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Department of Music

Admission Regulations

All students preparing for an audition for admission into the Claflin University Department of Music should observe the following policies and procedures:

  • Students must provide their own instrument, except for a concert piano.
  • Any piece of music performed must generally be recognized to be an integral composition (arrangement or original), written for the instrument or voice part upon which it is to be executed and performed in its entirety. However, performers may play single movements of multi-movement compositions.
  • All solos written with piano accompaniments must be performed with that accompaniment or a recording of it. Exceptions will be considered prior to the audition date.
  • All performers are expected to demonstrate individual musical proficiency by selecting music of a grade level appropriate for potential University-level music students.
  • Examples of "appropriate" literature for winds, brass and percussion may be found in the most current fall issue of the South Carolina Musician magazine.
  • Students auditioning as potential voice majors should present two songs from memory. At least one should be an art song or suitable aria (opera or operetta) sung in the original language.
  • Pianists should refer to the "Suggested Literature" chart of the "Guild Syllabus," distributed by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, which is a division of the American College of Musicians.
  • At the request of the panel of judges, all performers will be required to sightread an unfamiliar selection. The selection will be chosen from the standard collections of hymns, folk songs or etudes.
  • At the request of the panel of judges, all performers will be required to play all major scales.
  • All performers will take a diagnostic test on music fundamentals.

Audition for Admission

Auditions for admission and for music scholarships are held throughout each year, and are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional performance ability and academic achievement. Scholarships range from $500 to full tuition, room and board. Additional information on institutional scholarships, grants, loans and federal work-study is available through the University's Office of Financial Aid.

All students preparing for an audition for admission and/or music scholarships should fill out the application for audition and observe the following:

  • Students must provide their own instrument. The University will provide a piano for campus auditions. Videotaped auditions are permitted if circumstances do not permit a live audition.
  • Any piece of music performed must generally be recognized to be an integral composition (arrangement or original), written for the instrument or voice part upon which it is to be executed and performed in its entirety. However, performers may play single movements of multi-movement compositions.
  • All performers are expected to demonstrate individual musical proficiency by selecting music of a grade level appropriate for potential University-level music students. Examples of “appropriate” literature for winds and percussion may be found in the Fall 2004 issue of South Carolina Musician (page 40, section XIV). A minimum grade level of difficulty selected from or comparable to the clinic band etudes is expected. Examples of “appropriate” literature for voice may be found in the 2004 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) handbook. A minimum grade level of difficulty selected from or comparable to NATS senior high school audition is expected. Vocalists are expected to perform two contrasting selections. Preferred selections included art songs written in English, Italian, French or German. Examples of “appropriate” literature for piano may be found in the 2004 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) handbook. A minimum grade level of difficulty selected from or comparable to the required selections for MTNA senior high school audition is expected. Pianists are expected to perform two contrasting selections of standard piano literature. These may include work from any of the main eras of piano music (i.e., Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th Century/Modern). Selections may include the works of J.S. Bach, F.J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, L.V. Beethoven, M. Clementi, R. Schumann, G.F. Chopin, F. Schubert, F. Mendelssohn, C. Debussy and other contemporary composers.
  • At the request of the panel of judges, all performers will be required to sightread an unfamiliar selection. The selection may be selected from the standard collections of hymns, folk songs or etudes.
  • At the request of the panel of judges, all performers will be required to play all major scales.
  • All performers will be required to take a diagnostic test of music fundamentals.