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Audition Requirements
for Undergraduate Applicants

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
 

B.M. Performance

  • Two movements of a sonata, concerto, or other solo work
  • Two contrasting études
  • Orchestral excerpts

B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy

  • One movement of a solo work
  • Two contrasting études
Composition
 

B.M. Composition - Prescreening Deadline: January 1 

Click here to SUBMIT YOUR PRESCREENING PORTFOLIO - .pdf ONLY

  • Composition applicants must submit, a composition portfolio including three original .pdf composition scores via Decision Desk. Recordings can supplement the scores, but are not required. 
  • Composition applicants do not have an audition.
  • Applicants that pass the prescreening round will be invited for a live interview, portfolio review, piano testing, and diagnostic testing.
Dance
 

B.F.A. Dance

  • The dance audition consists of a technique class divided into sections of ballet, modern, and African dance; a 1 minute solo of an applicant's own choreography; and an interview.

The self-choreographed solo should demonstrate the applicant's ability to develop movement ideas using some basic elements of composition.  The main idea of the piece should be conveyed through command of dance vocabulary.  Applicants are encouraged to consider musical/sound accompaniment carefully and ensure that this choice reflects the artistic vision. In particular, we welcome innovative accompaniment that challenges our preconceptions of choreography.

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

 

JAZZ DRUMS


B.M. Jazz Performance
B.M. Jazz Arranging/Composition - Requires submission of three original compositions; Click here to SUBMIT YOUR PORTFOLIO
B.M. Music Education/Jazz Studies Component - Requires both classical and jazz auditions.
B.M. Music Therapy/Jazz

  • Play one chorus of time over the form of a jazz standard, and transition between brushes and sticks for various sections of the form (to be determined by the audition panel). This will be done alone, without the rhythm section.
  • Sight read a single line snare drum étude.
  • Sight read a drumset big band chart excerpt.
  • Sandu and one additional jazz standard from The New Real Book, Sher Music Company, Volume 1, with an ensemble of current Boyer students. This will include playing behind a soloist, trading, and soloing over the form (to be determined by the audition panel).
  • Recorded auditions (video files only) must include all of the components listed above; the sight-reading component must be replaced with an étude (either classical or jazz). Click here to SUBMIT YOUR RECORDING.
  • All selections must be performed from memory.
  • Live auditions: Students will be accompanied by a rhythm section of current Boyer students.
 

JAZZ GUITAR

B.M. Jazz Performance
B.M. Jazz Arranging/Composition - Requires submission of three original compositions; Click here to SUBMIT YOUR PORTFOLIO
B.M. Music Education/Jazz Studies Component - Requires both classical and jazz auditions.
B.M. Music Therapy/Jazz

PRESCREENING AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Click here to SUBMIT YOUR PRESCREENING RECORDING.

All jazz guitar applicants to Boyer's jazz department must submit a preliminary screening recording via Decision Desk by January 1. Following the review of the recording, students will be contacted in order to schedule their audition.

  • Each applicant must perform West Coast Blues (pg. 401) and one additional jazz standard from The New Real Book, Sher Music Company, Volume 1.
  • All selections must be performed from memory.
  • Applicants are expected to improvise on each selection.

LIVE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Scales-major and minor (harmonic and melodic).
  • Major and minor arpeggios, triads and seventh chords will be performed two octaves.
  • Sandu and two additional jazz standards from The New Real Book, Sher Music Company, Volume 1.
  • All selections must be performed from memory.
  • Applicants are expected to perform with an ensemble of current Boyer students, to improvise on each selection, and to sight read an excerpt from a big band chart and/or a select étude.
  • Applicants of chord instruments may be asked to accompany on various styles such as: Latin, bossa nova, and funk/rock.
  • Recorded auditions (video files only) must include all of the components listed above; the sight-reading component must be replaced with an étude (either classical or jazz). Click here to SUBMIT YOUR RECORDING.
  • Live auditions: Students will be accompanied by a rhythm section of current Boyer students.
 

JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL (Note: Jazz Guitar has a prescreening round - click here for more information)

B.M. Jazz Performance
B.M. Jazz Arranging/Composition - Requires submission of three original compositions; Click here to SUBMIT YOUR Portfolio
B.M. Music Education/Jazz Studies Component - Requires both classical and jazz auditions.
B.M. Music Therapy/Jazz

  • Scales-major and minor (harmonic and melodic).
  • Major and minor arpeggios, triads and seventh chords will be performed two octaves (piano four octaves)
  • Sandu and two additional jazz standards from The New Real Book, Sher Music Company, Volume 1.
  • All selections must be performed from memory.
  • Applicants are expected to improvise on each selection.
  • Applicants of chord instruments may be asked to accompany on various styles such as: Latin, bossa nova, and funk/rock.
  • Applicants will be required to sight read an excerpt from a big band chart and/or a selected étude.
  • Recorded auditions (video files only) must include all of the components listed above; the sight-reading component must be replaced with an étude (either classical or jazz). Click here to SUBMIT YOUR RECORDING.
  • Live auditions: Students will be accompanied by a rhythm section of current Boyer students.
 

JAZZ VOICE

B.M. Jazz Voice Performance
B.M. Jazz Arranging/Composition - Requires submission of three original compositions; Click here to SUBMIT YOUR Portfolio
B.M. Music Education/Jazz Studies Component - Requires both classical and jazz auditions.
B.M. Music Therapy/Jazz

  • Scales, major and minor (harmonic) one octave (solfege syllables preferred).
  • Major and minor arpeggios, triads and seventh chords will be performed one octave.
  • Vocalists are expected to perform Autumn Leaves and two additional jazz standards from The New Real Book, Sher Music Company, Volume 1.
  • All selections must be performed from memory.
  • Applicants are expected to improvise.
  • Applicants will be required to sight read material from the jazz idiom and/or a sight singing étude.
  • Recorded auditions (video files only) must include all of the components listed above; the sight-reading component must be replaced with an étude (either classical or jazz). Click here to SUBMIT YOUR RECORDING.
  • Live auditions: Students will be accompanied by a rhythm section of current Boyer students.
Keyboard
 

PIANO

B.M. Performance

  • Scales, major and minor (melodic and harmonic), and arpeggios, major and minor, four octaves, hands together at a fast tempo
  • Sight reading
  • One piece from each of the following periods, all works are to be played from memory:
    • Baroque: Prelude and Fugue from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, or a major work by Bach.
    • Classical: Entire sonata by Mozart, Beethoven (excluding Opus 49, Nos. 1 and 2), Haydn, or Schubert.
    • Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary: Any piece of advanced difficulty.

B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy

  • Scales, major and minor (melodic and harmonic), and arpeggios, major and minor, two octaves, hands together at a fast tempo.
  • Sight reading.
  • One piece from each of the following periods, at least two must be from memory:
    • Baroque: Two-Part Invention or Sinfonia of Bach.
    • Classical: First movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (except Opus 49, Nos. 1 and 2.)
    • Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary: Any piece equivalent in difficulty to the sonata movement above.

 

HARPSICHORD

B.M. Performance

  • Applicants without previous harpsichord study: same as piano performance audition requirements.
  • Applicants with some harpsichord and piano experience: the work of J.S. Bach (required in the piano audition) or another baroque work should be performed on harpsichord, with the remainder as listed in the piano requirements.
  • Applicants with harpsichord but no piano experience:
    • Work of J.S. Bach
    • Work from the French baroque repertoire
    • Scarlatti Sonata OR an English work from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
    • Sight reading

B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History

  • Applicants without previous harpsichord experience: same as Piano Concentration Audition Requirements.
  • Applicants with some harpsichord experience: a work by J.S. Bach or another baroque work should be performed on harpsichord, with the remainder of the audition performed on the piano following the piano concentration audition requirements
  • Applicants with harpsichord but no piano experience :
    • Prelude and Fugue
    • Invention or Sinfonia of J.S. Bach
    • Work from the French baroque repertoire
    • Scarlatti Sonata OR an English work from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.
Percussion
 

B.M. Performance
B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy
 

 

Snare Drum (please prepare all 3 elements)

  1. Rudimental style snare drum solo (Traditional, Pratt, Wilcoxen, Tompkins, etc) 
  2. Concert/orchestral style étude or solo (Delecluse, Cirone, Podemski, etc)
  3. Demonstration of standard rudiments (Multiple bounce roll, Double-stroke roll, paradiddles, flams, drags and ruffs, etc)

  

Mallets (prepare at least 2 of the 3 elements)

  1. 2-mallet solo, étude, or transcription. Strive for accuracy and musical expression.
  2. 4-mallet étude or solo is recommended (REQUIRED for performance and scholarship applicants)
  3. Xylophone excerpt of your choice from the symphonic repertoire (found in Goldenberg, Carroll, Abel, etc.)

Timpani (prepare at least 2 of the 3 elements)

  1. Short technical study or etude (may be 2 drums only) (Hochrainer, Firth, Goodman, Friese, Carroll, etc)
  2. Brief solo for 3, 4 or 5 drums (Carroll, Peters, Hinger, Carter, etc)
  3. Excerpt of your choice from the symphonic repertoire (found in Goodman, Goldenberg, Abel, Orch cd-rom, etc)

All percussion applicants will be asked to sightread on snare drum and marimba, and will be asked to tune various intervals on timpani. Applicants may prepare additional excerpts if they wish on snare drum and accessory instruments. Only prepare what you are able to DO WELL. You may substitute comparable repertoire (especially if you are preparing it for other college auditions). Composers and books listed are only a sampling and are not exhaustive. The bottom line is that we need to evaluate what you can do on snare drum, a keyboard percussion instrument, and timpani. Candidates hoping for scholarship consideration should strive to prepare all elements listed. 

Keep in mind that the audition process is designed to give us a clear picture of what you have accomplished thus far, your musical potential and aptitude, and your overall desire to learn. The audition is one part of a comprehensive application – please take the audition addendum questions seriously, prepare a resume, and don't hesitate to ask questions. The faculty want to make sure this is the right 'fit' for everyone involved.

Photo-copied music may not be used in the audition.

 

 

DOUBLE BASS

B.M. Performance

  • 3-octave scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • 2 contrasting solos from the standard repertoire
  • 2 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire

B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy

  • 2-octave scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • 2 contrasting solos from the standard repertoire
  • orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
 

VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO

B.M. Performance

  • Scales and arpeggios, major and minor, in three octaves, and an étude of advanced difficulty
  • Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Bach sonata, partita or suite
  • One movement from a Classical sonata or concerto
  • One movement from a Romantic or Contemporary work to represent the student's level of proficiency

B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy

  • Scales, major and minor, in three octaves
  • An etude
  • Two contrasting movements from a Baroque sonata or suite and a composition from the Classical, Romantic or Contemporary period, which could be a movement of a concerto or sonata or a shorter work.

(Some flexibility in specific repertoire is permissible; the intention is that you select works of contrasting styles that are representative of your level of playing and show both lyrical and technical skill.)

 

CLASSICAL GUITAR

B.M. Performance
B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy

All auditions must be taken on a classical guitar using classical technique. These works must be performed from memory.

  • Scales and arpeggios.
  • An étude by Fernando Sor, Matteo Carcassi or equivalent.
  • A solo work from the 17th or 18th century.
  • A solo work from the late 19th or 20th century.
 

HARP

B.M. Performance
B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy

  • An étude by Bochsa, Posse or equivalent.
  • A fast movement from a Baroque or Classical sonata or concerto, i.e. Handel, Dittersdorf, Boieldieu, memorized.
  • A romantic or 20th century work from the major harp repertoire, i.e. Impromptu, Op. 86 by Faurè, Impromptu-Caprice by Piernè, Scintillation by Salzedo, memorized.
  • Two orchestral excerpts and or cadenzas.
Voice
 

B.M. Performance

  • Italian song from the 17th or 18th century
  • English song from the baroque or contemporary period
  • Additional classical selection to be chosen by the applicant
  • Musical theater selections, jazz, pop, or original compositions are not acceptable.
  • All songs must be memorized and sung in their original languages.
  • An accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions; please bring a binder with your hard copy sheet music or the original scores to your audition.

B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy

  • Italian song from the 17th or 18th century
  • English song from the baroque or contemporary period
  • Musical theater selections, jazz, pop, or original compositions are not acceptable.
  • All songs must be memorized and sung in their original languages.
  • An accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions; please bring a binder with your hard copy sheet music or the original scores to your audition.
Winds
 

B.M. Performance

  • Two movements of a sonata, concerto, or other solo work
  • Two contrasting études
  • Orchestral excerpts

B.M. Music Education
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy

  • One movement of a solo work
  • Two contrasting études
B.S. Music
 
  • Applicants are required to take a theory test
  • Applicants must submit a statement of goals specific to the program two weeks prior to their audition date; please send to music@temple.edu.