Band Auditions for Grades 7-8
The following guidelines will prepare you for the audition for the Band Magnet.
Stivers offer four levels of band performance. Membership in each group is determined on the basis of ability and achievement.
All groups meet daily for 45 minutes of instruction. Once a week the groups divide into like-instrument small groups for sectional rehearsal.
Band audition requirements grades 7-8 (middle school)
Young musicians auditioning for the Stivers Band Magnet should prepare a line from a method book or a solo they have learned and can play with confidence. Candidates will be asked to play the music they prepared, a scale, and demonstrate their listening skills. If possible, please bring an extra copy of the music being performed.
Students will be evaluated on the following areas of instrumental music performance:
Musical interpretation is very important. Every student is evaluated on his/her ability to musically interpret ideas and statements. Speed is not the greatest consideration.
Traditionally large numbers of students have auditioned on flute, clarinet, saxophone and drums. Because of these large numbers the competition for positions in the bands is much higher for these instruments. Percussion students are advised to study mallet percussion or another melodic band instrument. Acceptance of percussion students (drummers) is subject to the instrumentation requirements of each band and will be limited.
Pitch recognition: The evaluator will play 3 pitches on the piano and have the student repeat the pitch. The audition candidate will be rated on the overall pitch recognition.
Scales: performance of a teacher selected scale
The below sheet music is optional for use. It is available for download for the following instruments below:
(Sheet music is in Adobe PDF format)