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All students seeking admission to the department as music majors MUST complete a performance audition.

Auditions can be arranged by completed the online application:


Undergraduate Music Application Form

Graduate Music Application Form


Admission & Scholarship Audition Dates
Spring 2017

November 2016 by appointment

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

March 18, 2017

April 8, 2017


Audition Requirements

Vocal (Contact Dr. Patricia Fleitas at 561-297-3823 / pfleitas@fau.edu)

Woodwind, Brass and Percussion (contact Dr. Kyle Prescott at 561-297-3826/kpresco2@fau.edu)

Piano (contact Irena Kofman at 561-297-3372 / ikofman@fau.edu ).
Please note that we are no longer accepting piano majors into the Music Education degree track.
  • Two selections in contrasting styles (pianists: at least one by memory)
  • All scales in major keys (two octaves, ascending and descending)

Orchestral Strings (Contact Dr. Laura Joella, at  561-297-2262 /  joella@fau.edu)

  • Two contrasting movements from a major concerto, sonata or unaccompanied solo work. 
  • Orchestral excerpts or an etude may be substituted in consultation with the area director.
  • Sight-reading evaluation
Classical Guitar (contact Dr. Ken Keaton at keaton@fau.edu)

Electric Guitar (contact Matthew Joy  at joym@fau.edu)

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:

  • A composition/song from a well-known artist
  • A well-known jazz standard (that may also feature your improvisational abilities)
  • A composition from solo repertoire, for example an etude or a movement from a sonata

Optional / In addition to the prepared piece:

  • A transcription of a known artist's solo
  • An original composition (must be 3 minutes or less)


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.

Sight Reading:

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.

Ear Training:

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.

Electric Bass Guitar (contact Rob Rimmington at rrimming@fau.edu ).
Please note that we are no longer accepting guitar majors into the Music Education degree track.
  • Two Pieces of contrasting styles (latin, swing, ballad) including one jazz standard (no original or rock songs; two jazz standards preferred)
  • 12 Bar Blues in F or Bb
    • Melody
    • Chords
    • Improvised solo
  • Sight Reading
    • Guitar
      • Consistent melody by itself at any tempo
      • Comp the chord progression
    • Bass
      • Consistent melody by itself at any tempo
      • Walking bass line over chord changes

Scholarship awards are based on performance of repertoire alone. Theory, sight-singing/ear-training and history evaluations will not be factored when awarding scholarships.

Contact Information

Department of Music
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton FL 33431
Phone: 561.297.3820
Fax: 561.297.2944
Email: music@fau.edu

Florida Atlantic University is an accredited institutional member of the
National Association of Schools of Music

 Last Modified 11/8/16