Percussion Audition Guidelines


  • 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):
    1. 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)
        • Delécluse: Any solo from Douze Études pour Caisse-Claire (Alphonse Leduc)
    2. 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)
    3. 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)

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)

Sight Reading:

  • To include exercises in snare, mallets and timpani.

For information about Memorial University’s percussion program, please contact Prof. Rob Power.


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