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Audition Requirements for
M.A., M.F.A., M.M., and M.M.T.

Each program has specific audition and/or interview requirements; please closely review the requirements listed below for your instrument or discipline.

Do you live more than 150 miles from Temple University's Main Campus? Click here for directions to submit a recorded audition.

 
   
Brass
 

M.M. Performance

Accompanists are optional. To obtain a list of available accompanists, please contact: Joann Kirchner at 215-204-7388.

  • Two contrasting études
  • Two contrasting movements from two contrasting pieces
  • Minimum of three excerpts
 
  • Applicants must submit a prescreening recording via Decision Desk of a rehearsal or performance of at least 10 minutes in duration.
  • Once selected, applicants will be invited to rehearse and conduct the Concert Choir, a 40-voice mixed ensemble, for approximately 20 minutes in three or four stylistically and historically varied choral pieces selected by the choral faculty.
  • Auditions are held in the early spring semester.
  • Application, supporting materials, and prescreening recording must be received by December 1 for Fall semester admission consideration.
Dance
 

The Graduate Interview Day consists of

  • Workshop class -This 90 minute class will begin with a warm-up followed by some technique, improvisation and creative work.
  • Presentation -  MFA applicants will present a 3-5 minute self-choreographed solo.  MA applicants will give a a 5-7 minute presentation on an area of interest/accomplishment: for example, undergraduate research; example of teaching or choreography; or professional goals
  • Interview - Each applicant will be interviewed by a faculty member

The faculty attempts to choose students with physical, artistic, and intellectual potential to enter and complete the dance program. The faculty is concerned that potential students' goals and aspirations are supported by the department philosophy, maximizing success in the program.

Instrumental Conducting
 
  • A video must be uploaded to DecisionDesk of the applicant conducting from the front - face and torso facing the camera - 15-20 minutes of rehearsal and 5-15 minutes of performance.
Keyboard
 

PIANO
M.M. Performance

  • Contrapuntal Baroque work
  • Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • Large Romantic work
  • Impressionistic or Contemporary piece
  • All works to be performed from memory.

M.M. Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music

  • Solo piano works are to be performed from memory. 
  • The pianist should supply the vocalist and the instrumentalist or chamber music group. 
  • All works to be auditioned must be approved by the Program Director one month prior to the audition. 
    • Baroque work (Bach, Scarlatti, etc.)
    • Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
    • Large Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary work
    • One song from each of the following composers: Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Wolf
    • One instrumental sonata by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, or a piece of equivalent difficulty, or one chamber music work (i.e., trio, quartet, quintet)
    • Sight reading

M.M. Collaborative Piano/Opera Coaching

  • Solo piano works are to be performed from memory. 
  • The pianist should supply the vocalist. 
  • All works to be auditioned must be approved by the Program Director one month prior to the audition. 
    • Baroque work (Bach, Scarlatti, etc.)
    • Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
    • Large Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary work
    • Two songs by different composers, selected from among the following: Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Wolf
    • One aria from an opera. One scene excerpt from the standard opera repertoire
    • Sight reading

M.M. Piano Pedagogy

  • All works are to be performed from memory:
  • Complete work by Bach (Well-Tempered Clavier, prelude and fugue, suite, toccata, etc.)
  • Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • Large Romantic work
  • Impressionistic or Contemporary work
 

HARPSICHORD
M.M. Performance

  • Work chosen from the English virginalists, Frescobaldi, or Froberger
  • Work from the French baroque repertoire
  • Prelude or fugue of J.S. Bach
  • Scarlatti sonata
Music Therapy: Audition | Interview
 

Audition Recording - SUBMIT MY RECORDING

Send an audition recording via Decision Desk including the following audition requirements:

  • Two pieces in different styles in the applicant's major performance medium (with accompanist when so indicated)
  • Three standard or popular songs, sung and played by the applicant on piano and/or guitar from American children, geriatric, adult or adolescent repertoire.

Interview
Interviews are scheduled after all other application materials have been filed. (Please allow at least four-six weeks after submission of a complete application packet). Students may select from among the following three options:

For Students Living in U.S.
1. The Coordinator of the MMT program will contact the applicant for available dates and times for an on-campus interview. Applicants will visit Temple University on the scheduled date, and will complete an in-person interview with the music therapy faculty. (This option is required for all those applying for assistantships). Do not contact the director of admissions for this interview.

2. A SKYPE interview will be scheduled by the Coordinator of the MMT program if it is not possible for the applicant to come to Temple University on one of the available dates and times. Applicants may submit a video recording audition via Decision Desk if it is not possible to visit the University during the interview process. SUBMIT MY RECORDING

For Students Living Outside of U.S.
3. Send a video recorded audition via Decision Desk - SUBMIT MY RECORDING. A SKYPE interview will be scheduled by the Coordinator of the M.M.T. program.

Interview topics
The interview may generally cover the following topics and issues:

  1. Discuss your strengths and weaknesses as a musician, and how they may be implicated in your work as a music therapist;
  2. What personal qualities (positive and negative) do you have that might influence your work as a music therapist?
  3. Why do you want to pursue a master's degree in music therapy?
  4. Why do you want to study music therapy at Temple University ?
  5. What have you already done to advance your present knowledge of music therapy?
  6. Be prepared to discuss your own philosophy of music therapy.
  7. Under what conditions would you seek therapy for yourself, and under what conditions would you seek music therapy as a client? Explain your answer.
Percussion
 

M.M. Performance

  • Snare Drum: An étude from the Twelve Studies for Snare Drum (Douze Études pour Caisse Claire) by Delecluse.
  • Bar Percussion: A solo from, or equivalent to, the Bach Partitas for Solo Violin or the Creston Concertino for Marimba.
  • Timpani: A solo equivalent to "March" from the Carter Eight Pieces for Timpani
  • Multi Percussion: A taped performance of a piece equivalent to the Dahl Duetino Concertante.
  • Orchestral Repertoire: Choose six representative selections for each medium of snare drum, glockenspiel, xylophone, and timpani from the standard orchestra audition repertoire. Additionally, candidates should choose three excerpts each for tambourine and cymbals from the standard orchestra audition repertoire.
  • Sight-reading will be required for all instruments.
  • Prior outstanding artistic and professional accomplishments will also be considered in the evaluation.

Strings: Double Bass | Cello | Guitar | Harp | Violin | Viola

 

DOUBLE BASS
M.M. Performance

Applicants are required to have an accompanist.  To obtain a list of available accompanists, please contact: Joann Kirchner at 215-204-7388.

  • 3 octave scales through 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • 3 contrasting solos from the standard repertoire
  • 3 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
 

GUITAR
M.M. Performance

  • Two movements of a Bach suite transcription from violin, cello, or lute
  • Two études from Twelve Études by Villa Lobos
  • Two movements from any sonata by Sor, Tedesco, Ponce, or Berkeley
 

HARP
M.M. Performance

  • Major concerto or sonata, i.e. Concerto in B flat by Handel, Sonata by Hindemith.
  • Work from the major harp repertoire, i.e. Impromptu by Faure, Scintillation by C. Salzedo
  • One solo work of applicant's choice
  • 2 or 3 orchestral excerpts and/or cadenzas
 

VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO

Applicants are required to have an accompanist.  To obtain a list of available accompanists, please contact: Joann Kirchner at 215-204-7388.

M.M. Performance

  • At least two movements from a Bach unaccompanied sonata, partita or suite
  • One movement from a Classical concerto or sonata
  • One movement from a Romantic concerto or sonata
  • One work from the Contemporary period.


M.M. String Pedagogy

  • At least two movements from a Bach unaccompanied sonata, partita or suite
  • One movement from a Classical concerto or sonata
  • One movement from a Romantic concerto, or a 19th or 20th century concert piece
Voice and Opera
 

Please send a repertoire list and your music (double-sided with 3-hole punches on 8.5" x 11" paper) one month in advance to the address listed below.  Please be sure that your name and intended degree program is printed on ALL documents:

Boyer College of Music and Dance
Presser Hall
Attn: Kristi Morgridge
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

M.M. Voice Performance

  • One recitative and aria from an opera or oratorio
  • Three songs or arias
  • Please do not duplicate amongst the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary periods
  • Each selection must be in a different language.  (English, German, French, or Italian)
  • All works are to be performed from memory
  • An accompanist is provided for on-campus auditions
  • There is NOT a prescreening requirement
     

M.M. Opera

  • One recitative and aria from an opera or oratorio
  • Three songs or arias
  • Please do not duplicate amongst the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary periods
  • Each selection must be in a different language.  (English, German, French, or Italian)
  • All works are to be performed from memory
  • An accompanist is provided for on-campus auditions
  • There is NOT a prescreening requirement
Winds
 

M.M. Performance

Accompanists are optional. To obtain a list of available accompanists, please contact: Joann Kirchner at 215-204-7388.

  • Two contrasting études
  • Two contrasting movements from two contrasting pieces
  • Minimum of three excerpts


 

Questions? music@temple.edu or dance@temple.edu