Musical Preparation and Placement

Each student attending the Five-Week Performance Program is required to audition and take a theory and musicianship assessment upon arrival to Boston. Audition and assessment times will be communicated to you before the program starts.

How should I prepare for the placement audition?

The placement audition determines the style and level of ensemble and instrumental/vocal labs. It typically lasts five–10 minutes. During the audition, you are asked to 1) perform a prepared song or piece in a style you want to study (please bring a backing track and/or lead sheets), 2) demonstrate your ability to improvise (not required), and 3) demonstrate your level of music reading (not required).

How should I prepare for the theory and musicianship assessment?

The theory assessment determines your placement in a theory and performance class. The assessment covers topics including clefs, intervals, scales, modes, chord spelling, tensions and rhythm. The musicianship assessment determines your placement in a musicianship class. It tests your ability to identify intervals, chord types, and melodic and rhythmic phrases.