Percussion Audition Requirements

The information below is for those students who are auditioning for the Classical Percussion emphasis, which is taught by Professor Theresa Dimond.  If you instead wish to audition for the Jazz Drumset emphasis, taught by Professor Jason Harnell, please visit the Jazz Studies repertoire requirements page.

Freshman Applicants

Live Audition:

  1. C major scale, two octaves, up and back
  2. Chromatic scale, two octaves, up and back
  3. Two other major scales of your own choosing
  4. A short two- or four-mallet etude or solo (one page in length)
  5. A shorte etude or solo (one page in length) on any ONE of the following instruments (student's choice):
    • Multiple Percussion
    • Timpani
    • Snare Drum
  6. Be prepared to sightread material on mallets, snare drum and timpani
  7. Demonstrate timpani tuning
  8. Demonstrate various rudiments on snare drum, including long roll (both open and closed) at various dynamics

Recorded Audition:

Please include mallet percussion (i.e. marimba, xylophone or vibes)

  1. C major scale, two octaves, up and back
  2. Chromatic scale, two octaves, up and back
  3. Two other major scales of your own choosing
  4. A short two- or four-mallet etude or solo (one page in length).
  5. A short etude or solo (one page in length) on any ONE of the following instruments (student's choice):
    • Multiple Percussion
    • Timpani
    • Snare Drum

 

Transfer and Graduate Applicants
 

Live Audition:

  1. Four-mallet marimba/vibe solo
  2. Snare drume etude or solo
  3. Timpani etude or solo
  4. Be prepared to sight read material on mallets, snare drum and timpani
  5. Demonstrate timpani tuning
  6. Demonstrate rudiments on the snare drum

Recorded Audition:

Please include the following (Junior or Senior recital videos are admissible):

  1. Four-mallet marimba/vibe solo
  2. Snare drum etude or solo
  3. Timpani etude or solo

 

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