Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Applicants should prepare a 10-minute audition of three contrasting pieces of standard classical repertoire. Please call the school if you need a clarification. Audition committees reserve the right to select audition pieces. In addition to passing an audition in the major performance area, music education applicants must also submit a Music Education Profile directly to the School of Music no later than one week in advance of the audition. Along with information about teaching experiences, the profile requires a well-written essay (two to three paragraphs) describing what motivates the applicant’s desire to become a music education major. The Music Education faculty will use this information to help with the required interview with them. The interview will be scheduled when applicants schedule the audition.

Voice: An accompanist will be provided.
Strings and Guitar: Memorization is recommended, but not required.
Piano: Applicants should prepare a memorized 10 to 15-minute audition of classical repertoire. The audition should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles.
Percussion: Prepare music for mallet, keyboard, timpani, and snare drum.
Woodwind, brass and percussion: Players may be asked to sight read.

All applicants, regardless of degree program, who audition in person are considered for performance-based music scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a music education major, will I be able to audition for music theatre and opera productions?
Yes. The musical and opera productions are open for all members of the University community to audition. In the past, some of the major roles have been awarded to music education majors.

Will I have a private teacher?
As a music education major you will have a private instructor in your major instrument of focus. You may also choose to take private instruction on another instrument, but you will be learning the basics of each instrument throughout your class studies.

What are the different music education programs you offer?
We offer four separate tracks for music education: General Choral, Instrumental, Combined Choral-Instrumental, and a Dual-Degree of Performance and Instrumental Music Education. Please note that should you wish to pursue the dual-degree option, you must first enter as an instrumental music-education major. You will not be able to officially declare the dual-degree until the end of your freshman year.

How is student teaching completed?
In one of your final semesters, your music education adviser will set up a partnership with a local teacher. You will have the opportunity to teach children across a wide range of age groups. Upon completion, a grade is given based on several observations and reports throughout the semester. Should you have any further questions in regards to student teaching, please contact Dr. Sharyn Battersby, battersby@cua.edu.

Is the music education program part of the education department?
No. The music education program is a program based out of the School of Music. You will, however, take many courses through the education department.