Instruments

Audition Guidelines

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

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Perform two pieces that demonstrate contrast of tempo and style.

Audition Options

  • In person

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

Online (Video) Audition Guidelines

Video One: An introduction video (3-5 minutes max). This can be the video you submitted with your application. As stated above, introduce yourself, tell us your musical background, and answer the following questions: 

  • Why do you want a career in music education?
  • Who inspired you to be a music teacher and why?
  • What are the qualities you look for in an outstanding teacher?

Videos Two & Three: Perform two selections of contrasting styles, or one longer selection that demonstrates contrasting styles.

Video Four: Perform major scales that demonstrate your technique and range. One sharp key and one flat key (2 scales minimum; please perform at least one sharp key and one flat key). Minor scales optional but encouraged.

What to wear: Professional attire expected.

In-Person Audition Guidelines

  • Two selections of contrasting styles, or one longer selection that demonstrates contrasting styles.
  • Major scales that demonstrate your technique and range. Please be prepared to have scales selected for you. Minor scales optional but encouraged.
  • Sight-reading exercise.
  • Interview with panelists.

What to wear: Professional attire expected.

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:

  • Snare drum solo or etude in an orchestral/concert style
  • Snare drum solo or etude in a rudimental style
  • One 2-mallet and one 4-mallet keyboard selection
  • A timpani solo or étude
  • Demonstrate styles on drum set (optional)

Instrumental Guidelines

  • Play two or more selections/movements on your primary instrument that demonstrate contrast of tempo and style.
  • Major scales that demonstrate your technique and range. Please be prepared to have scales selected for you. Minor scales optional but encouraged.
  • Sight-read a few short exercises.

Voice 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.

  • Perform two contrasting selections that demonstrate your abilities. This may be something in a foreign language and something in English, an art song and a musical theatre piece; something that demonstrates your ability to sing phrases and something that demonstrates your flexibility. Most importantly, choose music that shows us who you are as a musician.
  • Demonstrate that you can sing scales in tune.

Singing scales: You may use solfege syllables, numbers or a neutral syllable. Please prepare to sing one octave followed by the arpeggio in a comfortable range. Perform as many of the following scales: major, natural minor, melodic minor, harmonic minor. For the minor scales, they may be la-based or do-based minor.

Here are some scale suggestions to perform: Sop/Tenor F major and D minor; Alto and Bass: D or D-flat major and B or B-flat minor, for example.

 
 

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Chicago, IL 60616-3731
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