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Audition Material

Guitar | Percussion | Piano | String | Voice | Wind

Students are only required to audition on their primary instrument/voice type. For those interested in Music Therapy, please take note of the additional requirements.

Classical Guitar

All auditioning students are required to perform on a nylon string guitar, and with proper classical guitar technique (no plectrum / pick).

Performance

Two contrasting works from different time periods. Grade 1 pieces from the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List are acceptable.

Be prepared for a short sight-reading excerpt.

Music Therapy

One Grade 2 piece from the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List.

One study from Matteo Carcassi's Opus 60.

Be prepared for a short sight-reading excerpt.

Theory & Composition

One Grade 2 piece from the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List.

One study from Matteo Carcassi's Opus 60.

Be prepared for a short sight-reading excerpt.

Percussion

Please see the Percussion Studio page for audition materials.

Piano

Performance

Students will perform up to thirty minutes of memorized repertoire representing a minimum of three of the following four style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist/ Contemporary. Required: A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Opus 49, K. 282, 331, and 545). Recommended: Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, a solo piece from the Romantic repertoire, and a work by a representative 20th Century/Contemporary composer. The student will also be asked to play all Major and minor scales, 4 octaves ascending and descending (minimum speed: quarter note = 120) and an excerpt of sightreading.

Music Therapy

Students will perform a fast movement from a classical period sonata (same exclusions apply) and two contrasting period works. The sonata must be memorized, and memorization for the two contrasting works is optional. Scales and sightreading requirements remain the same.

New age, popular, contemporary Christian, and other similar styles of music will not be accepted.

Please contact Dr. Ilonka Rus-Edery at (936) 294-1385 (ilonkarus@yahoo.com) to answer any questions about the previous sections.

String

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Memorization is required for music performance majors. For all other majors, memorization is optional. Students should prepare one three-octave scale and arpeggios (minor and major) and two contrasting pieces or movements from a sonata or concerto.

Harp

Students should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from a sonata or concerto. Performance majors must play at least one of these from memory. Students should also prepare one orchestral excerpt from the standard literature.

Voice

Music Education or Performance

Students should prepare two selections from the standard classical vocal repertoire; one selection should be in a foreign language (examples of appropriate literature can be found in the “Texas UIL Prescribed Music List”). Contemporary Christian, musical theater, country, pop and jazz music will not be accepted. Music must be memorized.

Students may bring their own accompanist or one will be provided. Please bring a copy of the sheet music to the audition to share with the accompanist. The accompanist’s copy should be prepared with all the notes on the page, double-sided and contained in a three-ringed binder. Music must be in the keys in which you will sing. Students will have the opportunity to work with the accompanist briefly before their audition.

Prospective students will be asked to sight-read a short musical passage. Students may also be asked to repeat short melodic passages (played on the piano) to demonstrate tonal memory and musicianship skills.

Music Therapy

Students should prepare two selections. At least one of the two selections should be from the standard classical vocal repertoire; one selection should be in a foreign language (examples of appropriate literature can be found in the “Texas UIL Prescribed Music List”). The second selection should be in a style most comfortable to the student and demonstrate the student’s musical skill in areas such as pitch and rhythm accuracy, expression and range. Acceptable selections include classical literature, folk songs, spirituals and Broadway show tunes. Music must be memorized.

Students may bring their own accompanist or one will be provided. Please bring a copy of the sheet music to the audition to share with the accompanist. The accompanist’s copy should be prepared with all the notes on the page, double-sided and contained in a three-ringed binder. Music must be in the keys in which you will sing. Students will have the opportunity to work with the accompanist briefly before their audition. Self-accompaniment (the student’s choice of instrument) on the second selection is also an option where stylistically appropriate.

Prospective students will be asked to sight-read a short musical passage. Students may also be asked to repeat short melodic passages (played on the piano) to demonstrate tonal memory and musicianship skills.

Wind

Wind players should prepare one or two solos or etudes, which demonstrate technical facility as well as lyrical, expressive playing. Sight-reading and/or major scales may be requested. An accompanist is not necessary. Music may be used.

Bassoon Studio Page
Clarinet Studio Page
Saxophone Studio Page

Additional Music Therapy Requirements

In addition to the School of Music audition on your primary instrument/voice type, those applying for admission to the Music Therapy undergraduate program must interview with Music Therapy faculty. Students should contact the Director of Music Therapy at musictherapy@shsu.edu or (936)294-1376 to schedule the interview, which can take place at any time during the application process.
Those applying for admission to the Music Therapy graduate or graduate equivalency program must follow the application procedure posted in "Graduate Studies" - " Music Therapy Master Equivalency Program" and should contact the coordinator of graduate studies in music therapy at halim@shsu.edu or (936)294-3261. Music therapy master equivalency applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree in music (i.e., music performance, music education, or music therapy) should take the School of Music audition.

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