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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.

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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).

Auditions for the 2017-18 academic year will be held on the following dates:

  • January 26, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • March 2, 2018
  • March 23, 2018

Specific Audition Requirements

Bowed Strings

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

Composition

  • Complete a performance audition on voice or instrument
  • Complete a composition interview: bring a repertoire list and two representative scores to the interview (same day as the audition)
  • Optional: recordings may be submitted but are not required

Guitar

  • One- or two-octave major scales in first and second position (C, G, D, A, E, F)
  • Two short pieces or études 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, in addition to the two required classical pieces

Percussion

  • All percussion auditions: two prepared and contrasting snare drum solos or etudes (preferably one in simple and one in compound time); basic rudiments; snare drum sight-reading
  • Timpani and mallet pieces are required for a B.M. Performance audition (optional for other degree auditions). Tuning and scales may be asked of those playing timpani and mallets
  • Students with a drum set background may be asked to display styles (swing, bossa, samba, etc.)

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)

Technology

Audition is required on your primary voice or instrument:

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, two octaves where applicable
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating lyrical and technical playing (ex: slow & fast movements of sonatas or concertos, études, etc.)
  • Sight reading

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Music Department (Arts & Humanities)

Deborah Ford
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603-358-2177

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

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Upcoming Events

January 28, 2018 (Sunday)
Faculty Recital Series: Chris Swist, vibraphone
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall
January 31, 2018 (Wednesday)
Music Educator Guest Lecture Series: Chamber Ensembles in Middle School Band
- • Alumni Recital Hall: Redfern Arts Center, Wyman Way
February 02, 2018 (Friday)
Faculty Recital Series: Scott Mullett and friends
- • Redfern Arts Center - 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA

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