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Apply to minors and certificates

We invite you to apply to our minor and certificate programs. 

All minor and certificate application information can be found on this webpage. The other admission webpages refer to majors or graduate degree programs.

Step 1: Apply to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre 

  • For all certificate programs and for music minors, submit a Minor and Certificate Application through the Music, Dance and Theatre Application Portal. (When you are in the portal, be sure to select the "Minor and Certificate Application" option, not the "Undergraduate Music" option.) Please note, if you’re not already an ASU student, you will need to apply to ASU first.
  • Deadline: There is no deadline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply early in the semester before you wish to start coursework. (If you would like to start next fall semester, apply early in the spring semester.) Applications are not reviewed during the summer or during any university breaks.
  • Application submitted: You will receive an email immediately upon successful submission of your application. If you do not receive the email, your application may not be submitted. Email MDTAdmissions@asu.edu if you do not receive a confirmation email. Applications must be successfully submitted in order to be considered for admission.
  • Review your program requirements:
  • Requires an application. Please also prepare to provide 3 references. 
  • Since this is a graduate-level certificate, you must also submit a new application to the ASU Graduate College for the certificate itself, regardless of whether you are already in a graduate degree program at ASU.
  • Requires an application. Please also prepare a resume, a personal statement, and two theory samples (an analytical paper and a 4-part chorale). Guidelines are found in the application.
  • Since this is a graduate-level certificate, you must also submit a new application to the ASU Graduate College for the certificate itself, regardless of whether you are already in a graduate degree program at ASU.
  • Academic and does not include instrumental instruction.
  • Requires an application. Please also prepare a resume and personal statement (guidelines are found in application).
  • Since this is a graduate-level certificate, you must also submit a new application to the ASU Graduate College for the certificate itself, regardless of whether you are already in a graduate degree program at ASU.
  • Academic and does not include private lessons.
  • Requires an application. Please also prepare a resume and personal statement (guidelines are found in application).
  • Includes private instruction in your instrumental/voice area.
  • Requires an application and audition. Please also prepare a statement of purpose (guidelines are found in application).
  • Includes private instruction in your instrumental/voice area.
  • Requires an application and audition.
  • Includes private instruction in voice.
  • Requires an application and audition.
  • These minors do not require an audition or an application. To pursue one of these minors, consult with your major area advisor to add the minor and register for classes. 
  • The music minor is academic and does not include private lessons.

Step 2: Auditions and interviews

An audition is required in order to be accepted into the Music Performance minor or the Music Theatre minor.

  • Audition requirements: Review the audition repertoire and requirements for your instrument/voice below. 
  • Scheduling an audition: Auditions are scheduled on an ad-hoc basis with the faculty member who teach your instrument/voice. (Auditions do not take place on the same days as music major auditions.) After you submit your application, a faculty member will reach out to you to schedule your audition.
  • Recorded audition: You may also have the option to submit a recorded audition instead. If so, only the recording is required for your audition. 

Audition repertoire and requirements for music minors

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to prepare for your audition

Prepare a 15-minute audition to include:

  • Six major scales of your choosing (three octaves where applicable).
  • Two contrasting etudes from Weissenborn: Fifty Advanced Studies or one etude from Milde: Concert Study.
  • One or two solos/movements from contrasting periods.

Applicants are encouraged to include a work/movement by an underrepresented or marginalized composer.

Specific repertoire questions should be addressed to Albie Micklich, the bassoon professor.

For recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to Professor Thomas Landschoot.

What to prepare for your audition

Piano accompaniment is not required. You should prepare the following:

  • An etude.
  • Two works contrasting in tempo and style.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to prepare for your audition

Music performance minor:

  • Scales: All major scales, range from low E to high G (all 2 octaves; E, F, F#, and G with 3 octaves). Some knowledge of minor scales and major scales in thirds (one octave).
  • Ability to perform etudes contained in such materials as Melodious and Progressive Etudes, Book 2, edited by David Hite, published by Southern Music, and Rose’s 32 Etudes.
  • Audition should consist of contrasting selections from standard clarinet literature and/or the above etudes. One of your selections may be an original piece or improvisation.

For recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to Professor Catalin Rotaru.

What to prepare for your audition

Piano accompaniment is not required. You should prepare the following:

  • An etude exemplifying the applicant's technical ability.
  • Two works (or movements) contrasting in tempo and style.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

Jazz applicants

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz minor program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition requirements. Be sure to apply for the jazz emphasis of the music performance minor.

What to prepare for your audition (Euphonium minors)

Piano accompaniment is not required. Auditions are 15 minutes and you should prepare the following:

  • Perform an etude or solo that demonstrates a combination of your lyrical and technical playing. 
  • Additional demonstrations or samples of your work as a musician are encouraged and welcomed (jazz, composition, other styles of music, instrument double, other).

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to prepare for your audition

You should prepare the following:

  • Scales: All major and minor scales, preferably more than two octaves in range.
  • One technical etude or study of your choice.
  • J.S. Bach: One movement from any sonata.
  • One work for solo, unaccompanied flute, or one movement from a standard concerto.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

For recorded auditions, there is no need to record all major and minor scales. Please record a full chromatic scale from the lowest note to highest note, all slurred, in lieu of major and minor scales.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to Professor Ji Yeon Kim.

What to prepare for your audition

Prior private instruction from a qualified classical guitar teacher is strongly advised.

  • Etudes: Two etudes of your choice.
  • Three solo works demonstrating different musical styles and techniques at an intermediate level.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

Jazz applicants

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz minor program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition requirements. Be sure to apply for the jazz emphasis of the music performance minor.

The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to Professor Charles Lynch.

What to prepare for your audition

All solos to be performed from memory.

  • Two solos of choice in contrasting style, one of which is a programmatic work from the standard harp repertoire.
  • One Orchestral Cadenza.

If on-campus, applicants may practice and audition on ASU harps. ASU owns a Lyon & Healy 85 CG.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to prepare for your audition

The music minor in horn applicant should prepare to perform two contrasting selections for their audition. These may be of your choice and of any musical style, highlighting your development of embouchure, articulation, range, tone and flexibility. Scales and sight-reading will also be required. Auditions for the music minor are held in-person or virtually on an ad-hoc basis; contact the horn faculty directly to schedule after submitting your application.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

The jazz performance is offered on the following instruments:

  • Double Bass
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet

What to prepare for your audition

You should present a well prepared 15 minute audition. The titles suggested in this section illustrate the kind and quality of music appropriate for an audition. Applicants are free to choose a program using music from this list or music of comparable quality. Candidates for all instruments (except for drum set: see separate requirements) should prepare something similar to the following, although not all selections may be heard:

  • Ballad, in tempo (Body and Soul, Lover Man, In a Sentimental Mood, etc.)
  • Jazz Standard, moderate to up-tempo (All the Things You Are, There Will Never Be Another You, There Is No Greater Love, etc.)
  • Rhythm Changes (I Got Rhythm, Anthropology, Oleo, etc.)
  • Straight-Eighth tune, moderate tempo or faster (Blue Bossa, Little Sunflower, etc)
  • 12-Bar Blues, any tempo
  • Play a bebop head from memory (Confirmation, Donna Lee, Ornithology, Scrapple from the Apple, etc.) to demonstrate jazz phrasing and articulation skills.
  • Chords and Scales: In addition, all candidates are expected to have knowledge of and may be called upon to perform, all major and minor scales, and the II–V7–I progression in arpeggiated format (all chords up to the 9th).
  • Original compositions and non-standard repertoire are optional, but acceptable as part of the audition and may be performed or submitted. Please keep in mind that the jazz faculty will not be available to rehearse. Bring 3 photocopies of each selection in lead sheet form.

Instrument-specific requirements

  • Piano and Guitar (strongly encouraged for all other candidates): One of the above required pieces must be performed as an unaccompanied solo
  • Bass: In addition to the above requirements, bassists will be asked to walk bass lines through the progressions of any or all selections.
  • Drum Set: Candidates for drum set will be asked to sight-read big band charts and demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: brush work at a ballad and medium fast swing tempo, Afro Cuban and related grooves (such as mambo, rhumba and bolero), Brazilian bossa nova, samba, contemporary rock, and grooves in 5/4 or 7/4. Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate ability to play time, delineate form and improvise over the following types of tunes: blues, rhythm changes (I Got Rhythm, Anthropology, Oleo, etc.), and modal (So What, Impressions, Little Sunflower, etc.). In addition, candidates will be asked to trade 4s, 8s and choruses.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The audition should demonstrate your current level of singing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

What to prepare for your audition

Music Theatre minor

  • Two full-length (no cuts), contrasting music theatre songs performed from memory, with either recorded or live accompaniment.
  • One 60-90 second monologue, memorized with clear character choices made. This may be a monologue of your choosing from a published play or musical, or a monologue from an approved list.

On the day of your audition, you are required to bring piano scores of your audition pieces for the pianist. The scores should be double-sided and organized in a three-ring binder. The scores must be in the same key you are singing in.
The official ASU accompanist, who is an experienced collaborative pianist, is available to meet briefly immediately prior to your audition time. A rehearsal is not possible with an official ASU accompanist.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to prepare for your audition

  • Basic knowledge of reed making is required (Recorded auditions: this is not necessary to show in the recording.)
  • Scales: Major scales in two octaves up to E-flat and chromatic scale.
  • Sight-reading.
  • One etude from the list below or from a work of comparable difficulty:
    • Barret: Oboe Method
    • Brod: Oboe Method
    • Ferling: Forty-eight Etudes.
  • One solo from the list below or from a work of comparable difficulty
    • Bellini: Concerto
    • Donizetti: Sonata
    • Guilhaud: Concertino
    • Haydn: Concerto
    • Hindemith: Sonata
    • Hummel: Adagio, Theme and Variations
    • Mozart: Quartet or Concerto
    • Paladilhe: Solo de Concert
    • Saint-Säens: Sonata
    • Telemann: Sonata in A-minor.

The etude and solo must be contrasting works that demonstrate a good command of tone, technique, articulation and musicianship.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

If you will be submitting a recorded audition, you should record two major and two minor scales plus chromatic. No sight reading is required to be recorded.

Prospective organists should contact Kimberly Marshall directly to set up an ad-hoc audition (by appointment).

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. 

What to prepare for your audition

Music performance minor

  • Two short pieces from any of the following collections:
    • Brahms: 11 Chorale Preludes, Op. 122
    • Vierne: 24 Pieces in Free Style, Op. 31
    • Mendelssohn: Slow movement from any of the 6 sonatas

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

Please ensure that the organ sound is captured in the room, not from the console. 

The examples listed below are indicative of the minimum level of ability expected for incoming students. This list serves only as a suggestion. Please prepare music that you feel comfortable playing and best represents your skill and experience. 

What to prepare for your audition

If possible, students should demonstrate technical strength and reading ability on some of the following percussion instruments: snare drum, timpani, drum set, multiple percussion, steel pan, or other non-Western percussion instruments.

Keyboard

  • Scales - all major scales, two octaves at a moderate tempo (format available here)
  • One significant work for 2 or 4 mallets
  • Optional: a second solo work for 2 or 4 mallets
  • Sight-reading

Timpani

  • Ability to match pitches on drums.
  • Intervallic tuning on instruments (4ths and 5ths, etc)
  • One solo or etude (Hochrainer, Whaley, Goodman or similar)
  • If access to a timpani is currently restricted, you may submit any recording of yourself playing timpani either as a solo or with an ensemble

Snare Drum

  • Rudimental roll and closed orchestra roll at ppp through fff.
  • One concert style solo (Cirone, Delecluse, or similar)
  • One rudimental style solo (Pratt, Wilcoxen, or similar)

Drum Set

  • If you have prior drum set ability, we are happy to hear you play different styles (swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, funk, rock and jazz waltz etc). Please be in touch with faculty with questions about drum set materials.
  • If doing a recorded audition: Assessment will be based upon ability to keep steady time and play fills. Candidates should record 16 measures (4 measures of time, 4 measures of solo, 4 measures of time, 4 measures of solo) in at least 4 of the following 6 styles: swing, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, funk, rock and jazz waltz.

Steel Pan

  • Solo work of your candidate's choice

Non-Western Percussion

  • Folkloric styles demonstrating technical and musical facility

Multiple percussion

  • While live performance of multiple percussion solos is subject to approval by the faculty, submission of a significant solo is encouraged if submitting a recorded audition.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

Jazz applicants

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz minor program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition requirements. Be sure to apply for the jazz emphasis of the music performance minor.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

What to prepare for your audition

  • Two pieces of contrasting tempos and styles from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic time periods.
  • A third piece of your choice. The piece can be from the 20th or 21st century, an original composition, an improvisation or a piece in a style of your choosing.
    Memorization is required except for complex contemporary works.
  • Four-Octave Major and Harmonic Minor Scales with facility and appropriate fingerings. Fingering Charts can be found here:
  • Sight-reading
  • No interior piano performance.
  • If you would like to consult with a current ASU professor on your audition repertoire, contact Professor Hannah Creviston.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

What to prepare for your audition

  • Scales: All Full-Range major, harmonic minor and chromatic scales (using appropriate fingerings for the chromatic scale).
  • One or more selections that showcase your abilities and exemplify your best efforts at preparation, exhibiting contrasting melodic and technical sections. Standard repertoire is suggested, and memorization is highly encouraged.
  • Sight-reading
  • Optional, but strongly encouraged: One jazz solo transcription or jazz etude and/or improvising solo choruses over blues changes.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

Jazz applicants

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz minor program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition requirements. Be sure to apply for the jazz emphasis of the music performance minor.

What to prepare for your audition

You should choose music on which you sound your best, including presenting creative work that reflects something unique about you. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

  • 2–3 pieces in contrasting styles: lyrical/legato and technical/tongued. These varied styles can be different movements from the same work. You may select etudes, solos or orchestral excerpts.
  • Sight-reading is required
  • You are free to select other works of comparable difficulty. 

Tenor Trombone

  • Suggested solos
    • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
    • Galliard or Marcello: Sonata 1
    • Barat: Andante et Allegro
    • St. Sëans: Cavatine
    • Larsson: Concertino (esp. mvts II and III)
  • Suggested etudes
    • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone
    • Voxman, ed.: Selected Studies
  • Suggested excerpts (not required)
    • Mozart: "Tuba mirum" from Requiem
    • Berlioz: "Hungarian March" from The Damnation of Faust

Bass Trombone

  • Suggested solos
    • Haddad: Suite for Tuba (esp. mvts I and II)
    • Lassen/Bollinger: Two Fantasy Pieces
    • Jacob: Cameos (esp. mvts. I, II or III)
    • Hindemith: Drei Leichte Stucke (Three Easy Pieces)
  • Suggested etudes
    • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone (down one octave)
    • Bordogni/Ostrander: Melodious Etudes for Bass Trombone
    • Grigoriev: Studies

Recorded auditions

The faculty strongly recommends that applicants come to campus for a live audition. If you choose to submit a recorded audition instead, recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition.

Make sure that you are recording with high-quality audio and reasonable video. Please place the camera 45 degrees to your right so we can see your slide and your embouchure. We also request that your audition recordings be done in a single take.

Jazz applicants

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz minor program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition requirements. Be sure to apply for the jazz emphasis of the music performance minor.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Burgstaller with any and all questions. Piano accompaniment is not required for your audition.

What to prepare for your audition

We want to hear your best sounds, hear you demonstrate your personal musicality and interpretation, and learn about your creative process, who you are, your diverse musical interests, your dreams and career goals, etc.  

  • Choose three contrasting pieces of music of your choice (solos, etudes, standard excerpts, movements, pieces). A mix of “standard” and “non-standard” pieces, including pieces of varying genres is welcomed. Professor Burgstaller has a diverse musical background and career and appreciates your diversity and interests. Choose pieces that represent different facets of the career path you would like to pursue, and choose pieces that represent your personal mix of musical background. If it is in your skill set, include in your mix of repertoire an original composition or an improvisation. If you have other ideas and are not sure about them, please email Professor Burgstaller to discuss.
  • Scales: Be prepared to play all major scales in two octaves where capable.
  • Sight Reading: Be prepared to sight read at your audition.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition, except sight reading. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

Jazz applicants

If you are interested in auditioning for the jazz minor program, please refer to the jazz instruments section for audition requirements. Be sure to apply for the jazz emphasis of the music performance minor.

What to prepare for your audition

Piano accompaniment is not required.

  • Perform an etude or solo that demonstrates a combination of your lyrical and technical playing. 
  • Additional demonstrations or samples of your work as a musician are encouraged and welcomed (jazz, composition, other styles of music, instrument double, other).

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to Professor Nancy Buck.

What to prepare for your audition

  • Music performance minor
    • Two pieces written for solo viola (or for viola and piano), contrasting in style and tempo.
    • One 3-octave major scale (with arpeggio) and one 3-octave minor scale (with arpeggio) from this list of key options: A-Flat Major, D-flat Major, E Major, B Major, F-sharp Melodic Minor, B Melodic Minor, G Melodic Minor, A Melodic Minor

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

For those submitting recorded auditions, you should record:

  • one 3-octave major scale with arpeggio
  • one 3-octave minor scale with arpeggio
  • 2 pieces from the standard viola repertoire demonstrating contrasting styles and tempos

Piano accompaniment is not required. Recordings should be in one take, unedited, and not exceed 15 minutes total. Recordings must have been recorded within the last several months.

The audition must display a level of development that will allow you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. Piano accompaniment is not required.

Applicants who have questions about repertoire selection and the audition process are encouraged to reach out directly to Professor Jonathan Swartz, Professor Danwen Jiang, Professor Katherine McLin).

What to prepare for your audition

Music Performance minor:

  • Two works contrasting in style and tempo.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make sure your head, hands and instrument are clearly visible in your video.

The audition should demonstrate your current level of singing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths.

What to prepare for your audition

Materials must be memorized. The songs must be performed with live accompaniment unless otherwise specified:

  • Two selections of your choice, which demonstrate your artistic strengths, flexibility, personality and unique attributes – pieces that show us who YOU are.These may be classical, music theatre, jazz, gospel, popular, etc. One of these may be an original composition.

Music Theatre minors should refer to the Music Theatre minor section on this webpage (above).

On the day of your audition, you are required to bring piano scores of your audition pieces for the pianist. The scores should be double-sided and organized in a three-ring binder. The scores must be in the same key you are singing in.
The official ASU accompanist, who is an experienced collaborative pianist, is available to meet briefly immediately prior to your audition time. A rehearsal is not possible with an official ASU accompanist.

When is the audition?

Voice auditions take place at the end of the fall semester and end of the spring semester. You should apply at least a month before the last day of classes of the semester you want to audition, to ensure you are on the list for auditions that semester. Minor applications are not reviewed during the summer.

Recorded auditions

Recorded auditions are submitted in your music minor application as Youtube or Vimeo links. Please prepare the same audition requirements as for a live audition. Make you are clearly visible in your video.

For those submitting a recorded audition, a live piano accompaniment is preferred, but recorded accompaniment is allowed.

Step 3: Add the minor or certificate

Upon successfully passing an audition and application, you will receive an email letting you know that you have been admitted. You will follow the instructions in the email to officially add your minor or certificate.

Contact MDTAdmissions@asu.edu for any questions.


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