Audition on Multiple Instruments

Prepare an etude or solo for each of the following instruments:

  1. Snare drum (concert and/or rudimental)
  2. Keyboard percussion instruments (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone) (consider two mallets required, and four mallets an optional addition)
  3. Timpani (demonstrate fundamental skills, including tuning ability)

Expect sight reading on snare and mallets.

If you have specific pieces, etudes, or books in mind, you are welcome to contact the director of Percussion Studies to verify that your selections are appropriate or competitive.

If you do not have a private teacher or music director to assist you, it is recommended you select the material from More Audition Etudes by Garwood Whaley, published by Meredith, or something equivalent in nature.

You should bring your own sticks, mallets, and music for the audition. Instruments will be provided, but some students opt to bring their own snare drums.

Learn More About Percussion at IUP

As a music student, you'll not only be a part of our Music Department "family" but also a member of a close-knit unit based on your musical specialization. We refer to those as areas. Get to know the Percussion Area to learn more about the opportunities enjoyed by our students.