Specific requirements for each instrument | College of Arts

Specific requirements for each instrument

Piano Selections should be memorized.

Students must be prepared to perform 2 pieces from different style periods that demonstrate their own capability and current level of development on the instrument.  It is not required that students achieve a particular grade level in Royal Conservatory exams prior to auditioning for Applied Music.  For students who have followed the RCM courses, grade 9 is the approximate level that is expected prior to auditioning for Applied Music.  Students without RCM grade 9 should have equivalent musical experience prior to auditioning.  Following are examples of pieces that would be appropriate from each style period:

  • Baroque period: J. S. Bach, The Two- and Three-Part Inventions
  • Classical period: L. van Beethoven, Sonatas, op. 49 or op. 79
  • Romantic period: Frédéric Chopin, Waltzes, op. 64 or op. 69
  • 20th century: Claude Debussy, The Children’s Corner Suite

Candidates must also play the following technical requirements:

  • SCALES: E major and f-sharp minor scales (in sixteenth notes at a tempo of 100 to the quarter note), hands together
  • TRIAD AND INVERSIONS: of c minor, 2 octaves, hands together
  • ARPEGGIOS of D-flat Major and G minor, 4 octaves, hands together.

Voice

Choose and perform 3 pieces of contrasting character that demonstrate your own capability and current level of development. Two of the three selections must be classical rather than pop/folk, with the third of the candidate’s own choice of style. At least 1 of the 3 songs must be in a language other than English. Selections should be sung from memory.

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Clarinet

It is not required that students achieve a particular grade level in Royal Conservatory exams prior to auditioning for Applied Music.  For students who have followed the RCM courses, grade 8 is the approximate level that is expected prior to auditioning for Applied Music.  Students without RCM grade 8 should have equivalent musical experience prior to auditioning.

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn

Audition material should include at least one major solo piece with piano accompaniment chosen from the traditional repertoire for the candidate’s instrument.  The second selection may be an unaccompanied work or étude. 

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Major and Minor scales in 3 octaves, 3 notes to a bow.  Choose one of each.

Choose two of the following:

  • A movement from a pre-classic, classical, or romantic sonata or concerto
  • An unaccompanied étude or study
  • Two movements from a suite by J. S. Bach

Classical Guitar

At least two solo pieces, or two movements from a sonata or suite, from different style periods.  It is recommended that a work by J.S. Bach be included as one of the selections.

Jazz Instruments (piano, guitar, bass)

Prepare at least two contrasting pieces from the jazz idiom demonstrating performance of the melody as well as improvisation.  If desired, one piece may be an original composition.  Please provide copies of the lead sheets and other music for the audition panel. 

Early Music Instruments (harpsichord and viola da gamba)

Contact Dr. Alyssa Woods, awoods08@uoguelph.ca

Harp

Prepare at least two solo pieces or movements from a sonata or suite, contrasting in style.

Percussion

Students applying to study percussion should have senior secondary school percussion skills and a knowledge of the basic rudiments of music theory.
Required: prepare a snare drum piece from a published book of études or solos
Optional:

  • demonstrate improvisation on drum set or hand drums
  • demonstrate skills on mallet percussion (xylophone)
  • demonstrate skills on tympani

Drum Kit

  1. Perform the 'basic' warmup from Tommy Igoe's 'Great Hands for a Lifetime' DVD as a snare and bass drum piece. This DVD package will be used extensively in your studies in the applied program and is well worth the investment. For the audition, please ignore the metronome markings and tempo changes in the basic warmup score. Choose a tempo that is comfortable for you and play the warmup through from start to finish at one consistent tempo repeating each exercise eight times.
  2. Alone or with an ensemble, play a slow, swinging blues from the standard repertoire such as Straight No Chaser, Solar, C Jam Blues, Blue Trane, Mr. P.C., etc. If playing with an ensemble, play the melody, play in support of one solo, play a solo chorus or two yourself, and then play the melody out. If playing alone, do the same with an imaginary ensemble. Please focus on playing consistent, swinging time and outlining the form.
  3. Alone or with an ensemble, play a medium tempo, 32-bar, AABA form from the standard repertoire such as All The Things You Are, I Love You, Oleo, There Is No Greater Love, etc. If playing with an ensemble, play the melody, play in support of one solo, play one solo chorus, and then play the melody out. If playing alone, do the same with an imaginary ensemble. Again, please focus on playing consisent, swinging time and outlining the form.
  4. Play a few different simple beats or grooves in 8-bar phrases keeping solid time throughout. Rock, reggea, various 'latin' feels, break beats, and so on, are all fair game here. Do not sacrifice a good time feel for the sake of complexity.
  5. Improvise a short solo drum set piece demonstrating your command of the instrument(s) and your musical interests.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Alyssa Woods (awoods08@uoguelph.ca or phone 824-4120 Ext. 54985).