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Music Education Audition & Application

All students wishing to declare a major in Music Performance, Music Merchandising, Music Education, Music Theory/Composition, Jazz and Commercial Music, or Music History/Literature must audition for acceptance into these programs. The following steps should be taken as soon as possible:

1. Request an Audition Packet:

Click the link below and fill out the form to request an audition packet or, if you prefer, you may call the music office at (516) 463-5490.


2. Apply to Hofstra University:

You must complete a formal application to Hofstra University before you may audition. You can apply online now.

3. Schedule an Audition:

Department-wide unified auditions will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 and Saturday, Feburary 9, 2013. When you receive your audition packet, you will find an audition scheduling form among its contents. On this form will be a Web address; you will be able to request an audition date by going to the Web address listed on the form. This will ensure that you have an audition time on the appropriate day. Specific audition requirements are as follows:

  • Singers should prepare, from memory, two contrasting songs from the classical repertoire. At least one of the songs must be in one of the following languages: Italian, French, German or Spanish. A music theater song may be included as a third selection; singers interested in the Jazz & Commercial Music Degree may substitute a jazz standard for the third selection. The auditionee's sight reading ability will also be tested. Please bring a copy of your music, in the correct key and in a book or folder, for the accompanist.  An accompanist will be provided by the music department for all voice auditions; there is no need to send copies of your music in advance.
  • Percussionists should go here for specific audition requirements.
  • Pianists should go here for specific audition requirements.
  • Jazz Students(Except SINGERS and PERCUSSIONISTS; please see respective instructions above) should be prepared to play the following:
    • All jazz scales and modes
    • A Blues for improvisation
    • Two jazz standards of their choice
    • A prepared etude or solo transcription
  • All Other Instrumentalists should prepare diatonic and chromatic scales, as well as two solos in contrasting styles displaying their 1) technical proficiency and 2) lyrical/ interpretive ability. Unless you are a percussionist or a pianist, you are expected to bring your own instruments to the audition.

In addition to the individual audition(s), all students will also take an entrance examination in ear training, rudiments, and elementary theory on the morning of their audition. The placement exam is used to allow us to place students in courses appropriate to their level of preparedness; it is not used as a factor in acceptance to the Department of Music.

Please make sure all correspondence regarding the auditions process is with the Department of Music, rather than with Hofstra Admissions. If you have any questions, please contact us at music@hofstra.edu or at 516-463-5490.

Scholarship Information:

The Department of Music at Hofstra University provides a number of Grants-in-Aid, ranging in total value from $5,000 to over $30,000 over a maximum of five (5) years, to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional musical ability. While there are no restrictions as to the performance media, priority will be given to performers most needed by departmental organizations. All prospective students wishing to compete for a Grant-in-Aid must be sure to audition before February 28.

Important Dates:

Unified Audition Dates:
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Saturday, Feburary 9, 2013

Decision letters mailed:
Early April, 2013

National Tuition Deposit Deadline:
May 1, 2013

Dr. David Fryling
Assistant Chair, Departmental Enrollment Coordinator
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