Percussion Auditions

There is an Application Process that must take place prior to auditioning. Please carefully follow all of the steps listed on the Application Process and Auditions Information page.

The requirements listed below are for undergraduate music education majors, music minors, and for those seeking a non-major music scholarship.

 


Snare Drum     

One concert-style solo or etude of your choice. Recommended books and etudes for concert snare solo or etude:

  • Intermediate Snare Drum Studies, Mitchell Peters
  • Advanced Snare Drum Studies, Mitchell Peters
  • Portraits in Rhythm, Complete Study Guide, Anthony Cirone
  • Modern School For Snare Drum, Morris Goldenberg
  • All-Region Etudes
  • Any class I or II solo

One rudimental-style solo or etude of your choice. Recommended books and etudes for rudimental snare solo or etude:

  • The Rudimental Cookbook, Edward Freytag
  • The All-American Drummer, Wilcoxon
  • The New Pratt Book, Contest Solos for Snare Drum, John S. Pratt
  • The Winner for solo Snare Drum, Mitch Markovich
  • Stamina for solo Snare Drum, Mitch Markovich
  • Tornado for solo Snare Drum, Mitch Markovich
  • Rudimental Solos for Accomplished Drummers, John S. Prat
  • Any class I or II solo

Keyboards

One 2-mallet or 4-mallet solo or etude, as well as demonstrated knowledge of the 12-major scales and arpeggios. Recommended books and etudes:

  • Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone, Goldenberg
  • Masterpieces for Marimba arranged by Thomas McMillan
  • Fundamental Solos for Mallets, Mitchell Peters
  • Marimba: Technique Through Music, Mark Ford
  • Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba Volume 1 and 2 For Solo Marimba
  • All-Region Music
  • Any Class I or II four-mallet solo

Timpani     

One solo or etude, as well as demonstrated knowledge of tuning. Recommended books and etudes:

  • Modern Method for Tympani, Saul Goodman
  • Exercises, Etudes, and Solos for the Timpani, Raynor Carrol
  • Fundamental Method for Timpani, Mitchell Peters
  •  All-Region etudes
  •  Any class I or II solo

Drum Set

Candidate must demonstrate 2–4 styles of playing, including Latin, Rock and Jazz. Recommended books and etudes:

  • Drum Set Etudes, Joel Rothman
  • Groove Essentials, Tommy Igoe 

Please prepare materials that will best demonstrate your abilities. Examples of appropriate repertoire include all-region etudes and solos from solo and ensemble competitions. Please contact Mr. Fife with any questions regarding appropriate repertoire, and information regarding the percussion program.