School of Music
Music majors and minors must:
Preparing For Your Audition
At your audition you will be simultaneously evaluated for Acceptance in Music and Award of Talent Grant in Music so you will want to perform selections that best demonstrate your technical skill and musical expression.
Candidates should prepare to perform two selections - either two solos or a solo and an etude. Select works of differing styles that will best exhibit your talent. Choose at least one solo from the classical repertoire.
If your audition calls for piano accompaniment, we will provide an accompanist for you. Music for the accompanist must be sent to the School of Music at least two weeks prior to your audition. Mark your accompaniment as to tempo, cuts, etc., and have your name and address on the first page. Photocopies are illegal and will not be accepted UNLESS the selections have to be copied from a large bound book too large to send via the postal service. Such copies will only be used for accompanists to practice from. Please be careful to copy the complete selection from edge to edge or reduce its size if larger than 8 1/2 x 11.
Wind, mallet, and string candidates should be prepared to perform any major scale (for full playing range on wind instruments) and the chromatic scale. All scales are to be performed ascending and descending.
All students are expected to sight-read.
Entering students should have a good knowledge of fundamentals including notation (treble and bass clefs, key and meter signatures, rhythm values), scales (major and three forms of minor), intervals (second through octave), chords (major, minor, augmented, and diminished), and aural skills (pitch matching, interval dictation, simple melodic and rhythmic dictation, and chord recognition).
Students who have had several years of piano study before entering college may receive proficiency credit for advanced placement in the class piano program. Those who are not eligible for advanced placement will be placed in a beginning level piano class.
Piano placement takes place at the beginning of the student's first semester.
Scholarships and Talent Grants in Music
Music Talent Service Awards are available to any full-time university student regardless of major. Awards are recommended by the Audition Committee for talented students who, in turn, fulfill a service to the university through assignment to and participation in selected School of Music ensembles. These organizations that serve the university community throughout the year include: Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Bands, Marching Band, University Singers, Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Opera Workshop. The amount of the award depends upon your talent and our need for your instrument/voice to achieve optimum ensemble balance.
Steps in the Process
The following is offered as a general guide and does not in any way substitute for or supercede information you may receive from the WIU Admissions Office.
- Be academically admitted to the University
- Be accepted by audition to the School of Music
- Apply for University Admission and Apply for Music Audition
- Come to campus for music audition
- Receive letter from the School of Music Director informing you of Acceptance Status
- Receive letter from the School of Music Director or Audition Committee concerning award of Talent Grant in Music
- Receive notice from University Admissions concerning academic admission
- Apply for Western Bound Registration date (January-July) and campus housing
- Register for classes with the assistance of music advisors at Western Bound