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Piano Audition Requirements

Note:  Students wishing to major in Music Education must audition
on classical piano

Candidates auditioning on piano will be expected to perform at least one piece from memory.

Those candidates auditioning for the Bachelor of Arts in Music or the Bachelor of Music in Music Education will be asked to play:

1. Four octave major scales, hands together, at a moderate tempo.

2. A Bach Two or Three-Part Invention, a first movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (excluding Beethoven’s Sonata, Op. 49, No. 2 and the Moonlight Sonata) and a selection from the 19th or 20th century piano literature.

3. An invention or sinfonia by J.S. Bach or an étude from Czerny, Op.139 and Op.849.

Those prospective music majors auditioning for the Bachelor of Music degree in performance in piano are expected to demonstrate higher levels of proficiency. They will be asked to play from memory:

1. Major and harmonic minor scales, four octaves in sixteenth notes at a quarter note equaling MM92; major and minor triads and arpeggios, four octaves in sixteenth notes at a quarter note equaling MM60; diminished seventh arpeggios, four octaves in sixteenth notes at a quarter note equaling MM80.

2. A Bach Three‑Part Invention or a three‑voice fugue from the WellTempered Clavier, Book I or ff.

3. The first movement of a sonata by Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn excluding Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2 and the Mozart Sonata in Major, K. 545.

4. A selection from the Romantic Period of the level of Schumann’s FantasyPieces, Op 12, or a twentieth-century work of the level of Debussy’s Prelude La Cathedrale engloutie.

5. An Etude such as Moszkowski Op.72 and Chopin Op.10&25.

 


Jazz Piano Audition Requirements

Note:  Students wishing to major in Music Education must audition
on classical piano

Please prepare the following requirements. All Music must be memorized.

  • Play the melody to Billie’s Bounce in concert F.
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
  • Improvise on the same 12 bar blues in concert F*.
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
    (*You will be asked to improvise in other keys such as Bb, C, E flat, G, or D.)
  • Sight read a lead sheet melody and/or big band chart excerpt. Chordal Instruments need to be ready to play the chords from the chord symbols as well.
  • Perform a jazz ballad of your choice with the melody and improvisation. Examples of selections include “I Can’t Get Started,” “Prelude To A Kiss,” “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” or ” ‘Round Midnight.” Any selection from the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Longs, Volumes 32 and 110 are appropriate.
  • Play a bebop melody and improvise. Selections can be taken from Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Volume 6, All “Bird”


Please contact Professor Joe Parillo, associate professor of music and director of Jazz Studies with any general questions or questions about piano auditions.

 


Organ Audition Requirments

Candidates auditioning on organ are expected to meet the requirements for entrance in applied piano or its equivalent in organ and be able to perform works comparable to Bach’s Eight Little Preludes and Fugues.

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