To enroll as a music major or minor in the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Arts degree programs in the School of Music, students must:
(1) be admitted to the University of Alabama; and
(2) audition successfully for the appropriate faculty member(s) in the School of Music
Composition/Theory Interview Requirements
As a Composition and Theory applicant, you are not required to submit a performance-based audition. Instead, you will submit a portfolio for review. If applying to the Composition Program, contact Dr. Zaheri for details of required submission materials at firstname.lastname@example.org. If applying to the Theory Program, contact Dr. Robinson for details of required submission materials at email@example.com. Dr. Robinson will also help to arrange your theory placement exam. You will still need to arrange to attend an audition date in order to interview with the appropriate faculty member and to sit a Theory Fundamentals Exam.
Auditions occur in the studios and performing spaces of the Moody Music Building.
The audition must include three works of contrasting style that exhibit musical and technical difficulty appropriate to college music study. For singers, the undergraduate audition program should demonstrate the potential understanding of the classical vocal style (i.e., three art songs in the classical style with one (minimum) sung in a foreign language.)
Auditions in more than one area are discouraged.
Students should plan to spend at least a half-day on campus for an audition. On audition day, students will have the opportunity to meet with various members of the faculty and staff and to tour the facilities. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with members of the faculty and administration.
Students who cannot audition in person because of distance from campus may audition by submitting a recorded audition. Recorded auditions must follow the same format as live auditions and must be approved by the individual’s applied instructor prior to submitting their application.
Theory Fundamentals Exam
On your audition day, you will take part in a brief music theory examination. This exam will have no impact on admission decisions, but will serve to guide our faculty in advising your enrollment in either Music Fundamentals or Theory I for your first semester. Information on topics covered and study resources can be found on the School of Music website.
This exam addresses pitch identification in treble and bass clefs, key signatures, scales (major and three forms of minor), intervals, basic rhythms and basic meters, and root-position triads. To help you prepare, the Composition & Theory Area recommends Elements of Music by Joseph N. Straus. This is the textbook currently used in MUS 015 Music Fundamentals. The website musictheory.net is another reliable source of information
Parent/Student Informational Meetings
Students and Parents will have an opportunity to attend informational sessions to address individual questions about student life, finances, curriculum, and career goals with members of staff and faculty. We encourage all auditioning students and parents to make every effort to attend.