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School of Music: Instrumental Department: Percussion Studio
Percussion Auditions: Undergraduate






Welcome future undergraduates!

Admission to the School of Music is determined by an acceptable level of performance as demonstrated through a personal audition or a recent taped recording. In addition, the prospective student must pass examinations which will demonstrate their understanding of basic music theory and their musicianship (pitch and rhythm recognition etc.).  

A satisfactory audition is required of all entering freshmen, transfer students, and students being readmitted. Acceptance of the audition is based upon an affirmative vote by a majority of the auditioning committee, which comprises a minimum of three faculty members.   For detailed information on our admissions process, students should contact the assistant dean for undergraduate studies of the School of Music.

Degree-Specific Audition Requirements:
The audition requirements are specific to the degree a student wishes to pursue.  See the list below for the particular audition requirement for the degree of your choice.

B.M. in Music Education   
B.M. in Music Therapy  
B.M. in Music Theory-Composition
Students pursuing the Bachelors degree in Music Education, Music Therapy or Theory/Composition should prepare an audition consisting of the following materials. Performance on snare drum and mallets is expected of all prospective students.
  • Snare Drum:
    Be prepared to perform all rudiments from the list at the bottom of this web page from slow to fast. A prepared solo (#22, 29, 31 or 32 from Intermediate Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters or another solo of similar difficulty). Sight-reading.
  • Mallets:
    All major scales, covering two octaves, leading with either hand. Prepared solo for two mallets (Handel Sonata, pp. 10-11 in Masterpieces for Marimba by Thos. McMillan or similar). Sight-reading.
  • Timpani:
    Tune the timpani to a given pitch. Tune to a P4or P5 above or below a given pitch.  Long roll, ppp to fff. Prepared solo (Any of Etudes #s 19-32 in Fundamental Method for Timpani by Mitchell Peters, or similar). Sight-reading.
  • Drum set:
    Be prepared to play time and trade 4’s in the following styles: rock, funk, swing, samba, mambo. Read a big band chart with accompaniment.

Bachelor of Music in Performance concentration in percussion
Students planning to pursue the degree of Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance should prepare an audition to include all of the following areas:
  • Snare Drum:
    Perform all rudiments from the list at the bottom of this web page from slow to fast. A prepared solo (Etudes #4,6,12,13 from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone or similar). Sight-reading.
  • Mallets:
    All major and natural minor scales, two octaves, lead with either hand. All major and minor triad arpeggios three octaves, leading with either hand.  Prepared two-mallet solo (Handel Sonata, pp 20-21 in Masterpieces for Marimba by Thos. McMillan or similar), prepared 4 mallet solo (Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters or similar). Sight-reading.
  • Timpani:
    Tune timpani to a given pitch and to P4, P5, M6, and M3 above or below that given pitch. Prepared solo (Any of etudes 33, 39,41,52,53 in Fundamental Method for Timpani by Mitchell Peters or similar), long roll ppp-fff. Sight-reading.
  • Drum Set:
    Be prepared to play time and trade 4’s in the following styles: rock, funk, swing, samba, mambo. Read a big band chart with accompaniment.

Bachelor of Music in Performance concentration in jazz studies
Students planning to pursue the degree of Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies should prepare an audition to include the following areas:
  • Snare Drum:
    Perform all rudiments from the list below from slow to fast A prepared solo (#22, 29, 31 or 32 from Intermediate Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters or another solo of similar difficulty). Sight-reading.
  • Mallets:
    All major scales two octaves leading with either hand. All major triad arpeggios 3 octaves leading with either hand. Prepared solo for two mallets (Handel Sonata, pp. 10-11 in Masterpieces for Marimba by Thos. McMillan or similar). Sight-reading.
  • Drum Set:
    Be prepared to play time and trade 4’s in the following styles: rock, funk, swing, samba, mambo. Sight read a big band chart with accompaniment.

 
Snare Drum Rudiments

All required snare drum rudiments are selected from the Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.). Notation for rudiments may be seen and downloaded from http://www.pas.org/Resources/rudiments.cfm

Roll Rudiments
5 Stroke Roll (alternating)
7 Stroke Roll (non-alternating)
9 Stroke Roll (alternating)
10 Stroke Roll (non-alternating)
11 Stroke Roll (non-alternating)
13 Stroke Roll (alternating)
Long roll (open-close-open)
Single Stroke Roll (open-close-open)

Diddle Rudiments
Single Paradiddle (alternating)
Double Paradiddle (alternating)
Drag Paradiddle #1 (alternating)
Drag Paradiddle #2 (alternating)
Drag Rudiments
Drag (alternating)
Single Drag Tap (alternating)
Double Drag Tap (alternating)
Single Ratamacue (alternating)
Double Ratamacue (alternating)
Triple Ratamacue (alternating)
Lesson 25 (non-alternating)

Flam Rudiments
Flam (alternating)
Flam Tap (alternating)
Flam Accent (alternating)
Flamacue (non-alternating)
Flam Paradiddle (alternating)
Flam Paradiddle-diddle (alternating)