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Percussion Audition Requirements

Keyboard

  • Please prepare one continuous recording for keyboard and one continuous record each for two of the remaining three instrumental categories (three recordings in total).  If any of your solo selection is over 5 minutes, please play an excerpted version.  Standard orchestral excerpts could be used in place of the solo works as well. 
  • In addition to the following requirements, you may submit additional footage of jazz playing for special consideration.  Please contact Dr. Tang at longtao.tang@pepperdine.edu.

If you have difficulty accessing these instruments, please contact Dr. Tang at the above email address.

Snare Drum

  • Any solo from Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters
    Concert roll, pp - ff - pp, 20 seconds
    Rudimental solo of choice/Standard orchestral excerpt of choice

Timpani

  • Roll at pp and ff dynamic levels 
    Solo work of choice/Standard orchestral excerpt of choice

Drum Set

  • Demonstrate steady time and fills in two styles of your choice: swing, rock, funk, latin, jazz waltz

Malley Keyboard

  • 2 mallet solo work of choice/Standard orchestral excerpt of choice
  • 4 mallet solo work of choice

Percussion Transfer Students

For entrance into the Department of Music as a transfer student in percussion, a student must demonstrate technical strength and reading ability on keyboard and two of the remaining three percussion areas.  Please prepare one continuous recording for all keyboard selections and one continuous record each for two of the remaining three instrumental categories.

In addition to the following requirements, you may submit additional footage of jazz playing for special consideration.  Please contact Dr. Tang at longtao.tang@pepperdine.edu

If you have difficulty accessing these instruments, please contact Dr. Tang at the above email address.

Keyboard

  • Two major and two harmonic minor scales of your choice (two octaves) at a moderate tempo
  • Four-mallet solo of your choice from the following list or from works of comparable difficulty to the following:
    • Eric Sammu: Four Rotations
    • Paul Smadbeck: Rhythm Song
    • Keiko Abe: Michi or Wind in the Bamboo Grove
    • One movement from J. S. Bach Violin Sonatas or Partitas
  • One standard orchestral excerpt including but not limited to:
    • Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
    • Gershwin - "Porgy and Bess", overture
    • Kabalevsky - Colas Breugnon
    • Mozart - "The Magic Flute", Act 1 Finale
    • Respighi - Pines of Rome
    • Shostakovich - "The Golden Age", Polka

Timpani

Ability to tune drums by relative pitch (by using a tuning fork) will be assessed

  • Relaxed roll at pp and ff dynamic levels
  • One solo selection or etude (for two or more drums and involving tuning changes) including or of comparable difficulty to:
    • John Beck: Sonata for Timpani
    • One selection from Alexander Lepak 32 Solos for Timpani
    • One selection from Fred Hinger Solos for the Virtuoso Tympanist
  • One standard orchestral excerpt including but not limited to:
    • Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, 7 or 9
    • Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis
    • Mahler - Symphony 5
    • Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring
    • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4

Snare Drum

  • Rudimental roll and closed orchestra roll at ppp through fff
  • Prepared solo using rolls, drags, flams and a wide dynamic range comparable to the following:
    • Jacques Delecluse: Douze Etudes
    • Anthony Cirone: Portraits in Rhythm
    • Mitchell Peters: Hard Times

Drum Set

  • Ability to keep steady time and play fills several basic beat styles: Swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Funk, Rock and Jazz Waltz, alternating 4 measures of time with 4 measures of solo