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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Graduate: Other, Requirements and Dates

Early Keyboard Instruments

Applicants may audition on harpsichord, fortepiano, or organ. If auditioning on harpsichord, prepare a thirty-minute program consisting of 17th-century music, music of Bach, and music of Scarlatti or another 18th-century composer. If auditioning on fortepiano, prepare a sonata of Haydn or Mozart and a work of Beethoven or Schubert. If auditioning on organ, prepare a 17th-century French or German work, a major prelude and fugue of Bach, and another work of your choice. If you audition on one instrument, prepare 30 minutes of music. You are encouraged to audition on two instruments, allocating the time between them as you wish. Memorization is not required.



Prepare a sonata of Haydn or Mozart, a work of Beethoven or Schubert, and a work of your choice appropriate to the instrument.


Keyboard Instruments (closed for 2015-2016)

If you are applying for the MM in Keyboard Instruments program, you may audition on organ, harpsichord, piano, or fortepiano. Prepare three works of contrasting styles and periods. Memorization is not required. You must also present evidence of proficiency on one keyboard instrument other than the one on which you audition. This may be done by means of recital programs or transcripts.


Studio Preference & Faculty Contact Policies

If you audition on piano, you will be asked to fill out a studio preference form at the audition, which will indicate to the piano department which teacher(s) you are interested in studying with if you are admitted to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. This is an important form, but it is not given to the piano faculty until after your audition, to avoid preferential adjudication. It has no bearing at all on your acceptance to the School, and is used only for contact and administrative purposes after your audition.

Before auditioning, the Piano Department encourages each prospective student to feel free to contact anyone on the faculty for answers to questions about auditions, study at Michigan, or anything else that may be related to your interest in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. After your audition, primary contact from the Piano Department will be with the teacher listed as first choice on your form, unless that teacher has given permission to second or third choices to contact you. This is simply for clarity and efficiency of communication. You may continue to initiate contact with any member of the faculty you wish, and may change your first choice designation after your audition, but the department will ask you to be very clear about your preferences so we can determine studio assignments as soon as possible, according to which professor has space for which students in the coming year.


Audition Schedule and Application Deadline Date

General SMTD Graduate Audition & Interview Information


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