Bachelor of Music: Instrumental Music Education

Audition Requirements 2022-2023

Last Updated: September 2022

Contact:
Dr. Eileen McGonigal
 
All music education applicants must complete the following:
1) Complete an Audition on their primary instrument
2) Submit a written essay 
3) Participate in a group interview
4) Complete Theory Placement Exam
 
Audition
Prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental 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 Instrumental 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: http://music.wayne.edu/music-education/auditions.php 
  • 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

Percussion
Demonstrate percussion skills on snare drum, marimba or xylophone, and timpani, 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, single ratamacue
  • Solo snare drum piece 
  • Solo suggestions:
    • Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone (any etude)
    • Douze  Etudes pour Caisse-Claire by Jacques Delécluse (any etude)
    • Fourteen Contest Solos by Pratt (any of these)
    • or any solo of comparable difficulty *(if auditioning for performance the student is strongly encouraged to perform a non-rudimental solo)
  • Sight reading

Marimba or xylophone: 

•    Major scales, two octaves, keys of C,G,D,A,E,F,Bb,Eb,Ab
•   Two or four-mallet solo  *(4 mallet solo is required if auditioning for performance)

  •    Solo suggestions:
    • Furioso and Valse by Hatch
    • Violin Sonata No.3 in F  by G.F. Handel (2nd movement)
    • Tambourin Chinois  by Kreisler
    • Yellow After the Rain  by Peters (4 mallet)
    • Rain Dance by Rife/Gomez (4 mallet)
    • (or anything comparable)
  •    Sight Reading

Timpani

  • Solo for 2, 3 or 4 drums
  • Solo suggestions:
    • Introduction and Allegro by Goodman
    • The Solo Timpanist by Firth (any etude from this)
    • Three Designs for Three Timpani by Muczynski
    • Sonata for Timpani by Beck
  • Students may be asked to tune intervals (live audition only)

(Students are responsible for all music)


Strings 

Violin, Viola and Cello:

1. Scales: One 3-octave major and one 3-octave 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 2-octave 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 


Harp

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

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


Classical Guitar

Note-if auditioning for Instrumental Music Education you are required to perform, at a proficient level, on a secondary instrument in order to participate in a major ensemble.

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. 


Piano

Note-if auditioning for Instrumental Music Education you are required to perform,at a proficient level, on a secondary instrument in order to participate in a major ensemble.

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.


Organ

Note-if auditioning for Instrumental Music Education, you are required to perform, at a proficient level on a secondary instrument in order to participate in a major ensemble.

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 


For guideline and requirement questions please contact: 313-577-1783 or mickayla.chapman@wayne.edu