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Percussion Audition Requirements

Keyboard

Major scales, two octaves at a moderate tempo: C,F,G, B-flat, D, E-flat , A

  • Two-mallet sight reading
  • Marimba Solo (no repeats): Handel - F Major Sonata for Violin, 2nd mvt. or Bouree-Bach - E Major Partita for Violin
  • 4 mallet composition of your choice.

Snare Drum

  • Etude #1, Advanced Snare Drum Studies, Mitchell Peters
  • Buzz roll: pp to ff to pp for 20 seconds
  • Rudiments: Paradiddles, Flam Accents, Flam Taps, Pattifla-flas, lesson 25, Double Ratamacues, 5/7/9 stroke rolls

Timpani

  • Relaxed roll at pp and ff dynamic levels
  • Ability to match intervals on the drums
  • One solo of your choice

Drum Set

Be prepared to perform on set in steady time and play fills in several basic beat styles:
Swing, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian, Funk, Rock, Pop and Jazz Waltz

Requirements for 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. The examples listed below give an idea of the expected minimum level of ability for first- and second-year students.

Keyboard

  • All major and minor scales, two octaves at a moderate tempo
  • Two-mallet sight reading
  • Four-mallet solo of your choice Comparable to the following:
  • Eric Sammu: Four Rotations
  • Paul Smadbeck: Rhythm Song
  • Keiko Abe: Michi or Wind in the Bamboo Grove
  • Movement from a J. S. Bach Violin Sonata or Partita
  • An orchestral excerpt such as:
  • Dukas - The Sorcer'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

  • Relaxed roll at pp and ff dynamic levels
  • Ability to tune drums by relative pitch, i.e. by using a tuning fork
  • One solo or etude for two or more drums that involves tuning changes comparable to:
  • John Beck: Sonata for Timpani
  • An etude from Alexander Lepak's 32 Solos for Timpani
  • A solo from Fred Hinger's Solos for the Virtuoso Tympanist
  • Orchestral excerpt such as:
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 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
  • Sight read compound, simple and changing meter exercises
  • Prepared solo using rolls, drags, flams and a wide dynamic range comparable to the following:
  • Jacques Delecluse: etude from Douze Etudes
  • Anthony Cirone: etude from Portraits in Rhythm
  • Mitchell Peters: etude from Hard Times

Drum Set

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