Sample Audition Repertoire: Percussion

Percussion

Prepare the following:

  • 2 contrasting snare drum solos (one using closed rolls, one using open rolls)
  • 1 timpani solo
  • 1 mallet solo

Applicants with additional experience on mallet percussion may also prepare a solo that uses four mallet technique (not required).

Students may also demonstrate drum set proficiency. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate the following grooves:

  • swing - slow, medium, fast
  • rock - eighth note
  • funk - sixteenth note
  • latin - basic latin grooves

Timpani

Any of the etudes contained in these method books would be acceptable as audition pieces.

  • Beck, John: Concepts for Timpani
  • Friese, Alfred & Lepak, Alexander: The Complete Timpani Method
  • Goodman, Saul: Modern Method for Timpani
  • Whaley, Garwood: Primary Handbook for Timpani

Any timpani solos by Paul Price, Mitchell Peters, Raynor Carrol and John Beck would also be acceptable.

Snare

  • Cirone, Anthony: Portraits in Rhythm
  • Goldenberg, Morris: Modern School for Snare Drum
  • Podemski, Banjamin: Podemski's Standard Snare Drum Method
  • Pratt, John: 14 Modern Contest Solos
  • Wilcoxin, Charles: Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer, All American Drummer

Mallet Instruments

These mallet books contain some basic pieces for marimba or xylophone. Any example from these methods would be an effective audition piece. If you are unable to find music created for the mallet instruments, you may substitute a transcription of any grade six/eight clarinet, flute or saxophone solo.

  • Goldenberg, Morris: Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone
  • Hatch, Earl: My Marimba and I
  • Jolliff, Art: Music for Marimba (Volume 1, II, III), Seventy-Eight Solosa for Marimba (Volume I, II), Solos for Marima, Zylophone or Vibes

This is a guide only. Teachers preparing students for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's level, achievement and strengths.

There will also be a sight-reading component to the audition.