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Percussion

Audition Requirements

Notes

Candidates must be prepared to audition on all percussion instruments and must bring all appropriate sticks and mallets. All instruments will be provided. The candidate may be asked to play a piece at sight on any of the three instruments.

Repertoire selections are merely suggestions to indicate the level of difficulty required.

Since the snare and/or trap drummer may not have the opportunity to familiarize himself or herself with pitched instruments to perfect his/her craft, it would be advisable to pursue the study of ear training-sight singing before entering an institution of higher learning.

Questions may be directed to Professor William Trigg, trigg@tcnj.edu.

Snare Drum

Technique
The 26 rudiments of the Snare Drum; Orchestral and rudimental rolls at various dynamics

Studies
Anthony Cirone—“Portraits in Rhythm”
Jacques Delecluse – “Douze Etudes pour Caisse Claire”
Charles Wilcoxon—“Modern Rudimental Swing Solos”
Or any of the following composers: Albright, Pratt, Hochrainer, Wanamaker, et al.

Solo
Two contrasting solos or etudes from the above list or comparable repertoire. An acceptable alternative is any one of the All-State/Region audition solos.

Timpani

Technique
Tuning to various intervals; Rolls at various dynamics

Studies
Saul Goodman — “Modern Method for Timpani”
Firth — “The Solo Timpanist”,
Carroll – “Exercises, Etudes & Solos for the Timpani”,
Hochrainer – “Übungen für Timpani”, et al

Solo: A selected solo or two contrasting etudes from the above list or comparable repertoire. An acceptable alternative is any one of the All-State/Region audition solos.

Mallet Instruments

Technique
All major scales and arpeggios, 2 octaves up and down.

Studies
Clair Omar Musser – Etudes,
Paul Smadbeck – “Rhythm Song”
Morris Goldenberg—“Modern School for Marimba, Xylophone, Vibes”
Or any of the following composers: Stout, Burritt, Abe, Sammut, et al.

Transcriptions of solos for other instruments are also acceptable by composers such as Handel, Vivaldi or Telemann. Also, the sonatas and partitas or suites of J.S. Bach for solo violin or cello.

Solo
A selected solo or two contrasting etudes from the above list or comparable repertoire. An acceptable alternative is any one of the All-State/Region audition solos. Four mallet technique should be demonstrated, if possible.