All students seeking admission to the department as music majors MUST complete a performance audition.
Auditions can be arranged by completed the online application:
Admission & Scholarship Audition Dates
November 2016 by appointment
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 8, 2017
Woodwind, Brass and Percussion (contact Dr. Kyle Prescott at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Orchestral Strings (Contact Dr. Laura Joella, at 561-297-2262 / email@example.com)
Choose two contrasting pieces of music (Latin, swing, ballad).Your audition pieces should be 2-4 minutes in length. Choose a piece that demonstrates your proficiency and musicianship. You will want to select a piece that you feel showcases your abilities and represents your best playing. We ultimately want to find out who you are as a musician and what it is that you do well.
If you require an accompanist for your prepared piece, please bring one. FAU does not provide an accompanist for guitar auditions. You may also use a play-along CD or MP3 recording. Do not use original tracks of artists to play along with. We want to only hear YOU. We advise you to use standard play-along, music minus-one, or karaoke recordings so that you are not playing your part along with the part on the original recording
Here are some guidelines and examples that will help you in your selection of a piece:
Optional / In addition to the prepared piece:
We will ask you to improvise over a short chord progression to help us asses your creative development. It is not required, but you may feature improvisation in your prepared piece. Be prepared to play over a standard I-IV-V blues progression as well as another simple chord progression.
The sight reading material will range from simple to complex. You will have approximately 3 tries if necessary. Examples will consist of single note melodies, chord symbol reading, and rhythmic notation.
You will be asked to play back short melodies and rhythmic examples given by the interviewer. You will also be asked to identify intervals and chord qualities. You may be asked to demonstrate and discuss your practice techniques as well as other techniques that showcase your musical style, for example right hand technique, sweep picking, finger tapping, etc.
Scholarship awards are based on performance of repertoire alone. Theory, sight-singing/ear-training and history evaluations will not be factored when awarding scholarships.
Department of Music
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton FL 33431
Florida Atlantic University is an accredited institutional member of the
National Association of Schools of Music