Music: Prospective Students

Applications for Admission

Entrance Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Music in the Interactive Academic Bulletin for 2013-2014

 

ADMISSIONS AND AUDITIONS

Applications for Admission – The following applications are for admission into our Music Department Degree programs. Before these form can be processed, you must make application for admission to Washington Adventist University. Apply to the University first! Once you have completed all aspects of your application to the University, fill out this form before arriving for your audition. Please attach a list of repertoire studied in the last four years. Also, attach any relevant résumé, concert programs, letters of reference, etc., you may wish to submit. Please acquaint us with your accomplishments to date to better give us a picture of your potential. Auditions are held during University Preview days or by personal appointment made through the department. Under very unusual circumstances, such as long distance, an audition may be submitted by DVD. Call or email for more information: music@wau.edu and (301) 891-4025.

Admission Form - BA Music

Admission Form - BM Performance

Admission Form - BM Education

Entrance Requirements – Acceptance into one of the degree programs in this department is contingent upon a successful audition. This audition must demonstrate aptitude and skill, in a chosen field of concentration, sufficient to successfully pursue the curriculum. Examination in the major applied music area is administered during the registration week to determine the student’s qualification for entering MUPI 144.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS BY PERFORMING AREA

KEYBOARD

Piano

1. Perform three pieces of contrasting style and historical period. An audition should include a piece by J.S. Bach, a first movement of a classical sonata, and either a Romantic or Contemporary piece.

2. Major/minor scales and arpeggios

3. Sight-reading

Organ

1. Perform two contrasting pieces including a piece by J.S. Bach and a work from the Romantic or Contemporary periods of music.

2. Sight-read a hymn

PERCUSSION

Snare drum

1. Perform an etude

2. Demonstrate rudiments

3. Sight-reading

Mallet instruments

1. Perform a solo piece or etude

2. Scales and arpeggios

3. Sight-reading

Timpani

1. Perform an etude utilizing 2, 3, or 4 drums

2. Demonstrate proficiency with pitch matching, intervals, and rolls

3. Sight-reading

STRINGS

Violin and cello

1. Perform a) an unaccompanied movement by J.S. Bach and b) a movement of a post-Baroque concerto or sonata.

2. Major/minor scales in three octaves

3. Sight-reading

Viola

1. Perform two contrasting pieces of applicant’s choice

2. Major/minor scales in three octaves

3. Sight-reading

Double bass

1. Perform two pieces of applicant’s choice

2. Major/minor scales in two octaves

3. Sight-reading

VOICE

1. Perform two selections from the classical vocal repertoire; one piece may be in English and the second in a language other than English.

2. Sight-reading

WINDS AND BRASS

1. Perform two contrasting pieces (etudes and excerpts are acceptable)

2. Major and chromatic scales

3. Sight-reading

CLASSICAL GUITAR AND HARP

1. Perform two contrasting pieces

2. Scales and arpeggios

3. Sight-reading

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a music major or minor in order to take applied lessons or be a member of one of your music organizations?

Applied lessons are available to all WAU students for credit or noncredit. Participation in our music organizations is by audition and open to all WAU students. Applications for our music organizations is available here.

Do I have to audition to become a music major?

Yes. Acceptance into one of the degree programs in the music department is contingent upon a successful audition. This audition must demonstrate aptitude and skill, in a chosen field of concentration, sufficient to successfully pursue the curriculum. Applications are available here.

Do I need to have advanced training in order to apply?

Yes. The music business is highly competitive, and we expect a high level of commitment and talent from our music majors. Please look at our audition requirements for your applied area for more information.

How do I schedule an audition?

Start by filling out an application to get the ball rolling. You may also contact us directly at music@wau.edu or 301 891 4025.

Will I get to go on a really cool tour if I join the choir/band/orchestra?

In the last couple of years, our organizations have traveled to the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Europe, and performed at the National Gallery of Art, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.

Are there music scholarships, and how do I get one?

Our largest music scholarships are merit-based awards for being in a music organization. Other music scholarships are also available. All are awarded based on your audition.

How big are the music classes?

One of the best things about being a music major at WAU is the individual attention student receives. Our class sizes are intimate and applied lessons are one-on-one.

Why should I come to WAU to be a music major?

We are in a vibrant cultural part of the world at WAU. As such, we have the finest faculty available who are all at the tops of their respective fields. As a Seventh-day Adventist institution, we seek to be Christ-like in all that we do and thus serve as both musical and character mentors. Finally, being a small department allows all of our students to receive an individual and personally unique learning experience that will best prepare students for a career in music.

Department Contact

Dr. James Bingham, Chair
Phone: 301-891-4025
E-mail: jbingham@wau.edu
Peters Music Center, Room 103

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