Audition Requirements

Audition Requirements for Music Education

Please click on one of the following dates to schedule your audition/interview:

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Please see the requirements for your specific performing medium listed below.

Note: Live auditions for admission to any Music Education degree with Voice as primary performance medium will only be heard on the dates stated above. Auditions/interviews for all other candidates can be arranged at other times throughout the academic year by contacting:

Holly Oliver

Coordinator of Music Education

(603) 535-2312

heoliver@plymouth.edu

Dr. Jonathan Santore
Discipline Coordinator for Music
(603) 535-2232
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

Note: Vocal auditioners must submit their accompaniments to Dr. Adam Mayon at least two weeks prior to your scheduled audition through email at: apmayon@plymouth.edu.

or by mail to the following address:

Plymouth State University
Attn: Adam Mayon
17 High St., MSC 37
Plymouth, NH 03264

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