The School of Music encourages all students to work with a teacher to prepare for this audition experience. Students should be prepared to perform solo selections that exemplify and showcase their individual strengths.
For most instruments and voice, the following are the Basic Requirements:
Prospective students will complete a live or recorded audition showcasing musicianship and performance ability on a principal instrument. This usually consists of up to three selections (10-15 minutes of music) and can include two or three contrasting movements of a sonata or concerto, contrasting pieces from different genres or styles, and/or excerpts from larger works.
Whatever you choose to perform should be prepared at the highest level, in conjunction with a musical mentor/teacher showcasing your strengths, demonstrating your technical proficiency, expressiveness, and artistic intentions. You may also be asked to perform technical exercises, depending your instrument.
As the School of Music core includes a Comprehensive Keyboard course, all students will be asked to play the piano during their audition day. Specific information about piano requirements will be sent to you once you have completed the School of Music application.
For questions regarding repertoire for specific instrument/voice, please contact Director of the School of Music Dr. Christianne Rushton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before admission to the School is finalized, all students will be tested on their Theoretical and Musicianship skills. If you feel uncertain about your music theory skills, visit the website listed below:
There are several web-based ear training programs which allow you to hear an interval or chord, and name it. We recommend that you use this link to practice interval and chord identification:
Using these programs will help to prepare you for the Acadia University theory and ear training entrance/placement tests.