Degree Program Audition Instructions

Music Education Audition

All students wishing to enter the Music Education program will be required to attend a departmental meeting on the day of the audition.

Music Industry Studies Audition

In addition to the audition on their principal instrument or voice, students interested in Music Industry Studies must supply the following two items. They should be submitted in a folder on audition day.

  • Your resume – This should be one page outlining your experiences related to the music industry, such as working a soundboard at church, recording a concert or running the lighting booth for a school musical. You may include any information that shows you are ready to pursue a demanding, competitive career field. Use any format you would like – show us your creativity.
  • Your biography – Tell us about yourself in this essay, using the format outlined below. Please use Microsoft Word, 11-point Courier font. Bring a paper copy of this essay to your audition.
    • Paragraph 1: Where you are from, what instrument you play, how long you have played, and anything else you would like us to know about you.
    • Paragraph 2: Your interactions with the music industry up to this point – and what you have seen that you think you would like to be part of.
    • Paragraph 3: Where you see yourself 10 years from now. (We realize that is likely to change as time goes on, but many studies have shown that people with thoughtful, written out goals are much more likely to succeed in their chosen careers.)

Music Therapy Audition

In addition to the audition on their principal instrument or voice, an interview with members of the music therapy faculty is required for students interested in Music Therapy. The interview typically takes place on the day of the audition. Graduate student requirements.

Sacred Music Audition

All students wishing to enter the Sacred Music program must complete a successful audition on their principal instrument or voice.

Theory/Composition Audition

In addition to successfully completing an audition on their principal instrument or voice, prospective students will also interview with Dr. Ben Hjertmann. The interview and audition will be scheduled for the same day.

Prospective students are required to email a portfolio to Dr. Hjertmann at least one week in advance of the interview. The portfolio should include scores and recordings of 2-4 compositions (in PDF and MP3 formats). Contact Dr. Hjertmann at hjertmannba@appstate.edu with questions.