Applied Music & Auditions

Our AA degree in Music Studies-Performance includes Applied Music 1-4, which provides individual instruction on your instrument, performances in weekly master classes, and participation in music department recitals. To declare a music major in this degree, contact Music Counselor Amber Alatorre for an Ed Plan after you are auditioned by the Music Dept. applied music faculty and finish your first semester.Students playing instruments

There are two levels of applied music classes with admission to either by audition: Applied Music I-IV (MUSI 274A-D) and Individualized Study I-IV (MUSI 174A-D). These classes are exclusively for music majors with an Ed Plan for the AA degree in Music Studies-Performance who wish to go on to transfer and finish a 4 year degree in Music Performance (Jazz or Classical). Music Performance Majors choose either Classical or Jazz and must demonstrate proficiency on their instrument with 2 prepared contrasting pieces. If auditioning as a Jazz music student, the ability to improvise is also required. If you are one of the 15 students accepted for the the 274 level, you will receive free weekly private lessons on your instrument & applied music lesson credit for transfer. Students accepted at the 174 level must pay for their weekly lessons with a teacher of their choice but still earn degree credit. All students wishing to enroll in MUSI 274A and MUSI 174A must first qualify to audion by completing MUSI 150A, then fill out and submit an application to audition, and then pass the audition before being admitted to either of those classes.

To Qualify for an Audition in Fall Semester: All students must have already completed MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship (or placed out via assessment test or passed Credit for Prior Learning exam) and submit an application in advance of the audition to Applied Music Coordinator.

If Auditioning in Spring Semester: All students must have completed MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship, MUSI 148A Music Theory 1 & MUSI 268A Ear Training 1 (or placed out via assessment tests for each course or pass Credit for Prior Learning exams for each course).

To audition for MUSI 274A or MUSI 174A, prepare 2 contrasting pieces of Classical or Jazz music on your instrument, fill out the application, sign up for an audition time on bord outside of Room #C-109, and show up on time. Applications must be recevied the day before your aaudition. Send applications to Dr. N. Scott RobinsonAudition Information:  Please see our Events and Announcements Page for Applied Music Audition DateStudents who are found to be underqualified or overqualified will not be admitted.

Applied Music audition application: click here

Please contact Dr. N. Scott Robinson for more info.

NOTE for FALL 2022: Auditions will be held live on campus on Thursday Aug. 25, 2022 from 4-5pm in Room C-119 in Building C100.  Sign up for a time slot to audition on board outside Music Office C-109

These two things below need to be sent to Applied Music Coordinator, Dr. N. Scott Robinson at, by the evening on the first Wednesday of each semester. (Fall 2022 = Aug. 24, 2022)

  1. Submit an application
  2. Students are required to record two contrasting pieces for audition. The pieces you have prepared for audition need to be uploaded to Youtube and made available through a link.  

We have immediate openings for: Classical voice (all ranges), Classical guitar, Classical piano, Jazz trumpet, Jazz drumset/vibes, Jazz piano, Jazz saxophone

Areas we currently offer for Applied Music (MUSI 274A-D)

Classical Music: Voice, Guitar, Piano, Percussion (snare drum, mallets, timpani), Alto Saxophone, Flute

Jazz: Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Piano, Alto & Tenor Saxophones, Flute, Drumset/Vibraphone

As a Music Major in the Music Studies-Performance degree at the 274 level you are required to co-enroll in the following classes:

  • Enroll in Master Class & Applied Music I-IV (MUSI 274A-D) 
  • Enroll in Recital Hour I-IV
  • Enroll in an assigned ensemble for 4 semesters 
  • Enroll in Music Theory I-IV and Ear Training I-IV (Basic Musicianship is a pre-requisite = needs to be completed or tested out of before audition & level I of Music Theory & Ear Training)
  • Enroll in Piano Class I-III (during semesters 2-4)
  • Prepare for end of semester Recitals & Jury
  • It is recommened you also work on required Gen Ed classes

All Applied Music Performance Majors (MUSI 274A-D & MUSI 174A-D) will perform regularly for their peers in the weekly Master Class, where they will get valuable feedback and performance experience. At the end of the semester, all Applied Music Performance Majors perform in recitals and are evaluated by the applied music faculty in Juries at the end of the semester. Master Class meets Mondays 2:20-4:20. Private lessons are scheduled 1 hour per week for 15 weeks each semester according to the teacher & student avilability. 

Individualized study (MUSI 174A-D)

Students showing strong potential but are not ready to enroll in the full range of Music Major courses for AA Music Studies-Performance degree can audition for a slot in Individualized Study I. These students will enroll in Master Class & Individualized Study I-IV (MUSI 174A-D)  and will be required to find their own teacher & pay for their own weekly lessons. A beneft of this level is that students in Individualized Study (MUSI 174A-D) will earn the same lesson class credit as Applied Music (MUSI 274A-D) for transfer. The range of instruments is more flexible for MUSI 174A-D since students will choose and pay their own lesson teachers but the Music Dept. has performing opportunites for certain instrumentation only (those instruments listed above plus Jazz vocal, trumpet & trombone). Individualized Study 174A-D is ideal for students playing instruments we do not teach in our dept. 174A Students should have taken Basic Musicianship in preparation for future enrollment in the Music Theory & Ear Training program and to qualify them to be Applied Music Majors (MUSI 274A-D) should they wish to re-audition in a future semester to move up to the 274 level.


All instrumentalists in Classical or Jazz (excepting vocalists and drummers) may be asked to play major and minor scales 2 octaves in addition to the specific requirements below.


Classical Piano: Choose 2 contrasting pieces of Classical Piano repertoire from any historical period. For Example, Bach and Chopin for Classical piano. A piano is provided.

Classical Guitar: Choose 2 contrasting pieces of Classical Guitar repertoire from any historical period. For Example, Bach and Villa-Lobos for Classical guitar.

Classical Voice: Classical vocalists should be able to sing 2 contrasting pieces from different periods and languages (a piano accompanist can be provided if you provide music before your audition).

Classical Alto Saxophone & Flute: Classical alto saxophonists & flute players should play 2 contrasting solo etudes.

Classical Percussion: Classical percussionists should prepare 2 contrasting solo pieces with one on snare drum and the second on a mallet instrument (either marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone) with 2 or 4 mallets. Snare drum, vibraphone, marimba (5 octaves), and xylophone are provided.



All Jazz instrumentalists/vocalists can bring their own accompanying musicians to the audition if desired (set up equipment before audition - piano, bass/guitar amps & drumset provided) or play along to iReal Pro accompaniment tracks. For Jazz, 2 contrasting styles such as a Jazz blues, medium tempo Swing tune, Latin tune, or a ballad from the standard Jazz repertoire. For Jazz auditions, be prepared to play the head, accompany, and then improvise.

Jazz Electric Guitar: Jazz electric guitarists should be able to play the melody, comp chords, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. A guitar amplifier is provided.

Jazz Electric Bass or Acoustic Bass: Jazz bassists should be able to play the melody, walk over the chord changes, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. A bass amplifier is provided.

Jazz Piano: Jazz pianists should be able to play the melody, comp chords, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. A piano is provided.

Jazz Drumset: Jazz drummers should demonstrate their snare drum rudiments, and play several time feels (Swing, Jazz waltz, Bossa Nova, Funk, Samba, Mambo) and trade fours in a medium tempo 4/4 Swing feel. All drummers will study both drumset & vibraphone. A 4 piece drumset with 2 cymbals and hihat is provided.

Jazz Vibraphone: Jazz vibraphonists should be able to play the melody, comp chords with 4 mallets, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. All vibraphonists will study both vibraphone & drumset. A vibraphone is provided.

Jazz Alto/Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone & Flute: Jazz alto or tenor saxophonists & flute players should be able to play the melody to 2 contrasting tunes and improvise over each tune (Trumpet & Trombone = 174 level only).

Jazz Vocal: Sing two contrasting tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire that incorporate improvisation (174 level only).

  1. If I do more than one thing, can I audition twice?
    No, you must choose one instrument and one area to audition. If you play Classical piano and Jazz piano, you must choose one area (Classical piano or Jazz piano) to audition. Once aditted to the degree, students with multiple talents can incorporate those in the weekly master class and recitals as long as their assignments from their applied lesson teacher are met each week.
  2. What are you looking for in the audition?  
    We are looking for highly motivated students who have prior experience in Classical Music or Jazz, knowledge of their instrument, who have completed MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship course, and are focused on committing to doing the AA degree in Music Studies-Performance. The best candidates will have skills and musicality and have a solid record with successful involvement in the Music Dept. There are 15 slots total and how many openings depend on the number of returning students each semester. If auditioning in the Spring, the additional requirement of having completed both Music Theory 1 & Ear Training 1 is necessary.