976: Applied Music (Classical Strings and Guitar) In-person Audition Requirements

Overview 

Your audition is made up of 4 parts: 

  1. Performance audition 

  1. Theory test 

  1. Ear-training test 

  1. Question-and-Answer session 

We will notify you of your performance audition time alongside a window of time for you to do your theory test in advance. Depending on the time of your audition, you may be asked to do your theory test before or after your performance audition. Your ear-training test will be done at the same time as your performance audition. After completing the performance, theory test and ear-training test, a faculty member will meet with you to discuss your audition, test results and your future goals in music. 

 

1. Performance 

The performance section of your audition depends on if you are a bowed string performer, harpist or guitarist.  

 

Bowed Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass) 

Please perform the following: 

  1. Two contrasting pieces: 

    1. The contrasting pieces should show your stylistic interests and technical ability on your instrument. 

    2. We do not specify a level for the pieces, though we typically expect a minimum grade 6 or 7 Royal Conservatory technical level. 

    3. Piano accompaniment is recommended where appropriate, though not required. You should provide your own accompanist or backing track. 

  2. A standard etude for the instrument (e.g. Kreutzer, Popper). 

  3. The following scales, ascending and descending: 

    1. C, G, D, A, F, Bb, Eb Major. 2 octaves. You can pick any consistent bowing pattern. 

    2. A, E, B, D, G Melodic and Harmonic minor. 2 octaves. You can pick any consistent bowing pattern. 

    3. Arpeggios for all the scales indicated above. You can pick any consistent bowing pattern. 

  4. Sight-reading. 

 

Harp 

Please perform the following: 

  1. Two contrasting pieces. Please note the following: 

    1. The contrasting pieces should show your stylistic interests and technical ability on your instrument. 

    2. We do not specify a level for the pieces, though we typically expect a minimum grade 6 or 7 Royal Conservatory technical level. 

  2. Any standard orchestral excerpt. 

  1. The following scales, ascending and descending: 

    1. All major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales: 2 octaves + 1 note. 

    2. C and G Major Arpeggios outlined in four-note chords in both hands: rolled and broken.  

    3. Dominant 7th arpeggios in all major keys: 3 octaves between hands. 

  2. Sight-reading. 

 

Classical Guitar 

Please perform the following: 

  1. Two contrasting pieces. Please note the following: 

    1. The contrasting pieces should show your stylistic interests and technical ability on your instrument. 

    2. We do not specify a level for the pieces, though we typically expect a minimum grade 6 or 7 Royal Conservatory technical level. 

  2. The following scales, two octaves, ascending and descending: 

    1. C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb major 

    2. A, E, B, F#, D, G, C harmonic minor 

    3. A, E, B, F#, D, G, C melodic minor 

  3. Play the following chord progression in the above indicated major keys: I – IV – V(7) – I. These may be played in any inversion of your choosing. 

  4. Sight-reading. 

 

2. Theory Test 

The theory test covers the following music theoretical topics: 

  • Interval identification: including major, minor, diminished and augmented compound intervals 

  • Writing and identifying key signatures and scales for all 12 major, minor harmonic and minor melodic scales. 

  • Writing and identifying rhythms and meters with correct grouping in simple and compound duple, triple, and quadruple meter. 

  • Writing and identifying major, minor, diminished and augmented triads in root position and inversions. 

  • Writing and identifying tonic, subdominant, and dominant triads of a key in root position and inversions. 

  • Transposing a melody up or down any interval up to an octave. 

  • Providing the meaning of common terms used in music (e.g. crescendo). 

  • Writing and identifying basic jazz and popular music chord symbols. 

 

Exemptions and special accommodations for the theory test: 

  • Royal Conservatory of Music: Our theory test is around the same level as the Level 8 theory exam from the Royal Conservatory of Music, though ours also includes some contemporary music elements. If you have passed your Level 8 or higher Royal Conservatory of Music theory exam within the last 3 years, you may be exempt from the theory test. Please send a message to the music auditions department to apply for this exemption: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

  • Mohawk College Applied Music Preparatory Program: Students who have successfully completed MUSC MU021 in our Applied Music Preparatory program with a 70% or higher within the last 3 years are exempt from the theory test. Please send a message to the music auditions department to apply for this exemption or are currently in the Preparatory program and are on target to complete the course: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

  • If you require any accommodations for the test, please send a message to the music auditions department: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca along with any documentation that you have. 

 

3. Ear-Training Test 

The ear-training test covers the following topics: 

  • Interval recognition of two notes, sounded separately and/or simultaneously: all intervals up to an octave. 

  • Chord quality and inversion recognition: major, minor, diminished and augmented triads. 

  • Melodic and rhythmic singing-back. 

 

Exemptions and special accommodations for the ear-training test: 

  • Royal Conservatory of Music: Our ear-training test is around the same level as the Level 7 performance exam from the Royal Conservatory of Music. If you have passed your Level 7 or higher Royal Conservatory of Music performance exam within the last 3 years, you may be exempt from the ear-training test. Please send a message to the music auditions department to apply for this exemption: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

  • Mohawk College Applied Music Preparatory Program: Students who have successfully completed MUSC 10023 in our Applied Music Preparatory program with a 70% or higher within the last 3 years are also exempt from the ear-training test. Please send a message to the music auditions department to apply for this exemption or are currently in the Preparatory program and are on target to complete the course: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

  • If you require any accommodations for the test, please send a message to the music auditions department: music.auditions [at] mohawkcollege.ca along with any documentation that you have. 

 

4. Question-and-Answer session 

The question-and-answer session is our opportunity to get to know you and your musical goals. This session is not graded. We will discuss your career aspirations and how Mohawk’s music program can help you achieve those goals. It is also your opportunity to ask us questions about the program and what you will be studying.