Audition Guidelines

2023-24 Music Technology Audition Dates

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 (for Spring 2024 entry) - application deadline Oct.23
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 (for Fall 2024 entry) - application deadline Jan. 28
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024 (for Fall 2024 entry) - application deadline Mar. 4
Saturday, Apr. 20, 2024 (for Fall 2024 entry) - application deadline April 8

2023-24 Music Therapy Audition Dates

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 (for Spring 2024 entry) - application deadline Oct. 23
*To audition for Music Therapy (BSMTh) on this date, you must have completed MUS-L 153 with a C or better or be enrolled in it for the fall 2023 semester.
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 (for Fall 2024 entry) - application deadline Jan. 20
Saturday, Mar. 23, 2024 (for Fall 2024 entry) - application deadline Mar. 2
Saturday, Apr. 27, 2024 (for Fall 2024 entry) - application deadline April 2

General audition information

Auditions will held in person unless a remote video audition request has been approved. If you need to request a remote video audition please contact Academic Advisor Julie Wynn (julwynn@iupui.edu).

The required audition session allows applicants to demonstrate interests, skills, and experiences in:

  • music performance and creativity
  • contemporary music technologies
  • other arts-related creative, technological, and/or engineering fields
  • comprehension of music theory.

Applicants are not required to demonstrate skill in all of these areas. However, the audition committee is seeking applicants who are able to balance music technology course-work with music theory, performance skills, and creative aptitude. 

If a student has college credit, a minimum 2.0 GPA is required to apply and audition.

A “primary instrument” declared for degree entry is to be used in the audition for a performance and creativity skill demonstration (i.e. a specific instrumental/voice, or “applied music technology” such as laptop/software, midi controllers, etc.). This choice determines a student’s path for individual studio instruction throughout the degree. Regardless of primary instrument, applicants are encouraged to bring computer-based demonstrations to illuminate skills and experiences in areas noted above. More detailed primary instrument and technologies information can be found below.

Remote auditions

If you live within a reasonable distance of Indianapolis, it is expected your audition will be in-person. If excessive travel distance to Indianapolis prohibits an in-person audition, or you require an accommodation due to a documented disability, you may contact the department to request a remote video audition. A remote audition is normally conducted on one of the specified departmental audition session dates.

What to expect at the Music Technology audition

Auditions are planned for 15 minutes. Specific scheduling that day will be determined by our department audition administrator.

An applicant should be prepared to address, though demonstrations and/or verbal responses:

  • What experience do you have with music software applications and technology hardware?
  • What goals do you have for study in audio engineering and/or related technological fields?
  • What is your general background in music?
  • What instrument(s) do you play, and from how much formal instruction?
  • What areas of music theory have you studied?
  • What brings you to choose IU Indianapolis for pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology degree program?

What to expect at the Music Therapy audition

Auditions are planned for 15 minutes. Specific scheduling that day will be determined by our department audition administrator.

An applicant should be prepared to address, though demonstrations and/or verbal responses:

  • What is your interest in the field of music therapy?
  • What is your background in music?
  • What are your singing experiences and/or training?
  • Do you have prior experience with music software and/or audio hardware?
  • What music theory skills do you possess?

Equipment provided at the audition

  • Small analog mixer connected to a stereo PA
  • HDMI video cable connected to a large LCD screen
  • Bass amp and guitar amp
  • Grounded power outlets
  • Table and X stand
  • Piano
  • Music stand

Please Note:

  • A computer will not be provided for an applicant’s use in the audition.
  • Software-based work to be demonstrated must be shown to the audition panel in the native software. Rendered, bounced, or otherwise exported playback files do not represent an acceptable demonstration. Likewise, using playback files from a cellphone is not adequate; the audition panelists expect to “see” the development process of a work on the provided video monitor.
  • Please bring any cables necessary for connections to your audio and computer equipment.
  • Audition sessions are video-recorded for possible review by department administrators or faculty. Under no conditions will these recordings be made available for any other purpose or to any other individual.

Requirements for Specific Instruments

Please demonstrate three different pieces of work representing a variety of experience and skill with music technologies. The applicant must clearly articulate their role(s) in each work and by what means they employed music technology. Essential demonstration items would include exhibiting competency with a fully featured digital audio workstation software, understanding basic concepts of mixing audio, work methods for digital and analog audio, and the ability to articulate standard functions of audio hardware. Experience with related fields of engineering and technology, one or more acoustic instruments, music theory, and/or composition is also to the advantage of the applicant. A student pursuing applied music technology as a performance medium will take private music technology lessons and serve performance, creative, and/or production roles with appropriate department ensembles.

  • Perform one piece of your choosing. You are encouraged to select a song from a solo or ensemble competition list; however, you are welcome to sing a piece not on a competition list so long as music is available for the faculty to see during the audition.
  • You may sing unaccompanied, with self-accompaniment, or with an accompanist provided by the department. Request for an accompanist should be made when filling out the program application.
  • Sing one of the following songs in the key of your choosing:
    • America, the Beautiful, Down in the Valley, Home on the Range, Scarborough Fair, or This Land Is Your Land
  • Perform a major scale in 1 octave.
  • Sight sing 1-2 examples.

  • Perform one piece of your choosing for your instrument. This should be from a solo or ensemble competition list, or should be emblematic of your instrument if it is a non-symphonic instrument such as guitar. For examples of appropriate music, please visit the Indiana State School Music Association for a listing of Group I solos. The list of Group I vocal solos are on the Indiana State School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Manuals page.  

  • Sing one of the following songs in the key of your choosing:
    • America, the Beautiful, Down in the Valley, Home on the Range, Scarborough Fair, or This Land Is Your Land
  • Perform major scales in 1-2 octaves.
  • Sight read 1-2 examples on the primary instrument.
  • Note for percussionists: We can have a drum set and/or a marimba/vibraphone available for you to perform on for the audition. Percussionists are asked to specify if they will need a drum set and/or mallet percussion provided for the audition in the program application.

    Note for guitarists: Examples from any of the following collections (or equivalent) would be appropriate audition material:

    • Royal Conservatory of Music Guitar Repertoire Series, Grade 2 or above
    • 100 Graded Classical Guitar Studies – Fredrick Noad
    • Classical Studies for Pick Style Guitar – William Leavitt
    • Jazz Songbook – William Leavitt
    • Maiden Voyage, Volume 54 – Jamey Aebersold
    • Killer Joe, Volume 70 – Jamey Aebersold
    • Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos, Volume 1 and 2

    If you have any further guitar-related questions please contact: John Alvarado, Senior Lecturer of Guitar (joalvara@iupui.edu)

Demonstrate 1) two or three contrasting pieces of repertoire for your instrument, 2) major/minor scales, 3) sight reading as requested (provided at the audition).

Students are encouraged to choose repertoire that best represents their experience, skill level, and artistic range. It is also to the advantage of an applicant to include a brief demonstration of experience/interest with music technologies.

If you are auditioning on the following, please note:

Percussion:
For a percussion audition, you will want to perform a couple of music selections that demonstrate your percussive abilities. That could be a snare drum solo, mallet selection, drum set styles or world percussion demonstrations, or anything that highlights your skill on percussion instruments emphasizing your musicianship. It would be beneficial to present selections of contrasting styles. There is a possibility you would be asked to sight-read. We can have a drum set and/or a marimba/vibraphone available for you to perform on for the audition. Note that in the application  percussionists are asked to specify if they will need a 1) drum set and/or 2) mallet percussion provided for the audition.

Guitar:
All students should be prepared to demonstrate the following: 1) perform two contrasting pieces of repertoire, 2) perform major scales in 1-2 octaves, 3. Demonstrate site reading abilities (provided at the audition.  Students are encouraged to choose repertoire that best represents their skill level and artistic range. While we do not require specific repertoire or dictate required genres, we do encourage students to select pieces that are focus specifically on guitar skills. (i.e. not simply strumming chords to accompany a song.)  Our most successful students have tended to audition on either classical or jazz pieces. These tend to demonstrate an ability to read standard notation and handle the music that you will be expected to work with at the college level. Some suitable examples are as follows (students are free to choose something from any other style as well, but are encouraged to select examples that demonstrate an equal level of technique/musicianship regardless of the style chosen).  Examples from any of the following collections (or equivalent) would be appropriate audition material: 1) Royal Conservatory of Music Guitar Repertoire Series, Grade 2 or above, 2) 100 Graded Classical Guitar Studies – Fredrick Noad, 3) Classical Studies for Pick Style Guitar – William Leavitt, 4) Jazz Songbook – William Leavitt, 5) Maiden Voyage, Volume 54 – Jamey Aebersold, 6) Killer Joe, Volume 70 – Jamey Aebersold, 7) Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos, Volume 1 and 2.  If you have any further guitar-related questions please contact: John Alvarado, Senior Lecturer of Guitar (joalvara@iupui.edu).