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:

Audition dates for the Performing Arts are set for these dates in 2022:

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

Coordinator of Music Education

hgmarkey1@plymouth.edu

Adam Mayon
Program Coordinator for Music/Music Education
apmayon@plymouth.edu

Specific Performing Medium

Voice

Two solos of contrasting styles. One must be in a foreign language, one in English. One must be from the Classical canon of repertoire. Art songs are ideal. 5 minutes or less total time required. All music must be memorized.

Pianists
Two solos from two different stylistic periods
  • One must be from the traditional standard of piano repertoire dating from 1900 or before.
  • One must be a contemporary work dating from 1900 to current time. Jazz or popular styles are accepted.

At least one selection should be performed by memory.

Scales

Two scales (one major and one harmonic minor) will be selected from any key up to three sharps or flats. Two octaves ascending and descending.

Sightreading

A sample of music will be provided at the audition to be performed at sight.

Guitarists

Classical

  • Prepared etude (Sor, Carcassi, Brouwer, Villa Lobos, Tarrega, Guiliani, etc.)
  • 2 Prepared contrasting pieces from standard classical guitar repertoire. Please choose pieces that display your musicality, tone, technique, and style.
  • Sight reading single note melodies
  • Demonstration of 2 octave major and minor scales, diatonic arpeggios

Jazz

  • 2 jazz standards that highlight your ability and musical interest (perform with backing track, or as a chord melody/solo arrangement)
  • Melody, comping, and improvisation over chosen standards
  • Accompany and improvise a 12 Bar Jazz Blues in Bb
  • Demonstration of 2 octave major and minor scales, diatonic arpeggios
  • Sight reading single note melodies
Percussionists
  • Prepared solos in two of the following three areas: timpani, mallets, and snare drum/set
  • Rudiments and sight-reading
Woodwinds
  • Two solos or movements of a solo in contrasting styles (total of ten minutes or less)
  • Scales: Major scales up to four sharps and flats and chromatic scale
  • Sight reading will be provided at the audition
Brass
  • Two solos or movements of a solo in contrasting styles (total of ten minutes or less)
  • Scales: Major scales up to four sharps and flats two octaves ascending and descending and chromatic scale to octaves
  • Sight reading will be provided at the audition

Contact Us

Adam Mayon

Program Coordinator

Phone: (603) 535-2313
Email: apmayon@plymouth.edu