Entrance Audition Process
In addition to meeting the general UMass Lowell admission requirements, students applying to any of the music programs also must fulfill specific requirements that prove their musical ability and knowledge, including an audition and a music theory examination.
General Entrance Audition Information for All Applicants
There are four audition dates scheduled for 2014:
Fri., Feb. 7, 2014
Fri., March 7, 2014
Fri., March 28, 2014
Fri., April 18, 2014
Critical Information for All Students Applying to Programs in the Department of Music
Sound Recording Technology
Music Studies (Preparatory Degree for our Master of Music in Music Teaching)
Admission to the Department of Music is by entrance audition only. All entering freshmen and undergraduate transfer students who have been admitted to the University are required to pass an entrance audition and take a theory placement examination.
The admissions process is a two-part process:
Submit an application to the University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.
As soon as a applicant receives an acceptance letter from the University’s Admissions Office, he/she should schedule an entrance audition on one of the scheduled auditions dates list above by calling the Department of Music at 978-934-3850 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday and ask for Mary Harrington.
Applicants should be aware that acceptance into the Department of Music is a competitive, selective process and there are limited audition spaces. It is recommended that serious applicants prepare for, and schedule an audition on the earliest possible audition date.
All students will be notified of their status by mail within two weeks after their audition date.
It is expected that students will spend extensive time in preparation for the entrance audition process: private instrumental or vocal instruction is essential. Students auditioning must demonstrate sufficient technical and musical skill on an instrument or in the vocal area to provide evidence of readiness to undertake college level instruction.
Applicants will be required to complete a short theory placement exam on their audition day. The results of this examination do not affect acceptance.
Theory Diagnostic Examination
All entering music majors are required to take a theory diagnostic examination on the scheduled audition day that tests their level of musical knowledge. This knowledge includes the following:
- Standard notational practices in treble, bass and c clefs.
- Conventional beaming practices in simple and compound meters.
- Identification of commonly used meters.
- All major and minor (natural, harmonic, and melodic) scales.
- The spelling and recognition of simple intervals.
- The key signatures of all major and minor keys.
- The spelling and recognition of major, minor, and augmented triads.
The Theory Diagnostic Examination determines students who are at risk of not performing well in Musicianship & Analysis 1. For those students, and students unable to take the examination, we recommend doing one of the following before entering:
For self study, we recommend the purchase of one of the following:
- Practica Musica, Jeff Evans. ARS Nova Software.
- Paul Harder and Greg Steinke. Basic Materials in Music Theory. Allyn and Bacon.
- John Clough and Joyce Conley. Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm and Meter. W.W. Norton.
For additional practice, you may wish to try MusicTheory.net.
Although our Musicianship class begins by offering a non-traditional environment, incorporating aspects of ear training, music theory and keyboarding (piano), the preparation will be of importance in basic comprehension.