Audition Requirements - Percussion

School of Music – Instrument Requirements


  1. Repertoire
    • Three pieces, etudes or movements, representing the following instrument categories:
      1. Snare Drum
      2. Mallets (xylophone, marimba, bells, or vibraphone)
      3. Timpani, or a second snare piece, or a second mallet piece
    • Suggested level of difficulty (these are examples):
      • Snare: Rudimental
        • Schinstine: Any solo from Adventures in Solo Drumming (Southern Music Company)
        • Trad: Downfall of Paris (Ludwig)
        • Trad: Connecticut Halftime (Ludwig)
        • Concert: Cirone: Any solo from Portraits in Rhythm (Belwin)
        • Concert: Delécluse: Any solo from Douze Études pour Caisse-Claire (Alphonse Leduc)
      • Mallets:
        • Bach: Concerto in A minor, Mvt. 1 or 3 (from Goldenberg: Modern School for Xylophone - Hal Leonard)
        • Bach: Partita in E - Preludio
        • Handel: Any Sonata movement
        • G.H. Green: Any xylophone rag (Meredith Music)
        • Burton: 6 Unaccompanied Solos for Vibes (Creative)
        • Abe: Any solo or etude (Studio 4 Productions)
        • Musser: Any etude (Studio 4 Productions)
      • Timpani:
        • Whaley: Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist (J.R. Publications)
        • Firth: The Solo Timpanist, Vol. I (Fischer) (2, 3, & 4 timp)
        • Delécluse: Vingt Études pour Timbales (Alphonse Leduc)
        • Mitchell Peters: Fundamental Method for Timpani - any etudes (Alfred)
        • Beck: Sonata for Timpani (Boston Music Co.)
        • Goodman: Introduction & Allegro (3 timp) (Belwin)
  2. Technical Requirements
      • Snare: NARD 13 Essential Rudiments
      • Mallets: Major and melodic minor scales through four sharps and flats
      • Timpani: Staccato stroke, legato stroke, roll (all dynamics)
  3. Sight Reading
      • To include exercises in snare, mallets and timpani.


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