Undergraduate Music Admissions and Auditions
An interview, an audition and a theory placement examination are required of all prospective music majors, music therapy majors and music education majors. At the audition, you will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces on your primary instrument. If you require an accompanist, please let Coleen Petersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) know when you schedule your audition and she will ask that you send us your music in advance.
You may be asked to sight read on piano and/or sight sing and play scales.
All auditions take place at our Rockville Centre campus, unless otherwise indicated. Audition dates for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted soon.
Theory Placement Exam: It is essential for entering students to take a theory placement examination to ensure proper advisement and placement in courses.
All applicants, regardless of the program of interest, must audition. All applicants are expected to prepare and perform:
- Two works that demonstrate contrasting styles
- Scales on primary instrument
- A sight reading example that is provided at the time of audition
In addition, applicants will be asked to match pitch and sight sing short patterns on a neutral syllable.
Repertoire choices for the audition should be in sheet music form (memorized if possible, especially for vocalists). Please bring an additional copy for the audition panel. We would like to hear at least one classical piece if possible.
Prior musical training and performance experience is required and expected of all incoming music majors.
Demonstrated ability in the following competencies is required:
- Musical Literacy: Reading musical notation with accuracy and fluidity.
- Musical Aptitude: Performing with quality tone, technique, and musical expression.
- Foundational Piano: Locating pitches on the keyboard that accurately correspond to sheet music in treble and bass clef.
- Aural Skills: Matching pitches provided with one's voice. Sight singing musical examples with accuracy in treble and bass clef.