Undergraduate Music Admissions

Undergraduate Music Admissions

Undergraduate Music Admissions

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy (New!)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
CLICK HERE for Admissions Requirements for the Following Program:
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Industry (Music Business or Music Technology)

 

Undergraduate Music Audition Information

All students applying for admission to the Music Department in all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees must demonstrate, by audition, an outstanding level of performance on their instrument or voice. Audition guidelines are provided below, listed by instrument/voice area. Additionally, those applying for Music Therapy must also complete additional requirements (click here).

  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all applicants will submit their audition requirements as a prerecorded video.
  • Materials received by December 1, 2020, will be reviewed in our Early Decision cycle.
  • Materials received by February 1, 2021, will be reviewed in our Regular Decision cycle.
  • Additionally, there will be a review of materials received by April 1, 2021.

Details about how to submit your video will be sent via email after you completed the 2020-2021 Audition Registration Form:

AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM

 

Undergraduate Audition Guidelines by Area:


Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Admissions Requirements (Prof. Mathieu Gendreau)

Students wishing to major in Music Industry (Music Business and Music Technology) must submit an essay and portfolio to the Department of Music in addition to the Rowan University application. An audition is not required.

In this essay students should address the reasons why they want to pursue a career in the music industry and make note of any activities they have partaken in that are related to the music industry. Examples of such activities can include music productions, playing in a band, promoting concerts, writing for a music blog, presenting on a radio show, DJing, managing social media, etc.

SUBMIT MUSIC INDUSTRY ESSAY HERE


Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy Admissions Requirements (Dr. Andrea Hunt)

Students wishing to major in Music Therapy must audition for an instrumental or vocal studio. Those audition details are listed by instrument/voice elsewhere on this webpage. Additionally, Music Therapy applicants must:

1)    Prepare and record yourself singing a song while accompanying yourself on either piano or guitar. This may be a pop tune, children’s song, original composition, or selection from a musical. Save your video to a filesharing site (Dropbox, GoogleDrive) or to YouTube. Please ensure you have set your permissions so that your files are accessible.

2)    Submit a 1-2 page essay in response to the following prompt: "Why are you interested in pursuing music therapy, and what is one example of how music has helped you with a challenge or problem?"

3)    Complete a short interview with the director of the program via Zoom or telephone.

Applicants should submit their essay, video link, and contact information using THIS FORM. Dr. Hunt will respond to schedule your interview time within one week.


Undergraduate Audition Requirements

MUSIC THEORY PLACEMENT EXAMS (Written and Aural)

The written theory placement exam asks questions involving rhythm and meter, key signatures, scales, intervals, and chords.

The aural placement tests asks students to identify rhythms, scales, chords, and melodic excerpts. 

BRASS

The following repertory lists are of suggested audition material. The Brass Faculty does not necessarily expect to hear all of these works in an audition. You may pick two or three contrasting pieces or substitute works of similar musical standard and difficulty. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Trumpet (Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg)

  • The following lists are suggested repertory and are not meant to be cover the entire list of possible audition material. You should play what allows you to sound your best. As a guideline, select two contrasting items from the Etudes/Studies and Solos lists below. We need to hear you perform something fast and something slow (for example: Charlier Etude #2 and Sonata by Kennan Mvt. 1). We would also prefer to hear you perform orchestral excerpts, but they are not required. We look forward to meeting you and hearing you play.
  • Etudes/Studies: Charlier, Bordogni, Any Arban Characteristic Study, Bousquet-36 Celebrated Studies (also appears in the Saint Jacome Method), Goldman- Practical Studies, etc.
  • Solos: Concerti by Haydn, Hummel, Bohme, Arutiunian; Sonatas by Hindemith, Kennan, Stevens, Ewazen; Any works by Bozza (Badinage, Caprice, Rustiques), Goedicke-Concert Etude; Any coronet solo by H. L. Clarke or J.B. Arban. Any All-State High School Solo.
  • Orchestral Excerpts: Composers: Mahler, Starvinsky, Dvorak, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Gershwin, Copland, Shostakovich, etc.

Horn (Prof. Lyndsie Wilson)

  • Studies: One or two Etudes from Kopprasch-60 Studies for Horn
  • Solos: Mozart-Concerto No. 3, Mvt. I AND one contrasting piece of your choice

Trombone (Prof. Richard Linn)

  • Studies: Rochut-Melodious Etudes (one of your choice)
  • Solos: Any of the NJ, NY, PA, DE All-State Solos (or one of your choice)

Euphonium (Prof. Michael Farhner)

  • Please prepare one study and one contrasting solo.
  • Studies: Rochut - Melodious Etudes - Book I, Tyrrell - 40 Progressive Studies for Trombone, or Arban - Characteristic Studies.
  • Solos: Barat - Introduction and Dance, De Luca - Beautiful Colorado, Capuzzo -Andante et Rondo (arr. Catelinet), Curnow - Rhapsody for Euphonium, Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique, Clark - Carnival of Venice, Horowitz - Euphonium Concerto, or similar-level solo.

Tuba (Prof. Brian Brown)

  • Studies: Rochert - Melodious Etudes - Book I, or Tyrrell - 40 Advanced Studies (arr. Jacobs).
  • Solos: Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo (arr. Catelinet), Marcello-Sonata No. 1 or Sonata No.

COMPOSITION (Prof. Denis DiBlasio)

Students applying for admission to the Composition Program must demonstrate, by audition, proficiency on their instrument or voice; those audition requirements are available elsewhere on this webpage. You must also submit a sample of your written compositions.

AUDITION PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING WORKS: Works submitted should indicate competence in notation procedure. Compositional works should demonstrate a variety of performance mediums and a familiarity with techniques of expression. Please submit 3-5 original compositions by one of the following options:

Option 1 (preferred): Send recordings of actual performances along with hard copy scores.

Option 2: Send hard copy scores with computer-generated audio.

Option 3: Send score PDFs with computer-generated audio.

 

CLASSICAL GUITAR (Prof. Joseph Mayes)

Demonstrations of scales and arpeggios. If the prepared audition piece does not sufficiently demonstrate these areas, then material from Andres Segovia's Major & Minor Diatonic Scales, published by Columbia and Mauro Giuliani's 120 Daily Studies may be used.

Demonstration of music reading ability. (Material will be supplied at the audition)

A memorized piece from the repertoire of the classical guitar, played using the appropriate technique, of approximately five minutes duration.

 

KEYBOARD

Organ

  • Studies: One exercise from Johnson-Instruction for Beginning Organists or Gleason Method of Organ Playing, or Bach- Orgelbuchlein (one Chorale prelude)
  • 3 Solos: One selection from Bach-Little Fugues and Preludes, or Bach-Prelude and Fugue in E Minor(Cathedral), or Mendelssohn-Sonata Movement, or Vierne-Berceuse of Arabesque (24 pieces in free style) Plus Sight-read a homophonic 4-part passage (8-16 measures).

Piano (Prof. Veda Zuponcic)

  • Applicants for the performance track:
    • Choose one major and one minor scale and arpeggios (4 octaves, hands together)
    • One fast movement of a Beethoven (excluding Op.49), Haydn or Mozart Sonata (excluding K.545).
    • A work of advanced difficulty by one of ​ the following composers: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.
      • for example, Brahms Rhapsodies, Op. 76; Chopin Grand Valse Brilliant, Op. 18; Schumann Papillons
    • A  Prelude and Fugue from Well Tempered Clavier, Books I or II of J. S. Bach
  • Applicants for all other tracks:
    • Choose one major and one minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves, hands together)
    • One fast movement of a Beethoven (excluding Op.49), Haydn or Mozart Sonata (excluding K.545).
    • A work of al least early advanced difficulty by one of the following composers: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.
      • Chopin Waltzes, Schumann Arabesque, 
    • A Prelude and Fugue from The Well Tempered Clavier, Bks I or II; or a 3-part Invention (Sinfonia) of J. S. Bach
  • Also required of all Applicants:
    • Letter of Recommendation from private piano teacher.
    • Intended Audition program, submitted to Veda Zuponcic two months before the scheduled audition date.

PERCUSSION (Dr. Fabio Oliveira)

For information on auditioning for Jazz Drums, please see the audition requirements under the "Jazz and Commercial Music Performance" section of this page.

All auditions for 2021-22 undergraduate admissions to the Rowan University Percussion Program are through video ONLY.

Snare Drum

  • (1) A solo etude/piece from one of the following books below (or of similar level):
    • Vic Firth: The Solo Snare Drummer
    • Anthony Cirone: Portraits in Rhythm
    • Jacques Delecluse: Twelve Studies for the Snare Drum
    • Mitchel Peters

Mallet Instruments

  • (2) Choose and demonstrate scales and arpeggios on TWO major scales, playing up and down 2-octaves of the instrument.
  • (3) A solo piece/etude for a mallet instrument (marimba, vibraphone or xylophone), from the list below (or from the same composers, or of similar level):
    • Xylophone solos: Various Ragtimes by G. H. Green or J. H. Green
    • Vibraphone etudes/solos by: David Friedman, Arthur Lipner, Ney Rosauro, Nebosja Zivkovic, Mark Glentworth, Bill Molenhof, Larry Spivack etc…
    • Marimba solos:
      • Bart Quartier: Image
      • Daniel Berg: December
      • Ney Rosauro: Preludes
      • Mitchell Peters: Yellow after the Rain
      • Eric Sammut: Rotations
      • Paul Smadbeck: Etudes / Rhythm Song
      • Emanuel Sejournee: Nancy
      • J.S. Bach: any single movement from Cello Suites or Sonatas/Partitas for Violin

 ALL APPLICANTS are encouraged to schedule a complimentary live Zoom lesson with Dr. Oliveira, before submitting their video application. To set-up the lesson, please email him at oliveira@rowan.edu

All music listed, as well as sticks and mallets can be purchased from Steve Weiss Music (steveweissmusic.com).

 

STRINGS

Violin (Dr. Timothy Schwarz)

For applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree:

• SCALE - One three octave scale of your choice
• SOLO - Any prepared violin solo piece

For applicants for the Music Education degree:

• SCALES in 3 octaves, Major and Melodic Minor, up to 3 sharps and flats
• ETUDES - One from the following: Kreutzer 42 Studies, or an etude of equivalent difficulty
• SOLO - One solo of your choice, preferably a concerto or sonata movement from the Classical Period or later

For applicants for the Bachelor of Music degree (Performance):

• SCALES in 3 octaves, Major and Melodic Minor, up to 4 sharps and flats
• ETUDES - One from the following: Kreutzer 42 Studies, Rode, Gavinies, or an etude of equivalent difficulty
• SOLOS - First movement of a violin concerto from the Classical Period or later, with cadenza if applicable
• One movement of a baroque sonata or partita

For applicants for the Music Therapy degree:

• SCALES - One three octave scale of your choice
• SOLOS - Any prepared solo piece

Viola (Dr. Timothy Schwarz)

For applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree:

• SCALE - One three octave scale of your choice
• SOLO - Any prepared viola solo piece

For applicants for the Music Education degree:

• SCALES in 3 octaves, Major and Melodic Minor, up to 3 sharps and flats
• ETUDES - One from the following: Kreutzer 42 Studies, or an etude of equivalent difficulty
• SOLO - One solo of your choice, preferably a concerto or sonata movement from the Classical Period or later

For applicants for the Bachelor of Music degree (Performance):

• SCALES in 3 octaves, Major and Melodic Minor, up to 4 sharps and flats
• ETUDES - One from the following: Kreutzer 42 Studies, Rode, Gavinies, or an etude of equivalent difficulty
• SOLOS - Two contrasting works from different periods

For applicants for the Music Therapy degree:

• SCALES - One three octave scale of your choice
• SOLOS - Any prepared solo piece

Cello (Dr. Joanne Erwin)

Bachelor of Arts

  • Scale - one 3 octave major scale of up to 3 sharps or 3 flats
  • Etude - one from Schroeder 170 Foundation Studies or an equivalent
  • Solo - first movement of a concerto, sonata, suite or equivalent work
Music Education Major
  • Scale - one 3 octave major scale of up to 3 sharps or 3 flats
  • Etude - one from Schroeder 170 Foundation Studies or an equivalent
  • Solo - first movement of a concerto, sonata, suite or equivalent work

Applied Music Major (Performance)

  • Scale - two 3 octave scales from 4 sharps or flats - one major and one minor
  • Etude - one from Schroder 170 Foundations #40 up or a Popper study or an equivalent
  • Solo - two contrasting pieces from different periods

Music Therapy Major:

  • Scale - two 3 octave scales up to 3 sharps or flats - one major and one minor
  • Solo - two contrasting pieces 
       String Bass (Prof. Douglas Mapp)
  • Scales: All major and natural minor scales two octaves. Scales should be played with eighth notes at quarter note equals 100 beats per minute playing one, two and four notes per bow.
  • Studies: 1 etude chosen from the following: Simandl; 30 Etudes, Storch-Hrabe 57 Studies. (Applicant may choose a different etude of similar difficulty such as Bille, Kreutzer, Kayser).
  • Solos: 2 contrasting movements of a baroque sonata or other solo of similar difficulty such as Vivaldi Sonata #3 in A Minor, Marcello Sonata #5 in C Major, Gardoni Suite in Classical Style.

Harp

  • Etude: Choose one etude from Pozzoli, "Studies of Medium Difficulty" (#5, #7, #10, #11, or #14), or Bach-Grandjany, "Etudes for Harp"
  • Solos: Choose one of the following: Sonata in C Minor (first movement), by Dussek, Theme and Variations, by Hadyn (arr. Salzedo), Theme and Variations, by Handel, Passacaille, by Handel (arr. Beon), Song in the Night, by Salzedo, First Arabesque, by Debussy, Vers La Source, by Tournier (or substitute a solo from the standard repertoire of equal or greater difficulty)

 

VOICE (Prof. Marian Stieber)

Voice Performance: Applicants for the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance must sing three contrasting pieces from the classical music repertoire.

  1. One Italian Song from the 17th or 18th century
  2. One English art song from the Baroque through Contemporary period
  3. One other song from the classical repertoire of the applicant’s choice
  4. Musical theater selections, jazz. pop, or original compositions are not acceptable.
  5. All songs are expected to be performed from memory demonstrating accuracy in pitch and rhythm with clear diction and expression of text.
  6. During the academic year 2020-2021 all auditions will be by video submission. The pieces must be accompanied by either a pianist or a background piano accompaniment track, which may be found on YouTube, an APP called APPcompanist, or a private arrangement with a pianist.
  7. Please follow guidelines for submitting your video audition articulated on the Music Department website. More details will be sent via email once you have registered for an audition.   

Music Education, Bachelor of Arts, Music Therapy, Composition with Voice Concentration, Music Minor: Applicants for the Bachelor of Music in Music Education-Voice, Bachelor of Arts-Voice, Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy-Voice, Bachelor of Music in Composition -Voice and the Music Minor-Voice must sing two contrasting pieces from the classical music repertoire.

  1. One Italian art song from the 17th or 18th century
  2. One English art song from the Baroque through Contemporary period
  3. Musical theater selections, jazz, pop, or original compositions are not acceptable.
  4. All songs are expected to be performed from memory demonstrating accuracy in pitch and rhythm with clear diction and expression of text.
  5. During the academic year 2020-2021 all auditions will be by video submission. The pieces must be accompanied by either a pianist or a background piano accompaniment track, which may be found on YouTube, an APP called APPcompanist, or a private arrangement with a pianist.
  6. Please follow guidelines for submitting your video audition articulated on the Music Department website. More details will be sent via email once you have registered for an audition.

 

WINDS

Bassoon (Prof. Zachary Feingold)

All major scales

Full-range chromatic scale

Two contrasting etudes from either Milde Concert Studies and/or Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies

One of the following solo pieces (or equivalent to the following):
1. Telemann Sonata in F minor.
2. Mozart Concerto in Bb major, K 191 ( movements 1 and 2)
3. Bourdeau Premier Solo

Clarinet (Dr. Rie Suzuki)

  • F major scale in 3 octaves
  • E major scale in 3 octaves
  • Chromatic scale in 3 octaves (slurred)
  • Two contrasting etudes from Rose 32 Etudes
  • Two contrasting movements from the clarinet literature (solo, sonata, or concerto)
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts (performance major only)
Flute (Dr. Susanna Loewy)
  • All Major and Minor Scales (all forms of minor scales), 2-octaves -- slurred up/tongued down
  • Chromatic Scale up to High C -- slurred up/tongued down
  • Bach Sonata or Partita, 2 contrasting movements
  • Mozart Concerto in G or D, first movement
  • Piece from "Flute Music By French Composers"
  • Piece/movement written in the 20th or 21st century
  • On your video, please briefly respond to the following two questions (by speaking directly to the camera):
    • What is the role of music (classical or other genres) in today’s world?
    • How do you hope to influence change in your community through music?
Oboe (Dr. Mark Snyder)
  • Solo: Two contrasting selections (one must be from the Baroque or Classical period)
  • Etudes/Studies: Two contrasting selections from Ferling, Barrett, or Vade-Mecum
  • Major Scales: Two of your choice, plus a chromatic scale (full range)

Saxophone (Dr. Noa Even)

  • Two works, movements of works, or etudes that contrast from each other in style. Please be sure to demonstrate lyrical playing and technical/fast/articulate passages.
  • Major scales up to four flats and four sharps in the key signature AND relative or parallel minors of those scales. Full range scales are preferred, but one- or two-octave is acceptable. 

 

JAZZ AND COMMERCIAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE 

JAZZ WINDS, BASS, GUITAR, and PIANO (Prof. Denis DiBlasio)
  1. Play the melody to Charlie Parker's 'Donna Lee'. The person auditioning selects tempo. The song is to be played from beginning to end without stopping. Donna Lee does not have to be memorized.
  2. Play melody and improvise to at least two choruses of Duke Ellington's 'Take the A Train' in concert C. Accompaniment will be provided. 'Take the A Train' does not have to be memorized. The person auditioning selects tempo.
  3. Play selected sight readings.

For Jazz Education majors, audition requirements are the same as the instrumental education requirements.

If you have questions about the jazz portion of the audition, please call Denis DiBlasio, Coordinator of Jazz Studies & Composition, (856) 256-4500, ext. 3528

JAZZ DRUMS (Prof. Dan Monaghan)

Applicants to the Jazz Performance major in drums may be asked to demonstrate any the following:

  1. Jazz/swing time at a variety of tempos with both sticks and brushes
  2. Bossa, samba, or mambo
  3. Play one chorus of time over the form of a tune chosen by the applicant from the following list (Transition between brushes and sticks for various sections of the form - to be determined by the audition panel.):
    • Autumn Leaves
    • Lester Leaps In
    • Satin Doll
    • Take The A Train
    • There Is No Greater Love
  4. Trade 4’s or 8’s over the form of a tune from the list
  5. Solo over the form of a tune from the list
  6. Sightread a single line snare drum étude

VOCAL JAZZ (Prof. Annie Sciolla)

Applicants for the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Jazz and Commercial Performance must sing three pieces in contrasting styles. All requirements are strictly adhered to.

  • 1) Prepare two choruses of Take The “A “Train by Duke Ellington. First chorus must be the melody, 2nd chorus may be an improvisation of the melody. Applicant must demonstrate their performance of this song in two keys: C and Ab. Applicant selects tempo.
  • 2) Prepare 1 selection from the following list, no more than 2 choruses:
    • Have You Met Miss Jones by Rogers & Hart (medium or up tempo swing)
    • If I Were a Bell by Frank Loesser (medium tempo swing)
    • You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder (medium tempo swing)
    • Autumn Leaves by Kosma, Mercer & Prevert (medium tempo swing)
    • How High the Moon by Lewis & Hamilton (up tempo swing)
    • Route 66 by Bobby Troupe (medium blues swing)
    • Wave by Antonio Carlos Jobim (Bossa or Samba tempo)
  • 3) Prepare 1 selection from the Classical Contemporary time period in English, or one Musical Theater selection written prior to 1970. This material should be appropriate to the applicant’s voice and current musical development and should be chosen to demonstrate the applicant’s strengths, not weaknesses. The applicant should demonstrate what they do well now, not what they will eventually be able to do.
  • All 3 songs must be performed from memory.
  • Accompaniment or backing tracks must be supplied by the applicant. The pieces must be accompanied by either a pianist or a background piano accompaniment track, or combo (Bass, Drums, Piano) track which may be found on YouTube, an APP called APPcompanist, or a private arrangement with a pianist. Suggested backing tracks for jazz selections can be found in the “iReal” app.
  • Applicant must supply videos of themselves performing the selections in a ¾ shot, which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame. Videos may be sent in MP4 format, or, via a private YouTube URL link. Please do not send any format that needs permission to open in order to view.  Submission needs to be easily and quickly assessable. Any submission that requires a permission prompt will not be accepted. No audio files will be accepted.
  • If you have questions about the audition, please contact Professor Annie Sciolla, Coordinator of Vocal Jazz Studies: sciolla@rowan.edu