Apply to the School of Music

 

1

Submit a UNC Application

You must be admitted to UNC in order to enroll in School of Music programs. Please submit your UNC application before applying to the School of Music.

UNC Application
2

Apply to the School of Music

The deadline to apply to the School of Music for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications will still be accepted on a limited basis. To inquire, please send an email to music@unco.edu.

School of Music Application
3

Complete an Audition

Auditions for Fall 2017 admission will take place on the dates below. Please note that there will be no Jazz Studies auditions on Saturday March 4.

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • Monday, February 20, 2017
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017
Audition Requirements

 

Audition Repertoire & Information

The audition season for Fall 2017 is closed. Please contact the School of Music office at 970-351-2993 or music@unco.edu with questions about auditions and applications.

We are still accepting auditions for the Folk and Bluegrass studies program.  See audition requirements below under Undergraduate Degrees and Graduate Certificate.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FOLK AND BLUEGRASS STUDIES AT UNC

 

 

  • Folk and Bluegrass Studies
    • Fiddle

      Application Requirements:

      • Complete all required application questions
      • 2 letters of recommendation
      • Personal statement

      Audition Requirements:

      • Solo Playing:
        • Perform two contrasting solo tunes.
        • Demonstrate different styles and original compositions if applicable.
      • Ensemble playing:
        • Play a traditional bluegrass tune and/or song with faculty ensemble.
          • Expect to kick off a tune, take a solo, and play under a solo or singing; i.e. fills, chopping, and padding.
      • Reading and Aural Skills:
        • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart.
        • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.
    • Mandolin

      Application Requirements:

      • Complete all required application questions
      • 2 letters of recommendation
      • Personal statement

      Audition Requirements:

      • Solo Playing:
        • Perform at least one solo piece in a bluegrass style.
      • Ensemble Playing:
        • Demonstrate the basic abilities required when playing mandolin in a bluegrass band.
        • Specifically:
          • Ability to kick off a song instrumentally
          • Competency with “chop chord” shapes and their use
          • Play a lead solo
          • Play “back up” behind a vocalist
          • Sing lead or harmony parts
      • Reading and Aural Skills:
        • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart.
        • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.
    • Banjo

      Application Requirements:

      • Complete all required application questions
      • 2 letters of recommendation
      • Personal statement

      Audition Requirements:

      • Solo Playing:
        • Perform at least one solo piece in a bluegrass style.
      • Ensemble playing:
        • Be prepared to play a traditional bluegrass tune with a faculty ensemble.
      • Reading and Aural Skills:
        • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart.
        • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.
    • Guitar

      Application Requirements:

      • Complete all required application questions
      • 2 letters of recommendation
      • Personal statement

      Audition Requirements:

      • Solo playing:
        • Perform at least one fiddle tune or other instrumental piece in a bluegrass style.
      • Ensemble playing:
        • Demonstrate the basic abilities required when playing guitar in a bluegrass band.
        • Specifically:
          • Ability to kick off a song instrumentally
          • Follow a kick off
          • Rhythm playing
      • Reading and Aural Skills:
        • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart (if able).
        • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.
    • Bass

      Application Requirements:

      • Complete all required application questions
      • 2 letters of recommendation
      • Personal statement

      Audition Requirements:

      • Perform at least two contrasting bluegrass tunes and/or songs with faculty ensemble.
      • Demonstrate vocal abilities with lead or backup singing if able.
      • Play a selection of scales (major and minor).
      • Reading and Aural Skills:
        • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart.
        • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.
 
 
  • Folk and Bluegrass Studies

    Application Requirements:

    • Complete all required application questions
    • 3-4 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • Resumé

    Audition Requirements:

    • Solo Playing:
      • Perform two contrasting solo tunes.
      • Demonstrate different styles and original compositions if applicable.
    • Ensemble playing:
      • Play a traditional bluegrass tune and/or song with faculty ensemble.
        • Expect to kick off a tune, take a solo, and play under a solo or singing; i.e. fills, chopping, and padding.
    • Reading and Aural Skills:
      • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart.
      • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.

    Application Requirements:

    • Complete all required application questions
    • 3-4 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • Resumé

    Audition Requirements:

    • Solo Playing:
      • Perform at least one solo piece in a bluegrass style.
    • Ensemble Playing:
      • Demonstrate the basic abilities required when playing mandolin in a bluegrass band.
      •  Specifically:
        • Ability to kick off a song instrumentally
        • Competency with “chop chord” shapes and their use
        • Play a lead solo
        • Play “back up” behind a vocalist
        • Sing lead or harmony parts
    • Reading and Aural Skills:
      • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart.
      • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.

    Application Requirements:

    • Complete all required application questions
    • 3-4 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • Resumé

    Audition Requirements:

    • Solo Playing:
      • Perform at least one solo piece in a bluegrass style.
    • Ensemble playing:
      • Be prepared to play a traditional bluegrass tune with a faculty ensemble.
    • Reading and Aural Skills:
      • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart.
      • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.

    Application Requirements:

    • Complete all required application questions
    • 3-4 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • Resumé

    Audition Requirements:

    • Solo playing:
      • Perform at least one fiddle tune or other instrumental piece in a bluegrass style.
    • Ensemble playing:
      • Demonstrate the basic abilities required when playing guitar in a bluegrass band.
      • Specifically:
        • Ability to kick off a song instrumentally
        • Follow a kick off
        • Rhythm playing
    • Reading and Aural Skills:
      • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart (if able).
      • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.

    Application Requirements:

    • Complete all required application questions
    • 3-4 letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose
    • Resumé

    Audition Requirements:

    • Perform at least two contrasting bluegrass tunes and/or songs with faculty ensemble.
    • Demonstrate vocal abilities with lead or backup singing if able.
    • Play a selection of scales (major and minor).
    • Reading and Aural Skills:
      • Sight read a tune, then play backing with chords from a chart.
      • Repeat short phrases back to demonstrate ability to learn by ear.
 
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