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Undergraduate Requirements & Dates

All applicants are required to create an Artistic Profile to demonstrate artistic preparation for their program of study. Auditions are by appointment and will be scheduled after a successful review of your complete application materials.

To apply for Music Education and Performance, please follow the below procedure to submit a complete Artistic Profile:

  • Under Department, select the appropriate degree program based on the principal instrument or concentration you will be auditioning on (e.g. French Horn will select Winds & Percussion, vocalist will select Voice, etc.)
  • Under Degree, select Bachelor of Music
  • Under Instrument/Concentration, select your appropriate instrument or concentration
  • Under Degree Program, select BM Performance for your instrument/concentration
  • Select that you are applying for both Performance and Music Education

To submit a complete Common Application, please indicate Yes under Are you applying for a second program within the SMTD. This will allow you to specify your interest in applying to both Music Education and Performance.

Please contact the SMTD Office of Admissions for further application questions.   

 

Artistic Profile Requirements

Video Interview

In your Artistic Profile, upload a video in which you answer these three questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a music teacher?
  2. What experience do you have teaching others, or working in any capacity with groups of young people?
  3. How would you describe yourself as a teacher or a leader?

Video Preparation Guidelines

The faculty know that making a video adds an extra challenge to the application process. The main goal is simple clarity so that we may get to know you. With this in mind, try to follow these guidelines when preparing your video:

  • Dress as you would for an in-person audition or interview.
  • Think about your answers to the questions in advance, but don't write an essay and read it to the camera. Talk to us, just like you would in a conversation with a teacher.
  • Begin your video by introducing yourself with your name, primary instrument or voice type, your hometown and the high school that you attend, and the degree program for which you are applying.
  • Your video should be no more than five minutes.
  • Do not submit a multi-camera, highly technical, edited studio video.

Pre-Screening

In addition to the video interview, applicants must also submit pre-screening materials if their primary instrument requires it. The following instruments are pre-screening for Fall 2018:
Cello 
Clarinet
Double Bass 
Flute
Percussion
Piano 
Trumpet
Viola
Violin 

In-person Audition Requirements

Choral Music Education

Prepare to audition in both piano and voice. You will declare either piano or voice as your principal, with the other as a secondary instrument. An information session with the Music Education Department will also be scheduled on your audition day.

Piano Principal:  

  • For the piano audition, prepare a work of J. S. Bach, a movement of a classical sonata and a romantic or contemporary work of your choice. Memorization is preferred. Sight-reading, harmonization, and transposition skills will be tested in order to determine your keyboard placement. 
  • For the voice audition, prepare two memorized songs. An accompanist will be provided when auditioning in Ann Arbor. If you have no private voice teacher, ask your school or religious choir director for assistance in preparing for the audition. Aural skills may also be assessed; auditionees will hear several short phrases played at the keyboard and be asked to sing them.

Voice Principal: 

  • For the voice audition, prepare two memorized songs in any language. An accompanist will be provided when auditioning in Ann Arbor. Aural skills may also be assessed; auditionees will hear several short phrases played at the keyboard and be asked to sing them.
  • For the piano audition sight-reading, harmonization, and transposition skills will be tested in order to determine your keyboard placement.

Instrumental Music Education

Applicants must complete a performance audition following the specific requirements listed below. Applicants whose principal instrument is piano will also be required to demonstrate proficiency on a band or orchestral instrument, sufficient to fulfill the curriculum’s instrumental ensemble requirement. Indicate both piano and this second instrument on the application. 

An information session with the Music Education Department will also be scheduled on your audition day.

 

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Additional Information

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