Bachelor of Music: Vocal Music Education

Audition Requirements 2022-2023

Last Updated: September 2022
Dr. Shannan Hibbard

All music education applicants must complete the following:

1) Submit an audition video on their primary instrument or voice
2) Upload a written essay
3) Participate in a group interview  
4) Complete Theory Placement Test
Audition Video 

Prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education program will complete a live audition OR submit video recordings 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. 

Interview and Essay 

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education program will participate in an online Group Interview (time TBD, applicants will be notified in advance) as well as upload an essay. For additional information regarding the purpose and requirements for the group interview and essay please visit: 

  • 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.


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 with arpeggio, four octaves; one minor scale with 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.

Classical Guitar

1. Scales: Major and minor scales in several positions 

2. Music Selections: Perform two contrasting selections from memory. 

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. Make sure to demonstrate knowledge of chord types in several positions. Some examples of repertoire could include etudes/studies from Aguado, Brouwer, Carcassi, Giuliani, Sor, and Tarrega. 


1. Scales: Chromatic, major and minor scales and arpeggios, two octaves (piano only) 

2. Music Selections: Two prepared pieces in contrasting musical style, performed on either organ or piano

• For organ, selections should be at the level of J.S. Bach's simpler Preludes or standard hymns

• For piano, selections should be at the level of Bach's two-part Inventions or a simpler sonata by Mozart 

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