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Audition Requirements for Piano

All prospective students must be able to play major and minor scales and arpeggios with facility and appropriate fingerings. Students should be prepared to sight-read at the audition.

Majors in Music (Applied)

Prospective performance majors must play a memorized audition that demonstrates technical facility, musicality, and understanding of musical styles.

  • A Prelude and Fugue by Bach, or at least two movements of a French or English suite or partita
  • A fast movement from a Classical sonata
  • A work from the 19th or 20th century

Minors in Music, other music degree areas

Prospective piano majors in all other degrees (music education, and composition) must play a memorized audition that demonstrates technical facility, musicality, and understanding of musical styles consisting of the following works or their equivalents:

  • A Bach invention
  • One movement of a Classical sonata
  • A work from the 19th or 20th century