Graduate Keyboard Audition Requirements

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Prescreening - required of all applicants

  • Prescreening video:
    • 20-30 minutes of varied repertoire that is representative of the applicant’s musical and pianistic accomplishment recorded in one session and date-stamped. Recordings (video and audio) must have been made during the current year
    • Prescreening repertoire does not necessarily have to be the same as the live audition repertoire
  • Repertoire list: Please provide a list of works that have been fully learned and performed that you consider part of your professional repertoire
  • Prescreening videos and the repertoire list must be uploaded to SlideRoom by December 1. Only those candidates judged by the faculty to be at the highest level will be invited to audition live
Teaching sample - required of all applicants to Keyboard Performance & Pedagogy
  • Minimum of 20 minutes of private teaching, with a student of any age/level
  • The selection should contain enough teacher-student interaction to demonstrate your teaching style
  • Teaching sample videos must be uploaded to SlideRoom by January 1 

On-Campus Audition

Applicants for the Master of Music:
  • 40-45 minutes of a memorized solo-piano program representing three of the following stylistic periods: Baroque, Classical (a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert), Romantic (a major solo work of longer than 10 minutes), and Impressionistic/or Contemporary
Applicants for the Doctor of Musical Arts:
  • 50-60 minutes of a memorized solo-piano program representing four of the following stylistic periods: Baroque, Classical (a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert), Romantic (a major solo work of longer than 10 minutes), and Impressionistic/or Contemporary
Applicants for all programs:
  • A 15-minute interview with the faculty panel immediately following the audition
  • Writing and reading comprehension assessment following the interview (up to 75 minutes)
    • You will be asked to answer three reading-comprehension questions and write two short essays in response to prompts/scholarly texts on music-related topics (You will be given a pool of prompts/scholarly texts to choose from)
    • This requirement is waived if an applicant chooses to submit a GRE score instead. If you are unable to attend the live audition, you must submit a GRE score.

If you are invited to audition live for the faculty, you will be contacted by the Office of Admission to schedule your audition. For teaching assistantship consideration, all graduate applicants MUST audition live on-campus. If an applicant wishes to submit a recorded audition, the recording must include date-stamped audio and video, and all repertoire should be recorded in one session. Recordings must have been made during the current year. No repertoire substitutions.

Recorded Audition

For recorded-audition applicants, all repertoire should be recorded in one session and date-stamped. The recording must have been made during the current year. Video/audio recordings from previous years will not be accepted as a recorded audition.