Individual Lesson Auditions

Instruction is available at the intermediate (32) and advanced (132) levels only. Instruments of instruction include bass, cello, clarinet, flute, harspsichord, percussion, piano, jazz piano, viola, violin, and voice. Students must audition in September prior to enrollment.

Eligibility

Students must be a declared music major or minor to be eligible for an audition. Entering freshman and transfer students who are not music majors can audition first without declaring the music minor. If accepted for Individual Lessons, a minor declaration will need to be completed before a student can be cleared to enroll in the course.

 
Fall 2014 Auditions Dates

Monday and Tuesday, September 29 and 30, 2014*

 

Instrumental: Monday, September 29, 2:00pm, First Floor, CPMC 136

No appointment is needed but students must be on time. Students auditioning for bass, cello, clarinet, flute, jazz piano, percussion, violin, and viola should bring their own instrument (with the exception of piano and percussion set) and be prepared to audition as described below.

Piano: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 - 3:00pm, Third Floor, CPMC 331

Appointment required. Please follow these instructions carefully.  Call 858-534-8226 and leave a message which includes your name, PID, school email, phone and current Major & Minor to schedule the 10-minute audition time. Messages without this information will not be returned.  You will be randomly scheduled between the hours of noon and 3:00 and sent a message with your assigned time slot.  We will begin scheduling appointments for auditions on September 8th.

Vocal: Tuesday, September 30, 1:00 - 3:00pm, Third Floor, CPMC 368, Chamber Music Practice Room

Appointment required. Please follow these instructions carefully.  Call 858-534-8226 and leave a message which includes your name, PID, school email, phone and current Major & Minor to schedule the 10-minute audition time. Messages without this information will not be returned.  You will be randomly scheduled between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 and sent a message with your assigned time slot.  We will begin scheduling appointments for auditions on September 8th.

*Audition times are subject to change. Please check back in early September for any updates or changes to audition times or room locations.


If admitted to Music 32/32V or 132/132V, students will receive a lesson weekly for the ten weeks of each quarter. Lesson times will be determined based upon the schedules of the instructor and student.  Students may not include upper division, Individual Instruction (private lessons, MUS 132/132V) on a Minor Proposal.

 

Requirements

If accepted for a 32/32V or 132/132V course:

1) Students are required to enroll in private lessons for each quarter of the academic year in which they are accepted. Therefore, if you know in advance that you will not be able to enroll for the entire academic year, please do not audition.

2) All students are required to be concurrently enrolled in at least one other Music class or performance ensemble each quarter that they are enrolled for lessons. Students who fail to do so risk forfeiting their lessons.

3) All voice students enrolled in Music 32V/132V must also be simultaneously enrolled in Music 32VM, the Vocal Masterclass for one unit.

4) Students may not include upper division, Individual Instruction (private lessons, MUS 132/132V) on a Minor Proposal.


Auditions are held only once a year at the beginning of Fall quarter. For this reason, it is difficult to enter these courses in the winter or spring quarters.


FAQs About Lessons

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Students cannot register in the lessons courses until after decisions have been made.

All students who audition will be notified of their audition result within the first 2 weeks of the Fall quarter.  And those accepted, will be directed to enroll in the appropriate level course (lower or upper division) prior to the Week 2 Add Deadline.

Audition Guidelines (Instrumental)

Prepare a movement of a concerto chosen from the standard repertoire, a sonata, or another major work for your instrument that reflects your level of ability, preferable one with fast and slow passages. Specific audition requirements for flute, percussion, piano, and voice, are located below.

 

Specific Audition Requirements for Flute, Percussion, Piano, and Voice:

Flute - Music 32

Entering students should be proficient at a level equivalent to Pelerite's III/IV as found in his book: A Handbook of Literature for the Flute. For example:

    • Bozza Aria
    • Karl Abel Concerto in C Major
    • Debussy Syrinx
    • Godard Suite
    • Ibert Aria
    • Malcomb Arnold Sonatina
    • Caplet Reverie and Petite Valse
    • Faure Piece
    • Handel Sonatas
    • Mozart Sonatas
  • Major and minor scales in eighth notes MM = 120 Chromatic scale three octaves.
  • Two works of different styles level III/IV or above: 18th, 19th, and 20th century.
  • Be prepared to perform all scales.
  • Be prepared to do sight-reading.

Flute - Music 132

Prepare two works of different styles V/VI or above: 18th, 19th, and 20th century. For example:

    • Bach Sonatas
    • Bloch Suite Modal
    • Doppler Fantasie
    • Enesco Cantabile et Presto
    • Hindemith Sonate and Acht Stucke
    • Honegger Dance de la Chevre
    • Ibert Concerto
    • Mozart concertos
  • Be prepared to perform all scales: major and minor scales in sixteenth notes MM = 120.
  • Three-octave chromatic scale.
  • Be prepared to do sight-reading.

Further information: Professor John Fonville 858-534-4712 jfonville@ucsd.edu

Percussion - Music 32 - Mallets

  • Snare drum etude (for example, Cirone or Albright)
  • Basic skills on timpani
  • Mallet percussion etude (for example, Goldenberg or Bach two part invention)

Percussion - Music 132 - Mallets

The above, plus a short multiple percussion solo of the student's choice. Students auditioning for Music 132 should contact the instructor prior to the audition for approval of repertoire.

Further information: Professor Steven Schick 858-534-0826, sschick@ucsd.edu

Piano - Music 32**

Please prepare two pieces from different periods. Single movements from larger works are acceptable. Also prepare major and minor scales.

Piano - Music 132**

Prepare three contrasting pieces from different periods. Single movements from larger works are acceptable--for instance, a movement from a Baroque suite or from a Classical sonata. Also prepare major and minor scales and arpeggios.

Further information: Professor Aleck Karis 858-534-8876, akaris@ucsd.edu

Voice - Music 32V/132V**

Students should audition with two solo songs from classical music or musical theater repertoire; at least one piece must be in English. (Repertoire suggestions include: Purcell, Mozart, Handel, a piece from the 17th and 18th century Italian Art Song book, Benjamin Britten "Folksongs".)  An accompanist will be provided.  

Further information: Professor Susan Narucki 858-246-0492, snarucki@ucsd.edu

 

**Auditions for Piano and Vocal instruction are very competitive due to the large number of music majors and minors auditioning.