Placement auditions will take place after school on Tuesday, November 14 beginning at 3:30PM. Students will be able to sign-up for a time. Auditions are required for all students to participate in the high school band and will determine class and chair placement. Auditions consist of three parts which are explained below: Etude, Scales, and Sight-reading.
Etude: The etude was passed out in class last week or can be accessed on Charms or by following the links below. The etude is worth 60 points on your audition (or the value of 20, 1 octave scales!)
Woodwind * ALSO AVAILABLE VIA GOOGLE CLASSROOM
- Bass Clarinet
- Alto Saxophone
- Tenor Saxophone
- Baritone Saxophone
- Bassoon (Same as Trombone)
The etude will be graded based on all of the elements of music: tone, pitch, tempo, rhythm, technique, articulations, dynamics, musicality, expression, style, etc. A compelling performance of the etude can earn you 50 points. Be sure to pay attention to the time signature, tempo marking, and key signature.
Scales: Please perform as many major/minor scales as you can in 2 minutes from memory. Students will receive a maximum of 3 points per octave that is performed correctly (1 point ascending, 1 point descending, and 1 point for the arpeggio.) Mistakes may be corrected but you only have 2 minutes to complete their scales. If time runs out in the middle of a scale, you may finish that scale for full credit but will be finished at the end of that scale. Articulation and rhythm does not matter for scales, but note accuracy is imperative. Keep in mind: your scale score is not limited by anything except time. You can really earn a lot of points in this category if you practice diligently. It is rare, but not unheard of for students to perform 12 major and 12 minor scales, 2 octaves in a 2 minute period. Are you up for the challenge?
Chromatic Scale: Please perform your chromatic scale the appropriate range for your instrument. This is worth 10 points and is graded on accuracy, steadiness, and evenness of sound throughout the range of the scale.
GMEA High School Chromatic Scale Ranges
- Flute 3 Octaves from Low C
- Oboe Low Bb to High D
- Bassoon 3 Octaves from Low Bb
- Soprano Clarinet Low E to High G above High C
- Bb Bass Clarinet Low E to High C
- Eb Contra Alto Clarinet Low E to High C
- Alto Sax Low Bb to High F
- Tenor Sax Low Bb to High F
- Baritone Sax Low Bb to High F
- Trumpet Low F# to High C
- French Horn Low F to High A
- Trombone Low E to High Bb
- Bass Trombone Low (Pedal) Bb to High F
- Baritone (BC) Low E to High Bb
- Baritone (TC) Low F# to High C
- Tuba Low E to High Bb
GMEA Junior High School Chromatic Scale Ranges
- Flute Low C to High F
- Oboe Low C to High C
- Bassoon Low Bb to High F
- Soprano Clarinet Low E to High D above High C
- Bb Low Clarinet Low E to High A Bb
- Eb Contra Alto Clarinet Low E to High A
- Alto Sax Low C to High D
- Baritone Sax Low C to High D
- Tenor Sax Low C to High D
- Trumpet Low F# to High G
- French Horn Low F to High F
- Trombone Low E to High F
- Baritone (BC) Low E to High F
- Baritone (TC) Low F# to High G
- Tuba Low E to High F
Sight-reading: Sight-reading will consist of a short excerpt that you will perform after a 30 second study period. During the study period, I encourage you to “airplay or air band” through the music, just keep in mind that you are not allowed to make a sound on your instrument during the study period. Sight-reading is graded on all of the elements of music like the etude is graded. It is important to be well versed in all rhythms, scales, keys, dynamics, articulations, etc. to be a good sight-reader. Students who are able to perform a compelling interpretation of the sight-reading beyond the notes and rhythms will be awarded more points. You will have an option between two sight-readings. An easier sight-reading will be worth 30 points or you can choose the more difficult one, which is worth 50 points.
This is your opportunity to show how much you have grown this semester. You can do it!