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Classical Piano Audition Requirements

For students enrolling in the Music Performance, Music Pedagogy, Music Media, or Theory/Composition concentrations.

Students wishing to audition as a piano major should prepare the following:


Pianists should perform three works in contrasting styles from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary eras.

  • Students applying for the Performance concentration should works from the late intermediate to advanced levels and at least one work in the advanced level.
  • Students applying for Pedagogy concentration should perform works from the late intermediate to advanced levels.
  • Students applying for the Music Media and Theory/Composition concentrations may perform works that are considered intermediate.
  • Memorization is strongly encouraged, but is required for students applying for the Performance concentration.


  • Applicants for the Performance and Pedagogy concentrations should also be able to play scales and arpeggios in C, D, E, F, G, A, B major and minor. These should be performed at least two octaves, hands together.
  • All other auditioners will be asked to play scales and arpeggios for the keys of C, D, E, F, G, A, B major. These should be performed two octaves, hands together.

Sight Reading

Auditioners will be asked to sight-read a piano piece rated at approximately the early intermediate level.


You must also take the theory placement test.

For more information contact the Keyboard Studies Coordinator Dr. Chan Kiat Lim by phone at 337-482-5209, or by email at