Music Placement & Audition Days | Kent State Stark | Kent State University

Music Placement & Audition Days

All new music students at Kent State Stark must complete a music theory placement assessment and a performance audition before declaring the music major and registering for classes.

Reservations for the placement assessment and audition are required.

Questions about the music placement and audition can be directed to Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu or 330-244-3359.


1. You must be admitted to Kent State University at Stark

You must be admitted to Kent State University at Stark and have a kent.edu email assigned before you can participate in a music placement and audition day.


2. You must make a reservation  

Music Placement & Audition Days will take place in the Kent State Stark Fine Arts Building on:

  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at 9 a.m.
    for Spring 2019 admission and Fall 2019 admission and scholarships
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at 9 a.m.
    for Spring 2019 admission and Fall 2019 admission and scholarships
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 9 a.m.
    for Fall 2019 admission and scholarships
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9 a.m.
    for Fall 2019 admission
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 at 9 a.m.
    for Fall 2019 admission

REGISTER FOR A MUSIC PLACEMENT & AUDITION DAY

Important: You must be admitted to Kent State University at Stark and have a kent.edu email assigned before you can participate in a music placement and audition day.

MUSIC THEORY PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT
This test will be given during your Music Placement & Audition Day. The 30-minute theory placement test is used to place students into a music theory section with students of similar musical ability and background. The placement will assess your knowledge of note reading, major and minor (natural, harmonic, melodic) scales, major and minor key signatures, meter and rhythm, intervals and triads.


3. Prepare for your Performance Audition

Follow audition instructions below to prepare for your performance audition. If you're auditioning for scholarship consideration, view scholarship audition instructions.

Voice: B.A. Music, Performance, Composition or Music Education Majors

  • Prepare two contrasting memorized selections from the classical or folk repertoire. Repertoire similar to that on the OMEA Solo & Ensemble list is appropriate. One piece in a foreign language is preferred, but not necessary. One selection may be from the musical theatre genre. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Music Technology students may prepare a voice assessment as described above or they may sing a version of Amazing Grace that will be provided. Contact Laurel Seeds at lseeds@kent.edu for a .pdf and .mp3. The music technology voice audition does not have to be memorized.
  • Contact Laurel Seeds at lseeds@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Piano: B.A. Music, Performance, Composition or Music Education Majors

  • Prepare two pieces from contrasting periods (baroque, classical, romantic, XXth century).
  • Music Technology students may prepare a piano assessment as described above or they may prepare one of the following:
    1. A contemporary piece from sheet music (preferred choice)
    2. An original composition
    3. A piece learned by ear
  • Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Electric Guitar: Music Technology Majors

  • Prepare two contrasting pieces that show your abilities.
  • Play a prepared chord accompaniment from a piece of your own choosing.
  • Demonstration of major, minor and dominant 7th chords using first position open chords.
  • Demonstration of any of the following scales using the fingering and position of your choice: major, minor, minor pentatonic/blues.
  • Contact Erin Vaughn at evaughn1@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Electric Bass: Music Technology Majors

  • Music Technology majors only.
  • Prepare two contrasting pieces that show your abilities.
  • Contact Kevin Martinez at kmart114@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

All Other Instruments

  • Prepare two contrasting pieces that show your abilities.
  • Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.