The audition is the single most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as a music major at Baylor. For the 2020-21 application cycle, applicants who are required to audition must upload a video recorded audition to their music application. After your application file is reviewed, a follow-up live virtual audition and/or interview may also be required. If required, you will be notified via Acceptd to schedule it on one of the available dates.

Please remember, students must submit applications to both Baylor University and the School of Music. We highly encourage you to email Dr. Todd Meehan to set up a virtual visit or sample lesson. The audition process is competitive and it is in the student’s best interest to audition and apply early. Acceptance is based on the student’s performance abilities, artistic potential, and maturity as demonstrated in the audition/interview process.

  • The audition committee consists of Dr. Meehan and faculty members from the Instrumental and Conducting Divisions.
  • Memorization is not required.
Video Submission Guidelines
  • Each piece needs to be a separate recording.
  • Entire performer should be visible in the shot.
  • All audition requirements listed below should be part of your video recording.

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level:

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Todd Meehan with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Percussion Requirements:
  • One keyboard solo of significant length (marimba or vibraphone)
  • One concert snare drum solo or etude
  • One rudimental snare drum solo or etude (played on a concert snare)
  • One timpani solo or etude
  • Demonstrate various drum set styles (recommended but not required)
GRADUATE Percussion Requirements:
  • Mallets:
    • One 4-mallet marimba or vibraphone solo of significant length
    • Two orchestral mallet excerpts of your choice
  • Snare:
    • One concert solo or etude (ex. Delecluse etude or something of similar difficulty)
    • One rudimental solo or etude (played on a concert snare, ex. Wilcoxon or something of similar difficulty)
    • Two orchestral snare excerpts of your choice
  • Timpani
    • One solo or etude (ex. Carter or Delecluse etude or something of similar difficulty)
    • Two orchestral timpani excerpts of your choice (glockenspiel and xylophone excerpts encouraged)
    • Demonstrate ability to tune intervals
  • Miscellaneous - Please choose ONE of the following three areas to supplement your audition:
    • Multiple percussion solo
    • Drum set (demonstrating different styles or prepared solo)
    • Any other area in which you possess a degree of mastery (ex.accessory excerpts, hand drumming, other world music genres,etc.)

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