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Piano

Audition Requirements

Notes

  • Music must be memorized completely.
  • Pianists are required to audition on a secondary instrument (please see below).

Questions may be directed to Dr. Tomoko Kanamaru, kanamaru@tcnj.edu.

Piano study primarily focuses on classical repertoire. There may be opportunities to participate in the jazz ensemble during the course of study; however, there is no degree offered in jazz piano. Selection(s) from genres other than classical may not be used for this audition; the specific requirements are as follows.

Repertoire List

The applicant is requested to submit a letter of recommendation from their private piano teacher and a list of the standard works that s/he performed and/or studied during the past three years at the time of the application or by four weeks prior to the audition date, whichever comes later. This list should be sent electronically to Dr. Kanamaru at kanamaru@tcnj.edu. A sample repertoire list is available on the Department of Music website at Sample Repertoire – Piano

Solo

The applicant will be asked to perform three pieces from different style periods, choosing works which best represent his/her capabilities with regards to musicianship and technical facility, from the following categories. All three selections must be performed from memory.

  • A set of Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier*, or a Three-Part Sinfonia by J. S. Bach [*Excluding the Prelude and Fugue in C Major from WTC, Book I.]
  • One fast movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart**, or Beethoven*** [**Excluding K. 331 (K. 300i) ***Excluding Op. 49]
  • One composition of the applicant’s choice from the following list. In choosing a piece from the 19th or 20th Century repertoires, candidates for the Music Performance degree should choose a substantial work.
    • A virtuoso etude by Chopin (Op. 10 or 25), Moszkowski (Op. 72), or one of comparable difficulty
    • A 19th Century work
    • A 20th Century work

The Applicant for the Bachelor of Arts degree will only be asked to perform two pieces from different style periods, choosing works which best represent his/her capabilities with regards to musicianship and technical facility, from the following categories. Both selections must be performed from memory.

  • A set of Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, one Three-Part Sinfonia, or two Two-Part Inventions by J. S. Bach.
  • One fast movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart**, or Beethoven.

Basic Skills

The applicant may be asked to demonstrate some basic skills such as Major and Minor (three forms) scales (four octaves) and/or basic cadence patterns in all inversions.

Sight Reading

The applicant may be asked to play a piece (or part of a piece) at sight that is comparable in difficulty to a classical sonatina.


Required Secondary Instrument for all Pianists

Pianists are asked to choose whether they will pursue a Keyboard – Vocal track or a Keyboard – Instrumental track and to audition on their secondary instrument.

  • If you choose Keyboard – Vocal track, the vocal audition will include a short, prepared song of your choice, sight reading, and vocalization. You may sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” or some other familiar song, instead of an art song, should you wish to do so.If you choose Keyboard – Instrumental track, the audition on your secondary instrument will include scales, sight reading, and a short, 2 – 5 minute prepared piece of your choice. You may perform your part from one of your band pieces in lieu of a solo piece, should you wish to do so.

Thus, the audition for the secondary instrument is not meant to be seen in the same light as the audition for the primary instrument. Rather, students must demonstrate through audition the ability to successfully participate in a curricular ensemble as determined by an ensemble Director and/or a studio instructor.