Music Education / Auditions

Admission Requirements

An audition, a music theory exam, a keyboard placement exam and a personal interview are required for all students wishing to major in music. These requirements for admission ensure students are placed in the most appropriate classes for their musical development.

2015-16 Academic Year Auditions
Auditions for the 2015-16 academic year will be held on February 15-16 and March 21, 2015. Application deadlines for these auditions are January 28, 2015 and March 13, 2015 respectively. Applicants being considered for other Meredith awards and scholarships (e.g., Honors Program, Presidential Scholars) must audition during Scholars Weekend, on February 15-16, 2015.

Schedule an Audition
To schedule an audition, download and complete an Audition Request Form (PDF) and return it to the Music Office. Applicants who live too far away to audition at Meredith may arrange to send a video or audio recording in lieu of a personal audition. See audition requirements below.

Music Theory Exam
At the time of their audition, students who anticipate majoring in music are also asked to complete a music theory test. The test includes melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic aspects of music and its notation. The results of this exam are used primarily for planning the next year’s theory classes according to students’ abilities.

Keyboard Placement Exam
All Meredith undergraduate music majors must complete the piano proficiency exam by the end of their four years. Students are required to take classes in keyboard harmony to prepare for this exam. The keyboard placement diagnostic test is given during the audition process so that students know which classes to sign up for during their first semester at Meredith. This diagnostic test includes scales, harmonization and transposition abilities, as well as simple chorale playing.

Audition Requirements

Play three pieces, including:

  • A work from the Baroque era
  • A work from the Classic era
  • A work from either the Romantic or Contemporary era

At least two of the works should be memorized. Scales and arpeggios, as well as some sight-reading, will be included.

Be prepared to play:

  • One three-octave scale
  • One etude
  • One piece of your choosing


Prepare two songs of contrasting nature which will show you to your best advantage.


  • At least one should be classical music
  • Both should be memorized

An accompanist will be provided, although you may bring your own accompanist if you wish

Winds and Percussion
Be prepared to play at least two pieces of contrasting character, and at least one representative technical study/etude of your instrument.

Play three pieces, including:

  • A work of Bach
  • A work by a composer other than Bach
  • A hymn


Erica Rogers, '13

Erica Rogers earned a music degree from Meredith in piano performance - and then made plans to attend law school in the fall.


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