Applied Music & Auditions

Applied Music Program (A.M.P.) provides individual instruction on your instrument, performances in weekly master classes and participation in music department recitals. Admission is by audition. Students playing instruments

Auditions are during the first week of each semester in C-119 in C-100 building. Sign up for a time slot on the audition sheet outside of the Music Office, C-109. Prepare 2-3 contrasting pieces of Classical or Jazz music on your instrument, fill out the information sheet, and show up on time.  Audition Information:  Contact Applied Music Program Coordinator Dr. N. Scott Robinson: Please see our Events and Announcements Page for  Applied Music Program Audition Date    

There are two levels in our program: Applied Music I-IV (MUSI 274A-D) and Individualized Study I-IV (MUSI 174A-D). A.M.P. Music Majors choose either Classical or Jazz and must demonstrate proficiency on their instrument with 2 prepared contrasting pieces. If auditioning as a Jazz music student, the ability to improvise is also required. If you are one of the 15 students accepted for the A.M.P. at the 274 level, you will receive free weekly private lessons on your instrument & applied music lesson credit for transfer.

Areas we currently offer for Applied Music Program (MUSI 274A-D)

Classical Music: Voice, Guitar, Piano, Acoustic Bass, Percussion (snare drum, mallets, timpani), Alto Saxophone, Flute

Jazz: Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Piano, Alto & Tenor Saxophones, Flute, Drumset/Vibraphone

As an A.M.P. Music Major at the 274 level you are required to enroll in the following classes:

  • Enroll in Master Class & Applied Music I-IV (MUSI 274A-D) 
  • Enroll in Recital Hour I-IV
  • Enroll in an assigned ensemble for 4 semesters 
  • Enroll in Music Theory I-IV and Ear Training I-IV (Basic Musicianship is a pre-requisite = needs to be completed or tested out of before level I of Music Theory & Ear Training)
  • Enroll in Piano Class I-III (during semesters 2-4)
  • Prepare for end of semester Recitals & Jury
  • It is recommened you also work on Gen Ed classes

All A.M.P. Music Majors (MUSI 274A-D & MUSI 174A-D) will perform regularly for their peers in the weekly Master Class, where they will get valuable feedback and performance experience. At the end of the semester, all A.M.P. Music Majors perform in the A.M.P. recitals and are evaluated by music faculty in Juries. Master Class meets Mondays 2:20-4:20 in C-119. Private lessons are scheduled 1 hour per week for 15 weeks each semester according to the teacher & student avilability. 

Individualized study A.M.P. (MUSI 174A-D)

Students showing strong potential but do not wish to enroll in the full range of Music Majors courses for A.M.P. can audition for a slot in Individualized Study A.M.P. These students will enroll in Master Class & Individualized Study I-IV (MUSI 174A-D)  and will be required to find their own teacher & pay for their own weekly lessons. A beneft of this program is that students in Individualized Study (MUSI 174A-D) will earn the same lesson class credit as Applied Music (MUSI 274A-D) for transfer. The range of instruments is more flexible for MUSI 174A-D since students will choose and pay their own lesson teachers but the Music Dept. has performing opportunites only for certain instrumentation (those instruments listed above plus Jazz trumpet & trombone). Individualized Study A.M.P. students may be taking Basic Musicianship in preparation for future enrollment in the Music Theory & Ear Training program and to qualify them to be A.M.P. Music Majors (MUSI 274A-D) should they wish to re-audition.


All instrumentalists in Classical or Jazz (excepting vocalists and drummers) may be asked to play major and minor scales 2 octaves in addition to the specific requirements below.


Classical Piano: Choose 2 contrasting pieces of Classical Piano repertoire from any historical period. For Example, Bach and Chopin for Classical piano. A piano is provided.

Classical Guitar: Choose 2 contrasting pieces of Classical Guitar repertoire from any historical period. For Example, Bach and Villa-Lobos for Classical guitar.

Classical Voice: Classical vocalists should be able to sing 2 contrasting pieces from different periods and languages (a piano accompanist can be provided if you provide music before your audition).

Classical Alto Saxophone & Flute: Classical alto saxophonists & flute players should play 2 contrasting solo etudes.

Classical Percusion: Classical percussionists should prepare 2 contrasting solo pieces with one on snare drum and the second on a mallet instrument (either xylophone or vibraphone) with 2 or 4 mallets. Snare drum, vibraphone, and xylophone are provided

Classical Bass: Classical bassists should prepare 2 contrasting solo etudes with use of the bow.



All Jazz instrumentalists can bring their own accompanying musicians to the audition if desired (set up equipment before audition - piano, bass/guitar amps & drumset provided). For Jazz, 2 contrasting styles such as a Jazz blues, medium tempo Swing tune, Latin tune, or a ballad from the standard Jazz repertoire. For Jazz auditions, be prepared to play the head, accompany, and then improvise.

Jazz Electric Guitar: Jazz electric guitarists should be able to play the melody, comp chords, and improvise a solo in the each of the 2 tunes. A guitar amplifier is provided.

Jazz Electric Bass or Acoustic Bass: Jazz bassists should be able to play the melody, walk a over the chord changes, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. A bass amplifier is provided.

Jazz Piano: Jazz pianists should be able to play the melody, comp chords, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. A piano is provided.

Jazz Drumset: Jazz drummers should demonstrate their snare drum rudiments, and play several time feels (Swing, Jazz waltz, Bossa Nova, Funk, Samba, Mambo) and trade fours in a medium tempo 4/4 Swing feel. All drummers will study both drumset & vibraphone. A 4 piece drumset with 2 cymbals and hihat is provided.

Jazz Vibraphone: Jazz vibraphonists should be able to play the melody, comp chords with 4 mallets, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. All vibraphonists will study both vibraphone & drumset. A vibraphone is provided.

Jazz Alto/Tenor Saxophonists & Flute: Jazz alto or tenor saxophonists & flute players should be able to play the melody to 2 contrasting tunes and improvise over each tune.  

  1. If I do more than one thing, can I audition twice?
    No, you must choose one instrument and one area to audition. If you play Classical piano and Jazz piano, you must choose one area (Classical piano or Jazz piano) to audition.
  2. If I am a composer, can I play some of my own pieces during the audition?
    No, you are being evaluated as a performer. We do have composition classes and encourage students to compose, but the auditions are about performance, so play the established pieces that will best show your abilities as a performer.
  3. Do I have to have the pieces memorized?
    No, but you should be able to play them well without stopping.
  4. What are you looking for in the audition?  
    We are looking for motivated students who have prior experience,  knowledge of their instrument, and completion of MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship course. The best candidates will have skills and musicality. How good you have to be is different every year. There are 15 slots and how many openings depend on the number of returning students each semester.