Music Auditions and Assessments

 

Music Auditions and Assessment

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we have made changes to our audition, interview and assessment process. Our new process is as follows:

Audition: to be submitted as a video or sound file. 

Interview: to be submitted as a video or sound file with your audition.

Theory Assessment: completed in-person, on campus, but must be booked.

Aural Assessments: completed live online, and a specific time must be booked. 

Please Note: if your ability to demonstrate your skills or knowledge is impacted by a disability, impairment or illness, please contact Accessibility Services at Douglas College by calling 604 527 5486 or emailing stuserv@douglascollege.ca. The Music Department relies on Accessibility Services to advise us regarding appropriate accommodation strategies and it is important to meet with a member of their team prior to booking an audition or assessment with the Music Department.

Once you have selected your preferred audition date (see below), all requirements should be completed by the date chosen. Note that our programs are in demand and applicants who complete their requirements sooner will have a higher chance to be offered a seat.

Please email the Administrative Associate for detailed information on how to submit your videos, and how to book your assessments: performingarts@douglascollege.ca

AUDITION DATES FOR FALL 2021:


Audition and Interview Video Files will be accepted between the following dates:

  • January 24 - February 20, 2021
  • February 21 - March 20, 2021
  • March 21 - April 17, 2021
  • April 18 - May 1, 2021
  • May 2 - June 15, 2021

Music Theory Assessments will take place at the New Westminster Campus on the following dates: 

  • Friday, February 19
  • Friday, March 19
  • Friday, April 16
  • Friday, May 21
  • Friday, June 11

Aural Skills Assessments will take place via Zoom on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, February 20
  • Saturday, March 20
  • Saturday, April 24
  • Saturday, May 22
  • Saturday, June 12

If you do not yet have a Douglas College Student ID Number, please contact the Registrar's Office to ensure your application to the College is complete with all outstanding documentation submitted and application fees paid.

In order to be considered for admission, all general and program-specific admission criteria must be complete. Candidates will be selected for admission on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis.

Music Theory and Aural Skills Assessment Information

All programs except Music Technology:

Entrance into the Basic Musicianship, Diploma, and Foundations for Music Therapy Studies programs is based on varied theory and aural requirements. Please refer to the table below to determine your best way through the process.

Program Goal Current level of training Assessment Required
Basic Musicianship Self-taught instrumentalist but cannot read music Level 1 Theory and Aural Skills Assessments during your program interview

Basic Musicianship

Music Diploma

Foundation for Music Therapy Studies (FMTS)

Self-taught instrumentalist who can read music

Level 1 Theory and Aural Skills Assessments during your program interview

You may be asked to book Level 2 assessment

Music Diploma

Foundation for Music Therapy Studies (FMTS)

Played an instrument or sang for 3 – 4 years in high school bands or choirs Level 2 Theory and Aural Skills Assessments

Music Diploma

Foundation for Music Therapy Studies (FMTS)

3 – 4 years or more of private lessons including music theory Level 2 Theory and Aural Skills Assessments

 

Level 1 and Level 2 Theory and Aural Skills Assessments

Music Auditions

Level 1

The Level 1 Music Theory and Aural Assessments are taken together as part of the applicant’s program interview. The two assessments gauge the applicant’s rudimentary knowledge and are open ended. Results are not pass/fail, but will determine the best course placement for success in the Basic Musicianship program or Foundation for Music Therapy Studies Diploma program.

Level 2

The Level 2 Music Theory Assessment gauges applicants’ knowledge of and fluency with theory rudiments and is designed to determine whether placement into MUSC 1110 is possible.

The Level 2 Aural Assessment includes sight singing, and the student must demonstrate aptitude for pitch matching, basic melodic memory, sight singing and sight rhythm performance during a short, individual appointment.

The Level 2 Music Theory and Aural Skills Assessments are booked by contacting the Administrative Associate by email at performingarts@douglascollege.ca.

Audition Requirements

Music Auditions Violin

The following guidelines represent the expected level to be considered for the Performance-level Studio Instruction course (private lessons). Students who do not meet these minimum practical requirements but pass the theory assessment will be placed in the General-level Studio Instruction for private lessons.

All applicants must bring one extra copy of the music they are performing to their audition. References to the Royal Conservatory of Music levels are only intended as a guideline for choosing appropriate pieces. Please note: For all instruments and voice, sight reading ability may be assessed during the audition.

Please note

Royal Conservatory of Music Theory certificates or AP Music credits do NOT exempt applicants from writing the theory assessment. Candidates who have passed the RCM Advanced Rudiments exam should bring documentation to their assessment. A strong theory background is an asset and theory faculty will consider the possibility for advance placement.

Instruments

Pieces
  • 2 pieces or studies in contrasting styles
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 5 or higher
  • Must be played on a classical guitar
Technique
  • Scales (major and minor) F#, G, Ab, A, C, D, Eb (2 octaves)
  • Cadences I-IV-V-I chords (major and minor)

Pieces
  • Two pieces: one pop and one jazz tune
  • Create a simple improvisation over one of them. Melodies and chord changes should be memorized. Be prepared to play both the chords (as an accompaniment) and the melody.  
  • A recorded rhythm section to play along with is acceptable but it must be mp3 or CD. No Youtube or other streaming accompaniment.
  • Please bring two copies of the lead sheets
Technique
  • all major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales two octaves, ascending and descending, in one position
  • the blues scale in all twelve keys
  • one classical etude that demonstrates your basic technique

Snare Drum, drum set & Mallet instruments provided. Applicants must bring their own sticks.

Pieces
  • One piece on snare drum (page 24 from Morris Goldenberg’s book Modern School of Snare Drum) and one piece on mallet keyboard instrument (page 28 from Morris Goldenberg’s book Modern School for Xylophone)
  • No band parts accepted
Technique
  • Snare: rudiments (rolls, flams, drags, paradiddles, etc.)
  • Mallet: scales and arpeggios (major and minor)

Snare Drum, drum set & Mallet instruments provided. Applicants must bring their own sticks.

Pieces
  • Drum set and/or hand percussion. Demonstrate various styles (latin, jazz swing, world music or rock) on drum set, congas, or other types of hand drums
Technique  
  • Snare: rudiments (rolls, flams, drags, paradiddles, etc.)

Pieces
  • 2 pieces in contrasting styles played from memory
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 or higher
Technique
  • Scales (major and minor)
  • Formula patterns
  • Octave scales
  • Chords (solid and broken)
  • Major, minor, dominant 7th, diminished 7th arpeggios
  • Major, minor, dominant 7th, diminished 7th chords – all inversions

Pieces
  • 2 pieces or studies in contrasting styles
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 6 or higher (violin: Gr.8)
  • No orchestral parts accepted.
Technique
  • Violin: Major and minor scales and arpeggi in 3 octaves for the keys of G, A flat, A, B flat, B, C, D flat and D.  Major and minor scales and arpeggi in 2 octaves for the keys of E flat, E, F and F#.  Ascending and descending.  Scales bowings can be one octave per bow when holding the octave note OR 12 notes per bow when doing Galamian style scales.  Arpeggi should be 9 notes per bow for 3 octaves, 6 notes per bow for 2 octaves.
  • Viola and cello: All major and minor scales, two octaves, ascending and descending.
  • Double Bass: All major and minor scales and arpeggios: in 2 octaves for the keys of E, F, and G.  1 octave for all other keys.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own accompanist to the audition.

Pieces
  • Two contrasting pieces: eg. one pop and one jazz tune
  • Create a simple improvisation over one of them. Be prepared to play both the melody and a bass line.
  • Please bring two copies of the sheet music
Technique
  • All major and natural minor scales one octave, ascending and descending
  • The blues scale in all twelve keys, one octave.

Pieces
  • 2 songs in contrasting styles and language (preferably). Pieces to be sung from memory
  • Level required is equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 6 or higher
  • Songs from the ‘classical’ repertoire (ie. Lieder, artsong, folk, oratorio, operetta, opera, contemporary) recommended. Musical theatre and Jazz will be considered upon request.
Technique
  • Vocalization (scales, triads, arpeggios)
Sight Singing
  • Includes rhythmic reading
Voice applicants are required to bring their own accompanists to the audition. 

If this is not possible, please inform the Music Programs Assistant at least five days before the audition date to obtain contact information of local accompanists-for-hire.

Pieces
  • 2 pieces or studies in contrasting styles
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 6 or higher
  • No band parts or jazz band parts accepted.
  • Two contrasting movements of a single work are acceptable.
Technique
  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios
    (Brass: 1 Octave, Woodwinds: 2 Octaves)

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own accompanists to the audition.

Pieces
  • Prepare two contrasting pop or jazz tunes and create a simple improvisation on one.
  • Memorization is not required but please bring your lead sheet with chord changes included.
  • Accompaniment is optional. Recorded rhythm section is acceptable but it must be mp3 or CD. No Youtube or other streaming accompaniment
Technique
  • All major and minor scales up to the ninth and down
  • The blues scale in all keys
  • One classical etude that demonstrates your basic technique
  • Sight reading
  • No band music please