Bachelor of Arts In Music

Audition Requirements 2021-2022

Last Updated: September 2021
 
Program Contact:
Dr. Norah Duncan IV
 
Prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Music 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. 

All Instruments 

Answer the following questions in an informal interview-type setting (5 minutes maximum): 

  • What are some of your past and current activities in music? 
  • What is it about the Bachelor of Arts program that interests you? 
  • What is it about the Wayne State University Department of Music that interests you? 
  • What do you like to do musically and professionally once you have completed your degree?  

Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion

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. 


Strings 

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

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 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. 


Harp

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

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


Voice 

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. 

Piano

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. 


Jazz Principal

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) ▪ 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 mickayla.chapman@wayne.edu