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Audition Requirements

All incoming UW Oshkosh students who wish to become music majors or music minors MUST AUDITION for acceptance to the department (an audition is not required for the Music Industry minor).  The audition will consist of an applied audition, as well as a music theory and aural skills diagnostic exam.  Additionally, applicants will be required to complete a keyboard placement questionnaire prior to their audition.

 

Applied Audition Requirements By Area or Studio

The student is responsible for choosing music that would satisfy the requirements of the appropriate area or studio listed below. It is strongly recommended that the student seek the advice of his/her school music director and/or private instructor when preparing for the audition. Please contact the UW Oshkosh Department of Music for further assistance if needed.

All auditions will include sight reading.  Vocal and keyboard auditions MUST be performed from memory.  Performance from memory in other areas is recommended but not required.

    * BRASS (French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba; Trumpet - please see below)

         1. Solo from WSMA* Class A list or two etudes or studies in contrasting styles.
         2. Scales and arpeggios -- Bb, A, Ab, G, and F major -- 2 octaves
         3. Instructor will lead the student through various exercises or drills to complete the audition.

    * CLASSICAL GUITAR

         1. Two prepared pieces in contrasting styles. They may be solos, movements from larger works, or etudes. The difficulty level should compare to solos on the WSMA* Class A list of guitar solos.
         2. Major and minor scales -- 3 octaves

    * KEYBOARD

          1. Two memorized pieces in contrasting styles
          2. Major and minor scales, arpeggios, and broken chords
          3. Harmonization of a melody. Chords will be given.

    * PERCUSSION

          1. WSMA* Class A rudimental or concert style snare drum solo
          2. WSMA Class A or equivalent keyboard solo (mallet instrument)
          3. WSMA Class A or equivalent timpani or multiple percussion solo
          4. Major scales -- 2 octaves

    * STRINGS (Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass)

         1. Two short and challenging solos in contrasting styles
         2. Scales -- C, Bb, A, Ab, G, F, E, Eb, and D Major -- 2 octaves

    * TRUMPET

         1. Two prepared pieces in contrasting styles. They may be solos, movements from larger works, or etudes. The difficulty level should compare to solos on the WSMA* Class A list of trumpet solos.
         2. Major scales: C, Bb, A, Ab, G - two octaves; F, E, Eb, D - one octave
         3. Chromatic scale -- low F# to high C, ascending and descending

    * VOICE

         1. The student should sing two memorized contrasting classical art songs (one may be in a foreign language). Solos may be taken from the WSMA* Solo/Ensemble List or equivalent.
         2. The student will be vocalized by the instructor to determine characteristics such as range, vocal timbre, flexibility, vowel purity and breath management.
         3. All voice auditions MUST be accompanied. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ACCOMPANIST INFORMATION.

    * WOODWINDS (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon)

         1. Two solos, movements, or etudes in contrasting styles
         2. Scales -- C, Bb, A, Ab, G, F, E, Eb, and D Major - practical range
         3. Chromatic scale - practical range


* Wisconsin State Music Association Solo/Ensemble List or equivalent. You may find the WSMA list here.

 

Music Theory and Aural Skills Diagnostic Exam

This exam is required of all auditioning students and will cover the topics and skills listed below.  The results of the exam will be considered in admissions decisions and for placement purposes.

Music Theory Section
1. Notate indicated pitches in treble and bass clefs.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of duration symbols.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of time signatures.
4. Identify major and minor key signatures.
5. Notate major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales.
6. Label intervals.
7. Notate triads in root position.
8. Label a short chorale with Roman numerals.

Aural Skills Section
1. Vocally match pitches played on the piano.
2. Sing a familiar melody.
3. Sight read short rhythms in simple meter (4/4 or 3/4) including rests, dots, and ties. 
4. Sight sing short melodies in major and minor keys.
5. Dictate a short major key melody by ear.
6. Dictate a short rhythm in simple meter (4/4 or 3/4) by ear.

Any student who is registered in an Advanced Placement (AP) theory course, or who is preparing for the AP music theory exam, will be asked to self-identify for the purposes of proper placement within the theory core.

Click here to view a sample Music Theory exam.

In preparation for our music theory and aural skills diagnostic exam, we recommend the following online sites:

 

Keyboard Placement Questionnaire

Applicants will be required to fill out a keyboard questionnaire prior to their audition. Applicants without a keyboard background will be placed into beginning class piano.

Applicants with previous keyboard experience will be placed into the appropriate course according to the results of the questionnaire.

A placement exam may be required for those with significant keyboard experience. This placement exam will be given at the beginning of the semester and will include sight reading and an assessment of fundamental keyboard skills.

 


For UW Oshkosh admission to the University, contact the Office of Admissions at (920) 424-0202 or admissions@uwosh.edu.

For non-music scholarships available at UW Oshkosh see the Financial Aid Office homepage or call (920) 424-3377.

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