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Audition Information

Music Audition

Each student desiring admission to Keene State College as a music major or minor must pass an audition with a member of the music faculty. All students are encouraged to apply and audition early in the year to ensure eligibility for appropriate financial assistance.

Each music applicant must take a music theory and aural skills placement test as part of the audition. Students with no or little theory background are encouraged to find a tutor, a website (e.g., www.musictheory.net), software, and/or a self-instruction book to become familiar with the basic theory and notation of music (clefs, key signatures, intervals, chords, grand staff, rhythmic notation, meters, time signatures).

Specific Audition Requirements

Guitar

• Major scales in first position (C, G, D, A, E, F)
• Two short pieces or etudes that demonstrate a basic technique (suggested composers are Sor, Carcassi, Brouwer, or Tarrega)
• Students with a jazz or electric guitar background may prepare a jazz standard as part of their audition

Percussion

• Two prepared, contrasting snare drum solos or etudes (preferably one in simple and one in compound time); basic rudiments; snare drum sight-reading. A snare drum will be provided but auditionees should bring his or her own sticks.
• Optional: timpani and mallet pieces

Piano

• For Music Education or Bachelor of Arts programs: perform two contrasting pieces, at least one from the Baroque or Classical period, preferably from memory.
• For B.M. Performance program: same requirements as above, plus one additional piece that contrasts with the other two selections and periods.
• Sight reading
• Prepared scales and/or technical exercises (major and minor scales, arpeggios, etudes).

Bowed Strings

• Major and minor scales, preferably two octaves
• Two contrasting pieces: slow/fast movements of sonatas, concertos, or etudes demonstrating lyrical and technical playing level
• Sight reading
• Students with a jazz or electric bass background may prepare a jazz standard as part of their audition.

Voice

• Perform from memory two classical songs of contrasting styles
• Sight singing
• Vocalizing on scales and arpeggios
• Interview with voice faculty
• An accompanist will be provided for voice auditions. Please bind all photocopies of your music or bring the original copies.

Woodwinds And Brass

• Major, minor, and chromatic scales, preferably two octaves
• Two contrasting pieces: slow/fast movements of sonatas, concertos, or etudes demonstrating lyrical and technical playing level
• Sight reading


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Department of Music (Arts & Humanities)
Susan Walthour
Academic Program Support Assistant
603-358-2177

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800-KSC-1909
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435