Piano Auditions & Interviews
Applicants to the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Musical Arts in Piano must upload by December 1 an unedited recording of at least three contrasting pieces for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Movements of larger works are acceptable. Upon an affirmative evaluation, an in-person audition may be scheduled.
Piano Performance (BM and BMA)
For the audition, prepare:
- a baroque work by a composer such as Bach, Handel, or Scarlatti with a minimum playing time of five minutes, no repeats. Any prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier is acceptable
- a complete classical sonata
- a romantic work
- an impressionistic or 20th-Century work
- an etude of virtuosity
Memorization is required.
Applicants must meet all repertoire requirements listed above. Failure to prepare the full audition program will eliminate you from consideration.
Recorded auditions must be uploaded using the link above.
Applicants to the Bachelor of Music in Performance with Teacher Certification (Curriculum B) will also be scheduled for an interview with a faculty member in the Department of Music Education.
Piano Principal (Requirements for pianists applying to degrees other than performance)
- a baroque work
- a quick tempo movement of a classical sonata
- 19th- or 20th-Century solo of your choice
Memorization is preferred.
Teacher Request and Contact Policies, and Admissions/Scholarship Decisions
At the audition, you will be asked to fill out a Teacher Request Form, which will indicate to the piano department which teacher(s) you are interested in studying with if you are admitted to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This is an important form, but it is not given to the piano faculty until after your audition, to avoid preferential adjudication. It has no bearing at all on your acceptance to the School, and is used only for contact and administrative purposes after your audition.
Before auditioning, the Piano Department encourages each prospective student to feel free to contact anyone on the faculty for answers to questions about auditions, study at Michigan, or anything else that may be related to your interest in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. After your audition, primary contact from the Piano Department will be with the teacher listed as first choice on your form, unless that teacher has given permission to second or third choices to contact you. This is simply for clarity and efficiency of communication. You may continue to initiate contact with any member of the faculty you wish, and may change your first choice designation after your audition, but the department will ask you to be very clear about your preferences so we can determine studio assignments as soon as possible, according to which professor has space for which students in the coming year.
Admission to the SMTD is based upon evaluation of your application as a whole, and also your audition evaluations. Admissions decisions are made by the School's Office of Admissions and are generally announced in late February/early March.
All auditionees are considered for School scholarships (provided they audition before the final date of consideration; please see Scholarships/Financial Aid for updated information) with decisions being made and sent to applicants by early April. Admitted students may receive several letters from different offices at the U-M concerning scholarships and need-based grants and loans; be sure to be in contact with the School of Music, Theatre and Dance Admissions Office concerning your total award package.
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