Center for Performing Arts

Academics

Audition and Theory Placement Test Information

All students interested in entering one of the programs offered by the School of Music must submit a vocal or instrumental audition to the SOM.  School of Music students must declare a primary/major instrument of study.

The auditions are designed to demonstrate that the students possess exceptional talent, the potential to develop high levels of musicianship, artistic sensibilities, and a strong sense of commitment to calling. The audition can be held either on campus at the School of Music (at designated times of the year or by appointment) or off-campus by a video submission.  Live audition dates for the School of Music are scheduled in conjunction with the College for a Weekend (CFAW) events or by appointment with the coordinator of the appropriate applied discipline.

This placement audition enables faculty to evaluate the skill, tendencies, and overall strengths of the student.  It does not by itself secure entrance into a music degree program (that decision is made at the end of the sophomore year; see section entitled Sophomore Review in the student handbook).  As a result of this audition, the student will be placed in a studio for music instruction appropriate to his or her skills and aspirations.

All School of Music students must declare a primary/major instrument of study. For those students who have not yet completed a live audition for placement into your private lessons, you will need to submit a video audition:

If you have any questions, please contact som@liberty.edu.


General Guidelines for Audition Repertoire

For music performance or music education degrees, the following are the repertoire guidelines for auditions:

Voice:

  • Three songs (Italian, English, and German or French).

Guitar, Brass, Strings, Woodwinds:

  • Prepare two contrasting pieces of your choice. 
  • Also, please be prepared to play major scales up to 5 sharps and 5 flats and do a brief sight-reading excerpt (live auditions only).

Percussion: 

  • Prepare pieces in two or three of the following categories:
    • Snare piece
    • mallet piece
    • timpani piece

Piano: 

  • Three contrasting styles   
  • Memorization preferred  
  • Examples:
    • Bach Inventions
    • Mozart Sonatas
    • Clementi Sonatinas
    • Schubert Works

In-Person Audition Dates

Auditions dates for the Center for Music and the Performing Arts are scheduled in conjunction with the College For A Weekend dates. Fall CFAW is open to only high school juniors, seniors and transfer students between the ages of 15-24.

Audition dates for the 2015-2016 academic year have not yet been finalized

Basic Schedule for Auditions:

  • CADENCE event on the Saturdays of CFAW.
  • To schedule an audition time, please contact the appropriate individual below:

Instrumental – Non-piano instrumentalists interested in scheduling an on-campus audition should contact the area coordinator, Dr. Sean Beavers, to schedule an audition time.

Vocal – Vocalists interested in scheduling an on-campus audition should contact the area coordinator, Dr. Mark Greenawalt, to arrange an audition time; an accompanist will be provided for scheduled on-campus auditions.

Keyboard – Pianists interested in scheduling an on-campus audition should contact the area coordinator, Dr. Tad Hardin to arrange an audition time.


Music Theory Placement Information

All incoming students must take the Music Theory Placement Test before beginning their studies with the School of Music. Instructions on how to access and complete the online test will be sent to students through MUSC freshman courses (MUSC 105, 107, applicable ensembles, etc.).

*Exception to this rule:  Incoming students who have taken the Music Theory Advanced Placement (A.P.) Test and receive a composite score of 4 or above are automatically eligible to sign up for the Advanced Music Theory course (MUSC 105-005) and therefore are exempt from taking the placement test.  Students should request that their score report be sent to Liberty University directly from the College Board Website (use Liberty's school code: 5385).  *A.P. testing does not qualify students to test out of Music Theory courses here at Liberty.