Bachelor of Arts in Music

Contact: Norah Duncan IV
(313) 577-1795

Brass, Percussion, Strings, Voice, or Woodwinds principal instrument 

  • Michigan Proficiency Major, minor, Chromatic Scales (
  • Two prepared selections in contrasting tempo and historical styles:  Selections can be chosen from:  etudes, solo works, single movements of concertos, sonatas, suites, etc.
  • Sight reading
Piano Principal
Two prepared pieces in contrasting styles. The minimum acceptable level is early intermediate, standard compositions such as Bach, Little Preludes; Clementi, Sonatinas; Kuhlau, Sonatinas; short character pieces of the 19th and 20th centuries. "Self-composed" works are not acceptable for audition repertoire.
  • Chromatic scale, major and minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves
  • Sight reading
  • Theory placement examination

Jazz Principal 
All jazz instrumentalists (Auditioning students must bring 3 copies of sheet music for rhythm section)

  • major and minor scales
  • one prepared jazz piece (applicant's choice, no self composed pieces)
  • sight reading
  • ​improvisation

Additional requirements for:
Drummers (full set):
demonstrate ability to play different styles - bossa nova, Latin, jazz waltz, straight time, contemporary pop styles

  • demonstrate reading abiity

Guitar or Bass (electric or acoustic):

  •  read chord symbols

Keyboard, woodwind, and brass players:

  • demonstrate technical ability and range