Piano Audition Guidelines
Piano auditions must include all the components described below:
- Audition Repertoire
- Consult with a qualified teacher as you prepare your audition. Ideally, you should work with a teacher who has prior experience preparing students for college-level auditions.
- Prepare music of contrasting styles totaling 15 minutes or more (not including any repeats).
- At least one piece must be performed from memory.
- Audition pieces must be college level in terms of difficulty.
- Musicianship Test
- Scales and Arpeggios
- Scales – Hands together, four octaves, ascending and descending, in 16th notes at a tempo where quarter note equals 100 beats per minute, from memory. Minor scales will be in the harmonic form.
- Arpeggios – also in 16th notes (not triplets) at the same tempo, from memory.
- Two explanatory documents: The first shows a good way to practice scales and arpeggios in rhythm. The second gives a chart that explains fingerings for all 24 keys, scales and arpeggios, both hands.
- The student will be given a short sight-reading test.
- Scales and Arpeggios
- You will be asked about your career goals, performance experience, and other related questions that will help us guide you in our program.
- Supporting Materials
- The student should provide a written music resume that includes a list of all significant repertoire studied during high school, performance experience (church, school, contests, recitals, etc), and a brief statement of the student's musical goals for college and beyond.
Recorded Audition Instructions:
On-campus auditions are preferred and required for applicants living within 300 miles. If a recorded audition is necessary, please upload a video to a video hosting platform like YouTube or Vimeo using the same guidelines for on-campus auditions. You will find the required arpeggios and/or scales here.
- Please announce each piece before it is performed.
- Most phones will provide good video quality. Phone microphones, however, may distort when recording music. Test your recording before sending it in.
- Each piece must be recorded without editing.
Links to your videos should be sent via email to the Cedarville University Music and Worship Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for recorded auditions is on or before the last scheduled audition date.