Placement Auditions and Assessments

Placement Auditions 

Remember, as an entering student, you have already proven yourself to be a musician of remarkable talent. The purpose of the placement audition is to assess your current skill level relative to the curriculum. This assessment will help the college place you into an appropriate ensemble and private lesson that will best support your educational needs, along with students of similar ability. You will audition with faculty members from your instrumental department and the Ensemble Department. While auditions differ by department, you are typically asked to perform with accompaniment as well as sight-read, improvise, and play or sing a short piece from your repertoire. Auditions will last about 15 minutes.

More information is below to help you prepare for your audition; each instrumental department has provided preparation materials.

Fall 2021 placement auditions will take place on campus August 31, September 1 and September 2. The week of August 16, you will receive your assigned audition date, time and location to your Berklee email address.

Voice students only: If you opted to audition remotely during the week of August 3, then you do not need to audition again once you arrive on campus. If you didn’t, you will be scheduled for an audition time and will receive your assigned date, time, and location to your Berklee email address the week of August 16.

How to Prepare for Your Audition

  1. Review the preparation materials for your instrument.
  2. Students may perform any music for their assessment, including original songs and classical music.
  3. Vocalists may accompany themselves on acoustic guitar or piano (this is recommended only if you are highly proficient on your accompanying instrument). Alternatively, vocalists may use a backing track that has been downloaded and does not require internet access.
  4. This page is updated to include links to the audition packet for each instrument. This includes the sheet music for musical examples you will be asked to perform during your audition. Download and print the packet for your instrument.

Preparation Materials

Download information about what you will be asked to perform during your audition.


Audition Packet

If you have a conflict with your scheduled audition date and time when you receive it the week of August 16, email your instrumental department directly using the contact information below:


Additional Proficiency Assessment and Exams