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In addition to the Entrance  Audition, music majors may be required to take other performance assessments.

Intermediate Performance Assessment

The The Intermediate Performance Assessment 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 advanced lessons. For those students whose concentrations do not require a Senior Recital (B.A. students in Music History/Literature and 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. 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 and should demonstrate several contrasting styles. These examinations are held during the first and last weeks of each semester and are scheduled through the music office.

Intermediate Performance Assessment Requirements (PDF)

Senior Recital Audition

All students presenting a Senior Recital 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 Performance Assessment above.

Students must have performed on at least four Student Performance Recitals before they are eligible for this examination. An unsuccessful Recital Audition may result in the recital being postponed or canceled.  These examinations are scheduled through the department office.  must be completed and turned in to the department office prior to your audition.

Jazz musicians should plan to complete the Tunes Test the semester before their  Senior Recital.

HANDOUT – Senior Recital Audition (PDF)

View Tunes Test requirements

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If you have questions about any of these requirements, please contact your advisor, your private teacher, or the music office: music@uvm.edu.