Performance and Degree Area Audition Requirements

Performance area requirements:


Prepare two contrasting sections to demonstrate your technique and expressive ability. One selection must be in English; one selection in a language other than English is encouraged. Songs must be memorized and selected from the standard art song repertoire. One selection from music theater repertoire may be chosen. Music therapy applicants may accompany themselves on piano or guitar for the contemporary or music theater selection if they have chosen one.

If you require a piano accompanist, please mail, fax or e-mail us a copy of your piano part at least two weeks in advance of the audition. You must bring a copy of the original music to your audition.  You will be assigned an accompanist and rehearsal time prior to your audition.

  University of Dayton
  Department of Music
  Raymond L. Fitz Hall
  300 College Park
  Dayton, OH 45469-2946
  Fax: 937-229-3916 (Attention: Music Admissions)

Pre-recorded audio accompaniments are not permitted.


Prepare either two short contrasting pieces or one extended work demonstrating your technical and musical skills. Memorization of at least one selection is highly encouraged.


Prepare two contrasting works or one major work (such as a piece from the appropriate state solo and ensemble contest list). You may be asked to play major scales.

  • All auditions include sight-reading.
  • Audition requirements for Music Performance majors may differ.  See Performance Degree requirements.

Degree Area Requirements

All students interested in auditioning as a music major must complete a short essay (500 words or less) with the prompt "Why I Want To Be A Music Major." This essay must be remitted to the Department of Music ( prior to the scheduled audition date.

Music Composition

Prospective students are required to:

  • Participate in a 15-minute interview during the audition day with the degree program coordinator.
  • Submit a portfolio (with recordings if possible) of all past composition/arranging work.
Music Education

Prospective students are required to participate in a 15-minute interview during audition day. The interview will be with at least one music education professor and will cover topics such as previous teaching experience, performing experience, career goals and expectations of an undergraduate music education degree program.

Music Performance

Prospective students are required to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of musical achievement in their audition.
  • Meet with the degree coordinator for an interview, which will cover topics such as knowledge of the field and career goals and expectations for this program.
  • Present contrasting style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary - 20th/21st Centuries).
  • BRASS/WOODWINDS: All major scales and chromatic scale (minimum 2 octaves if possible). Three prepared pieces of contrasting styles. Three standard orchestral excerpts may replace the third prepared composition.
  • GUITAR: Three contrasting pieces in a variety of styles, at a level no lower than Carcassi, op. 60. Two-octave major scales in any key. Sight-reading must be competent in first and second positions with rhythms including sixteenth notes.
  • PERCUSSION: All major scales. A solo or etude on snare drum, mallet percussion, and timpani.
  • PIANO: Three memorized pieces of contrasting styles.
  • STRING: Any major scale through 5 sharps and 5 flats (minimum 2 octaves). Any melodic minor scale through 5 sharps and 5 flats (minimum 2 octaves). One movement of a piece written to be unaccompanied (bass students may replace this with three standard orchestral excerpts). Another movement of contrasting style from a sonata or concerto.
  • VOICE: Four memorized selections of contrasting styles demonstrating English and two other languages.
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Music Therapy

Prospective students are required to participate in a 15 – 20 minute interview during the audition day with the degree program coordinator or designated music therapy faculty. The interview will cover topics such as:

  • Previous volunteer experience with children or adults with disabilities, illnesses, or special needs.
  • Functional music skills (e.g., guitar, piano).
  • Career goals.
  • Expectations of an undergraduate music therapy degree program.
Bachelor of Arts with a Jazz Studies Concentration

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946