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Graduate Admissions

Audition Guidelines

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


Perform two pieces that demonstrate contrast of tempo and style.

Audition Options

Online (Video) Audition Guidelines

Video One: An introduction video (3-5 minutes max). This can be the video you submitted with your application. In the video, introduce yourself, tell us your musical background, and answer the following questions:
  1. Why do you want a career in music education?
  2. Who inspired you to be a music teacher and why?
  3. 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 are optional but encouraged.

What to wear: Professional attire expected

In-Person Audition Guidelines

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

What to wear: Professional attire expected.

Percussion Guidelines

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

Instrumental Guidelines

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.


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