Audition Information

Percussion Requirements

(prescreen and audition required)

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Graduate

Master of Music (M.M.)
Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Jazz Percussion

Undergraduate Requirements

Prescreen

All percussion applicants must submit a prescreen video audition via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

All applicants should also upload a copy of their audition repertoire via the JSoM Supplemental Applicaiton.

Prescreen repertoire requirements are the same as the audition repertoire. Please see below for details.

Prescreen video recording requirements:

  • Video recording must be produced without artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb, and should be performed in continuously (no editing within the work). However, it is acceptable to record each prepared piece separately.
  • If recording by smartphone, set camera to landscape mode
  • Video should include an introduction: state your name, degree objective, and whether you are a freshman or transfer applicant from another school.
  • At the end of the video, include a 2-3 minute clip commenting on why the JSoM Percussion Department interests you and what you hope to accomplish as a student here.

*Please Note: Percussion applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation via the JSoM Supplemental Application.

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.

If invited to an on-campus audition, your live audition should include some of the same repertoire as your screening video recording. However, other works not presented on the screening video recording are also acceptable.

Choose your audition repertoire carefully.  Please consider selections that you can perform well vs. very challenging works that might be a “hit or miss” in an audition situation.  In general, the level of the repertoire is not as important as your ability to show your overall musicianship with a piece of music that is firmly in your grasp.

*Please note that the Percussion Department does not make admission decisions on a rolling basis. All applicants who have been invited to audition in person will be notified of an admission decision by April 1 (as long as the applicant has a complete application).

Undergraduate Prescreen and Audition Repertoire:

The JSoM Percussion Department's curriculum for all undergraduate percussion majors interested in the above degree programs involves comprehensive study in all areas of percussion including:  snare drum, marimba, vibraphone, orchestral percussion and timpani, multiple percussion, drum set, jazz vibes, and world percussion.

  • Snare Drum: One solo or etude from Delecluse, Albright, Cirone, Peters, Goldenberg, or equivalent.
  • Marimba: 4-mallet solo. One movement or solo/etude from Stout, Abe, J.S. Bach, Sammut, Zivkovic, Rosauro, or equivalent.
  • Timpani: A short solo or etude: 3-4 timpani preferred (Carter, Goodman, Vic Firth, Peters, Delecluse, Schinstine, or equivalent). Please use a tuning fork to obtain the necessary pitches in your selected solo or etude.
    • Please note: If you plan to perform any work that includes "butt-ends" on timpani (Carter: March, Vic Firth Etude I, etc.) please cover the end of your mallets with moleskin or something similar. Any solo that includes "playing on the bowls" is not recommended.
  • Drum Set: Demonstrate Swing (medium tempo) and Bossa Nova styles (no play along track needed).
  • World Percussion (optional): Demonstrate basic skills and techniques on the world percussion instrument of your choice (conga drum, timbales, djembe, dumbek, etc.) with an emphasis on good time and feel.

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Graduate Requirements

Prescreen

All percussion applicants must submit a prescreen video audition via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

All applicants should also upload a copy of their audition repertoire via the JSoM Supplemental Applicaiton.

Prescreen repertoire requirements are the same as the audition repertoire. Please see below for details.

Prescreen video recording requirements:
  • Video recording must be produced without artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb, and should be performed in continuously (no editing within the work). However, it is acceptable to record each prepared piece separately.
  • If recording by smartphone, set camera to landscape mode
  • Video should include an introduction: state your name, degree objective, and whether you are a freshman or transfer applicant from another school.
  • At the end of the video, include a 2-3 minute clip commenting on why the JSoM Percussion Department interests you and what you hope to accomplish as a student here.

*Please Note: Percussion applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation via the JSoM Supplemental Application.

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.

If invited to an on-campus audition, your live audition should include some of the same repertoire as your screening video recording. However, other works not presented on the screening video recording are also acceptable.

Choose your audition repertoire carefully.  Please consider selections that you can perform well vs. very challenging works that might be a “hit or miss” in an audition situation.  In general, the level of the repertoire is not as important as your ability to show your overall musicianship with a piece of music that is firmly in your grasp.

*Please note that the Percussion Department does not make admission decisions on a rolling basis. All applicants who have been invited to audition in person will be notified of an admission decision by April 1 (as long as the applicant has a complete application).

M.M.  and Performer's Diploma Prescreen and Audition Repertoire:

Note: If you plan to perform any work that includes "butt-ends" on timpani (Carter: March, Vic Firth Etude I, etc.) please cover the end of your mallets with moleskin or something similar. Any solo that includes "playing on the bowls" is not recommended.

  • A Delecluse snare drum etude or advanced level etude/solo of your choice.
  • An advanced-level 4-mallet marimba solo suitable for a senior recital.
  • An advanced-level timpani solo or advanced etude. Please use a tuning fork to obtain the necessary pitches in your selected solo or etude.
  • A short multiple percussion solo or featured part in a chamber percussion, mixed chamber, or solo setting.  This can be from a live rehearsal, recital, or concert. A brief 2-3 minute excerpt is acceptable.
  • Orchestral Excerpts
    • Timpani:
      • Beethoven:  Symphony No.9, Mvmt. IV, 7 measures after letter T to the end
      • Snare Drum
      • Prokofiev:  Lt. Kije, Mvmt. I, rehearsal 1-1 to measure before rehearsal 2
      • Rimsky-Korsakov:  Scheherazade, Mvmt. IV, 4 measure before Letter N to 18 measures after Letter N
    • Xylophone:
      • Gershwin:  Porgy and Bess (opening measures)
      • Copland: Appalachian Spring. 5th measure of rehearsal 48 to 4 measures after rehearsal 49
      • Glockenspiel
      • Dukas:  Sorcerer's Apprentice, rehearsal 17 to 4 measures after rehearsal 19; rehearsal 22 to rehearsal 24
  • Drum set/Jazz Vibes* - If your intended course of graduate study includes drum set: A big band chart, transcription or published solo. Demonstration of time and soloing in the following styles: medium swing, up-tempo swing, rock, bossa nova, and samba (play-along tracks are preferred).  A prepared jazz vibraphone solo or etude is also strongly encouraged.
  • World Percussion** - If the applicant has any experience with World Percussion (Afro-Cuban hand-drumming, Steel Pan, Brazilian, etc.) a short performance is encouraged but not mandatory.
    • Prospective MM Percussion candidates who wish to focus only on World Percussion should prepare one etude from "The Language of the Masters" (Spiro/Sher Music-http://www.shermusic.com/1883217881.php) and 2 other solos in contrasting styles; including a hand drumming solo, a stick drumming solo, and must be able to sing one piece in the language of one of their chosen solo areas. The above solos will take the place of the snare drum, timpani, marimba, solo and orchestral repertoire requirements. General sight-reading at the live audition may be requested.

 *For those graduate students seeking Associate Instructor assistantships, a drum set solo (and experience in drum set instruction) is mandatory.

**Those candidates seeking an Associate Instructor position in the area of World Percussion should include a performance on the World Percussion instrument of their choice or include an etude from "The Language of the Masters" (Spiro/Sher Music-http://www.shermusic.com/1883217881.php)

D.M. Prescreen and Audition Repertoire:

Note: If you plan to perform any work that includes "butt-ends" on timpani (Carter: March, Vic Firth Etude I, etc.) please cover the end of your mallets with moleskin or something similar. Any solo that includes "playing on the bowls" is not recommended.

  • A Delecluse snare drum etude or advanced level etude/solo of your choice.
  • An advanced-level 4-mallet marimba solo suitable for a master's degree recital.
  • An advanced-level timpani solo suitable for a master's degree recital or advanced etude. Please use a tuning fork to obtain the necessary pitches in your selected solo or etude.
  • A short multiple percussion solo or featured part in a chamber percussion, mixed chamber, or solo setting.  This can be from a live rehearsal, recital, or concert. A brief 2-3 minute excerpt is acceptable.
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Timpani:
    • Beethoven:  Symphony No.9, Mvmt. IV, 7 measure after letter T to the end
    • Bartok:  Concerto for Orchestra, Mvmt IV, measures 42-50
  • Snare Drum
    • Prokofiev:  Lt. Kije, Mvmt. I, rehearsal 1-1 to  measure before rehearsal 2
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Mvmt. IV, 4 measure before Letter N to 18 measures after Letter N
  • Xylophone
    • Gershwin:  Porgy and Bess (opening measures)
    • Copland: Appalachian Spring. 5th measure of rehearsal 48 to 4 measures after rehearsal 49
  • Glockenspiel
    • Dukas:  Sorcerer's Apprentice, rehearsal 17 to 4 measures after rehearsal 19; rehearsal 22 to rehearsal 24
  • Drum Set* - If your intended course of graduate study includes drum set: A big band chart, transcription or published solo. Demonstration of time and soloing in the following styles: medium swing, up-tempo swing, rock, bossa nova, and samba (play-along tracks are preferred). A prepared jazz vibraphone solo or etude is also strongly encouraged.
  • World Percussion** - If the applicant has any experience with World Percussion (Afro-Cuban hand-drumming, Steel Pan, Brazilian, etc.) a short performance is encouraged.
    • Prospective DM Percussion candidates who wish to focus only on World Percussion should prepare one etude from "The Language of the Masters" (Spiro/Sher Music-http://www.shermusic.com/1883217881.php) and 2 other solos in contrasting styles; including a hand drumming solo, a stick drumming solo, and must be able to sing one piece in the language of one of their chosen solo areas. The above solos will take the place of the snare drum, timpani, marimba, solo and orchestral repertoire requirements. General sight-reading at the live audition may be requested.

*For those DM students seeking Associate Instructor assistantship consideration, a drum set solo (and experience in drum set instruction) is also encouraged but not mandatory.

**Those candidates seeking an Associate Instructor position in the area of World Percussion should include a performance on the World Percussion instrument of their choice or include an etude from "The Language of the Masters" (Spiro/Sher Music-http://www.shermusic.com/1883217881.php)

Special Note: The percussion faculty encourages all potential DM candidates to review the curriculum requirements for this degree program. Information (including specific proficiency requirements and other important information) can be found online at: http://music.indiana.edu/degrees/graduate-diploma

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Additional Percussion Audition Information

Information for all applicants who are invited to a live audition

All applicants shall provide 3 copies of their audition repertoire to the audition committee. Your live audition should include some of the same repertoire as your video screening recording. However, other works not presented on the video screening recording are also acceptable. 

Sight-reading will be requested during the live auditions.

The following instruments will be provided by the percussion department for the live auditions:

  • Set of five Yamaha Professional Series 7200 timpani
  • 5-octave Marimba (either Yamaha YM5100A or Malletech)
  • Pearl Philharmonic Snare Drums: 6.5" x 14" wood shell and 5" X 14" aluminum shell
  • Malletech 4.0 octave rosewood xylophone
  • Musser M75 Century vibraphone (gold graduated bars), 3 octaves
  • Drum set: 4 piece (20" bass) with hi hat, crash and ride cymbals
  • LP Classic congas and LP Galaxy Giovanni bongos
  • Djembe (if needed)
  • A sound system (for ipod/CD playback) is also available.

If any additional equipment is needed (multiple percussion, piano, etc.), please notify the chair of the department, John Tafoya, at (812) 855-4839, at least one week prior to the audition date. Candidates must bring their own sticks/mallets and are encouraged to bring their own small instruments.

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Jazz Percussion Requirements

For Jazz Percussion requirements, visit the Jazz Studies audition requirements page here.