Audition Information

For Bachelor of Science in Music, Associate of Arts in Music & Worship

CCU offers applied music instruction (private lessons) in the areas of voicepianobrass instrumentsguitarpercussion, and composition. Students in the music and worship degree program must declare and be accepted for one area of primary applied study (your “major”). Other instruments can serve as primary areas of study by special arrangements with a private instructor and approval of the Music and Worship Department.

In some programs, you will also focus on one or more secondary instruments (a “minor”), in consultation with your advisor.  No audition is needed for secondary areas of study. Our Associate of Arts degree program does not require any secondary instrument credit.

We generally schedule audition appointments according to the preference of date that you indicate on the back of the Music/Worship Degree Application form. During the audition time we would like you to perform repertoire according to the list given below. This audition will serve two purposes — it will be your audition into the BSM or AA degree program itself, and also your acceptance into private study in your chosen area of performance. We will also consider that audition to serve as your audition for music ensembles. (BSM and AA students are required to participate in a choir or band every semester of full-time study).

Your audition time will be set to last 15 minutes. The first five minutes, you perform music according to the guidelines you see below.[1] Then we will spend about five minutes giving you some drills that you can’t really prepare for—sight reading, musical exercises, pitch retention and so forth, in which we look to gauge your general musical aptitude. Lastly, we spend about five minutes in an informal interview in which we talk about your goals and answer any questions you might have. Generally, you can expect to see the three full-time members of the music and worship faculty in your audition.

In addition to your audition, we have you take a Music Theory Placement Exam. The theory exam does not affect your acceptance; it is only to see where you need the most concentrated help in music theory. Basic music reading is required in order to be accepted into a music & worship degree program.  If you do not yet have those minimal skills, we will advise you to take Music Reading Boot Camp (MUTH 010) in the early fall week session.

Please fill out completely the Music/Worship Degree Application form online and send a recent photograph of yourself to musicworship@CCUniversity.eduYou will not be assigned an audition time until we receive your music/worship degree application form.

To Audition as a Voice Major

Perform two selections from the following list from memory (an accompanist will be provided or you can use pre-recorded accompaniment).

a.   Italian Art Song (for example: Caldara, Pergolesi, or Scarlatti)
b.   Spiritual (for example: Burleigh arrangements)
c.   English Art Song (for example: Copland, Dello Joio, or Handel)
d.   Contemporary Christian Song
e.   Arrangement of a Traditional Hymn

To Audition as a Piano Major

Perform major and minor scales (three forms of minor) and arpeggios. Perform any two of the following, one from memory:

a.  Easier prelude and fugue from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
b.  First movement of Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven sonata
c.   Romantic piece comparable to Chopin waltzes, nocturnes, etudes, etc.
d.   Contemporary (20th century) piece of your choice
e.   Hymn arrangement

To Audition as a Brass Major

Play major scales, two octaves, ascending and descending. Sight-read. Perform two solos from the following list:

a.   Traditional solo repertoire such as would be performed at solo contest
b.   Contemporary Christian song or hymn arrangement

To Audition as a Guitar Major

Perform major and natural minor scales, in any given key. Use the first position only (not moveable scale forms). Sight-read a melody in first position.
Perform from memory:

a.   Traditional solo classical guitar piece. Carcassi or Sor studies are recommended, but any piece of similar or greater difficulty is appropriate.
b.   Rhythm guitar part of a contemporary Christian song

To Audition as a Bass Major

Perform major and natural minor scales, in any given key. Use the first position only (not moveable scale forms). Sight-read a melody in first position.

a.   Two solo bass pieces, either from classical or jazz/pop literature. Be sure you do not just play the bass line of a song, but that it is an actual melody written for the bass.
b.   Demonstration of some bass line patterns that are appropriate for a pop genre.

To Audition as a Percussion Major

Perform several rudiments on snare drum (measured accelerando, various rolls, paradiddles, etc.). Sight-read music from a snare drum solo.

a.   A drum pattern from a worship song or other pop literature (verse, chorus, fills). Play about 32 measures to show styles.
b.   Demonstrate various styles as requested by the committee (swing, rock, ballad, bossa nova, etc.).
c.   Play a prepared piece on marimba (marimba supplied by the school) or another mallet instrument of your choice (you will have to bring that instrument). Playing the piano is an option.

To Audition as a Composition Major

a.   Submit two compositions (scores)

b.   Be interviewed by the faculty

c.   Demonstrate piano proficiency equivalent to that of the Worship Ministry piano proficiency
d.   Demonstrate the ability to pass the Music Theory 1 placement exam or show exceptional scores in Music Theory 1

Full acceptance into the applied major composition track is not generally granted until the conclusion of the second semester of study.

Entering students who do not yet meet the required proficiency requirements, but who show suitable aptitude for this applied major may be given a conditional acceptance while they begin their studies and complete their proficiency requirements.

[1] If you don’t see guidelines for your area of study, ask us, and we’ll help you know how to prepare. If you are not able to meet these requirements, do the best you can; but it is possible that you might not be fully admitted into the BSM or AA program.