Studying Music at UWSP

You are on your way towards becoming a member of the UWSP musical family! Whether you are planning on being a music major, minor, or pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, you will need to audition to be admitted to the Department of Music. Auditions for incoming students typically take place the year before you start studying at UWSP (during the senior year of high school for most people). Your audition will take care of three things:

  1. Your acceptance to the Department of Music
  2. Your scholarship eligibility
  3. Your keyboard skills placement

Applying to and auditioning for the Department of Music is separate from your application to UWSP. You will need to take care of that in addition to scheduling your music audition.

Applicants will be notified of their music admission status and of any scholarship offer made by the department shortly after the audition.

Schedule your audition now using the Applicant Audition Form

Warm-up rooms are available throughout the audition day. A committee of music faculty will hear your audition.

Audition Requirements

 Strings

  • Two pieces in contrasting style
  • Three octave major scale of your choice
  • Three octave melodic minor scale of your choice
  • Sight-reading

 Woodwinds

  • Two pieces in contrasting style (one more technical and one more lyrical)
  • Several scales: major, minor, and/or chromatic
  • Sight-reading

 Brass

  • Two pieces in contrasting style (one more technical and one more lyrical)
  • Several scales: major, minor, and/or chromatic
  • Sight-reading

 Percussion

Perform a solo on two of the four core instrument categories listed below. If auditioning for scholarships, please perform on three of the four categories. 

  1. Snare Drum - concert or rudimental (both would be preferred).
  2. Keyboard Percussion (marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone - 2 or 4 Mallets).
  3. Timpani - also demonstrate ability to tune the drums to given pitches.
  4. Drum set
    1. Play time in several styles including rock, swing, funk, various Latin styles.
    2. Trade 4's in your chosen styles.
    3. Play an improvised solo with a clear beginning and ending. 

Sight reading is required on snare drum and keyboard percussion.  Knowledge of scales and arpeggios is expected on keyboard instruments.  Perform open and closed rolls and other standard rudiments on snare drum.

 Piano

Memorization is required for all repertoire presented at audition. 

Undergraduate:

Applicants for the Applied Performance track:

  1. Bach Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier
  2. One movement of a Classical sonata (excluding Beethoven Op.49 and Mozart K. 545)
  3. Romantic work or a 20/21st Century work of advanced difficulty
  4. Sight-reading

Applicants for Bachelor of Arts, Music Education track:

  1. Bach Prelude and Fugue from Well-Tempered Clavier or a Two/Three Part Invention
  2. One movement of a Classical sonata (excluding Beethoven Op.49 and Mozart K. 545)
  3. Romantic work and/or a 20th Century work of early advanced difficulty to advanced difficulty
  4. Sight-reading

 Applicants for elective study or music minor track:

  1. Perform 2 contrasting pieces of moderate difficulty from the Baroque, Classical and/or Romantic periods. 

Graduate (MM: Music Education):

  1. Bach Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier or a Bach Partita/Suite
  2. One movement or movements from a classical sonata (excluding Beethoven Op.49 and Mozart K. 545)
  3. Romantic work of advanced difficulty
  4. Impressionistic or 20th/21st Century work of advanced difficulty
  5. Sight-reading

 Voice

  • Two pieces in contrasting style - one in English and one in a foreign language
  • Sight-reading
  • Tonal and rhythmic memory exercises

 Guitar

  • Two Jazz pieces of contrasting style, one medium-tempo and one up-tempo including a melody statement comping and an improvised chorus on each tune
  • Demonstration of any other style (classical or rock for example)
  • Sight-reading
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Keyboard Placement

On the day of your audition, if you have prior experience you will meet with the piano faculty to determine placement-with the exception of those auditioning on piano. Those without a piano background will be placed in beginning class piano. For those with piano ability, please be prepared to:

  • Perform a short prepared piece
  • Sight-read
  • Play major scales 

To prepare for piano placement, please review the Group Piano placement page

Note: if you are auditioning on piano as a major or minor, you should prepare for a full audition as explained in the Audition Preparation guidelines.

Audition Dates
2017-2018

  • November 15, 2017 (open house)
  • February 14, 2018 (open house)
  • February 24, 2018
  • March 3, 2018
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