Percussion Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Percussion Audition

For entrance into the TCU School of Music and scholarship consideration, students must audition and interview in person before the TCU percussion faculty. All applicants applying for any music major or music minor must audition. Learn more about the percussion program.

Prescreening videos are required for all applicants (any music major or music minor). If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair Dr. Brian A. West at b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the pre-screening videos:

  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (2 mallet, 4 mallet, or both)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on snare drum (concert, rudimental, or both)

After successfully passing the pre-screening process, students may be invited to campus for a live audition and interview. At the live audition, students must present the following areas of percussion:

  • A two mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A four mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A concert snare drum piece
  • A rudimental snare drum (or tenors) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Due to the amount of repertoire required, selections should not be too long in length. Performing only one movement of a longer piece, or preparing cuts in a piece, is fine.

Additionally, students must sight read in all of the above areas and interview with percussion faculty members.

NORDAN YOUNG ARTIST AWARD requirements

Prescreening videos are required for all Nordan Young Artist Award applicants. This is the preliminary round of the competition. If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair Dr. Brian A. West at b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the pre-screening videos in order to be considered for the Nordan Award:

  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (2 mallet, 4 mallet, or both)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on snare drum (concert, rudimental, or both)
  • Piece demonstrating ability on timpani
  • Styles demonstration on drumset (rock, jazz, Latin)

Students that successfully pass the preliminary round and are forwarded to the live audition must present the following areas of percussion:

  • A two mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A four mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A concert snare drum piece
  • A rudimental snare drum (or tenors) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Additionally, students must sight read in all of the above areas and interview with percussion faculty members.

Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award requirements.

 

Graduate Percussion Audition (MM and DMA)

For entrance into the TCU School of Music, graduate assistantship consideration, and scholarship consideration, students must audition and interview in person before the TCU percussion faculty. All applicants applying for any graduate degree (MM or DMA) must audition.

Prescreening videos are required for all applicants (MM or DMA).  If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair Dr. Brian A. West at b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the prescreening videos:

  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (4 mallet)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on snare drum (concert, rudimental, or both)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on timpani
  • Piece(s) (or styles demonstration) demonstrating ability on drumset

After successfully passing the pre-screening process, students may be invited to campus for a live audition and interview. At the live audition, students must present the following areas of percussion:

  • A two mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A four mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A concert snare drum piece
  • A rudimental snare drum (or tenors) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Due to the amount of repertoire required, selections should not be too long in length. Performing only one movement of a longer piece, or preparing cuts in a piece, is fine.

Additionally, students must sight read in all of the above areas and interview with percussion faculty members.

Artist Diploma Percussion Audition

For entrance into the TCU School of Music Artist Diploma program, and scholarship consideration, students must audition and interview in person before the TCU percussion faculty.

Prescreening videos are required for all applicants.  If you have questions, please contact Percussion Division Chair Dr. Brian A. West at b.west@tcu.edu.

The following areas of percussion must be included in the prescreening videos:

  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on keyboard percussion (4 mallet)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on snare drum (concert, rudimental, or both)
  • Piece(s) demonstrating ability on timpani
  • Piece(s) (or styles demonstration) demonstrating ability on drumset

After successfully passing the pre-screening process, students may be invited to campus for a live audition and interview. At the live audition, students must present the following areas of percussion:

  • A two mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A four mallet keyboard percussion piece
  • A concert snare drum piece
  • A rudimental snare drum (or tenors) piece
  • A timpani piece
  • Drumset styles demonstration (rock, jazz, Latin)

Due to the amount of repertoire required, selections should not be too long in length. Performing only one movement of a longer piece, or preparing cuts in a piece, is fine.

Additionally, students must sight read in all of the above areas and interview with percussion faculty members.