All music majors require a placement test and an audition prior to entering the program in a fall or spring semester. Contact the Music Department at (631) 451-4346 to schedule a placement test. The placement test measures the student’s knowledge of key signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, chords, rhythm, and basic terminology.

Students who are new to the College must visit Advising & Testing prior to contacting the Music Department to schedule the placement test and the audition.

Students will be contacted by a professor to set up an audition. The audition requirements are as follows:

 

Perform two contrasting selections (single movement pieces, or movements from sonatas or concertos, or concerto excerpts) showing technique (facility and flexibility), tone, and musicality/musicianship. Be prepared to play all major scales and a chromatic scale (two octaves).

Perform at least two contrasting selections (single-movement pieces or movements from sonatas or concertos) representing different periods of music. One of the selections must be Baroque or Classical (such as Bach or Mozart). Be prepared to perform all major scales and a chromatic scale in at least 2 octaves.

Perform one piece of any style that best demonstrates your ability. Knowledge of chords and scales and ability to read sheet music will be assessed.
Perform a solo and required NYSSMA level specific materials on one of the following: snare drum, mallets, and/or timpani. The audition can also include a level 6 drum set solo. The solo for one of the instruments must be upper-level in difficulty (NYSSMA level 5 or 6), while the others may be more moderate (NYSSMA level 3 or 4).
Perform at least one piece that shows your best musical and technical skills. Two pieces of contrasting style is preferred. Students may not be required to play the entire piece at the audition. Major scales, if known, will be asked. Sight-reading will also be assessed.
Perform at least one piece that shows your best musical and technical skills. Two pieces of contrasting style is preferred. Students may not be required to play the entire piece at the audition. Major scales, if known, will be asked. Sight-reading will also be assessed.
Perform one piece from either classical or musical theater repertory. Bring a copy of the score for the accompanist. If the student does not have a classical or musical theater piece, he/she may sing the National Anthem instead. Memorization is not required.
Perform two contrasting selections (single movement pieces, or movements from sonatas or concertos, or concerto excerpts) showing technique (facility and flexibility), tone, and musicality/musicianship. Be prepared to play all major scales and a chromatic scale (two octaves).
Music Ensemble - Band

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Music Department
Ammerman Campus
Southampton Building, Room 18
533 College Road,
Selden, NY 11784
(631) 451-4346
robertc@sunysuffolk.edu
Central Admissions
Phone: (631) 451-4414
Fax: (631) 451-4415
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