Students who wish to major in Music must come to an audition before registering for courses. The audition takes place during exam week (music jury exams) at the end of the Fall and Spring terms on the last Friday before Fall term begins, and on the last Friday before Spring term begins. Other times can be arranged with the consent of at least two faculty members appropriate to the performing area. For students who have applied for one of the music major scholarships, these auditions will serve to evaluate students for that purpose as well as for permission to register as a music major.
To request an audition, students may:
- Contact the primary instructor(s) in their performing area and request an audition.
- Call the Humanities Office at 727-341-4360 and ask to be added to the list for auditions for the Fall or Spring term.
Upon completion of the audition, the instructors will sign an audition form to be turned in to the Humanities Office (HS 118) indicating the student’s eligibility for music major status or recommendation for enrichment status. That form must be on file in the office before a student may have permission to register for music major course numbers.
Piano principal audition requirements
A. Students are to perform:
1. Two contrasting pieces from memory selected from the categories below. One of the works must be from categories (a) or (b).
(a) a work by J. S. Bach
(b) one movement of a sonata
(c) a romantic work
(d) a 20th century work
2. All major and minor scales and arpeggios, two octaves, quarter note=120.
B. Applicants will be required to sight-read a short musical excerpt.
Voice principal audition requirements
For incoming freshmen, the audition will consist of two “classical” art songs (memorized) of contrasting nature; one preferably in Italian. For transfer students, the audition will consist of three “classical” art songs or arias (memorized); two should be in a foreign language (French, German, Italian or Spanish). An accompanist will be provided. Do not bring taped or recorded accompaniment to the audition.
Woodwind and brass instrument audition requirements
- An etude or solo that demonstrates the student’s lyrical playing ability - a one-minute excerpt
- An etude or solo that demonstrates the student’s technical playing ability – a one-minute excerpt
- All major scales and arpeggios - slurred up, tongued down
- Chromatic scale - slurred up, tongued down
- Sight reading
Percussion audition requirements
All students audition on snare drum, mallets and timpani. It is acceptable for students to have less experience in some areas as along as all three demonstrate the following basic levels:
- An etude or solo (or substantial excerpt – approximately half ) characteristic of student’s ability on snare drum (excerpt from FBA Grade III or IV minimum recommended level)
- Perform basic snare drum rudiments (single stroke, roll, flam and paradiddle)
- An etude or solo (or substantial excerpt – approximately half ) characteristic of student’s ability on mallets (excerpt from FBA Grade III or IV minimum recommended level)
- Perform several major scales and arpeggios on mallet instrument
- Demonstrate ability to tune given notes on timpani
- Sight reading
- Demonstrate timekeeping and basic styles on drum set (optional)
Check the MIRA website for audition guidelines.