Placement Auditions and Private Instruction

Placement Auditions

Entering students will take placement auditions during their orientation. This audition will help Berklee place you into ensembles and private instruction with other students of similar ability. All students are required to participate in a placement audition.

To prepare for your orientation audition, choose the audition materials that match your principal instrument below. Auditions are held by faculty members in your instrumental department and the Ensemble Department during registration. Included in your orientation materials is an audition packet, which contains music and instructions for the placement audition process.

While auditions differ among departments, usually you are asked to perform with accompaniment, and the audition includes sight-reading, improvisation, and playing or singing a short piece from your repertoire. Auditions usually last about 15 minutes.

It is important to remember that you are required to bring your instrument to your audition, unless you are a pianist or a drummer.

Private Instruction

Private lessons are weekly, 50-minute, one-on-one sessions with an instructor on your principal instrument. Depending on your instrument, private lessons may involve scales, arpeggios, chord progressions, repertoire, stylistic interpretations, and so on.

Preparation Materials

To prepare for your orientation audition, choose the audition instructions that coincide with your principal instrument. You will receive any referenced musical examples when you arrive on campus and successfully check-in. 

Bass Department

Acoustic Bass.pdf
Electric Bass.pdf

Brass Department

Baritone Horn.pdf
French Horn.pdf
Trombone.pdf
Trumpet.pdf
Tuba.pdf

Guitar Department

Guitar.pdf

Percussion Department

Drum Set.pdf
Hand Percussion.pdf
Marimba.pdf
Orchestral Percussion.pdf
Steelpan.pdf
Vibraphone.pdf

Piano Department

Piano.pdf

String Department

Banjo.pdf
Cello.pdf
Harp.pdf
Mandolin.pdf
Viola.pdf
Violin.pdf

Voice Department

Voice.pdf

Woodwind Department

Bass Clarinet.pdf
Bassoon.pdf
Clarinet.pdf
Flute.pdf
Oboe.pdf
Saxophone.pdf