What You Need to Know About Music School Auditions
Music school auditions involve many steps and lots of preparation. Below you’ll find a general overview of the music school application and audition processes.
We also spoke to our music educators who attended music schools and are familiar with auditions, so keep an eye out for more blog posts where they’ll share their insights and personal experience!
What to Expect
Most music schools require you to complete and submit general school applications, which may include the common application. You’ll also submit a portfolio showcasing your areas of interest and artistic strengths. In your portfolio, you might also be asked to submit supplementary materials, like a personal statement, essays, transcripts, and a résumé.
Depending on the school and their application process, you might have to wait to pass a “pre-screen” where they review your portfolio and application before you are invited to audition. Other schools will have you schedule your audition when you submit your application, or shortly after. Some schools may also require an in-person interview.
The Music School Audition
Auditions may differ from school to school, so pay attention to specific repertoire requirements like:
Minimum performance length
Number of works that must be performed
If you must include different styles and what those are
The mode of the audition: in-person or virtual
Whether the audition requires an improvisation component
If you will be tested on sightreading
If you will be tested on music theory
Advice From Our Educators on Nailing Your Music School Audition
Becoming a well-rounded and versatile musician is key for gaining admission to music school
Make sure the school is a good fit for you, not just that it’s good on paper
Get started early and stay organized with your applications
Understand that you will get out of music school what you put into it
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