So, you’re ready to apply to music school, but there is one obstacle that stands in your way – the audition. There are two secrets to acing your music school audition: knowing the material from cover to cover and building your self-confidence.
Though it may seem daunting, you can calm your nerves and feel better prepared by following just a few simple tips:
1. Know the Requirements
Each music school has its own set of requirements that you will need to be familiar with before venturing into your audition. The requirements will give you information that is imperative to a successful audition such as the length of your performance and whether or not you must select a piece from a specific genre or language. You may also want to take note of whether your audition will take place in front of a single judge, a panel of judges or an audience. Knowing in front of whom you will be performing will give you a hint as to how you should dress as well as how you should prepare for the big day.
2. Prepare Your Music
In reading over the requirements, if your selected school requires a specific song, take not and begin to study it. If the school requires a specific genre, think about what song will best compliment your talents while you are selecting your piece. Also, be sure to pay attention to the time limit, if applicable. And equally as important as picking a song that fits your musical abilities is picking one that allows you to feel comfortable and confident. If you are shaky and nervous, it will not go unnoticed by the judge(s) or audience.
3. Practice in Front of an Audience
If you know that your music audition is going to take place in front of a crowd, then practice in front of a crowd. Likewise, if your audition will take place in front of one judge, carve in some rehearsal time to practice in front of one individual. You need to make sure that you will be as comfortable as possible during your performance on the day of your audition, so make your rehearsals as similar to an audition experience as possible. Practice your piece in front of an audience of family and friends as often as possible, and allow them to give you feedback and suggestions for improvement.
4. Be Sure to Rest before the Audition
Getting enough sleep before the big day is an aspect of preparation that is often overlooked. If you are not well rested, your performance will undoubtedly suffer. If you stay up all night practicing your audition, it will likely harm you more than it will help you. Practice as much as you can up until the final days, and then take a break to let your mind relax before the big day.
5. Show Up and Play With Confidence
Once the day of the audition has finally arrived, don’t think about the things that you wish you would have done or now think that you should have done. Focus on the task at hand, and simply do your best! Don’t second guess yourself, and remember to be confident in your abilities!