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Audition Requirements for
M.A., M.F.A., M.M., and M.M.T.

Each program has specific audition and/or interview requirements; please closely review the requirements listed below for your instrument or discipline.

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Brass
 

M.M. Performance

Accompanists are optional. To obtain a list of available accompanists, please contact: Joann Kirchner at kirchner@temple.edu.

  • Two contrasting études
  • Two contrasting movements from two contrasting pieces
  • Minimum of three excerpts
 
  • Applicants must submit a prescreening recording via Decision Desk of a rehearsal or performance of at least 10 minutes in duration.
  • Once selected, applicants will be invited to rehearse and conduct the Concert Choir, a 40-voice mixed ensemble, for approximately 20 minutes in three or four stylistically and historically varied choral pieces selected by the choral faculty.
  • Auditions are held in the early spring semester.
  • Application, supporting materials, and prescreening recording must be received by December 1 for Fall semester admission consideration.
Dance
 

The Graduate Interview Day consists of

  • Workshop class -This 90 minute class will begin with a warm-up followed by some technique, improvisation and creative work.
  • Presentation -  MFA applicants will present a 3-5 minute self-choreographed solo.  MA applicants will give a a 5-7 minute presentation on an area of interest/accomplishment: for example, undergraduate research; example of teaching or choreography; or professional goals
  • Interview - Each applicant will be interviewed by a faculty member

The faculty attempts to choose students with physical, artistic, and intellectual potential to enter and complete the dance program. The faculty is concerned that potential students' goals and aspirations are supported by the department philosophy, maximizing success in the program.

Jazz Studies - SUBMIT MY RECORDING
 

M.M. Jazz Studies (NOTE: Live auditions will not be held for this degree program. All recorded auditions must be submitted through Decision Desk.)

 

Jazz Performance, all instruments:

Upload a video recording (as per provided technical instructions) of applicant performing with rhythm section, one example from each category below.

Bop;
Blues for Alice (C. Parker)
Confirmation (C. Parker)
Hot House (T. Dameron)
Groovin’ High (J. Gillespie)
Four In One, (T. Monk)
Airegin (S. Rollins).

Standard;
Out of Nowhere (Green/Heyman)
If I were a Bell (F. Loesser)
Stella By Starlight (V. Young)
On Green Dolphin Street (B. Kaper)
Like Someone in Love (J. Van Heusen)
Night and Day (C. Porter).

Ballad;
‘Round Midnight (T. Monk)
Darn That Dream (J. Van Heusen)
Body and Soul (Green/Heyman)
Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington)
Chelsea Bridge (B. Strayhorn).

Post-bop;
Self Portrait in Three Colors (C. Mingus)
Goodbye Porkpie Hat (C. Mingus)
Countdown (J. Coltrane)
Fee Fi Fo Fum (W. Shorter)
Tones For Joan’s Bones (C. Corea)
Dolphin Dance (H. Hancock)
Inner Urge (J. Henderson).

Applicant must state the melody demonstrating sound, rhythmic precision, feel and technical facility and improvise on one full chorus (one half chorus for ballads) of the tune. Drummers should communicate the rhythm and pitch contour of the melody on the drum set as clearly as possible. Vocalists may use any syllables or apply lyrics to those selections not already having lyrics.

All applicants must demonstrate basic keyboard functionality by; a) accompanying oneself on piano while singing any one selection from the above list or; b) “comping” on piano with rhythm section performing any one selection from the above list.

Jazz Composition:

All of the above as required for Jazz Performance, with the exception that applicant choose only 2 songs from the list.

Submit a portfolio (scores/lead sheets uploaded as pdf) of at least 4 varying compositions with accompanying recording (audio or video). At least one of the submitted compositions must be fully scored (not “lead sheet”) for a larger ensemble of 7 players or more.

Keyboard
 

PIANO
M.M. Performance

  • Contrapuntal Baroque work
  • Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • Large Romantic work
  • Impressionistic or Contemporary piece
  • All works to be performed from memory.

M.M. Collaborative Piano/Chamber Music

  • Solo piano works are to be performed from memory. 
  • The pianist should supply the vocalist and the instrumentalist or chamber music group. 
  • All works to be auditioned must be approved by the Program Director one month prior to the audition by sending the repertoire list to music@temple.edu with the subject as "Audition Repertoire for Collaborative Piano".
    • Baroque work (Bach, Scarlatti, etc.)
    • Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
    • Large Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary work
    • One song from each of the following composers: Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Wolf
    • One instrumental sonata by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, or a piece of equivalent difficulty, or one chamber music work (i.e., trio, quartet, quintet)
    • Sight reading

M.M. Collaborative Piano/Opera Coaching

  • Solo piano works are to be performed from memory. 
  • The pianist should supply the vocalist. 
  • All works to be auditioned must be approved by the Program Director one month prior to the audition by sending the repertoire list to music@temple.edu with the subject as "Audition Repertoire for Collaborative Piano".
    • Baroque work (Bach, Scarlatti, etc.)
    • Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
    • Large Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary work
    • Two songs by different composers, selected from among the following: Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Wolf
    • One aria from an opera. One scene excerpt from the standard opera repertoire
    • Sight reading

M.M. Piano Pedagogy

  • All works are to be performed from memory:
  • Complete work by Bach (Well-Tempered Clavier, prelude and fugue, suite, toccata, etc.)
  • Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • Large Romantic work
  • Impressionistic or Contemporary work
 

HARPSICHORD
M.M. Performance

  • Work chosen from the English virginalists, Frescobaldi, or Froberger
  • Work from the French baroque repertoire
  • Prelude or fugue of J.S. Bach
  • Scarlatti sonata
Music Therapy: Audition | Interview
 

Audition Recording - SUBMIT MY RECORDING

Send an audition recording via Decision Desk including the following:

  • Two pieces in different styles in the applicant's major performance medium with accompanist when so indicated. Please note, this must be a live performance, so it can be done via iPhone, iPad or some other recording device.
  • Four different songs played by the applicant on piano and guitar while singing from the following American repertoire. Note: during your interview, you may be asked to play additional songs from the list on piano and guitar while also singing.

Blowin’ in the Wind

Yesterday

Hey Jude

All You Need is Love

Stand by Me

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

What a Wonderful World

My Girl

I Will Survive

Staying Alive

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Imagine

Rapper’s Delight

Sweet Home Alabama

You’ve got a Friend

Another Brick in the Wall

Billie Jean

The Greatest Love of All

Every Breath You Take

I Just Called to Say I Love You

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Don’t Worry Be Happy

That’s what Friends are For

This Old Man

You are My Sunshine

When the Saints Go Marching In

Down by the Bay

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Fly Me to the Moon

Route 66

Take the A Train

Puff the Magic Dragon

Skyscraper

Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

From the Lion King

Don’t Stop Believing

Country Roads

Your Cheating Heart

 

*You must also upload a list of the 8 songs you will be presenting.

  • Resume: Upload a copy of your resume that includes education, work experience and any volunteer experience that you have had.
  • Goal Statement: You must upload your goal statement to include the following:
    1. Reasons for choosing Music Therapy as a career
    2. Your personal qualities (positive and negative) that might influence your work as a music therapist
    3. Why you want to study music therapy at Temple University
    4. What is your own philosophy of music therapy
    5. Under what conditions would you seek therapy for yourself, and under what conditions would you seek music therapy as a client?

Interview: Interviews are scheduled only after all other application materials have been filed. (Please allow at least four-six weeks after submission of a complete application packet). Students may select from among the following three options:

The Coordinator of the MMT program will contact the applicant for available dates and times for a SKYPE interview.  The applicant must be present at the designated time for the interview.  During the interview, you may be asked to play and sing additional music.

The audition and additional music requested during the interview serve as the diagnostic examination in voice, piano and guitar that is required of all music therapy applicants.  These diagnostic examinations cover two broad areas of competence: the ability to sing and play a large repertoire of songs from the standard, popular, tradition, folk, rock or country literature: and the ability to accompany yourself in a way that demonstrates proficiency on these instruments.  The faculty may select any of the songs on the list.

If a student has not studied piano, guitar and/or voice, or if the student is not prepared to play popular music, she/he may waive any or all portions of the examination and opt to take the appropriate remedial course(s).  This is not unusual.  If the student waives any portion of the examination, please note this on your repertoire list.

Depending on each student’s background and competence, as demonstrated during the audition and SKYPE interview, students may be placed in the following remedial courses:

Voice 1211 and/or 2211 (1 credit each)
Functional Voice 3631 and 3632 (1 credit each)
Guitar 1658 and/or 1659 (1 credit each)
Functional Guitar 3635 and/or3636 (1 credit each)
Jazz Piano 2106, 3105 and/or 3106 (1 credit each)
Functional Piano 3633 (1 credit)

*Note:  Credits earned in required remedial courses may not apply toward the master’s degree.

Percussion
 

M.M. Performance

  • Snare Drum: An étude from the Twelve Studies for Snare Drum (Douze Études pour Caisse Claire) by Delecluse.
  • Bar Percussion: A solo from, or equivalent to, the Bach Partitas for Solo Violin or the Creston Concertino for Marimba.
  • Timpani: A solo equivalent to "March" from the Carter Eight Pieces for Timpani
  • Multi Percussion: A taped performance of a piece equivalent to the Dahl Duetino Concertante.
  • Orchestral Repertoire: Choose six representative selections for each medium of snare drum, glockenspiel, xylophone, and timpani from the standard orchestra audition repertoire. Additionally, candidates should choose three excerpts each for tambourine and cymbals from the standard orchestra audition repertoire.
  • Sight-reading will be required for all instruments.
  • Prior outstanding artistic and professional accomplishments will also be considered in the evaluation.

Strings: Double Bass | Cello | Guitar | Harp | Violin | Viola

 

DOUBLE BASS
M.M. Performance

Applicants are required to have an accompanist.  To obtain a list of available accompanists, please contact: Joann Kirchner at kirchner@temple.edu.

  • 3 octave scales through 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • 3 contrasting solos from the standard repertoire
  • 3 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
 

GUITAR
M.M. Performance

  • Two movements of a Bach suite transcription from violin, cello, or lute
  • Two études from Twelve Études by Villa Lobos
  • Two movements from any sonata by Sor, Tedesco, Ponce, or Berkeley
 

HARP
M.M. Performance

  • Major concerto or sonata, i.e. Concerto in B flat by Handel, Sonata by Hindemith.
  • Work from the major harp repertoire, i.e. Impromptu by Faure, Scintillation by C. Salzedo
  • One solo work of applicant's choice
  • 2 or 3 orchestral excerpts and/or cadenzas
 

VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO

Applicants are required to have an accompanist.  To obtain a list of available accompanists, please contact: Joann Kirchner at kirchner@temple.edu.

M.M. Performance

  • At least two movements from a Bach unaccompanied sonata, partita or suite
  • One movement from a Classical concerto or sonata
  • One movement from a Romantic concerto or sonata
  • One work from the Contemporary period.


M.M. String Pedagogy

  • At least two movements from a Bach unaccompanied sonata, partita or suite
  • One movement from a Classical concerto or sonata
  • One movement from a Romantic concerto, or a 19th or 20th century concert piece
Voice and Opera
 

Please send a repertoire list and your music (double-sided with 3-hole punches on 8.5" x 11" paper) one month in advance to the address listed below.  Please be sure that your name and intended degree program is printed on ALL documents:

Boyer College of Music and Dance
Presser Hall
Attn: Matthew Schillizzi
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

M.M. Voice Performance

  • One recitative and aria from an opera or oratorio
  • Three songs or arias
  • Please do not duplicate amongst the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary periods
  • Each selection must be in a different language.  (English, German, French, or Italian)
  • All works are to be performed from memory
  • An accompanist is provided for on-campus auditions
  • There is NOT a prescreening requirement
     

M.M. Opera

  • One recitative and aria from an opera or oratorio
  • Three songs or arias
  • Please do not duplicate amongst the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary periods
  • Each selection must be in a different language.  (English, German, French, or Italian)
  • All works are to be performed from memory
  • An accompanist is provided for on-campus auditions
  • There is NOT a prescreening requirement
Winds
 

M.M. Performance

Accompanists are optional. To obtain a list of available accompanists, please contact: Joann Kirchner at kirchner@temple.edu.

  • Two contrasting études
  • Two contrasting movements from two contrasting pieces
  • Minimum of three excerpts


 

Questions? music@temple.edu or dance@temple.edu