Placement Auditions and Assessments

Placement Auditions for Incoming Students

All students are required to complete a placement audition during orientation. 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, private lesson, and lab 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.

How to Sign up for Your Audition

You can sign up for an audition time slot using our YouCanBookMe site (login required). 

For late ratings auditions, contact your instrumental department or send an email to enstaff@berklee.edu

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, or a faculty member can accompany them on piano if the student provides a chord chart/lead sheet or sheet music that can be easily sight-read.
  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.

In preparation for your audition, please do the following:

  • Warm up on your instrument.
  • Make sure your instrument is in tune.
  • Log in five minutes early.
  • Ensure your internet connection is working properly.
  • Test the audio and video on your computer.
  • Review your audition packet from below.

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Preparation Materials

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


Audition Packet

This includes the sheet music that you will be asked to perform during your audition. Download and print the packet for your instrument.


Proficiency Assessment and Exams