Department of Music Application Process | Pepperdine University | Seaver College

Department of Music Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Pepperdine University Department of Music. As a prospective music major or minor, you need to follow the first three steps below to be considered for admittance into the department. Please read all information regarding the application and audition process prior to submitting materials.

  1. Apply to Pepperdine University
  2. Apply to the Department of Music
  3. Auditions
  4. Apply for Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Step 1: Apply to Pepperdine University 

You must apply to both Pepperdine University and the Department of Music.

The first step in the application process is to apply to Pepperdine University by January 5, 2018. Please visit Seaver Admissions for information on applying to the University and for a link to the Common Application. 

You are urged to complete this process as soon as possible the year before your proposed entrance. Early application is strongly advised because of enrollment limitations and financial aid deadlines.

NOTE: Although you may receive an acceptance letter from Pepperdine upon submitting your Pepperdine application, this does not mean that you have been accepted into the Music Department.

Step 2: Apply to the Department of Music

The second step in the application process is to apply to the Department of Music. When you are ready to begin the music application process, please visit our SlideRoom

All application materials required for the music application must be uploaded to SlideRoom by February 2, 2018.  

Information for Transfer Students

The Department of Music welcomes transfer students who have been accepted to Pepperdine University and the music program at Seaver College. Content and units vary among music programs, and courses completed at another college or university must be evaluated and approved before any transferred units can be credited to the music major or minor program.

Transfer Students must apply to both Seaver College (via the Common Application) and the Music Department (via the Slideroom Application).

Students must apply to both Seaver College and the Music Department by October 15 of the Fall before their requested Spring admission. (For example, a Spring 2017 transfer must apply by October, 2016).

Students must also audition and submit all supplemental materials by this date as well.

After being accepted to Pepperdine University and into the Seaver College music program, each transfer student declaring a music major or minor must provide the following materials for potential transfer of units:

  • an official transcript from each college where music course work was completed,
  • a photocopy or printout of the catalog description of each music course,
  • a copy of the syllabus for each music course.

Additionally, all transfer students are required to take the Music Theory Placement Exam during their audition or during New Student Orientation. This exam does not weigh into the application process for the program. Click here for more information about this assessment.

Additional Materials for Music Composition

Admission to the Music Composition program is subject to a successful audition in your major performing medium and per approval of your portfolio by the composition faculty. You must schedule or upload your performance audition via Slide Room along with your composition portfolio and letters of recommendation. The portfolio submitted should contain two or three notated scores (pdf format only). Audio or video recordings of your original compositions can be uploaded to SlideRoom in the accepted media formats or they can be submitted via YouTube or SoundCloud links on your Slide Room application form.

Deadlines:

  • The deadline for submitting additional materials to be considered for Spring 2017 acceptance is October 15, 2016.
  • The deadline for submitting additional materials to be considered for Fall 2017 acceptance is February 3, 2017.

Additional Materials for Music Education

Additional materials are required for the music education program:

When you come to the Department of Music for your audition, you will also be scheduled for an interview with a music education faculty member. The purpose of the interview is to provide our admissions committee with additional information about your potential as a music education major. Please follow the audition repertoire guidelines listed below (Step 3) for your instrument or voice-type. The Music Education rating will be used in combination with the audition results when making admission decisions.

Step 3: Audition Requirements and Repertoire

To schedule an audition, you must first begin your Slideroom application. You will find the audition link (Eventbrite), under the Music Audition Form within SlideRoom. To Start Click Here

Audition Dates:

  • November 11, 2017 (Voice and Theater and Music)
  • January 20, 2018 (Piano, Guitar, Voice, Theater and Music, and Instrumental)
  • January 27, 2018 (Piano, Guitar, Voice, and Theater and Music)
  • February 3, 2018 (Instrumental Only) 

Please choose from the areas below for specific audition procedures and repertoire based on your instrument. 

For prospective instrumental students, please note that you are not allowed to have an accompanist with you for your audition. 

Brass Instruments

Admission into the performance major requires an advanced development of embouchure, articulation, range, tone, and flexibility than is required for Music Education, and Composition programs. The entrance audition must display a level of development that will allow students to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. Live and taped auditions are accepted; however, a slightly longer program of music is suggested for taped auditions.

Euphonium

  • Sight-reading
  • Etudes. Suggested etudes can be found in Voxman's Selected studies , Bordogni and Rochut's Melodious Studies, Vol. 1, and Arban's Characteristic Studies
  • Perform two contrasting movements from works that are comparable in difficulty to Curnow's Rhapsody for Euphonium, Arban's Carnival of Venice and Variations on a Tyrolean Song, DeLuca's Beautiful Colorado or Clinard's Sonata for Unaccompanied Euphonium.

Horn

A program of two contrasting movements, pieces, or etudes from the list below or from selections of comparable difficulty. Sight reading and major scales in two octaves may be included in the audition.

  • Beethoven: Sonata
  • Glazunov: Reveries
  • Heiden: Sonata
  • Mozart: Concertos 1-4; Concert Rondo
  • Saint-Saëns: Concertpiece; Romance, Op. 36
  • Scriabin: Romance
  • F. Strauss: Concerto, Op. 8; Nocturno, Op. 7
  • R. Strauss: Concerto No. 1

Trombone

  • Sight-reading
  • Perform two contrasting movements from works that are comparable in difficulty to Blazhevich Concert Piece No. 5, Galliard Sonatas No. 1-3, Guilmant Morceau Symphonique, Marcello Sonata in F Major, Ropartz Andante et Allegro, Barat Andante et Allegro, Rousseau Piece Concertante, Morel Piece in F-Minor, Lebedev Concerto in One Movement, McCarthy Sonata for Bass Trombone or Hindemith Drei leichte Stucke

Bass Trombone

  • Any etude from methods by Alan Ostrander, Kopprasch, Tyrrell, Blazhevich or Grigoriev and one from Bordogni's 43 Bel Canto Studies.
  • Perform two contrasting mvts from the following works: Sarabande from Bach Cello Suite, Lebedev Concerto, Lieb Concertino, McCarty Sonata or one of the bass trombone solos of Eric Ewazen.

Trumpet

  • Sight-reading
  • Perform two contrasting movements, pieces, or etudes

Tuba

  • Sight-reading
  • Perform two contrasting movements from works that are comparable in difficulty to Grigoriev Studies for Tuba , Bordogni Legato Etudes Vol. 1 , Blazhevich 70 Studies for Tuba , Haddad Suite for Tuba , Hindemith Sonata for Bass Tuba , Vaughn Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba (movement 1), Holmes Lento , Wilder Suite No. 1 for Tuba , Marcello Sonata in F-Major or Marcello Sonata in A-Minor

Guitar

In order to provide a clear picture of your abilities and skills, please prepare the following:

Two or more solo works demonstrating different musical styles and techniques. Selections may include or be equivalent in difficulty to Renaissance lute or Vihuela pieces (i.e.; Dowland); movements from a Baroque suite (Bach); Classical era studies (Sor or Giuliani); and Romantic or twentieth-century pieces (Villa-Lobos or Tarrega).

* All applicants are required to submit a repertoire list.

Harp

Harp (Incoming Freshman)

  • An etude exemplifying the applicant's technical standard; i.e., Bochsa #1
  • Orchestra excerpt: Waltz of the Flowers Cadenza- Nutcracker Suite
  • Two solos works of contrasting in tempo and style.

Transfer Student

  • One of the Naderman Sonatas #1-7
  • Twentieth century solo work.

Piano

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

Piano

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

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
  • A fast movement from a Classical sonata
  • A work from the 19th or 20th century

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.

Percussion

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 - FM Sonata for Violin, 2nd mvt. or Bouree-Bach - EM Partita for Violin, Bo
  • 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

  • Ability to keep steady time and play fills several basic beat styles: Swing, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian, Funk, Rock, Pop and Jazz Waltz

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 Transfer

  • 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 Transfer

  • 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 Transfer

  • 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 Transfer

  • 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

String

Double Bass

  • An etude exemplifying the applicant's technical standard.
  • Two works contrasting in tempo and style.

Cello

  • One movement of a Bach Suite
  • A fast movement and slow movement from a concerto (i.e. Boccherini, Vivaldi, Haydn or 19th century work)

Viola

  • An etude exemplifying the applicant's technical standard (i.e. Campagnoli or Kreutzer)
  • Two works contrasting in style and tempo. Applicants for the applied degree should prepare a movement from one of Bach's Suites for solo cello, and a movement or piece from the standard repertoire (i.e. Bloch Suite Hebraique, Handel-Casadesus B Minor Concerto, Hummel Fantasie, Stamitz Concerto, Vaughan Williams Suite, Weber Andante and Hungarian Rondo)

Violin

  • Two works contrasting in style and tempo.
  • An outer movement of a standard concerto, and a movement from one of Bach's Sonatas or Partitas for solo violin.

Voice

Prepare a complete list of solo repertoire studied. (It is not necessary to list choral repertoire unless you were a featured soloist.) It is appropriate to list any roles you have performed.

Memorization of all audition material is expected.

Those students seeking admission to the Applied degree should show evidence of a minimum of one year of private instruction in voice and sufficient performance experience. This may be done in a brief typed resume.

An accompanist will be provided at no charge or you may bring your own.

While you are on campus for your audition, you will be expected to take the Music Theory Placement Exam (MTPE). This examination assesses your knowledge of basic elements pertaining to rhythm and meter, pitch and intervals, key signatures, scales and chords, aural and keyboard skills. Anyone who wants to major or minor in Music or declare a major in Theatre-Music must take this exam on the day of their live audition. For more information, please visit the Music Theory Placement Exam web page.

Audition Materials

Bachelor of Arts Vocal Performance, Choral-General (Music Education)

Prepare three songs in varying styles or tempi. At least two songs should be classical; one in a foreign language and the other an American or English art song. The third song may be from musical theater repertoire. These songs should be memorized. The audition must be accompanied. An accompanist will be provided for you, or you may bring your own. Provide musical scores or readable copies of your music for the accompanist.

Theatre and Music Major

Two vocal selections must be presented. One should be your best Broadway number. One selection must be from the classical repertoire, i.e., an art song or an aria from opera or oratorio and may be in English or in a foreign language. These songs should be memorized. The audition must be accompanied. An accompanist will be provided for you, or you may bring your own. Provide musical scores or readable copies of your music for the accompanist. A monologue will also be presented which must not exceed two minutes in length. You will not be required to dance at this audition.

Woodwind Instruments

The entrance audition must display a level of development that will allow students to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. The guidelines can be used for all programs and majors although applied majors should naturally anticipate a higher entrance standard than other majors.

Live and taped auditions are accepted; however, if you wish to be considered for available scholarships a live audition is preferred. Taped auditions should be received no later than February 3.

Bassoon

  • Two contrasting etudes from Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies or one etude from Milde Concert Studies, vol. 1.
  • One movement from a standard concerto (Mozart, Weber, Vivaldi, Hummel) or sonata (Hindemith, Saint-Saëns, Telemann, Hurlstone, Cascarino) or a single movement work in its entirety (Elgar Romance, PiernéSolo de Concerto, Op. 35 or Prelude de Concert, Bourdeau Premier Solo, Osborne Rhapsody) either from the list or a similar composition.

Clarinet

  • Performance of a chromatic scale from low E to high G, and two major scales - F major and E major - three octaves.
  • Ability to perform two contrasting Rose Etudes from the Hite book specifically addressing articulation.
  • Contrasting selections from standard clarinet literature. Standard literature should be representative of works such as:
    • Weber Concertos or Concertino
    • Stamitz Concertos Mozart Concerto
    • Brahms Sonatas
    • Schumann, Fantasy Pieces
    • Or such 20th Century works as Stravinsky, Three Pieces

Flute

  • One technical etude or study of your choice
  • One movement from any Bach Sonata
  • One movement from a standard concerto

Oboe

  • Basic knowledge of reed making is required.
  • Sight-reading
  • One etude. Suggested etudes can be found in the Barret Oboe Method, Brod Oboe Method, and Ferling Forty-eight Etudes.
  • A solo comparable in difficulty to Bellini Concerto, Donizetti Sonata, Guilhaud Concertino, Haydn Concerto, Hindemith Sonata, Hummell Adagio, Theme and Variations, Mozart Quartet or Concerto, Paladilhe Solo de Concert, Saint-Saëns Sonata, and Telemann Sonata in A-minor.
  • The etude and solo must be contrasting works that demonstrate a good demand of tone, technique, articulation and musicianship.

Saxophone

  • Sight-reading
  • 1 slow musical selection
  • 1 fast musical selection
  • The audition must display a level of technical, musical and tonal development in works that are comparable in difficulty to the following: Rueff Chanson et Passepied (Leduc Publishing), Ibert Aria (Leduc Publishing), Bozza Aria (Leduc Publishing), Lantier Sicilienne (Leduc Publishing), Eccles Sonata (arr. Rascher, Elkan Vogel Publishing), Ward An Abstract (Southern Music Publishing), Bonneau Suite (Leduc Publishing), Tcherepnine Sonatine Sportive (Leduc Publishing) or Hartley Petite Suite (Crescendo Publishing).

Recorded Auditions

Applicants unable to attend a live audition should submit all audition materials through SlideRoom.

Online Audition Video Submission Instructions

  • The deadline to submit audition materials for Spring 2018 is October 15, 2017.
  • The deadline to submit audition materials for Fall 2018 is February 2, 2018.

Recorded auditions should be of high quality and U.S. compatible in either video or audio format.

Your recorded and uploaded audition must conform to the same requirements as a live audition. Please see the audition requirements by instrument and degree.

Online Scale Requirements

 

For additional questions please contact our Fine Arts Admissions Office at: (310) 506-4111 or email fineartsrecruit@pepperdine.edu.

Step 4: Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Please contact the Financial Assistance Office for information regarding academic scholarships and needs-based financial aid. For general questions, call (310) 506-4301.

You are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. To do so, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Department of Music awards "are" merit-based scholarships. Decisions concerning scholarships are generally made by mid-March. Students whose files are complete, have been admitted to the Department of Music and the university are given priority consideration for scholarships. Music Award decisions are included in the Financial Package sent to each student by the Financial Aid Office shortly after Acceptance Notification in late March.