Department of Music and Dance
Level Auditions for Music Majors
In addition to the Entrance (Level II) Audition, music majors may take several other Level Auditions.
Bachelor of Music Audition (Level II.5)
At the end of their first year, students in the Bachelor of Arts program may audition for acceptance into the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree. As a professional (versus liberal arts) degree, the Bachelor of Music in Performance is appropriate for students who possess exceptional talent and a strong sense of commitment to music as well as the potential to develop high-level musicianship and artistic sensibilities. Students will work closely with their applied lesson teachers on repertoire for this audition, but it is expected that each student will perform 10-15 minutes of music. Bachelor of Music Auditions are held at the end of each semester, and are scheduled by the Music & Dance Department Office.
Intermediate Level Examination (Level III)
The Intermediate Level Examination (Level III) is a juried examination typically done at the end of the second year of study. Students must have performed on at least two Student Performance Recitals before they are eligible for this examination. This examination must be passed before students can enroll in lessons in MU 234. For those students whose concentrations do not require a Senior Recital (B.A. students in either Music History or Theory/Composition), this examination is the capstone performance experience.
Students are expected to prepare 15-20 minutes of music in consultation with their applied lesson teacher that demonstrates both their technical and musical abilities. Students need to provide a formal program that includes title and date of each composition (and movements if applicable), name and dates of the composer, and approximate timing of each piece. Please bring 11 copies of the program (NOTE: the Department Office will not provide copies). Faculty members who make up the jury may ask the student general questions about the pieces, the composers, related compositions, etc.
Students are expected to show significant progress from their Entrance Audition (Level II) and should demonstrate several contrasting styles.Jazz Studies concentrators and B. S. students studying jazz repertoire have special requirements. These examinations are held during the first and last weeks of each semester and are scheduled by the Music & Dance Department Office.
Solo Recital Audition (Level IV)
All students presenting a Senior Recital (MU 250) as well as Bachelor of Music students presenting a Junior Recital (MU 150) must pass this examination 4-6 weeks prior to the date of the recital. The student must be able to perform their entire recital program, must have all performers present, and must provide a formal program as described in the Intermediate Level Examination (Level III) above.
Students must have performed on at least four Student Performance Recitals before they are eligible for this examination. An unsuccessful Solo Recital Audition (Level IV) may result in the recital being postponed or canceled. Jazz Studies concentrators and B. S. students studying jazz repertoire have special requirements. These examinations are scheduled as needed by the Music & Dance Department Office. A Recital Request Form (blue form) must be completed and returned to the Department Office prior to your Level IV.