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University of Central Florida Music Department

The following information constitutes a brief summary of the music program and the audition requirements and is provided by the DEN as a courtesy. Be sure to contact the school directly for further details and for all application guidelines.

If you are looking for personal attention from faculty that's world class, UCF is the place for you. Our music program is designed for your success. The atmosphere among students and faculty is energetic and friendly. Unlike many universities, faculty and not graduate students, teach all the private lessons at UCF. Our diverse faculty of experienced and accomplished musicians; performers, educators, scholars, conductors, composers and clinicians are committed to providing a high-quality graduate and undergraduate education. If you are looking for information about department concerts and events, see our events calendar.

From large ensembles that showcase our students' impressive performance abilities and chamber music recitals featuring our internationally acclaimed artist faculty, to guest performers from around the world, we know you will be delighted to see and hear some of the best musicians in the country—right here in Central Florida.

Piano Faculty
A listing of piano faculty can be found here.

Undergraduate Piano Audition Requirements
The candidate will choose to perform three (3) or four (4) contrasting pieces taken from the list below. The candidate should not choose more than 2 pieces from the same era. All pieces are strongly encouraged to be memorized, but a minimum of two pieces MUST be memorized. The total time of the performance should not exceed 20 minutes.

The 5 eras are:
• Baroque: Bach: any Sinfonias, (NOT 2 part inventions), or (1) Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier book 1 or 2, or two contrasting movements from any Suite (English, French, etc.) or Partitas. Any one (1) piece from Rameau or Couperin.

• Classical: Any (1) Movement of any Sonata from the following list of composers: Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven.

• Romantic: One (1) piece from the following list of composers: Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms.

• Modern: One (1) piece from the following list of composers: Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Khatchaturian.

• Contemporary: One (1) piece from the following list of composers: Messiaen, Boulez, Dutilleux, Kurtag, Cowell, Ives, Ligeti.

If the student has any questions concerning audition repertoire, they are encouraged to contact theprofessor prior to the audition.

Scales: all scales, Major and minors, 4 octaves, hands together, at the sixteenth notes, quarter = 100.

Undergraduate Jazz Piano Audition Requirements
1. Major Scales
2. Ascending “jazz” melodic minor scales
3. Harmonic minor scales
4. Blues Scales
5. Prepare a be bop tune (medium to fast tempo).
    a. play the melody
    b. improvise on the piece. optional
6. Prepare a standard ballad.
    a. play the melody
    b. improvise on the piece. optional

Graduate Piano Audition Requirements
The candidate will choose to perform four contrasting pieces taken from the list below. The candidate should not choose more than 2 pieces from the same era. All pieces MUST be memorized. The total time of the performance should not exceed 40 minutes.

Choose no more than two (2) pieces from each of the 5 eras proposed below:

• Baroque: Bach: one Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier book I or II, or four contrasting movements from any Suite (English, French, etc.) or Partitas. Rameau or Couperin: Any four pieces. Scarlatti: Three sonatas

• Classical: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven: A complete Sonata

• Romantic: Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms: One significant piece

• Modern: Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Khatchaturian: One significant piece

• Contemporary: Messiaen, Boulez, Dutilleux, Kurtag, Cowell, Ives, Ligeti: One significant piece

A complete piano concerto can replace the Classical sonata or a significant piece of the Romantic or Modern period.

If the student has any questions concerning audition repertoire, they are encouraged to contact the professor prior to the audition.

Scales and arpeggios:
All scales and arpeggios, Major and minors, in third, sixth, octaves and tenth, 4 octaves, hands together, at the sixteenth notes, quarter = 150 minimum.

Sight-reading:
A short unaccompanied or accompanied piece from the Classical or Romantic period.

Piano Collaboration:
Same than piano performance except that only 2 solo pieces will be required and 2 significant collaborative works should be presented. It is the responsibility of the candidate to bring their musical partner(s) at the time of their audition. The chamber music pieces should be chosen from a different time period than the solo repertoire pieces. Solo pieces MUST be memorized. Collaborative pieces do not need to be memorized.

Piano Pedagogy:
Same than piano performance except that only 3 solo pieces will be required and a demonstration of teaching skills will be required through a “mock” piano lesson administered during the audition. It is the responsibility of University of Central Florida Department of Music to provide a “mock” student.

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Contact Information

  • Address: 12488 Centaurus Blvd. Orlando, FL 32816
  • Phone: (407) 823-2869
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  • Url: http://music.cah.ucf.edu