Piano Pedagogy Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Audition Requirements (BM - Open Studies)

1. One of the following options (memorization optional)

  • Two movements from a Bach Suite, Partita, or Toccata
  • A Prelude and Fugue from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1or 2
  • A movement from a Bach Keyboard Concerto
  • Two Sonatas by Scarlatti
  • Two Pièces de Clavecin by Rameau, Couperin, or another French Baroque composer

2. One of the following options (memorization optional)

  • One movement from a classical or romantic sonata
  • A romantic character piece (such as a Chopin Impromptu or a piece out of Schumann’s cycles)
  • One movement from an impressionist set of pieces (such as Debussy’s Pour le Piano or the Preludes)
  • A 20th- or 21st-century work of any length.  (This option may include contemporary and living composers)

3. One of the following options:

  • A piano harmonization or arrangement of a song (any genre/length)
  • A short piano improvisation in any style
  • A piano composition of any length
  • A videotaped teaching session (one-on-one or group piano setting, any level)
  • A videotaped performance of a chamber music work (with any instrument, combination of instruments, or voice)

4. A one-page teaching philosophy (uploaded to School of Music dropbox)

Applicants for the BM-Open Studies who prefer to submit a recording audition can upload their recordings to the School of Music dropbox

Graduate Audition Requirements (MM)

Applicants for the M.M. program should present an audition that includes the following: a complete Baroque work, one major work from the Classical period, one major work from the Romantic period, and one major work from the twentieth century.

Note: Piano Pedagogy candidates may also apply for an Accompanying Assistantship. 

Graduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should upload the audition directly to their Graduate College application. Graduate applicants who submit a recorded audition will also register for a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the audition dates. Applicants can register for their interview after submitting the Graduate College application.​