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Guitar Auditions


In addition to applying for admission to the University, all applicants interested in pursuing a music degree must perform an audition on their major instrument prior to their first semester enrolling in music courses.  Schedule your audition by filling out the Online Audition Application (must be submitted no later than one week prior to the audition date).  Auditions serve admission and placement purposes, and are also for talent scholarship consideration.  


Guitar area auditions for the 2022-23 academic year:

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  If you cannot audition on February 12, you may submit a video recording of your audition by March 1, 2022 for full scholarship consideration.


Applicants with guitar as their primary instrument considering a Bachelor of Music in Music Education: Guitar emphasis, or a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance: Guitar emphasis, should prepare the following:


1. Major and minor scales

2. Basic chords

3. Barre chords

4. Finger-style and/or pick-style solo demonstrating the auditionee's highest level of musicianship and technical facility 

Guitar scholarships are awarded only to intended music performance or music education majors. 

Applicants for the Master's of Music in Guitar Performance should be prepared to:

1. Play Two-Octave Major, Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor Scales and arpeggios in all 12 Keys. Play modes from the major scale. 

2. Play other common scales (whole-tone, diminished, etc.)

3. Play a solo piece of music on guitar (chord solo arrangement or classical/fingerstyle piece of music)

4. Be tested on chord voicing knowledge

5. Improvise over a standard and a blues progression (students with jazz emphasis)

6. Be tested on music reading capabilities

If you are unable to audition in person, you may submit a video recording of your audition. Your video audition must satisfy the audition requirements specified for your instrument. Please submit your audition video links using the Recorded Audition Submission Form.

For questions regarding guitar audition repertoire, please contact Corey Christiansen at