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Auditions and Assessments

Guitar

Applications for Fall 2020 will open in October 2019. Audition and assessment dates are listed below (scroll down for audition requirements). It is encouraged that you set up your audition dates early as available dates and times fill up quickly!

AUDITION DATES FOR FALL 2020:

  • Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th
  • Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th
  • Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th
  • Friday, May 22th and Saturday, May 23rd
  • Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th

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

Classical windsThe 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.

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 Performing Arts Assistant by email at performingarts@douglascollege.ca.

Audition Requirements

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.

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Instruments

Classical Guitar

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)

Contemporary Guitar

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 

Classical Percussion

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)

Contemporary Percussion

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.)

Piano

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

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical Double Bass)

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.

Contemporary Upright or Electric Bass

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.

Voice

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.

Classical Winds (Brass and Woodwind)

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.

Contemporary Winds (Brass and Saxophone)

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