University of Vermont

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. For 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. For students whose degrees or concentrations do require a Senior Recital (B.A. students in either Jazz Studies or Performance, as well as Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science in Music Education students), this examination must be passed before they are accepted for study in MU 234.

Students are expected to prepare 15-20 minutes of music in consultation with their applied lesson teacher and to provide a formal program that includes title and date of the compositions (and movements if applicable), name and dates of the composers, and timings. Please bring 11 copies of the program (NOTE: the 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 Music Major Audition (Level II) and should demonstrate the ability to control their performance medium in several contrasting styles. Students must have performed on at least two Student Performance Recitals before they are eligible for this examination. 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.

Level IV Exams

Please see this page for information on Level IV exams and Senior Recitals.

Please see this page for Level IV Theory/Composition requirements.

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