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The School of Music at Kennesaw State University is a professional school with highly engaged faculty and committed students. We’re confident that you will find our dynamic programs to be a good fit for you as you continue your journey toward becoming an accomplished performer, teacher, and scholar in the 21st Century.

Below is everything you need to guide you through the process of becoming a music student at Kennesaw State. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

How to Apply

Step 1: Review the audition dates, audition repertoire, and all other required information for admission into the program you are applying to.

A repertoire list is a comprehensive list of the major works of music you have studied or performed. Include the title of the piece and the composer. Label those that you have from memory with an 'M' and those that you have performed with a 'P'. Only list ensemble pieces in which you had a featured solo or principal part.

Step 2: Submit your application to Kennesaw State University if you have not already done so.

Step 3: COMING SOON: Submit an online application to the School of Music.

In order to complete your application, you will need the following:

  • Your KSU ID Number
  • A professional résumé
  • A complete repertoire list
  • If you are applying to music education, the name and email address of a music teacher who can provide a recommendation for you

Step 4: If you wish to be considered for merit-based scholarship from the School of Music, you must also complete the university’s scholarship application.

If you have any questions throughout the process, you may contact Assistant Dean Samuel Robinson in the College of the Arts (srobin50@kennesaw.edu)

Audition Dates

We strongly encourage all students to audition in person, however if you live more than 100 miles from campus, you can audition by video. Our audition dates are as follows:

November 14, 2014 – For Spring Term (January, 2015) admission only
January 23, 2015 – Voice Only
February 7, 2015
March 21, 2015
April 18, 2015

NOTE: You must audition on or before March 21 in order to be considered for merit scholarship through the School of Music. Merit scholarships are not available for students entering in the Spring Semester.

You can also choose to audition by participating in one of the following outreach events.

Viola Day – October 4, 2014
Male Choral Day – October 28, 2014
Brass Blast – February 15, 2015
Clarinet Day – February 21, 2015

Audition Requirements

The School of Music will provide accompanists for voice auditions. No accompaniment is required or expected for classical instrumental auditions. Applicants to the jazz program should provide play along tracks on either CD or MP3.

NOTE: If you are not able to audition in-person, your audition video must contain all of the requirements as specified below.

Questions regarding the application and audition process can be directed to the College of the Arts Office of Admissions, 470-578-2349.

Bassoon

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Cello

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works, one of which must be a complete movement from a concerto or sonata from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary period.

Clarinet

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Classical Guitar

Auditions must include two solo works. Suitable selections include, but are not limited to, works from the Royal Conservatory series volumes 4 and up, or studies by Sor, Carcassi and Brouwer. The first four scales from the Segovia edition of diatonic major and minor scales, or other fingerings of scales in two and three octaves are also required.

Double Bass

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works, one of which must be a complete movement from a concerto or sonata from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary period.

Euphonium

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Flute

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Harp

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works, one of which must be a complete movement from a concerto or sonata from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary period.

Horn

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Oboe

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Percussion

Auditions must demonstrate proficiency on timpani, snare drum and a mallet instrument - marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone. Snare Drum: Prepare an etude, such as Etude in 5/4 from Modern School for Snare Drum by Morris Goldenberg, or any from the Delecluse: 12 Etudes for Snare Drum. Also be prepared to demonstrate concert rolls at all volume levels. Mallet: Prepare a four-mallet solo piece, for example Rain Dance by Alice Gomez, Yellow After the Rain by Mitchell Peters or another similar piece, or a two-mallet etude from Modern School for Marimba, Xylophone and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg. Timpani: Prepare one piece for timpani, for example Exercise 72 from Modern Method for Timpani by Saul Goodman or a similar piece.

Piano

Auditions will last 10-15 minutes, and must include two solo works representative of the baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic or contemporary periods. Music must be memorized. The audition will also include performance of scales and tonic arpeggios in four octaves, both hands together, in the keys of the pieces to be performed. Sight-reading will also be assessed at the audition. You must bring a typed list of your audition program in the order you will be performing to the audition.

Saxophone

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Trombone

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Bass Trombone

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Trumpet

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Tuba

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works written for the specific instrument. One work may be an etude or study. The other work should be a solo, sonata, or concerto, which specifically demonstrates a faster, articulate movement or section and a slower, lyrical movement or section. Be prepared to play all 12 major scales in two octaves where possible.

Viola

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works, one of which must be a complete movement from a concerto or sonata from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary period.

Violin

Auditions must include at least two (2) solo works, one of which must be a complete movement from a concerto or sonata from the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary period.

Voice

Auditions must demonstrate clear diction, accurate pitch, acceptable tone quality, breath control, a concept of phrasing, and an ability to communicate through song. All singers must have two (2) solo songs in contrasting styles chosen from baroque, classical, romantic, or contemporary art song repertory, one of which would preferably be in English. (Audition repertory could include English and Italian art songs, German and French art songs, oratorio and opera aria, and contemporary English art songs.) All music performed must be memorized, and an accompanist will be provided.

Audition Requirements for Jazz Performance

All jazz applicants (excluding those auditioning on drum set) are expected to play all major, dorian, and mixolydian scales and arpeggios and will be asked to sight-read. Please provide the audition panel with play along tracks on either CD or MP3. There will be a speaker provided for playback.

Jazz guitarists and jazz pianists should be prepared to “comp” the chords on their prepared pieces. Drummers are expected to demonstrate a variety of styles in the jazz idiom (swing, latin, jazz waltz, shuffle, rock and funk).

Jazz Bass

Applicants must play three jazz tunes (two of which should be written transcriptions) of contrasting styles including one blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. You should also be prepared to “walk” a full chorus on swing tunes.

Jazz Drum Set

Prepare three jazz tunes of contrasting styles, one of which should be a blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. Applicants must also demonstrate competency on their primary instrument via two contrasting (lyrical and technical) works in the classical idiom (one must be a movement from a standard solo work and an etude may be substituted for the other).

Suggested Standards

Billie’s Bounce
Recordame
Tune Up
Someday My Prince Will Come
Bluesette
Take the A Train
Lover Man

Tenor Madness
Song for My Father
Blue Bossa
Oleo
What’s New

Mr. PC
Watermelon Man
Satin Doll
Alice in Wonderland
Anthropology
Body and Soul

Jazz Guitar

All jazz guitarists must play Major scales in 5 positions and Dorian and Mixolydian scales in 2 positions. Applicants will also be asked to play one chord melody and perform two jazz standards of contrasting styles demonstrating melody, comping and improvisation (see tune list below for suggestions). Please provide the audition panel with play-along tracks on either CD or MP3; playback equipment will be provided for your audition. Applicants should also be prepared to sight-read chord charts and single note melodies.

Jazz Piano

Prepare three jazz tunes of contrasting styles, one of which should be a blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. Applicants must also demonstrate competency on their primary instrument via two contrasting (lyrical and technical) works in the classical idiom (one must be a movement from a standard solo work and an etude may be substituted for the other).

Suggested Standards

Billie’s Bounce
Recordame
Tune Up
Someday My Prince Will Come
Bluesette
Take the A Train
Lover Man

Tenor Madness
Song for My Father
Blue Bossa
Oleo
What’s New

Mr. PC
Watermelon Man
Satin Doll
Alice in Wonderland
Anthropology
Body and Soul

Jazz Saxophone

In addition to co Prepare three jazz tunes of contrasting styles, one of which should be a blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. Applicants must also demonstrate competency on their primary instrument via two contrasting (lyrical and technical) works in the classical idiom (one must be a movement from a standard solo work and an etude may be substituted for the other).

Suggested Standards

Billie’s Bounce
Recordame
Tune Up
Someday My Prince Will Come
Bluesette
Take the A Train
Lover Man

Tenor Madness
Song for My Father
Blue Bossa
Oleo
What’s New

Mr. PC
Watermelon Man
Satin Doll
Alice in Wonderland
Anthropology
Body and Soul

Jazz Trombone

Prepare three jazz tunes of contrasting styles, one of which should be a blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. Applicants must also demonstrate competency on their primary instrument via two contrasting (lyrical and technical) works in the classical idiom (one must be a movement from a standard solo work and an etude may be substituted for the other).

Suggested Standards

Billie’s Bounce
Recordame
Tune Up
Someday My Prince Will Come
Bluesette
Take the A Train
Lover Man

Tenor Madness
Song for My Father
Blue Bossa
Oleo
What’s New

Mr. PC
Watermelon Man
Satin Doll
Alice in Wonderland
Anthropology
Body and Soul

Jazz Trumpet

Prepare three jazz tunes of contrasting styles, one of which should be a blues (see the list below for suggestions). You will be expected to play the melody and improvise at least two choruses. Applicants must also demonstrate competency on their primary instrument via two contrasting (lyrical and technical) works in the classical idiom (one must be a movement from a standard solo work and an etude may be substituted for the other).

Suggested Standards

Billie’s Bounce
Recordame
Tune Up
Someday My Prince Will Come
Bluesette
Take the A Train
Lover Man

Tenor Madness
Song for My Father
Blue Bossa
Oleo
What’s New

Mr. PC
Watermelon Man
Satin Doll
Alice in Wonderland
Anthropology
Body and Soul

Additional Requirements for the B.M. in Music Education

In addition to completing an audition on a principal applied instrument following the requirements detailed above, applicants to Music Education will be asked to interview with a member of the Music Education faculty, and to submit the name and email address of a music teacher who can provide a letter of recommendation.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. in Music (Composition)

In addition to completing an audition on a principal applied instrument following the requirements detailed above, applicants to the B.A. in Music with a concentration in composition must submit a portfolio consisting of 2 to 3 compositions representing your best work, and demonstrating substance and variety. A CD of performances or MIDI realizations of the works is recommended, but not required. Composition portfolios must be submitted in hard copy along with this application by the deadlines for your desired audition date.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. in Music (Ethnomusicology), the B.A. in Music (Musicology), or the B.A. in Music (Music Theory)

In addition to completing an audition on a principal applied instrument following the requirements detailed above, applicants to these programs will be asked to interview with a member of our faculty.


Scholarships

Once you have been accepted to KSU, you can apply for scholarships at www.kennesaw.edu/scholarships. Your completed application will search for any and all scholarships that you may be qualified for.

To also be considered for a music scholarship: complete the scholarship application, and complete an audition on one of the audition dates in February or March.

Music scholarship recipients will be notified via email by the COTA Office of Admissions and Student Services in mid April.

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