Your Audition Will Include:
- Audition on your primary instrument
- Theory Assessment
- Sight Singing Assessment
- Piano Proficiency Test (not offered as part of the 2021 audition cycle)
Audition on Your Primary Instrument
All applicants to the Bachelor of Music program and the Joint Degrees program (Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Business Administration) are required to perform an audition.
Applicants applying for admission for fall 2021 will submit a recorded audition videos. The deadline for submitting your audition video is February 26, 2021. Here are instructions for recording and submitting your audition video.
In response to health and safety concerns, we have modified the requirements regarding performing auditions with collaborative pianists. Voice applicants may sing their auditions with a track or with an in-person pianist. All other applicants may play their auditions solo, with a track, or with an in-person pianist.
Applicants will write the Theory Assessment online on either Saturday, February 27, 2021 or Sunday, February 28, 2021. A faculty proctor will monitor applicants via a live video stream (i.e. Zoom) as they write the assessment. Results on the Theory Assessment inform our admissions decisions and they help us place students in the appropriate theory class for their first year.
The Theory Assessment is designed to measure comprehension, accuracy, and facility across a wide range of basic theoretical concepts. We are looking for instant and accurate recall of such constructs as:
- scales and modes
- key signatures
- rhythmic notation
- simple and compound intervals
- triads - major, minor, diminished and augmented
- seventh chords
- simple roman numeral analysis
The aural dictation component of the test demonstrates a dimension of music literacy. You will be asked to:
- Identify harmonic or melodic intervals within the range of an octave.
- Recognize major, minor, diminished and augmented triads, and dominant seventh (major-minor seventh) chords.
- Detect errors in both rhythmic and melodic writing.
Applicants are exempt from writing the Theory Assessment if they have completed RCM Theory Level 8 (formerly RCM Grade 2 rudiments) within the last two years. Students are also exempt from writing the Theory Assessment if they have scored 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam within the last two years. Please email a copy of your certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sight Singing Assessment
Applicants will perform the Sight Singing Assessment from their home locations in a live video session with a faculty member on either Saturday, February 27, 2021 or Sunday, February 28, 2021. Results on the Sight Singing Assessment inform our admissions decisions.
You will be asked to:
- Sing specific intervals within the range of an octave and sing (arpeggiate) major and minor triads.
- Perform at sight a rhythmic phrase of 4-8 measures incorporating half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes and dotted rhythms in simple and compound metres.
- Sing a given diatonic melody at sight in any major or minor key, in treble or bass clef. We recommend, but do not require, that you use moveable do (major and minor keys).
Piano Proficiency Test (optional)
The Piano Proficiency Test will not be offered as part of the 2021 audition cycle.
The Piano Proficiency Test is not an entrance requirement, although applicants may choose to play it as part of their audition if they like.
The Piano Proficiency Test assesses students' basic keyboard skills. It is administered in September and February of each year. Successful completion of the test is a prerequisite to required second-year core program courses, including Music 2107, 2117, and 2401. If you are not already a good pianist, you should plan to take private piano lessons in advance of playing the Piano Proficiency Test.
Students whose principal applied study is piano or organ are exempt from playing the Piano Proficiency Test.
- Two contrasting pieces of your own choice, equivalent in difficulty to RCM Grade 2 or higher.
- C, Eb, and D major
- A, C, and B harmonic minor
- All scales to be played two octaves, ascending and descending.
- Play scales hands together, with hands one octave apart.
- C, Eb, and D major
- A, C, and B minor
- Triads are to be played solid and broken in root position, 1st inversion, and 2nd inversion.