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IMAGE: Music Placement
Placement & Audition Contact:
Dr. Brandon Vaccaro
Music Department
bvaccar1@kent.edu
330-244-3389

Placement & Auditions

Mandatory Music Placement & Audition Days
for Incoming Music Majors

All new music students at Kent State Stark must complete a music theory placement assessment and a performance audition before declaring the music major. Reservations for the placement assessment and audition are required.

1. You must be admitted to Kent State University at Stark

You must be admitted to Kent State University at Stark and have a kent.edu email assigned before you can participate in a music placement and audition day.

2. Make a Reservation for a Music Placement & Audition Day    

Placement assessments and auditions on individual instruments will take place in the Kent State Stark Fine Arts Building on:
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014  •  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014  •  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Choose one date and make your reservation:
Music Reservation

Important: You must be admitted to Kent State University at Stark and have a kent.edu email assigned before you can participate in a music placement and audition day.

Music Theory Placement Assessment
This test will be given during your Music Placement & Audition Day. The 30-minute theory placement test is used to place students into a music theory section with students of similar musical ability and background. The placement will assess your knowledge of note reading, major and minor (natural, harmonic, melodic) scales, major and minor key signatures, meter and rhythm, intervals and triads.

Follow audition instructions below to prepare for your performance audition.

3. Prepare for your Performance Audition:

Voice: B.A. Music, Performance, Composition or Music Education Majors
  • Prepare one memorized selection from the classical or folk repertoire. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Music Technology students may prepare a voice assessment as described above or they may sing a version of Amazing Grace that will be provided. Contact Laurel Seeds at lseeds@kent.edu for a .pdf and .mp3. The voice audition does not have to be memorized.
  • Contact Laurel Seeds at lseeds@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.
Piano: B.A. Music, Performance, Composition or Music Education Majors
  • Prepare two pieces from contrasting periods (baroque, classical, romantic, XXth century).
  • Music Technology students may prepare a piano assessment as described above or they may prepare one of the following:
    1. A contemporary piece from sheet music (preferred choice)
    2. An original composition
    3. A piece learned by ear
  • Contact Dr. Sebastian Birch at sbirch@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Electric Guitar: Music Technology Majors

  • Prepare two contrasting pieces that show your abilities.
  • Play a prepared chord accompaniment from a piece of your own choosing.
  • Demonstration of major, minor and dominant 7th chords using first position open chords.
  • Demonstration of any of the following scales using the fingering and position of your choice: major, minor, minor pentatonic/blues.
  • Contact Erin Vaughn at evaughn1@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

Electric Bass: Music Technology Majors

  • Music Technology majors only.
  • Prepare two contrasting pieces that show your abilities.
  • Contact Dan Nauss at dnauss@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.

All Other Instruments

  • Prepare two contrasting pieces that show your abilities.
  • Contact Dr. Brandon Vaccaro at bvaccar1@kent.edu for questions regarding appropriate repertoire.
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