Bachelor of Music: Music Business

Audition Requirements 2023-2024

Last Updated: August 2023
Jeremy Peters
All Music Business applicants must complete the following:
1) Upload Current Resume or CV (in PDF format) to their Department of Music Application. 

2) Written statements, videos, presentations, or other formats, which are able to be uploaded to Acceptd and which answer the following questions (if a written submission, please keep each answer to no more than 250 words):

  • What are your principal interests, outside of work or school (musical and/or non-musical)? What makes them interesting to you?
  • Whom do you most admire (choose anyone, no extra points for being a musician or music business icon)? Why?
  • Describe a failure. What did you learn from that failure? Don't worry, this isn't a 'gotcha' question!
3) Audition live or submit an audition video on your primary instrument or voice
4) Participate in an interview to be scheduled directly with Professor Jeremy Peters 
Prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Music in Music Business program will complete a live audition OR  submit video recording(s) of the categories listed below. With each video submission, state your full name and the music program for which you are auditioning. You may also submit a resume or other materials that you feel are relevant for the Music Department Audition Committee. 
  • Live Auditions: When participating in a live audition, you will complete your Audition, Theory Placement Test, and participate in interviews (if required by your program) on your audition day. We highly encourage this option.
  • Recorded Auditions: Students who choose to submit a recorded audition must complete a Zoom Sightreading test, Zoom Theory Placement Test, and Zoom interviews (if required by your program). The department will contact you to schedule these sessions after your application is approved. Students will not be considered for admission until these steps are completed.

Brass and Woodwinds

1. Scales: Select one 3-octave major, one 3-octave minor and chromatic scale throughout the range of the instrument 

2. Music Selections: Two prepared selections in contrasting tempo and historical styles: Selections can be chosen from: etudes, solo works, single movements of concertos, sonatas, suites, etc. 

Classical Percussion

Demonstrate percussion skills on snare drum, marimba or xylophone, as follows:

Snare Drum:

  • Double Stroke Roll, open-closed-open (slow-fast-slow)
  • Multiple Bounce Roll (buzz) pp-ff-pp
  • Single and double paradiddles, flams accent, flam taps
  • Solo snare drum piece 
  • Sight reading
  • Solo suggestions:
    •  Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone (any etude)
    •  Fourteen Contest Solos by Pratt (any of these)
    •  or any solo of comparable difficulty
  • Sight reading

Marimba or xylophone: 

•    Major scales, two octaves, keys of C,G,D,F,Bb
•   Two-mallet solo

  •    Solo suggestions:
    • Anything from Masterpieces for Marimba by Thomas McMillan
    • Furioso and Valse by Hatch
    • *Violin Sonata No.3 in F  by G.F. Handel (2nd movement)
    • Tambourin Chinois  by Kreisler
    • (or anything comparable)

* (also included in the McMillan book mentioned above)

(Students are responsible for all music)


Violin, Viola and Cello:

1. Scales: One 3-octave major and one 3-octove melodic minor scale, with arpeggios

2. Music Selections: One movement from solo Bach sonatas and partitas; one etude of applicant's choice; one concerto movement or single-movement solo piece

Double Bass:

1. Scales: One 2-octave major and one melodic minor scale, with arpeggios

2. Music Selections: One movement of solo Bach or an etude of applicant's choice; one concerto movement or single-movement solo piece

Classical Guitar

1. Scales: Major and minor scales in several positions 

2. Music Selections: Applicants should demonstrate technical ability consistent with the satisfactory completion of method books such as Frederick Noad: Book 1 - Solo Guitar Playing, Julio Sagreras Book 1, or similar methods.

• Demonstrate knowledge of chord types in several positions

• Perform, from memory, studies and/or etudes such as those by Aguado, Brouwer, Carcassi, Giuliani, Sor, and Tarrega


1. Scales: One major and one minor scale with arpeggios (or representative etudes)

2. Music Selections: Two prepared solos in contrasting musical styles 


1. Music Selections: Three prepared pieces in different historical and contrasting styles. Song selections must be memorized. It is preferred that vocal applicants record with an accompanist or with a backing track.

  1. One English art song
  2. One foreign-language art song (preferably Italian),
  3. One other song (in any language) or aria appropriate to the auditionee's level. 


1. Scales: Select one major scale and arpeggio, four octaves; one minor scale and arpeggio, four octaves; chromatic scale, four octaves. 

2. Music Selections: 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. 


1. One Prepared Jazz Standard 

Requirements: All instrumentalist should prepare 1 jazz tune from the standard jazz lexicon. The tune should showcase the student playing a chorus of the melody and an improvised solo. 

*Live Auditions: Students will perform with live rhythm section. 

*Submitted Video Audition: Applicants must use a backing track as accompaniment to the selected jazz standard. There are many free and paid backing track options available by internet search. 

This list, yet not exhaustive, provides acceptable jazz standards of varying degrees of difficulty: Autumn Leaves, On Green Dolphin Street, All the Things You Are, Take the A Train, Song for My Father, So What or Impressions, All Blues, Billie's Bounce, Billie's Bounce, Au Privave, Sandu, Blues for Alice, Blue Monk, Isotope, Straight No Chaser, Tenor Madness Confirmation, Donna Lee, Moment's Notice, Stable Mates, Oleo, Anthropology, In Walked Bud, Yes or No, A Night in Tunisia, Bouncin' With Bud. 

Additional Requirement for Drummers: Please announce each style before you play. 

Demonstrate following examples:

  • (approx. 20 or 30 sec. length) â–ª Swing (slow, medium, fast) 
  • Bossa nova 
  • Latin 
  • Contemporary pop styles 
  • Jazz waltz time 
  • Straight time 

2. Sightreading

Those who choose to audition in person will be required to sightread during their audition. 

Those who submit an audition video will be contacted by the audition committee to set up an interview where sightreading will be conducted over Zoom. 

For guideline and requirement questions please contact: 313-577-1783 or