Admissions - Music

Music Audition

Prior to admission, each candidate should perform before the music faculty, or program director, selections of vocal or instrumental music representative of the student's higher level of proficiency. The following minimum criteria are suggested:

Voice: two art songs in their original languages.
Organ:  two contrasting selections and a four-part hymn are required.  The level of literature should be in keeping with the Bach Little Preludes and Fugues.
Piano:  two contrasting selections, preferably memorized.  For example, a two-part invention or sinfonia, prelude and fugue, classical sonata or sonatina movement, character piece, or other comparable literature.
Guitar: two contrasting pieces.
Band instruments: one prepared piece, an example of sight-reading, and a chromatic scale demonstrating the entire range of the instrument.

In certain cases, a student may be admitted as a music major who has not had the formal training necessary to perform the suggested literature but who demonstrates exceptional talent. In such cases, the student will enroll in applied music at the secondary level until promoted to the concentration level by the music faculty.

Music Theory Placement

All freshman music majors will initially enroll in MUT 161-Freshman Music Theory I and must complete three trimesters of freshman theory and two trimesters of sophomore theory.

Evaluation of Transfer Credits

Transfer credit in music theory is validated only upon successful completion of basic musicianship exam. Advanced standing in applied music is granted only after successful completion of an Upper-Level Exam.

Upper-Level Examinations

To determine eligibility for upper-level study, all students should take an examination in the area of applied concentration at the end of the sophomore year. The exam will consist of a twelve-minute program and a short sight-singing proficiency. For all performance majors and voice concentrations, the program must be performed from memory, Other majors and concentrations may perform from the score.

Students must register for applied music at the sophomore level until the upper-level exam is successfully completed. Transfer students with two previous years of college credit in applied concentration will be allowed to register for upper-level study, but must pass the exam by the end of their first trimester at Carey to receive advanced course credit. With faculty approval, transfer students performing an upper-level exam by the end of the second week of the first trimester enrolled may perform a program from previous study.