Percussion Audition Information - NIU - School of Music

Auditions

Percussion Auditions

Bachelor of Music, Performance and Bachelor of Music, Education Audition Requirements:

I. All prospective undergraduates must perform the following:

a. One keyboard percussion solo or etude (4-mallet solo is preferred)

i. Two-mallet suggestions: Goldenberg, G.H. Green, Abe, Bach, Musser

ii. Four-mallet suggestions: Musser, Rosauro, Smadbeck, Sammut

b. One snare drum solo or etude - rudimental OR concert (not both)

i. Rudimental suggestions: Pratt, Wilcoxon, Tompkins

ii. Concert suggestions: Cirone, Delécluse, Peters

c. One timpani solo or etude

i. Suggested method books etudes: Carroll, Hochrainer, Delécluse

ii. Other suggested repertoire: Carter etudes, solos by Carroll, Beck, Bergamo, etc.

II. Solo or etude in one other area of applicants choice:

a. Multiple percussion

b. World percussion

c. Drum set

i. Demonstration of styles

1. Medium swing - brushes, comping

2. Uptempo swing - brushes and/or sticks, 32-bar song form - trading 8‘s

3. Afro-Cuban 6/8 - sticks - light and easy groove

Bachelor of Music, Performance - Jazz Studies Audition Requirements

I. Two snare drum solos or etudes

a. Concert snare drum solo or etude

i. Suggested repertoire: Cirone, Delécluse, Peters

b. Rudimental snare drum solo or etude

i. Suggested repertoire: Pratt, Wilcoxon, Tompkins

II. Drum Set

a. Demonstration of styles

i. Jazz Ballad

ii. Medium Swing

iii. Uptempo Swing

iv. Brazilian Styles

v. Afro-Cuban Styles

b. Big band chart sight reading (brushes and sticks)

c. “Melodic drum solo,” in which you interpret a well-known jazz standard on the drum set in the following format:

i. Head

ii. Two choruses of improvised solo

iii. Head out

d. Transcription Performance (please provide recording on CD or MP3 player!):

i. Play along with original recording of a significant jazz drummer (see examples below):

1. Al Foster

2. Art Taylor

3. Louis Hayes

4. Dave Tough

5. Sonny Greer

6. Sonny Payne

7. Chick Webb

8. Baby Dodds

9. Billy Higgins

10. Art Blakey

11. Jimmy Cobb

12. Philly Jo Jones

13. Papa Jo Jones

14. Roy Haynes

15. Elvin Jones

16. Kenny Clarke

17. Paul Motian

18. Shelly Manne

19. Ed Thigpen

20. Harold Jones

21. Buddy Rich

22. Mel Lewis

23. Tony Williams

24. Jack DeJohnette

ii. Transcription must be:

25. Minimum 2 choruses of 32-bar standard song form, or

26. Minimum 4 choruses of 12-bar blues form

27. Focused on time playing and comping, not drum solos

 

IV. OPTIONAL classical percussion etudes or solos on the following instruments (see B.M. Performance/Education suggestions above):

a. Keyboard percussion

i. Two or four-mallet marimba or xylophone

b. Timpani

c. World percussion

i. Conga drums, Brazilian percussion, etc.

V. Interview
 

Bachelor of Music, Education PLUS Performance – Jazz Studies Audition Requirements
 

All of the above listed audition material for *both* the B.M. Education and B.M. Performance – Jazz Studies degrees
 

Master of Music, Performance – Instrumental

All prospective percussionists auditioning for the M.M. Performance – Instrumental degree should be prepared to perform senior recital level literature in each of the following areas:

I. Two-mallet keyboard solo

II. Four-mallet keyboard solo

III. Timpani

IV. Snare drum

V. Prospective students may also choose to perform:

a. Multiple percussion

b. Drum set (see details in B.M. Performance/Education description above)

c. World percussion instruments

VI. One standard orchestral excerpt on each of the following:

a. Keyboard percussion (glockenspiel OR xylophone)

i. Examples: Porgy and Bess, Colas Breugnon, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, etc.

b. Snare drum

i. Examples: Lieutenant Kije, Scheherezade, Shostakovich, etc.

c. Cymbals

i. Examples: Romeo and Juliet, Rachmaninoff, A Night on Bald Mountain, etc.

VII. Two-mallet sight reading

VIII. Diagnostic aural skills and physical coordination

VIX. Interview
 

Master of Music, Individualized Specialization in Jazz Studies
 

All prospective graduate students auditioning for the Individualized Specialization in Jazz Studies degree should be prepared to perform the following:
 

II. Snare Drum Etudes (see examples in B.M. Performance – Jazz Studies audition requirements above)

a. Concert snare drum solo or etude

b. Rudimental snare drum solo or etude

III.

IV. Vibraphone: Two- or Four-mallet jazz standard

V. Two-mallet sightreading of a melody in the jazz idiom

VI. Drumset

a. Demonstration of Styles

i. Jazz Ballad

ii. Medium swing

iii. Uptempo swing

iv. Brazilian Styles

v. Afro-Cuban Styles

b. Big band chart sight reading

c. "Melodic drum solo" - interpret a well-known jazz standard in the following format: i. head

ii. 2 choruses of improvised solo

iii. head out

 d. Transcription Performance (please provide recording on CD or MP3 player!):

i. Play along with original recording of a significant jazz drummer (see examples below):

1. Al Foster

2. Art Taylor

3. Louis Hayes

4. Dave Tough

5. Sonny Greer

6. Sonny Payne

7. Chick Webb

8. Baby Dodds

9. Billy Higgins

10. Art Blakey

11. Jimmy Cobb

12. Philly Jo Jones

13. Papa Jo Jones

14. Roy Haynes

15. Elvin Jones

16. Kenny Clarke

17. Paul Motian

18. Shelly Manne

19. Ed Thigpen

20. Harold Jones

21. Buddy Rich

22. Mel Lewis

23. Tony Williams

24. Jack DeJohnette

ii. Transcription must be:

1. minimum 2 choruses of 32-bar standard song form, or

2. minimum 4 choruses of 12-bar blues form

3. focused on time playing and comping, not drum solos

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. AUDITIONS MUST BE DONE IN PERSON. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MAY REQUEST EXCEPTION

2. PLEASE BRING TWO COPIES OF YOUR MUSIC FOR THE ADJUDICATION PANEL

3. STUDENTS NEEDING SPECIAL INSTRUMENT OR SETUP ACCOMMODATIONS SHOULD CONTACT THE PERCUSSION FACULTY NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED AUDITION