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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Piano/Organ/Music Ed Keyboard

Piano

Jazz Piano applicants are not required to perform a classical piano audition.

  1. Repertoire
    • A representative piece from the Baroque period such as an Invention by Bach.
    • The first movement of a sonata such as those by Haydn, Mozart (excluding K. 202 and 545) or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2, and Op. 79).
    • A piece from the Romantic Era or modern literature.
  2. Technique
    • Major and minor scales (two octaves/two hands).
    • Major and minor arpeggios played two octaves, two hands. A simple ear-training test will be administered to each student.

Keyboard Music Education

Professor Nadine Shank, shank@nadineshank.com, (413) 545-0053

Jazz Piano applicants are not required to perform a classical piano audition.

  1. Repertoire
    • A representative piece from the Baroque period such as an Invention by Bach.
    • The first movement of a sonata such as those by Haydn, Mozart (excluding K. 202 and 545) or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2, and Op. 79).
    • A piece from the Romantic Era or modern literature.
  2. Technique
    • Major and minor scales (two octaves/two hands).
    • Major and minor arpeggios played two octaves, two hands. A simple ear-training test will be administered to each student.

Organ

Professor Ernest May, emay@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0624

  1. Repertoire
    • A prelude and fugue from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (on the piano), or an Invention.
    • A Bach fugue, chorale trio, or trio sonata movement for organ.
    • An organ piece of the applicant's choosing.
  2. Technique
    • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (two octaves) for both keyboard and pedals.

Piano

Jazz Piano applicants are not required to perform a classical piano audition.

  1. Repertoire
    • A representative piece from the Baroque period such as an Invention by Bach.
    • The first movement of a sonata such as those by Haydn, Mozart (excluding K. 202 and 545) or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2, and Op. 79).
    • A piece from the Romantic Era or modern literature.
  2. Technique
    • Major and minor scales (two octaves/two hands).
    • Major and minor arpeggios played two octaves, two hands. A simple ear-training test will be administered to each student.

Keyboard Music Education

Professor Nadine Shank, shank@nadineshank.com, (413) 545-0053

Jazz Piano applicants are not required to perform a classical piano audition.

  1. Repertoire
    • A representative piece from the Baroque period such as an Invention by Bach.
    • The first movement of a sonata such as those by Haydn, Mozart (excluding K. 202 and 545) or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2, and Op. 79).
    • A piece from the Romantic Era or modern literature.
  2. Technique
    • Major and minor scales (two octaves/two hands).
    • Major and minor arpeggios played two octaves, two hands. A simple ear-training test will be administered to each student.

Organ

Professor Ernest May, emay@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-0624

  1. Repertoire
    • A prelude and fugue from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (on the piano), or an Invention.
    • A Bach fugue, chorale trio, or trio sonata movement for organ.
    • An organ piece of the applicant's choosing.
  2. Technique
    • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (two octaves) for both keyboard and pedals.