UMass Lowell follows a unique audition process that allows prospective students a great deal of flexibility in determining how best to demonstrate musical potential. Each audition lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Candidates will be evaluated on musicality, expressiveness, technical fluency, musical fundamentals, and personal perspective as relates to:
Candidates are especially encouraged to display artistry within areas of significant individual interest.
All students - both instrumental and vocal - will be asked for the following:
Students will be assessed on the degree to which they possess a working knowledge of their instrument, which scales they can play when asked, technical facility, and intonation.
At least one piece must be accompanied by a score; a copy of which should be given to the adjudicator at the audition. One of the pieces may be an original composition, however, this is optional.
Students will be assessed on accuracy, technical facility, musicality and expressiveness.
Student will re-perform an excerpt from their prepared pieces, adopting advice from the adjudicator. Other impromptu musical instructions may be given. Students will be assessed on whether they are able to comfortably and quickly adapt musically.
Students will be assessed on their ability to read traditional western music notation in the clef (or clefs) appropriate to their instrument.
The department would like to know more about the minds set and motivations of the students audition. Questions may include: "What are your future career goals?" or, "Why do you think the music program at UMass Lowell would be a good fit for you?"