III, beginning to letter B or measure 44. Click here for the pdf file.
  6. Memorization encouraged for pre-screening, required for live auditions. Pianist encouraged for pre-screening video, but not required. *Transfer students: All questions about transfer credits will be answered after acceptance to the School of Music.
 

Final Round Audition Information

 

Thank you for your interest. We are looking forward to hearing you play on your submitted video recordings!

If you have any questions please contact us by clicking the email links below:

Sincerely,

Monte Belknap

Alexander Woods

LeeAnn Morgan

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

Technique

  1. Scales: Any two scales, one in major and one in minor, covering three octaves, in sixteenth notes at a tempo of ♩ = 96 m.m. or faster. Demonstrate slurred, detache, spiccato, and sautille bowings.
  2. Arpeggios in a major and minor key other than those selected for the scales, played at the same tempo as the scales, three octaves, with slurred and spiccato bowings.

Repertoire

  1. A movement from solo Bach Suite or a Telemann Fantasie.
  2. A slow movement from a sonata, concerto, or a slow piece that demonstrates tone quality.
  3. A fast movement from a concerto that demonstrates technical ability (such as those by Stamitz, Hindemith, Bartok, etc).

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

Technique

One of the following:

  • One Popper etude, from High School of Cello Playing 40 Etudes by David Popper.
  • Piatti etude.

Repertoire

  1. One movement of a standard concerto. This should be memorized.
  2. One movement of a sonata or piece for cello and piano.
  3. Two contrasting movements from the cello suites of J. S. Bach. For example: Prelude and Courante, Sarabande and Gigue.

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

Technique

Major and minor scales, two octaves, played in quarter-notes at ♩= 120 m.m.

Repertoire

    1. Two pieces of contrasting tempo and style: one lyrical and slower, the other more technical and fast. These may be different pieces, or movements from the same sonata or concerto.
    2. Two orchestral excerpts from among the following composers: Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, R. Strauss, or Tchaikovsky.
    3. For students interested in Jazz Studies:

• One octave scales and modes (Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian) in all keys.

• Demonstrate correct ways of playing in swing, Latin, and fusion idioms.

• Prepare one swing tune: play the head, walk one full chorus, and improvise a solo over the changes.

Woodwinds

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

  1. Two contrasting etudes from the Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies
  2. One solo of your choice (no accompanist necessary)
  3. Chromatic Scale
    1. Three octaves (or more, if possible)
    2. Recommended Tempo: ♫ = 100 m.m.
  4. Major scales
    1. Full range, if possible (for example C major can be played three octaves; G major can be played two octaves plus three notes, to high C)
    2. In eighth notes (recommended tempo, ♫ = 100 m.m.)
  5. Harmonic minor scales (not required, but encouraged)
    1. Full range, if possible (for example C harmonic minor can be played three octaves; E harmonic minor can be played two octaves, and five notes, to high C)
    2. In eighth notes (recommended tempo, ♩= 100 m.m.)

Note: Selections need not be memorized.

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS. In your recording, please make sure the embouchure and fingers are visible. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.

Technique

  1. Scales: Perform five major and five natural minor scales (of your choice) with at least a two octave range in sixteenth notes at a tempo no slower than ♩ = 80 m.m. Be able to play each scale legato or staccato.
  2. Sight-reading (for those performing live auditions)

Repertoire

Excerpts and/or solo, to demonstrate:

  1. Technical facility and rhythm: music of a fast tempo containing varied rhythms and articulations, particularly demonstrating the ability to tongue numerous consecutive staccato notes.
  2. Expression and tone: music of a slow tempo containing expressive legato passages with varied dynamics.

Note: Repertoire should be chosen from the standard clarinet repertoire; specifically well-known concertos, orchestral excerpts, or sonatas and other chamber music.

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

Technique

  1. Scales: Two-octave scales in all major and melodic minor keys. Play slurred. Three-octave chromatic and three-octave C major scales will also be required. Play single tongued at a tempo of ♩= 96 m.m. or faster.
  2. Sight-reading (for those performing live auditions).

Repertoire

  1. Two contrasting movements from the solo sonatas of J.S. Bach, Telemann, or Handel.
  2. The first movements of either the Mozart Concerto in G or in D.
  3. A piece that demonstrates tone quality and technical fluency selected from either the nineteenth-century, French conservatory pieces, or twentieth-century works.

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

Repertoire

Prepare at least two contrasting repertoire selections from the standard oboe literature.

  1. Technical facility and rhythm: Music containing a generous number of quick packages.
  2. Expression and tone: Slower music chosen to demonstrate beautiful tone, legato and mature musical feeling.

Note: Choose from contrasting periods, slow and fast movements from sonatas and concertos or complete works. These selections should be at least the level of difficulty, for example, of the Handel Sonatas for oboe, Carl Neilsen Fantasy Pieces, of the Paladihle Concertante.

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

  1. Scales: Perform all major scales and the chromatic scale in the full range of the instrument in sixteenth notes at a tempo of ♩ = 96 m.m. or faster. Play them legato and with single-tongued staccato.
  2. Excerpts and/or solo, to display:
    1. Technical facility and rhythm: music containing a generous number of passages comprising the equivalent of at least four consecutive sixteenth notes at a tempo of ♩= 80 m.m. or faster.
    2. Expression and tone: slower music chosen to demonstrate ability to play legato and with mature musical feeling and intonation.
  3. If you have skills in jazz, be prepared to play the following:
      1. The head from a traditional Bebop tune, such as from the Charlie Parker Omnibook, or a comparable source.
    1. A lead chart from a big band swing tune.
    2. A solo demonstrating your improvisation skills.  Please provide a CD or ipod play-along.
  4. Sight-reading (for live auditions only).

Brass

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

  1. Be prepared to play at least one complete movement of a work from the standard solo literature (Haydn, Hummel, Arutunian, Kennan, Barat, Ropartz, Clarke, Arban, or a comparable work).
  2. Be prepared to play one etude taken from a traditional etude book (e.g., Arban Characteristic Study, Brandt, Goldman, Caffarelli, Concone, Charlier, or a comparable study). It should be in a style that contrasts your solo selection.
  3. If you are interested in the jazz emphasis program, be prepared to play the following:
    • The head from a traditional jazz tune (Charlie Parker Omnibook, Traditional Bebop Heads, or a comparable source may be used.
    • A solo demonstrating your improvisation skills. Please provide a play-along CD. A player will be provided.
    • A lead chart from a big band tune. Range is not as important as an appropriate style.
  4. Option: If you have experience with orchestral literature, please indicate so and have two or three orchestral excerpts prepared.
  5. Be prepared to play major scales in all 12 keys. They should be single tongued sixteenth notes at a tempo of ♩= 80 or faster. Play two octaves when it is within your range. All scales should be played both up and down.
  6. Be prepared to play a two-octave, slurred chromatic scale. Choose a starting note that will effectively demonstrate your range. Play this scale both up and down.

Note: Trumpet auditions are approximately 15 minutes in length and will be recorded. They will take place in E-393 (the trumpet studio). The purpose of the audition is to demonstrate your ability to perform musically and cleanly in several different styles. A piano will be available if you choose to bring an accompanist with you. A CD player will be provided if you choose to bring a jazz play-along CD. Please provide a typewritten list of the works you have prepared for your audition.

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

Technique

  1. Scales: Perform all major scales in two octaves (within the normal range of the instrument) in sixteenth notes at a tempo of ♩= 96 m.m. or faster.
  2. Sight-reading (for those performing live auditions).

Repertoire

  1. Two contrasting solos or solo movements, to demonstrate:
    • Technical facility: a technical movement or piece to demonstrate an advanced command of technical skills such as range, slide technique, rapid articulation, and flexibility.
    • Lyricism: a contrasting lyrical movement or piece to demonstrate an advanced command of musicality, expressiveness, and legato.
  2. If you are interested in the Jazz Studies program, be prepared to play the following:
    • The head from a traditional jazz tune (Charlie Parker Omnibook, Traditional Bebop Heads, or a comparable source may be used).
    • A lead chart from a big band tune. Range is not as important as an appropriate style.
    • A solo demonstrating your improvisation skills. Please provide a play-along CD. You may use your stereo.

*Suggested audition pieces include Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique; Barat, Andante et Allegro; Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto; Saint-Saens, Cavatine; Galliard, Sonata No. 1; Marcello, Sonata in A Minor; David, Concerto; Serocki, Sonatina.

Audition using the following material.

  • Etude by Kling, Gallay, Belloli or Gugel
  • A work from the standard horn solo repertoire like the first movement of a Mozart or Strauss concerto (Richard or Franz Strauss)
  • All twelve major scales in at least two octaves
  • “Low Horn Tutti” from Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, 1st movement. 1st horn part.
  • Solo from Cesar Franck Symphony in D minor, 2nd movement.

If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include a link to it in your application in SOMIS. Accompaniment is not required for live auditions or video submissions.

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS.

Technique

  1. Scales: Perform all major scales in two octaves (within the normal range of the instrument) in sixteenth notes at a tempo of ♩= 80 m.m. or faster. Also play a two-octave chromatic scale starting on B-flat concert. Play them
    single tongued at a tempo of your choice.
  2. Sight-reading (for those performing live auditions).

Repertoire

  1. Excerpts and/or solo, to display:
    1. Technical facility and rhythm: music containing a generous number of passages comprising the equivalent of at least four consecutive sixteenth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 80 m.m. or faster.
    2. Expression and tone: slower music chosen to demonstrate ability to play legato and with mature musical feeling.
    3. Literature recommendations for tuba include 1) Air and Bouree by Bach-Bell. (C.Fischer), 2) Suite for Tuba by Haddad (Shawnee Press), and 3) Concertino by Curnow (Tuba Press).
    4. Literature recommendations for euphonium include: 1) English Suite by R. Bernard Fitzgerald (T. Presser), 2) Six Studies In English Folksong by Ralph Vaughan Williams (R. Galaxy Music Corp.), 3) Rhapsody for Euphonium and Brass Band by James Curnow (Rosehill Music), and 4) Andante and Rondo by Capuzzi-Catanalet (Hinrichsen Edition).

Vocal

Pre-Screening Information

Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare three pieces of contrasting nature (styles, tempo, mood, language) that explore your most successful classical vocal repertoire. Include literature that demonstrates any language proficiency in addition to English. Sing your best pieces first.
  2. If your three selections do not fully demonstrate the integration and limits of your full-voiced pitch range, you may wish to conclude with a series of vocalises that do. The voice faculty may, additionally, ask you to sing a brief portion of a well-known hymn that shows ability to sing with sense of centered pitch.
  3. Prospective vocal performance and composition students: Remember to complete the application online at apply.

LIVE AUDITIONS

If you are invited to the live audition, be aware of the following: You will select your first song, and the jury will choose from among the other songs you have prepared to complete your audition. A skilled accompanist will be provided; or you may bring your own. Only those auditioning are allowed in the audition studio.

Basic Information

There are two degree programs in the School of Music that offer Contemporary Voice as an instrument option: Commercial Music and BA in Music.

  • Commercial Music Applicants must be invited to live audition pending portfolio submission (see Commercial Music admission requirements)
  • BA in Music Applicants will need to attend the live audition in January; no pre-screening necessary.
  • Auditions for Commercial Music AND the BA in Music with Contemporary Voice will be held Friday Jan. 28, 2022.  

What to Prepare for your Vocal Audition

TWO contrasting selections (upbeat & ballad) demonstrating your understanding of a contemporary vocal sound. 

  • Songs can be any contemporary genre, i.e: jazz, country, musical theatre, pop/rock etc.  Original material is not required but accepted for one of your selections.
  • Both pieces need to be under 3 min combined. Because this is a vocal audition, we recommend not playing for yourself.  An accompanist will be provided.
Videotaped auditions from out-of-town applicants will be accepted until the audition date.  Please upload your YouTube video to the application.
If you have any other questions, please contact Korianne Johnson at korianne_johnson@byu.edu.

Keyboard

Pre-Screening Information

Audition requirements: 

Must be performed by memory.

  1. A major work by J.S. Bach (prelude and fugue, set of dances, toccata, etc.). Inventions or other similar intermediate level pieces are not acceptable.
  2. Complete sonata, (all movements) by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert.
  3. A solo work by a 19th or 20th century composer. This work must be of moderately difficult level or higher, as defined in Maurice Hinson’s Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire, a standard piano repertoire reference text.
  4. Scales: all major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, four octaves up and down, in sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 132 m.m.

Frequently Asked questions

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS. For those with an organ background, perform on the organ:

  1. A work by Bach (prelude and fugue or chorale prelude).
  2. A work from the 19th or 20th-century repertoire, such as a chorale prelude by Brahms, Peeters, Dupré or Pepping; a movement from a Mendelssohn sonata; “Toccata” from Boellman’s Suite Gothique; “Carillon” from 24 Pieces in Free Style by Vierne, etc.
  3. A hymn.

For those without an organ background, perform on the piano:

  1. One major and one minor scale, four octaves in parallel motion and contrary motion in two octaves.
  2. One major, one minor, and one dominant-seventh or diminished-seventh arpeggio, four octaves.
  3. A work by Bach (a two-part invention, three-part invention, or a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier.)
  4. One work from the classic, romantic, or 20th-century periods.

Note: Memorized auditions are encouraged but not required. All keyboard performance applicants are strongly encouraged to review the frequently asked questions before making their application.

Percussion

Audition using the following material. If you cannot attend the live auditions, upload a recording to YouTube and include it in your application in SOMIS. Demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Snare Drum 
    1. Select an etude or solo that includes rolls, flams, drags, and good dynamic contrast. Demonstrate these in an appropriate orchestral style. Suggested literature: a selection from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone or from Twelve Etudes by Jacques Delécluse.
    2. Perform a 30-second (approximately) buzz roll ranging from soft to loud to soft.
    3. Perform some paradiddles at a fast tempo; accented paradiddles or non-accented are fine
  • Keyboard Percussion
    1. Select a solo or etude that demonstrates your technique and musicianship to best advantage. Suggested literature: one of the 39 etudes from Morris Goldenberg’s Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone. Suggested solos: Tambourin Chinois by Fritz Kreisler or a selection from either Volume 1 or 2 of Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba
  • Timpani
    1. Select a solo or etude that demonstrates a variety of articulation, rolls, and dynamics, and that includes tuning changes. Suggested literature: a selection from The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth or from The Timpani Challenge by Nick Woud.
  • Drum Set
    1. Demonstrate the ability to play a variety of styles (swing, rock, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian). Demonstrate your ability to play brushes, trade fours in a swing or rock style, and play figures from a big band chart.
    2. Perform a solo that demonstrates your technique/abilities to best advantage: Suggested solos: Jazz Solos, Vol. 1 by Rich Thompson or from Advanced Funk Studies by Rick Latham. You may also play a transcription.

Composition

All students wishing to enter the Composition program must complete an online application, an audition, and submit a portfolio of compositions for review by the Composition faculty. The online application must be completed by December 1st, and the portfolio must be emailed to musicadmissions@byu.edu by January 15th. More details about each part of the application, including helpful links, follow.

Application

Complete the online application. List “Music Composition” as your intended major. List your primary instrument in the instrument field—this should be the instrument on which you plan to audition. Once you complete AND submit the application, sign up for a time to audition on your chosen instrument OR email a recorded audition to musicadmissions@byu.edu.

Audition

As stated above, all students wishing to major within the School of Music, including in Music Composition, must complete an audition. You must follow the audition requirements for your chosen instrument as indicated online. If you have questions about any of the information there, please contact the studio teacher directly or email Dr. Steven Ricks (steve.ricks@byu.edu).

PORTFOLIO INFORMATION

Commercial Music

Commercial Music:

Application Process – New Students 

The following application process is for new students who are applying to the BYU School of Music Commercial Music Program. If you are already a BYU music major and would like to transfer into commercial music, please continue down to the section entitled “Application Process – Current Music Majors”. 

New students wishing to apply to the Commercial Music Program must do 4 things: 

  1. Apply to BYU. Follow all requirements for General Admission HERE 
  2. Apply to the School of Music. Fill out the School of Music application HERE including any required letter(s) of recommendation 
  3. Audition with your instrument (see the “Audition” section below) 
  4. Submit a portfolio to Commercial Music. Submissions are due December 1st. Click HERE for more information about portfolios, and click HERE to submit your portfolio. 

Audition 

All students applying to the School of Music (including transfer students and current BYU students) must complete a live or recorded audition. You must follow the audition requirements for your chosen instrument and prepare the necessary repertoire listed online HERE (and select the appropriate tab for your instrument). Live auditions are typically held on the last Saturday in January. Pay close attention to other listed deadlines that may be associated with your instrument. 

Contemporary singers intending to major in Commercial Music have one additional audition option: the contemporary voice studio. Students are cautioned that contemporary voice studio openings are extremely limited. Click on the contemporary voice tab above for more information. 

There is also an option for potential Commercial Music students to audition for the Music Technology Studio, and openings are also very limited. Click on the Music Tech Studio tab above for more information. 

Application Process – Current Music Majors 

Current BYU School of Music majors that are interested in transferring into the commercial music program should speak with the division coordinator, Ron Saltmarsh

More Commercial Music Information

For additional information about the Commercial Music Program, click HERE.

Basic Information

There are two degree programs in the School of Music that offer Contemporary Voice as an instrument option: Commercial Music and BA in Music.

  • Commercial Music Applicants must be invited to live audition pending portfolio submission (see Commercial Music admission requirements)
  • BA in Music Applicants will need to attend the live audition in January; no pre-screening necessary.
  • Auditions for Commercial Music (Contemporary Voice) will be held Saturday Jan. 29, 2022.
  • Auditions for the BA in Music with Contemporary Voice will be held Friday Jan. 28, 2022.  

What to Prepare for Either Audition

TWO contrasting selections (upbeat & ballad) demonstrating your understanding of a contemporary vocal sound. 

  • Songs can be any contemporary genre, i.e: jazz, country, musical theatre, pop/rock etc.  Original material is not required but accepted for one of your selections.
  • Both pieces need to be under 3 min combined. Because this is a vocal audition, we recommend not playing for yourself.  An accompanist will be provided.
Videotaped auditions from out-of-town applicants will be accepted until the audition date.  Please upload your YouTube video to the application.
If you have any other questions, please contact Korianne Johnson at korianne_johnson@byu.edu.
  1. PRODUCTION TERMINOLOGY
    • During the live audition, the applicant will be asked to explain some basic terms and components of sound synthesis, sampling, DAW, and general midi production terminology (i.e.: Waveform, Sample, Modulation, etc. )
  2. SONG MIX – (to prepare and submit before the audition day)
    • In ProTools or Logic Pro X, prepare a mix of song tracks that will be sent to you about 2 weeks prior to your audition date. In either ProTools or Logic Pro X use only the stock plug-ins. Then upload the session file as well as a bounced mp3 of your mix to the provided link. Be sure to use only the stock plug-ins so your session will be compatible on any computer running either ProTools or Logic Pro X. We will be using Apple Macintosh Computers.
  3. MUSIC SCORE or SOUND ALIKE – (to prepare and submit before the audition day)
    • Choose to either compose a music score to one of the short movie clips that will be provided, or prepare a 2+ minute production piece that would be considered a ‘sound alike’ of one of the examples that will be listed. When finished, if you chose the movie score, upload a bounced QuickTime video (.mp4, .m4v, .mov) with your music included in the film. If you are doing a sound-alike, upload a stereo .mp3 or .wav file of your finished track.
  4. MUSIC THEORY/EAR TRAINING ASSESSMENT
    • During your audition, there will be a short music theory and ear training assessment administered.

Music Education

Applicants to the Music Education programs must complete the following requirements according to their intended major. Note: Because students must take Music 176 to audition for all music education programs, high school seniors or transfer students who are not yet attending BYU will not be able to audition for the music education program until they are attending BYU and are able to take Music 176. In order to start the education program in the fall, incoming or transfer students must complete Music 176 during the summer term prior to their first Fall Semester.

All applicants to Music Education programs need to have and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to be accepted and to obtain a teaching license.

K-12 Instrumental Emphasis

  1. Apply to the University and to the School of Music: Follow the standard admissions process for the School of Music, but when you complete the online application, list “Music Education, K-12 Instrumental” as your intended major (or “K-12 General Music Emphasis” for instrumentalists seeking that degree) and list your instrument in the instrument field.
  2. Audition for the School of Music: Complete the standard audition, according to your instrument’s repertoire requirements. Note that students may not major in secondary music education with piano as their primary instrument.Students having a strong desire to teach public school music who are not accepted into the School of Music based on the entrance audition should consider additional private study on their major instrument (Music 160R), performing in an ensemble, and taking General Education courses. They may re-audition for the School of Music the following year. It is sometimes assumed that delayed acceptance into the major will extend time to graduation but it often does not because of early completion of required GE courses.
  3. Music 176: If you are accepted to the School of Music, you will be listed as a performance major until you complete Music 176 (offered during winter and summer).
  4. Apply to the program: At the conclusion of Music 176, you will complete a portfolio and an interview-based application process. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the doors Dr. Saville (band) and Dr. Tsugawa (orchestra) around February 15th. The interview is a time for the music education selection committee to learn about your specific teaching interests and your potential as a music educator. Think deeply about your reasons for pursuing a career in music education before your interview. If accepted, you will begin the Music Education core during the following fall semester.

K-12 Choral Emphasis

  1. Apply to the University: Applicants for K-12 Choral Emphasis (and vocalists intending to major in Elementary Music) need only apply to the university and then enroll in Music 176.
  2. Music 176: Before auditioning for the School of Music, you must FIRST enroll in Music 176 (offered during winter and summer). This class is prerequisite to applying for the major and is the gateway into the major.
  3. Apply to the program: At the conclusion of Music 176, you will complete an application for the School of Music, submit a portfolio and application to the Music Education Division, have a private interview with the faculty, and schedule a live audition with the vocal faculty. To prepare for your vocal audition, please review the following repertoire requirements:
    • Simply prepare two contrasting pieces that exhibit the full range of your classical vocal abilities.
    • There is no requirement that either of the pieces be sung in a foreign language.
    • There are no length requirements or restrictions.
    • Avoid selections that do not highlight classical singing technique.
    • If accepted, you will begin the Music Education core during the following fall semester.

K-12 General Music Emphasis

You may apply for this major as an instrumentalist (including piano) or as a vocalist.

  • Vocalists: Follow the same process as K-12 Choral Music Education applicants (see above).
  • Instrumentalists: Follow the same process as K-12 Instrumental Music Education applicants (see above).
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