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Percussion Audition

AUDITIONING TO ENTER CSUN AS A PERCUSSIONIST

It is highly recommended that you seek the assistance of your private teacher or your school music director when selecting and preparing material for your audition. The following list of music is intended to serve as a guide designed to give students a general idea of the music level expected for acceptance to the music department. (Note: Drumset is not acceptable for auditioning into the Percussion Major. It is, however, required for entrance into the Jazz Major.)

Audition Expectations for freshmen BA Majors You must play at least ONE major percussion instrument well to gain entrance into this major. You should prepare a substantial non-original solo to demonstrate your capabilities. Appropriate etudes and exercises may also be used instead of a solo. (See Materials suggestions below.)

Audition Expectations for freshmen BM Majors You must play at least TWO major percussion instruments well to gain entrance into this major. You should prepare a substantial non-original solo on each. Substantive etudes/exercises may be used to further enhance your audition. (See Materials suggestions below.)

Suggested Materials for the Entering Freshman
Following is a listing of books that are highly recommended for use in auditioning. You are not limited to this list; you may use anything comparable in level and content. (Note: You are not necessarily expected to play all of the materials listed below. Read the Audition Expectations above for details regarding B.A. and B.M. audition differences.) SNARE DRUM: Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer (Garwood Whaley); Intermediate Snare Drum Studies (Mitchell Peters); various rudimental studies by Pratt, Wilcoxon, or others. Also be prepared to play rudiments and to sightread. MALLETS: Fundamental Studies for Mallets (Garwood Whaley); Modern School for Xylophone, Vibraphone, and Bells (Morris Goldenberg); Bach for Bars, Book 1 (Faulman), etc. Also be prepared to demonstrate major scales and to sightread. TIMPANI: Modern Method for Timpani (Saul Goodman); Fundamental Method for Timpani (Mitchell Peters); Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist (Garwood Whaley), etc. Also be prepared to demonstrate tuning capabilities and to sightread.

Suggested Materials for the Junior Transfer
Following is a listing of books that are highly recommended for use in auditioning. You are not limited to this list; you may use anything comparable in level and content. (Note: As a junior transfer you are expected to perform on at least two instruments.) SNARE DRUM: Portraits in Rhythm (Anthony Cirone); Advanced Snare Drum Studies (Mitchell Peters); rudimental studies by Pratt, Wilcoxon or others. Also be prepared to sightread. MALLETS: Musical Studies for the Intermediate Mallet Player (Garwood Whaley); Masterpieces for Marimba (Thomas McMillan). Or solo works similar to: Yellow after the Rain (Mitchell Peters); Contemporary Etudes for 3 or 4 Mallets (Karen Ervin). Also be prepared to demonstrate major/minor scales and to sightread. TIMPANI: Modern Method for Timpani (Saul Goodman); Fundamental Method for Timpani (Mitchell Peters); Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist (Garwood Whaley), or something comparable. Also be prepared to demonstrate tuning capabilities and to sightread.

Suggested Materials for the Master of Music Candidate
Following is a listing of books that are highly recommended for use in auditioning. You are not limited to this list; you may use anything comparable in level and content. (Note: as a master of music candidate you are expected to perform on all of the following instruments.) SNARE DRUM: Portraits in Rhythm (Anthony Cirone); Advanced Snare Drum Studies (Mitchell Peters); Douze Etudes pour Caisse Claire (Jacques Delecluse). Also be prepared to sightread. MALLETS: Something by Bach; a 4-mallet solo grade 5 or higher such as those by Abe, Musser, Stout, etc. Also be prepared to demonstrate major/minor scales and to sightread. TIMPANI: Modern Method for Timpani (Saul Goodman); Fundamental Method for Timpani (Mitchell Peters); Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani (Raynor Carroll), or something comparable. Optional: Orchestral Excerpts. Also be prepared to sightread.