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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 - requires an interview on audition date
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 Acceptd. 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 and an interview on audition date
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 (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 and an interview on audition date
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 Acceptd 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

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 and an interview on audition date
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 and an interview on audition date
B.M. Music Therapy/Jazz

PRESCREENING AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Click here to SUBMIT YOUR PRESCREENING RECORDING.

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

  • Scales: major, harmonic minor, and chromatic scales. One octave, using the syllable "MA" or solfeggio.
  • Arpeggios: major, minor, and diminished triads and seventh chords. One octave, using the syllable "MA" or solfeggio.
  • Prepare a blues song of your choice, medium tempo, swing.
  • Prepare 1 song from the following
    • Take The A-Train (medium tempo, swing)
    • How High The Moon (up tempo, swing)
    • It Could Happen To You (medium tempo, swing)
    • It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (medium tempo, swing)
  • Prepare 1 song of your choice representing different styles (e.g. ballad, latin feel, bebop head, original compositions, etc)
  • Improvisation is highly recommended on one or more of your selections.
  • All selections must be performed from memory.

LIVE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Scales: major, harmonic minor, and chromatic scales. One octave, using the syllable "MA" or solfeggio.
  • Arpeggios: major, minor, and diminished triads and seventh chords. One octave, using the syllable "MA" or solfeggio.
  • Prepare a blues of your choice, medium tempo, swing. Be prepared to improvise a chorus of solo.
  • Prepare 2 songs from the following
    • Take The A-Train (medium tempo, swing)
    • How High The Moon (up tempo, swing)
    • It Could Happen To You (medium tempo, swing)
    • It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (medium tempo, swing)
  • Prepare 2 songs of your choice representing different styles (e.g. ballad, latin feel, bebop head, original compositions, etc)
  • All selections must be performed from memory.
  • 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
  • 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 - requires an interview on audition date
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.
  • 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.
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
 

B.S. Music Technology - Priority Application Deadline: February 1 (Fall admission) and December 1 (Spring Admission).    Applications and supporting admission credentials will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is filled. However, priority Fall admission consideration will be given to those applicants who submit all admission credentials by February 1.

 

  • Music Technology applicants must create an original project(s).  Examples include, but are not exclusive to, a short film scored by the student; a composition, orchestration, or an edited or mixed recording where music technology was used in its creation (such as Sibelius, Finale, Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Fruity Loops, MIDI, Garageband, or Max/MSP/Jitter); or a piece of software or hardware designed or manipulated by the student, among others. The purpose of the project(s) is to demonstrate originality, creativity, and the ability to work in one or more technological areas. You are welcome to submit 2 different projects, but only 1 project is required.
  • In addition to a final mix of the project or projects (.mp3 for audio, .mp4 or .mov for video), please submit a brief video presentation for each project in which you discuss and demonstrate how you created the project(s).   Be sure to introduce yourself and tell us how you used the software (e.g. DAW, plugins, etc.) and/or hardware (e.g. mics, audio interface, MIDI controllers, etc.) to achieve your artistic goals. This video should be between 1 to 3 minutes long for each project submitted.
  • A resume that includes any musical activity in school or elsewhere, as well as any other pertinent activities and employment
  • A written Statement of Goals (1-2 pages)
  • Music Technology applicants must also pass a Music Theory examination, which will be given online and will be arranged upon the receipt of the application. This examination is part of the Music Technology admissions requirements and must be completed before the application materials will be reviewed for admission to the program.
  • Music Technology applicants do not have an instrument or voice audition, nor are they asked to submit the individual, uncompiled files used to create the project(s). 

Note that an admissions decision will not be rendered until all application materials (including transcripts and applicable test scores) have been received. CLICK HERE to submit your project via Acceptd.   Students who do not have a sufficient musical background to pass a Music Theory exam should consider Temple's Media Studies and Production program in the Klein College of Media and Communication.

 

Percussion
 

B.M. Performance
B.M. Music Education - requires an interview on audition date
B.M. Theory
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Therapy
 

 

Snare Drum

  1. Rudimental style snare drum solo (suggestions: Traditional, Pratt, Wilcoxen, Tompkins) 
  2. Concert/orchestral style étude or solo (suggestions: Delecluse, Cirone, Podemski)

  

Mallets

  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)

Timpani

  1. Étude for 3 or 4 drums (suggestions: Hochrainer, Goodman, Carroll, Peters, Hinger, Carter)

All percussion applicants will be asked to sightread on snare drum and marimba, and will be asked to tune various intervals on timpani. The suggested composers and books are only a sampling and are not exhaustive. Applicants may prepare additional excerpts if they wish on orchestral and accessory instruments.

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 - requires an interview on audition date
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 - requires an interview on audition date
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 - requires an interview on audition date
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 - requires an interview on audition date
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 - requires an interview on audition date
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 - requires an interview on audition date
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 prior to their theory test; please send to music@temple.edu.

Note that B.S. Music Technology applicants have additional requirements (see above).