Undergraduate Percussion Auditions

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Percussionist performs in concert.The purpose of an audition is to demonstrate your talents, so choose literature that you are comfortable with that is—at a minimum—similar in style and scope to the suggested material. Prospective music majors in percussion should prepare as much material as possible from the mallet category and something from at least two additional areas. For more information and to register for an audition, please see Undergraduate Auditions.

Mallet Keyboard

  • Demonstration and/or theoretical understanding of all major and minor scales and arpeggios, two octaves
  • A standard work or study to demonstrate musicianship:  a solo such as Tambourine Chinois by Fritz Kreisler, Etude in D Minor by Alice Gomez, Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters, or an etude or exercise from a method book such as Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg
  • Sightreading

Snare Drum

  • A solo or etude in either rudimental or concert style, such as from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone or 14 Modern Contest Solos by John S. Pratt
  • Sightreading

Timpani

  • Demonstrate ability to tune multiple drums from a given pitch
  • A standard work or study to demonstrate musicianship, such as from Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist by Garwood Whaley, Modern Method for Tympany by Saul Goodman, or The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth

Multi-Percussion

  • A standard work or study to demonstrate musicianship, such as Studies in Solo Percussion by Morris Goldenberg or a movement from French Suite by William Kraft

Drumset

  • Demonstrate a variety of musical styles such as jazz, Latin, and rock, including playing time and solo fills in each style
  • Demonstrate ability to play with click track or metronome
  • Sightreading of a standard big band arrangement