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Audition Information

 

The Audition process begins with your application to the College

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Overview

On the day of your audition, you will meet with different groups of faculty. We are interested in learning about your prior musical experiences as well as your academic and professional ambitions. Your audition will consist of a performance on your primary instrument, an interview and a basic musicianship assessment.

Students with advanced music theory knowledge will be given opportunities for advanced placement at a later point in the matriculation process.

In-person auditions are held in the Music Building | Mayo Concert Hall. You should expect to spend 2-3 hours here on your audition day.


Audition Dates

All Instruments | Wednesday, November 9, 2022 ***Early Decision***

Transfer students and TCNJ change of major candidates applying for January admission must audition in November. Others are welcome as well.

All Instruments | Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Voice, piano, strings only | Saturday, February 18, 2023

Woodwinds, brass & percussion | Saturday, March 4, 2023

All instruments | Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Video/virtual submissions only | Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Applicants who request a video/virtual audition will receive submission instructions from the music department within 24-hours after scheduling the audition.

Wednesday auditions

Check-in starts at 11:30am | Auditions begin at 12pm

Parking is available in lots 3 & 7 from 11am-5pm

Saturday auditions

Check-in starts at 9:30am | Auditions begin at 10am

Parking is available in lots 3, 4, & 7 from 9am-5pm

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Requirements

View specific Audition requirements for your instrument or voice below

Woodwinds Audition requirements

Strings Audition requirements

Brass Audition requirements

Click on your instrument for full audition information.

Percussion, Piano & Vocal Studies Audition requirements

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Non-Traditional & Non-Western Instruments

We welcome inquiries from accomplished students of Non-Traditional and Non-Western musics.

Contact the department of music at musicdept@tcnj.edu if you have any questions.


Interviews

Bachelor of Arts in Music 

Applicants for the B.A. in Music program will have a short (ca. 15 minute) interview with the faculty coordinator of the program. The goal of the interview is to determine if the B.A. program, which includes opportunities for self-directed, interdisciplinary study (including double majors) is well-suited to the prospective student’s academic, musical, and professional goals.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education 

The music education interview is a brief (10-15 minute) conversation focusing on the candidate’s interests in music teaching & learning, prior musical and academic experiences that have led to this career path, and career objectives in music education.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

The music performance interview is a brief (10-15 minute) conversation focusing on the candidate’s interests in music performance, prior musical and academic experiences that have led to this career path, and career objectives in music performance.


Assessment

You will be given a series of Music Theory and Aural Skills Assessments. These are one-on-one evaluations of basic musicianship skills including:

  1. Reading notes in treble and bass clefs
  2. Identifying key signatures 
  3. Sight-singing melodies in treble and bass clefs 
  4. Melodic and rhythmic memory