PART 1: Performance Audition
- Prepare and perform one musical selection that demonstrates your musicianship and technical proficiency.
- Instrumental music students must bring their instruments to the audition. However, the school will provide a piano, double bass, tuba, percussion, harp, and guitar amplifier.
PART 2: Rhythmic Memory Test
- Applicant taps back rhythmic patterns
PART 3: Tonal Memory Test
- Applicant sings short melodies played by the examiner
PART 4: Sight-reading test (Instrumental applicants only)
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions -- Music
Q: What are the examiners looking for?
A: Musicianship, talent, and the ability to learn
Q: What style of music should be performed at the audition?
A: Any style is acceptable; however, please visit www.LaGuardiaHS.org for the suggested vocal song selections. Also, it is recommended that the selection not mimic a popular performer’s style, but rather display originality and technical proficiency.
Q: Can an applicant use an accompanist?
A: No. Students are asked to audition a cappella – without accompaniment. Vocal students may accompany themselves on the piano, accordion, or guitar, if they wish.
Q: How long should the musical selection be?
A: As long (or short) as you need to demonstrate your musicality. (Note: The examiners do not always listen to the entire selection.)
Q: Do I audition with other students in the room?
A: No. Only the school’s musical staff and you are in the room.
Q: If I have played in concerts, etc., should I bring or send my press clippings, programs, or Playbills to the audition?
A: You can, if you wish. However, you will be judged by the musicianship you demonstrate at the audition.
Q: How long should I have studied music before auditioning?
A: It makes no difference as long as you can display your innate or practiced talent.
Q: I play the drums. How can I audition if I usually play with a group?
A: You may play the part you play in the group.