Transfer: Performing Arts

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Requirements for Admission

All applicants must also follow UMass Dartmouth admissions procedures. All candidates must pass an entrance audition and take an advisory assessment to determine background and potential. Candidates are expected to have facility on their instrument and to have some preparation in fundamental concepts of music theory.

Music Department Auditions

The music program at UMass Dartmouth is unique in its broad spectrum of music under one roof. Whether the future Music Educator and Performer/Composer concentrates on Western Classical music or jazz/world music or new/electronic music, this exposure to and understanding of many kinds of music provides an invaluable professional advantage. Auditions will be held in the Visual & Performing Arts Building (Lot 7 parking), on the main campus of UMD. To schedule and audition or for more information, please contact: Michelle Cieto, Music Department Secretary, at or (508) 999-8568.

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Department of Music Audition Requirements

Auditions are required for admission to the UMass Dartmouth Music Department, and applicants MUST schedule an audition. All who live in New England must audition in person in their applied area (instrument or voice: jazz or classical) and must also take an aural skills and theory placement assessments, which help to determine baseline skills. For applicants outside of the New England region, please contact the Department for requirements for a video/CD audition.

The entire process with the audition, an overview of the Department of Music, the aural skills assessment, and theory placement assessment usually takes approximately two to three hours to complete. Once admitted, those identified as weak in theory should enroll in MUS 107 Theory Fundamentals, which is offered during the UMD Summer Session.

For the audition, winds, brass, strings, and voice applicants will be prepared to perform two contrasting pieces that demonstrate the range of your background, training, and preparation. The percussion major degree program involves comprehensive study in all areas of percussion including snare drum, marimba, general percussion, timpani, drum set, jazz vibes, and world percussion.

  • Applicants should prepare one solo or etude in each instrumental area of Snare, Keyboard, and Timpani.
  • Drum Set: Demonstrate basic skills and technique. Perform grooves in as many styles as possible including: jazz, rock, Latin, and funk with a play-along of your choice (1-2 selections). Students should be prepared to play all standard rudiments and perform a solo.
  • World Percussion:  Demonstrate basic skills and techniques on the world percussion instrument of your choice (hand drums, steel drum, timbales, Cajun, etc.) with an emphasis on time and feel. Knowledge of the appropriate musical context is expected.

All applicants may also be asked by the auditioning faculty member to perform scales, arpeggios, sight reading or other exercises that demonstrate technical ability.