General guidelines

In addition to the guidelines on this page, be sure to follow the music audition guidelines for all students.

Audition guidelines for piano

Perform two works from two different periods.

Repertoire suggestions

The following lists are provided to represent sample repertoire only and are not meant to be exclusive listings of acceptable works that may be performed. Please contact your personal music instructor if you need additional help in choosing acceptable audition material. Popular songs are not an accepted form of audition repertoire.

  • J.S. Bach. Preludes
    • Two Part Inventions
    • Three Part Inventions
    • Prelude and/or Fugue from Well Tempered Klavier (either volume)
    • Movement from a Suite
    • Sonatina movement
  • Sonata movement by Beethoven, Chopin, Greig, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, or Schumann
  • Character piece by Brahms, Chopin, Faure, Grieg, L Mendelssohn, Liszt, Scriabin, Schubert, or  Schumann
  • Work or movement by Albeniz, Bartok, Debussy, Granados, Prokovieff, Ravel,  or Shostakovich

Audition tips

Preparation

  • Practice major scales in two octaves with both hands together.
  • Practice sight-reading: hymns, accompaniments.
  • Practice on different pianos, if you can, to gauge how different keyboard action affects your playing.

Presentation

  • Give yourself time to adjust the bench for your height. 
  • If your piece is not memorized, adjust the music rack. 
  • The piano lid should be raised all the way; ask for help if it is not. 
  • Pianists are allowed to test the piano at the beginning of their audition. 
    • Use part of a scale, arpeggio, or some triads to get the feel of the keyboard action. 
    • Test the pedals to check their action and to make sure everything is in working order.