Audition Guidelines

Applicants applying for the MCert, TCEP or Undergraduate programs will be required to audition.


Music you choose to present. VanderCook does not work from a standard repertoire list so you should select two pieces you enjoy, are comfortable playing, and show contrast of tempo/style.

Audition Options

  Online via VanderCook’s online application platform Acceptd (application platform)

Online (Video) Audition Guidelines

Video One: An introduction video. This can be the video you submitted with your application. As stated above, introduce yourself, tell us your musical background, and let us know why you want to be a music teacher. (3 minutes max.)

Video Two / Three: Two pieces of contrasting styles or one longer piece that demonstrates contrasting styles.

Video Four: Scale(s) that demonstrate your technique and range. (2 scales min.)

In-Person Audition Guidelines

  Two pieces of contrasting styles or one longer piece that demonstrates contrasting styles.
  Scale(s) that demonstrate your technique and range.
  Sight-reading exercise
  Interview with panelists

Please note: All in-person auditions must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

Percussion Guidelines

Beyond scales and sight-reading, try to prepare as many of the following as possible:

  A snare drum solo or étude
  One 2-mallet and one 4-mallet keyboard selection
  A tympani solo or étude
  Basic drum set beats

Instrumental / String Guidelines

  Play two or more pieces/movements on your primary instrument that contrast in style, tempo or mood.
  Play three or four scales. The more you know, the better, but a smooth, steady performance with good tone and intonation is more important than speed.
  Sight-read a few short exercises.

Choral Guidelines

You may bring your own accompanist, or you may request an accompanist two weeks prior to your audition. Audition music should be sent immediately following a request for an accompanist.

  Sing two pieces of contrasting styles that show your vocal range.
  Show off different aspects of your ability to communicate the music.
  Demonstrate that you can sing scales in tune.
  Sight-read a few short exercises.

If you have questions regarding your program, application or the admissions process, please contact us at or 312.788.1120. We are happy to answer your questions and help you learn more about VanderCook College of Music.


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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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