There’s a lot that goes into the college audition process!
This is an outline that I pass along to high school students thinking about auditioning for music school.
- Identify 10-12 schools
- Research these schools (this guide will help!)
- Make contact with the teachers
- Reflect – which of these seem like good fits for you?
- Group these schools into three groups
- Plan your summer carefully – this is the best possible window of time to work on your audition repertoire
- Narrow down your list to 5-7 schools – include at least two safety schools and one or two reach schools
- Schedule a visit and a lesson
- Enter audition requirements for all schools into spreadsheet
- Research audition times – avoid making life terrible in Jan/Feb
- Plan your practice time carefully – the fall disappears quickly
- Make sure you’re preparing well – check out our Ten Practice Techniques for Better Auditioning for more details
Tips for Surviving the Audition Process
- Start your preparation early – there’s no substitute for good preparation
- 1-2 hours of practice a day is much better than 4-5 hours every once in a while
- Play for as many teachers as possible
- Get as much sleep as you can
- Exercise regularly
- Drink lots of water
- Eat healthy – diet has a huge affect on your mental state
- Visualize your performance – be as detailed as possible
- Spend time outside – especially in nature
- This is a small part of a very long journey
I’ve spoken about this topic at several events over the years. Here’s a live talk that I did with Illinois Wesleyan bass teacher Trevor Jones.