School of Music

Keyboard Department

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

The audition requirements for the undergraduate piano performance concentration degree include the ability to perform fluently: all major and minor scales and arpeggios; compositions of an advanced level representative of piano literature from three of the four style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary).  Audition repertoire must be performed from memory, and sight-reading must be demonstrated. (A minimum level of difficulty would include such pieces as a Bach Prelude and Fugue or a Scarlatti Sonata; a sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven; a work by Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, or Liszt; and a significant composition by Debussy, Bartok, Prokofieff, or another 20th or 21st century composer.)

Graduate Audition Information

Demonstrate an acceptable level of musical accomplishment through an audition. As part of the admission process, all applicants must demonstrate a basic knowledge of music history and theory with an acceptable evaluation on an examination administered at the time of the audition.

For suggestions on acceptable audition repertoire, please contact Dr. John O'Brien in the Keyboard Department.