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Individual Lesson Auditions

Music 32/132: Instrumental Instruction and Music 32V/132V: Vocal Instruction

Instruction is available at the intermediate (32) and Advanced (132) levels only. There are no beginning lessons. Instruction is available for clarinet, flute, brass, percussion, piano, jazz piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, and voice. Students must audition in September prior to enrollment. 

 

Eligibility

Students must be a declared music major or minor to be eligible for an audition. Minors will be only be accepted on the basis of instructor availability. Entering freshman and transfer students who are not music majors or minors can audition first without declaring.  If accepted for Individual Lessons, a major or minor declaration will need to be completed before a student can be cleared to enroll in the course. Students must commit to one full year of lessons, and be enrolled in at least one performance or non-performance music class each quarter they are enrolled in lessons. Music majors are given priority for lessons. Music minors will be accepted into lessons based on their audition, and instructor availability. 

Audition Dates

Fall 2018 Audition Dates

Instrumental/Jazz Piano

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00p. Report to instructor studio as designated at the time of sign up. 

Students auditioning for clarinet, flute, percussion, violin, and viola, cello, bass, should bring their own instrument (with the exception of piano and percussion set) and be prepared to audition as described below.

Piano

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00pm, CPMC 331

Vocal

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00pm, CPMC 367

Brass

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00- 4:00 pm, CPMC 345

Sax

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, CPMC 234

Jazz Piano

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, CPMC 246

Vioin/Cello

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, CPMC 264

Guitar

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, CPMC 243

Percussion

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, CPMC 151

Clarinet

Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, CPMC 145

APPOINTMENT REQUIRED - Please follow these instructions carefully. 

  • Call 858-534-8226 to make an appointment or leave a message which includes:
  • Name
  • PID
  • School email
  • Phone
  • Major & Minor
  • Specify your instrument or voice or piano 

You will be scheduled for a ten-minute audition and a confirmation will be sent. Auditions for 132V will be scheduled for a twenty-minute audition. 

Audition times are subject to change. Please check back in early September for any updates or changes to audition times or room locations.

If admitted to Music 32/32V or 132/132V, students will receive a lesson weekly for the ten weeks of each quarter. Lesson times will be determined based upon the schedules of the instructor and student.  Students may not include upper division, Individual Instruction (private lessons, MUS 132/132V) on a Minor Proposal.

Requirements

If accepted for a 32/32V or 132/132V course:

1) Students are required to enroll in individual lessons for each quarter of the academic year in which they are accepted. Therefore, if you know in advance that you will not be able to enroll for the entire academic year, please do not audition.

2) All students are required to be concurrently enrolled in at least one other Music class or performance ensemble each quarter that they are enrolled for lessons. Students who fail to do so risk forfeiting their lessons.

3) All voice students enrolled in Music 32V/132V must also be simultaneously enrolled in Music 32VM, the Vocal Masterclass for one unit.

4) Students may not include MUS 132/132V on a Minor Proposal since an audition is required.

Auditions are held only once a year at the beginning of Fall quarter. 

FAQs About Lessons

Students cannot enroll in the lessons courses until after audition results are finalized.

All students who audition will be notified of their audition result within the first 2 weeks of the Fall quarter.  Those accepted, will be notified to enroll in the appropriate level course (lower or upper division) prior to the Week 2 Add Deadline.

How difficult is it to be admitted to Music 32/132?

Auditions are very competitive because there are a limited number of lessons available and a large number of students auditioning, especially for guitar, piano, and voice.

Do I have to be a music major or minor to take Music 32/132?

Yes. You must also be concurrently enrolled in either a Department ensemble (Music 95B-W, 130, 131, or 134) or a non-performance music course.

Do you offer beginning lessons?

We do not. However, we do have a Musicians Referral Directory, which lists instructors who teach privately for a fee. The directory may be found on the Music Department homepage: http://music.ucsd.edu/musicians.

What should I prepare for the audition?

A movement of a concerto chosen from the standard repertoire, a sonata, or another major work for your instrument that reflects your level of ability, preferably one with fast and slow passages. Specific audition requirements for flute, percussion, piano, and voice are noted on the Lessons website.

How long are the auditions?

Usually no more than five to ten minutes. In addition to the audition, students are sometimes asked questions regarding their musical background and interests.

Who is present at the auditions? Will my fellow students hear me play?

The audition is with the instructor(s) of your instrument. Other auditioning students are not present.

When are the auditions held?

Auditions are held once a year just prior to the beginning of the Fall quarter. It is necessary to sign up for a specific audition time for both piano and voice. Please reference the department website to find specific instructions and room locations.

What if I have class at the time of the auditions?

Please make every attempt to audition at the scheduled time. If you absolutely cannot make it, you must contact the instructor to see if she/he can hear you at another time.

Can I audition in the Winter or Spring quarters?

Normally it is difficult to be admitted to Music 32/132 in these quarters since those students who audition at the beginning of Fall quarter and who are accepted for lessons commit to taking them for all three quarters. Additionally, the lessons budget is finalized after the Fall quarter auditions, and due to budget restrictions it is rare for students to be added for winter and spring quarters.

Why is enrollment limited?

It is extremely costly to teach individual lessons. The lesson courses are a form of scholarship and it is for this reason that we require registered students to be either a declared music major or minor.

How many students are admitted each year to each instrument?

The number varies from year to year and is based on funding and on other factors.

What if I’m not admitted? Can I audition again?

You can audition the following Fall quarter. Students are also welcome to enroll in any of our ensemble classes (most are by audition – please see the Ensembles webpage: http://music.ucsd.edu/en/).

For those not able to enter Music 32/32V, there are instructors who teach privately for a fee. Please consult the Musicians Referral Directory http://music.ucsd.edu/musicians for a list of these department-affiliated instructors.

When are lessons taught?

The lessons are arranged according to the schedules of the students and instructors.

How do I enroll?

You will receive a message in the Virtual Advising Center with a notice of acceptance. You will then be able to enroll through WebReg.

Is there a charge for lessons?

No. Music 32/132 lessons are included in your tuition fees just like any other course.

May I use a practice room?

Yes. Rooms are available to students enrolled in music courses that require the use of a practice room. Music majors are eligible to obtain a key card, while minors will have access Monday – Friday from 8am-9pm.

Do you have lockers?

Yes. There are a limited number available for music majors and minors. Please see the Facilities Assistant in CPMC 109 for availability.

Does the Music Department ever loan instruments to students?

Yes, on occasion but only to majors and minors. Refer to Intranet: http://music-intranet.ucsd.edu/.

Any final advice?

Practice!

Audition Guidelines

Prepare a movement of a concerto chosen from the standard repertoire, a sonata, or another major work for your instrument that reflects your level of ability, preferably one with fast and slow passages. Specific audition requirements for flute, percussion, piano, violin/viola and voice, are located below.

Flute - Music 32

Entering students should be proficient at a level equivalent to Pellerite's III/IV as found in his book: A Handbook of Literature for the Flute. For example:

    • Bozza Aria
    • Karl Abel Concerto in C Major
    • Debussy Syrinx
    • Godard Suite
    • Ibert Aria
    • Malcomb Arnold Sonatina
    • Caplet Reverie and Petite Valse
    • Faure Piece
    • Handel Sonatas
    • Mozart Sonatas
  • Major and minor scales in eighth notes MM = 120 Chromatic scale three octaves.
  • Two works of different styles level III/IV or above: 18th, 19th, and 20th century.
  • Be prepared to perform all scales.
  • Be prepared to do sight-reading.

Flute - Music 132

Prepare two works of different styles V/VI or above: 18th, 19th, and 20th century. For example:

    • Bach Sonatas
    • Bloch Suite Modal
    • Doppler Fantasie
    • Enesco Cantabile et Presto
    • Hindemith Sonate and Acht Stucke
    • Honegger Dance de la Chevre
    • Ibert Concerto
    • Mozart concertos
  • Be prepared to perform all scales: major and minor scales in sixteenth notes MM = 120.
  • Three-octave chromatic scale.
  • Be prepared to do sight-reading.

Further information: Search in progress for fllute instructor

Percussion - Music 32

  • Snare drum etude (for example, Cirone or Albright)
  • Basic skills on timpani
  • Mallet percussion etude (for example, Goldenberg or Bach two part invention)

Percussion - Music 132

The above, plus a short multiple percussion solo of the student's choice. Students auditioning for Music 132 should contact the instructor prior to the audition for approval of repertoire.

Further information: Professor Steven Schick 858-534-0826, sschick@ucsd.edu

Piano - Music 32**

Please prepare two pieces from different periods. Single movements from larger works are acceptable. Also prepare major and minor scales.

Piano - Music 132**

Prepare three contrasting pieces from different periods. Single movements from larger works are acceptable--for instance, a movement from a Baroque suite or from a Classical sonata. Also prepare major and minor scales and arpeggios.

Further information: Professor Aleck Karis 858-534-8876, akaris@ucsd.edu

Violin/Viola - Music 32

Please prepare two pieces from different periods. Single movements from larger works are acceptable. Also prepare major and minor scales.

Violin/Viola - Music 132

Prepare three contrasting pieces from different periods. Single movements from larger works are acceptable. Also prepare major and minor scales and arpeggios.

Further information: Professor Erik Carlson, encarlson@ucsd.edu

Voice - Music 32V/132V**

Students should audition with two solo songs from classical music or musical theater repertoire; at least one piece must be in English. (Repertoire suggestions include: Purcell, Mozart, Handel, a piece from the 17th and 18th century Italian Art Song book, Benjamin Britten "Folksongs".)  An accompanist will be provided.  

Further information: Professor Susan Narucki 858-246-0492, snarucki@ucsd.edu

**Auditions for Piano and Vocal instruction are very competitive due to the large number of music majors and minors auditioning.