The best pieces to use for your piano audition are from the classical repertoire, by composers such as: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Clementi, Kuhlau, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Debussy, Poulenc, Kabalevsky or Dello Joio, to give just a few examples. You may also play recently learned recital or festival pieces. Pop music, movie themes, and other contemporary styles are not suitable repertoire for this audition. If you have any questions about your audition piece, please contact Dr. Mark Stevens directly.
You will be asked to show your current level of technique by playing scales and, if possible, arpeggios and cadence patterns.
If you are interested in jazz, you may play a jazz improvisation in addition to your classical piece.
Memorization: Playing by memory is desirable, but not required. Playing by memory demonstrates an additional and important piano skill, which is helpful in evaluating a student's potential.