Audition Requirements

Music Education

Those planning to enroll in any degree program (major, interdisciplinary major, or minor) in music, theatre or dance are required to arrange for an audition/interview. Prospective majors are asked both to apply to Undergraduate Admissions and to sign up for an audition by clicking on one of the dates below:

JANUARY 30, 2021
FEBRUARY 27, 2021
MARCH 26, 2021
APRIL 24, 2021

The above audition dates will be virtual only. Audition material must be received two weeks prior to your selected audition date and will be pre-screened by faculty. If you pass this portion of the audition, you will be invited to interview with faculty via ZOOM on your selected audition date.

Once we have received notice from Admissions that you have signed up for an audition, you will receive information from us on how to submit your audition materials. 

Please see below for information on audition requirements for your specific performance medium.

If you have any questions regarding your Music Education audition, please contact: 

Harmony Markey

Music Education Program Coordinator

hgmarkey1@plymouth.edu

 

Dr. Jonathan Santore
Discipline Coordinator for Music
jsantore@plymouth.edu

Specific Performing Medium

Vocalists
  • Two solos of contrasting styles, memorized (total of five minutes or less)
  • Brief test of basic music theory
Pianists
  • Two solos of contrasting styles, memorized (total of 10 minutes or less)
  • Scales and sight-reading
  • Brief test of basic music theory
Guitarists

Classical

  • Performance of a required composition (required composition in PDF)
  • Performance of one other solo
  • Major and natural minor scales, 1-2 octaves
  • Single note sight-reading
  • Brief test of basic music theory

Jazz

  • Performance of a required composition (required composition in PDF)
  • Prepared jazz standard: melody and chords
  • Major and natural minor scales, 1-2 octaves
  • Major scale mode
  • Chord symbol sight-reading
  • Improvisation over a Bb blues
  • Brief test of basic music theory

Bass guitarists

  • Prepared jazz standard: melody and bass line
  • Major and natural minor scales, 1-2 octaves
  • Major scale modes
  • Chord symbol sight-reading
  • Improvisation over a Bb blues
  • Brief test of basic music theory
Percussionists
  • Prepared solos in two of the following three areas: timpani, mallets and snare drum/set
  • Rudiments and sight-reading
  • Brief test of basic music theory
Saxophonists

Classical

  • Two solos of contrasting styles (total of five minutes or less)
  • All major scales and sight-reading
  • Brief test of basic music theory

Jazz

  • Prepared improv of a jazz standard, memorized (provide your own play-along CD)
  • Prepared jazz etude
  • Major and modal scales, 1-2 octaves, and sight-reading
  • Brief test of basic music theory Other instrumentalists
  • Two solos of contrasting styles (total of five minutes or less)
  • Scales and sight-reading
Other Instrumentalists
  • Two solos of contrasting styles (total of five minutes or less
  • Scales and sight-reading
  • Brief test of basic music theory