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Music Auditions

Music majors may choose a concentration from one of several specializations: Music Performance, Musical Theatre, Sound Production and Engineering, and Music Education for those students with a declared major in the College of Education and Human Services pursuing a teaching certification.

Entrance to the Music Performance, Musical Theatre, and Music Education programs require an audition. Auditions can be processed online by completing a Music Audition Inquiry Form. Once completed, please e-mail Dena.Levine@shu.edu with either a sound file or a link to a video of your audition performance.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Dena Levine at Dena.Levine@shu.edu.

Audition requirements for Music Major by category:

Piano

  • Two contrasting Classical selections of at least intermediate level (one slower, showing tone and musicality; the other faster showing technical ability)
  • 4-octave scales (hands together) in A, B, Eb and Gb Major and d, g and c# minor (any form)
  • Sight reading
  • All music must be memorized

Percussion

  • Snare drum etude demonstrating highest level of reading and technical ability
  • Mallet etude demonstrating highest level of ability
  • Major scales (Marimba, Xylophone or Vibraphone)
  • Tympani etude demonstrating highest level of ability
  • Tympani tuning
  • Students with drum set experience can demonstrate Jazz, Rock and Latin styles (not required)

Woodwind and Brass Instruments

  • Chromatic scale to fullest range possible
  • Two major scales of the applicant's choice to fullest range possible
  • Two contrasting selections of at least intermediate level (one slower, showing tone and musicality; the other faster showing technical ability) that best demonstrate the applicant's skill level
  • Sight reading

Voice

  • Three contrasting songs: one in English; one in Italian; and one in a language of the applicant's choice
  • All music must be memorized

Guitar

Classical:

  • One study by Sor, Carcassi, or Brouwer (or study by comparable composer)
  • Two contrasting selections of applicant's choice from Renaissance, Baroque, or Classical periods
  • Major and minor scales two or three octaves

Jazz:

  • One Blues selection and two tunes of contrasting style and tempo (ballad, swing, Latin, etc.)
  • Seventh chords and inversions
  • Major and minor scales all keys

String Instruments

  • Two major scales of the applicant's choice to fullest range possible
  • Two contrasting selections of at least intermediate level (one slower, showing tone and musicality; the other faster showing technical ability) that best demonstrate the applicant's skill level
  • One short study or etude
  • Sight reading
  • All music must be memorized