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Understanding Auditions and Admissions


To become a music major at GC, a student must:

  1. Gain admission to the university
  2. Gain admission to the music program through an audition process

1. Admission to the university – Admission is generally based on the student's academic credentials as exemplified by SAT or ACT scores, the student's high school college prep GPA, the quality of thought and expressions in the student's essay, and recommendations received from teachers and other persons who can speak for the student.

2. Admission to the music program – Students must audition for acceptance into the music program. The audition will also be used to place students into the appropriate level of applied study (private lessons).

Students must take a basic musicianship exam, which tests their ability to read music, as well as their understanding of simple meters, key signatures, and intervals. Those that have difficulties with the exam will be given instruction on how they can be better prepared to start freshman music theory in the fall.

Entrance Audition:  Each prospective incoming music major, freshman or transfer, will be given an entrance audition and interview. The purpose of this audition/interview is to evaluate the student's level of preparation upon entering GC and to acquaint the music faculty with the student's potential. The audition must be completed before a student can be placed in the proper course work. For those students who have not auditioned before registration, an audition date will be arranged during the early part of the fall semester. If students do not audition, they will be placed in pre-music major coursework (does not count toward the major). Music Therapy students must undergo this audition in addition to any Music Therapy Entrance requirements. Any student not registered for applied lessons for more than two consecutive semesters must re-audition for acceptance into the program.
Requirements of the Entrance Audition/Interview:  Prospective piano majors are expected to perform two compositions (performing from memory is strongly encouraged) of contrasting character from the classical piano repertoire. Prospective instrumental majors are expected to perform two solo compositions or etudes of contrasting character or two movements of a contrasting character from a large work. Prospective voice majors are expected to perform two songs from memory, at least one of which is from the standard classical vocal repertoire. Pieces with piano or orchestral accompaniment should be performed with piano accompaniment. If you choose not to bring your own, an accompanist will be provided. Music Therapy and composition majors who have an instrumental emphasis will audition on those instruments. At the audition, students will be asked to fill out a form that summarizes their musical training and experience (i.e. method books used, studies and literature studied). An audition recording (video) may be used with department permission in cases where a live audition is impractical. However, this video will only be used for acceptance or denial of admission into the department as a music major and students who have been accepted into the department will be required to perform in an audition at the beginning of their first term to determine placement in applied lessons. 


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