Becoming An Undergraduate Music MajorStudents MUST audition and be accepted by the Music Department to become music majors. Admission to the University is NOT the equivalent of admission as a music major.
Auditions and Music Theory Assessment
Students intending to become music majors at North Carolina Central University are required to audition on the primary instrument prior to acceptance into the Music Department. It is expected that students plan for auditions well in advance of their audition dates. Students living within a 100-mile radius of Durham are expected to audition on-site. Other students may submit a CD or DVD recording in lieu of a live audition, although an in-person audition is preferred. A recording should be of the best audio or video quality possible, although primary emphasis will be placed upon the quality of the performance.
Auditions are scheduled in the fall for admission in the following spring, and in the spring for the following fall semester. For currently scheduled audition dates, CLICK HERE, or contact the Music Department office.
All auditions will include the following components:All auditions will include the following components:
Performance of two (2) prepared selections of varying styles.
For additional audition guidelines specific to individual instruments, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Undergraduate Jazz Studies Auditions
Students auditioning to be Jazz Studies majors must audition for acceptance into the Jazz Studies program IN ADDITION TO their audition for admission to the Music Department. The Jazz Studies audition usually occurs at the same time as the departmental audition.
Jazz Studies auditions will include the following components:
Music Theory Assessment
The Music Theory Assessment Test, which determines placement in the Fundamentals and Harmony classes, is given during the orientation period at the beginning of each semester.
In some circumstances, it is possible to schedule other audition dates than those shown above.
Becoming A Graduate Music StudentPrerequisites to Admission to Graduate Studies Leading to the Master of Music in Jazz Studies:
Students auditioning for the program must be proficient in improvisation on the following three song forms:
A performance of each of the sub-styles listed above will be required to provide evidence of the applicant's improvisational skills.
Additionally, applicants may submit recordings (small or large ensemble)that provide evidence of applicant's musical development.
Students seeking the Composition track must provide written scores and recordings as evidence of successful writing ability.
A successful performance audition and a written and oral theory exam are required for acceptance into the program.
Two prepared pieces selected from the following:
Vocalization demonstrating vocal range and reproduction of pitches and melodic fragments. Prospective students will be evaluated on vocal potential along with basic musical skills.
Major and minor scales up to 5 sharps or flats (2 hands, 2 octaves).
Two prepared pieces representative at the very minimum of Level three of the common preparatory piano repertory, such as:
Students who have not previously studied organ and who wish to begin such study at NCCU should plan to audition on piano to demonstrate the keyboard skills necessary for organ study. Consult the Piano guidelines for the details.
Stringed Instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
Basic rudiments on snare drum, and familiarity with keyboard or mallet instruments.
For trap drum set, a knowledge of several different rhythm patterns, including Latin and swing.