Indiana University

Audition Information

Percussion Requirements

Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in percussion must submit a screening recording online to the Office of Music Admissions. This recording must be submitted no later than December 1, 2013. Recordings will be reviewed by the entire Percussion Department faculty during the week after the deadline. We encourage you to apply as early as possible and cannot guarantee that recordings which arrive after the December 1 deadline will be heard by the committee or considered for advancement in the admission process. We encourage you to produce your recording well in advance of the deadline, because illness and emergency at the last moment could result in a late submission.

Recordings must be DVD. Be certain that the recording is of high quality, and your recording should be produced without any artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb. Repertoire should be performed in its entirety (no editing within the work). However, it is acceptable to record each prepared piece separately.

All recordings must be submitted online. For detailed instructions click here.

All applicants shall provide a copy of their audition repertoire to be included with the screening recording.

At the beginning of the recording, please state your name, degree objective and (if you are an undergraduate) whether you are a freshman or transfer from another school. At the end of the recording, please take 2-3 minutes to comment on why the IU Percussion Department interests you and what you hope to accomplish while attending Indiana University.

If selected to perform an on-campus audition, your live audition should include some of the same repertoire as your DVD screening recording. However, other works not presented on the DVD screening recording are also acceptable.

*Please note that the Percussion Department does not make admission decisions on a rolling basis. All applicants who have been invited to audition in person will be notified of an admission decision by April 1.

The requirements for the DVDscreening recording and the live (on campus) audition are listed below.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Percussion Department's curriculum for all undergraduate percussion majors interested in the above degree programs involves comprehensive study in all areas of percussion including:  snare drum, marimba, orchestral percussion and timpani, drum set, jazz vibes, and world percussion.

Snare Drum: One solo or etude from Delecluse, Albright, Cirone, Peters, Goldenberg, or equivalent.

Marimba: One movement or solo/etude from Stout, Abe J.S. Bach, Creston, Musser, Rosauro, or equivalent. A 4-mallet solo is preferred.

Timpani: A short solo or etude: 3-4 timpani preferred ( Carter, Goodman, Vic Firth, Peters, Delecluse, Schinstine, or equivalent).

Drum Set:Demonstrate basic skills and techniques on drum set with an emphasis on time and feel.  Perform a basic groove in the styles of jazz, rock and Latin with a play-along track of your choice.  The appropriate tracks can be found in "Drumset 101" or "Essential Styles" book one  (Alfred Publishing). 

World Percussion:Demonstrate basic skills and techniques on the world percussion instrument of your choice (conga drum, timbales, djembe, dumbek, etc.) with an emphasis on good time and feel.  Knowledge of the appropriate musical context is expected.   Suggested material: Afro-Cuban rhythms presented in "Introduction to the Conga Drum" DVD (Spiro/SherMusic - http://www.shermusic.com/new/242169.shtml), Part III.

Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Jazz Studies

Snare Drum: One solo or etude from Delecluse, Albright, Cirone, Peters, Goldenberg, or equivalent.

Drum Set: A prepared drum set piece: A big band chart, transcription or published solo. Demonstration of time and soloing in the following styles: medium swing, up-tempo swing, rock, bossa nova, and samba (play-along tracks are preferred).

Jazz Vibes: A jazz standard, transcription, or solo work (2 or 4 mallets)

World Percussion: Demonstrate basic skills and techniques on the world percussion instrument of your choice (conga drum, timbales, djembe, dumbek, etc.) with an emphasis on good time and feel.  Knowledge of the appropriate musical context is expected.   Suggested material: Afro-Cuban rhythms presented in "Introduction to the Conga Drum" DVD (Spiro/SherMusic - http://www.shermusic.com/new/242169.shtml), Part III.

Master of Music (M.M.)


A Delecluse snare drum etude or advanced level etude/solo of your choice.

An advanced-level marimba solo suitable for a senior recital.

An advanced-level timpani solo or advanced etude.

Orchestral Excerpts

Timpani

Beethoven:  Symphony No.9, Mvmt. IV, 7 measures after letter T to the end

Snare Drum

Prokofiev:  Lt. Kije, Mvmt. I, rehearsal 1-1 to  measure before rehearsal 2

Rimsky-Korsakov:  Scheherazade, Mvmt. IV, 4 measure before Letter N to 18 measures after Letter N

Xylophone

Gershwin:  Porgy and Bess (opening measures)

Glockenspiel

Dukas:  Sorcerer's Apprentice, rehearsal 17 to 4 measures after rehearsal 19; rehearsal 22 to rehearsal 24

Drum set/Jazz Vibes*

If your intended course of graduate study includes drum set: A big band chart, transcription or published solo. Demonstration of time and soloing in the following styles: medium swing, up-tempo swing, rock, bossa nova, and samba (play-along tracks are preferred).  A prepared jazz vibraphone solo or etude is also strongly encouraged.

World Percussion**

If the applicant has any experience with World Percussion (Afro-Cuban hand-drumming, Steel Pan, Brazilian, etc.) a short performance is encouraged but not mandatory.

 *For those graduate students seeking Associate Instructor assistantships, a drum set solo (and experience in drum set instruction) is mandatory.

**Those candidates seeking an Associate Instructor position in the area of World Percussion should include a performance on the World Percussion instrument of their choice.

Master of Music (M.M.) in Jazz Studies

An advanced level snare drum etude/solo of your choice.

An advanced-level jazz vibraphone solo (jazz standard, transcription, or solo work), 4 mallets preferred.

Drum Set*

A prepared piece: A big band chart (with play-along track), transcription or published solo. Demonstration of time and soloing in the following styles: medium swing, up-tempo swing, rock, bossa nova, and samba (play-along tracks are preferred).

World Percussion**

If the applicant has any experience with World Percussion (Afro-Cuban hand-drumming, Steel Pan, Brazilian, etc.) a short performance is encouraged.

 *For those graduate students seeking Associate Instructor assistantships, a drum set solo (and experience in drum set instruction) is mandatory.

**Those candidates seeking an Associate Instructor position in the area of World Percussion should include a performance on the World Percussion instrument of their choice.

 Doctor of Music (D.M.)

A Delecluse snare drum etude or advanced level etude/solo of your choice.

An advanced-level marimba solo suitable for a master's degree recital.

An advanced-level timpani solo suitable for a master's degree recital or advanced etude.

Orchestral Excerpts

Timpani

Beethoven:  Symphony No.9, Mvmt. IV, 7 measure after letter T to the end

Bartok:  Concerto for Orchestra, Mvmt IV, measures 42-50

Snare Drum

Prokofiev:  Lt. Kije, Mvmt. I, rehearsal 1-1 to  measure before rehearsal 2

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Mvmt. IV, 4 measure before Letter N to 18 measures after Letter N

Xylophone

Gershwin:  Porgy and Bess (opening measures)

Glockenspiel

Dukas:  Sorcerer's Apprentice, rehearsal 17 to 4 measures after rehearsal 19; rehearsal 22 to rehearsal 24

Drum Set *

If your intended course of graduate study includes drum set: A big band chart, transcription or published solo. Demonstration of time and soloing in the following styles: medium swing, up-tempo swing, rock, bossa nova, and samba (play-along tracks are preferred). A prepared jazz vibraphone solo or etude is also strongly encouraged.

World Percussion**

If the applicant has any experience with World Percussion (Afro-Cuban hand-drumming, Steel Pan, Brazilian, etc.) a short performance is encouraged.

 *For those graduate students seeking Associate Instructor assistantships, a drum set solo (and experience in drum set instruction) is mandatory.

**Those candidates seeking an Associate Instructor position in the area of World Percussion should include a performance on the World Percussion instrument of their choice.

Prospective DM Percussion candidates who wish to focus only on World Percussion should prepare 3 solos in contrasting styles; including a hand drumming solo, a stick drumming solo, and must be able to sing one piece in the language of one of their chosen solo areas. The above solos will take the place of the snare drum, timpani, marimba, solo and orchestral repertoire requirements. General sight-reading at the live audition may be requested.

For those DM students seeking Associate Instructor assistantship consideration, a drum set solo (and experience in drum set instruction) is also encouraged but not mandatory.

Special Note: The percussion faculty encourages all potential DM candidates to review the curriculum requirements for this degree program. Information (including specific proficiency requirements and other important information) can be found online at: http://music.indiana.edu/degrees/graduate-diploma/doctoral/index.shtml

Percussion Auditions (live auditions)

Information for applicants who are invited to a live audition

All applicants shall provide 4 copies of their audition repertoire to the audition committee. Your live audition should include some of the same repertoire as your DVD screening recording. However, other works not presented on the DVDscreening recording are also acceptable. 

Sight-reading will be requested during the live auditions.

The following instruments will be provided by the percussion department for the live auditions:

Set of five Yamaha timpani

Set of four Light Mark XI (Dresden-Style) timpani

5-octave Marimba (either Marimba One or Malletech)

Pearl Philharmonic Snare Drums: 6.5" x 14" and 5" X 14"

Musser 4 octave rosewood xylophone (rosewood), bars 1<', range = C4-C8

Yamaha YV-4110 vibraphone (gold graduated bars), range = C3-F7

Fall Creek RT-1500 Glockenspiel, 7/16" X 1" bars, range = C5-F8

Drum set: 4 piece (20" bass) with crash and ride cymbals

LP Classic congas and LP Galaxy Giovanni bongos

A sound system (for ipod/CD playback) is also available.

If any additional equipment is needed (multiple percussion, piano, etc.), please notify the chair of the department, John Tafoya, at (812) 855-4839, at least one week prior to the audition date. Candidates must bring their own sticks/mallets and are encouraged to bring their own small instruments.

Please note: If you plan to perform any work that includes "butt-ends" on timpani (Carter: March, etc.) please cover the end of your mallets with moleskin or something similar.