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Audition and assessment information

 After you’ve applied to Douglas, you’ll need to book your Music Technology entrance audition and assessments.

Update for Fall 2019:                                                                            The Music Technology Diploma Program is now full.   

Please contact Blair Fisher, MTD Program Coordinator, with any questions. 

The Audition

The audition is informal. You are encouraged to play anything that will share with us your abilities in music. What do you love to play/sing? What do you do well? What would you like to do in an ensemble or recording session? A couple of contrasting selections will be perfect. We will also ask you a few questions about your background and goals during the allotted 20 minutes. There are no limitations on style/genre. If you play more than one instrument we encourage you to do more than one thing for us, and keep in mind we only have 20 minutes for the audition and interview.

Please arrive early if your audition requires set-up time. 

Music Technology Assessment

The Music Technology Assessment is a hands-on test, done in our Mac Lab. You can choose to take the test using either Pro Tools, Logic Pro or Ableton Live.

If you wish to prepare on your own for this test (and have access to a Mac and appropriate software) there are introductory guides available for three programs:

Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools 11 (with DVD)

Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro X

Ableton Live 9: Create Produce Perform

If you don’t have access to this software, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for the MTD Prep (Technology) course, offered through the Douglas College Community Music School. When you successfully complete this course you will not need to do the technology assessment, and will be accepted into MTD (providing all other qualifications are met.)

Music Literacy Assessment (Theory)

Everyone coming into the Music Technology program will be given a music literacy assessment test.

If you have advanced theory and musicianship knowledge you can choose electives in place of one or both Contemporary Musicianship classes, in consultation with the program Coordinator.

If you have little or no theory knowledge will be asked to take a Basic Musicianship theory class. Results of this test will also be considered when making entrance decisions. The Theory Assessment will consist of the following:

Writing major and minor scales using key signatures or accidentals

  • Naming triads and 7th chords
  • Key signature
  • Time signatures
  • Rhythms and rests
  • Common musical terms

If you need some theory help, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for the MTD Prep (Theory) course, offered through the Douglas College Community Music School. When you successfully complete this course you will not need to do the theory assessment, and will be accepted into MTD (providing all other qualifications are met.)

Study resources for the Music Literacy Assessment

Any book on music rudiments can help you prepare for this test. There are also some online sites that can help test your knowledge of note names, intervals, scales and chords, such as Music Theory on 8notes.com