Future Music Students


In addition to the university requirements for general admission, each prospective student must meet entrance requirements for the Department of Music. These include a performance audition and a diagnostic examination in musicianship. These requirements assist the faculty in assessing the student’s musical background, level of proficiency, and individual strengths and weaknesses. Students who enter the Department of Music with deficiencies will be required to take remedial courses based on the results of these assessments and therefore, will be required to take more than the minimum number of hours indicated to complete degree requirements.

All students must complete a performance audition before the music faculty. Auditions will be held in February and March. See the Auditions page. It is also a good idea to contact the applied teacher prior to your audition.

Applied music is an individual instruction on a student’s major instrument or in voice, usually one one-hour lesson per week. Applied lessons culminate in a required end-of-the semester jury examination for all students enrolled in these courses. Such instruction is critical to a student’s musical development.

Read below to learn what materials you will need to begin taking private lessons at ASU. In addition, each woodwind and brass student will need to own a metronome and a tuner.

Applied Music

FluteTop Register Studies for Flute - 90 Melodious Studies by Thomas J. Filas and Melodious and Progessive Studies, Book 1 by (Cavally). 

ClarinetMelodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1 (Hite), 24 Varied Scales & Exercises (Albert)

OboeMethod for Oboe (Barrett) and Scales and Arpeggios: The Complete Boosey and Hawkes Oboe Scale Book

BassoonBassoon Method (Weissenborn)

Alto Saxophone: Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1 (Hite) and Scales and Arpeggios: The Complete Boosey and Hawkes Saxophone Scale Book 

Tenor SaxophoneMelodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1 (Hite) and Scales and Arpeggios: The Complete Boosey and Hawkes Saxophone Scale Book

TrumpetMethod for Trumpet (Arban) Additional trumpet studio information.

French HornAdditional horn studio information.

Trombone/Euphonium: Complete Method for Trombone and Euphonium (Arban) and Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Book 1 (Bordogni/Rochut)

Tuba: 43 Bel Canto Studies (Bordogni) and 60 Selected Studies (Kopprasch)

Percussion: Each student must have: metronome; sticks and mallets appropriate for concert percussion (snare sticks, timpani mallets, yarn mallets for marimba); practice pad. Students need to spend the summer learning all of the major scales and all 40 international rudiments.

Snare: Etudes (Delecluse)
Timpani: Studies, V. 1 (Delecluse) or Solo Timpanist (Firth) or Concepts for Timpani (Beck)
Mallets: Studies (Delecluse)

Music Theory 

Do you know the note names in treble and bass clefs, including notes using ledger lines?
Can you identify and write the 15 major key signatures in treble and bass clefs?
Can you identify and write the 15 major scales in treble and bass clefs, without a key signature?
Can you find middle C on a keyboard and write it in treble and bass clefs?
Do you understand basic meters, such as 2/4, 3/4, 6/8, and 4/4?
What does a dot do to the length of a note?

Try these links:

Theory Phone Apps

Do you know the definitions of common musical terms?
OnMusic Dictionary

Aural Skills
Can you sing a simple melody or scale?
Can you identify intervals, such as, M2, P4, m3?
Can you match a pitch by singing the same note played on a piano?

Try these links:

Ear Training Phone Apps
Interval Ear Trainer

Music History

Can you name the six historical periods of music in chronological order and name at least one composer from each era or name and describe the instruments of the orchestra?