Students wishing to audition for the department, for entrance into the Music program, must submit an audition application by the specified deadline. Students auditioning must be in the process of admission to the University for the semester they are auditioning for.
Spring 2013 Entrance Auditions (by appointment only)
* Saturday, October 27, 2012 (all applications must be submitted by October 17, 2012)
Before you submit your audition application, please make sure you've reviewed our website for Music Options available, repertoire requirements, and audition dates available as well as deadlines for each available date.
IMPORTANT: Music Breadth Studies, Jazz Studies (all instruments)**, Percussion Performance**, String Performance**, Vocal Performance**, and Music Therapy do not have Spring 2013 auditions available. You will need to apply for Fall 2013 auditions if you want to be considered for these options. **For any of these BM performance options you can contact the area coordinator for that music option to request an exemption – to be reviewed on a case by case basis and approved by each instrumental area.
Fall 2013 Entrance Auditions (by appointment only)
* Saturday, March 2, 2013 (all applications must be submitted between October 18, 2012 and February 20, 2013)
* Saturday, March 16, 2013 (all applications must be submitted between October 18, 2012 and February 20, 2013)
All music options will be accepting Fall 2013 audition applications. Audition application for Fall 2013 will be posted Oct 18, 2012.
To apply for an audition, you need to have the following information ready before you start the application:
- Applicant's contact information (address, phone, e-mail, etc.)
- Applicant's CSUN student ID# (9 numerical digits)
- Applicant's expected enrollment for that semester (incoming freshman, transfer, graduate, etc.)
- Information on the last institution attended (High School or college) such as G.P.A., private lessons taken, etc.
- Applicant's instrument and music option of interest
- Applicant's selected repertoire for the audition
- Requested audition date
- and Essay (if requesting scholarship consideration)
Audition applications can be submitted electronically through the following link:
PLACEMENT EXAM DATES
Spring 2013 Undergraduate Placement Tests:
Wednesday – January 16, 2013
No appointment required. YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR YOUR STUDENT ID # - bring this information with you.
Keyboard Placement Exam -
Dr. Sandra Bostrom
CY 239, 9-10 am
This test takes approx. 10 min.
Musicianship Placement Exam -
Prof. David Aks
CY 105, 10:30 am
The exam is about 1 hour, please bring writing utensils: pen, pencil, etc.
Theory Placement Exam -
Dr. Liviu Marinescu
CY 113, 12 noon
Please be prompt, this exam will last about 1-2 hours.
GRADUATE PLACEMENT EXAM DATES
- Graduate Music Theory/Analysis Placement Test
Thursday January 17 at 12 pm
Location: CY 105
- Graduate Music History Placement Test
Friday January 18 at 12 pm
Location: CY 105
The Music History/Literature Exam
Dr. Alexandra Monchick
— Please bring to the Music History/Literature exam the following: #2 pencil, pen, blue book, Scantron 100 question test form —
The music history area reserves the right to slightly alter the format of the exam from year to
year. Currently the exam consists of fifty multiple choice questions followed by listening. In
the listening samples, students are asked to attempt to identify possible time period, composer,
genre and name of the composition if at all possible. Students are asked to write in essay form.
This allows the department to assess the student's ability to begin writing intensive courses at the graduate music level.
Suggested Texts and Recordings for Review
- J. Peter Burkholder. History of Western Music 8th edition. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0393931259
- J. Peter Burkholder. Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music, 6th edition, vol. 1, 2, and 3
- J. Peter Burkholder. Norton Anthology of Western Music, 6th edition , vol. 1, 2, and 3. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009.
The Form/Analysis Exam
Dr. Liviu Marinescu
— Please bring to the Form/Analysis exam the following: #2 pencil, eraser —
This exam consists of two sections, one in functional theory and one in form and analysis.
1) Functional Theory
This portion of the exam tests the student's knowledge of traditional harmony. It consists of short pieces that must be analyzed harmonically. It also contains Four voice chorale phrases with specified harmonies that must be filled in by the student. Harmonic vocabulary includes all diatonic triads and seventh chords, all secondary dominants, Neapolitan sixth chords, all augments sixths, and chords in major keys borrowed from parallel minor. Material involving chromatic harmony is included.
2) Form and Analysis
This portion tests the student's knowledge of traditional musical form. Students are given scores to a movement of a work and are asked to divide the movement into principal sections according to traditional formal analysis.
Suggested Texts for Review
• Kostka/Payne, Tonal Harmony - all the way to the end, especially chromatic harmony.
• Any traditionally based books on form: Green: Form in Tonal Music | Berry: Musical Form