• Charleston County School of the Arts

    Band Major and Audition for 6th - 12th Grades

    Program Expectations 

    Students participating in the School of the Arts Band music major learn the technical and musical skills they will need to be successful performers on woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. While no prior experience is necessary to enter in the 6th grade, , students are expected to apply their talents diligently in order to rapidly progress in their instrumental music development.

     

    Students will also develop a working knowledge of performance practices, theory and music history with an emphasis on musical form and analysis.  Students graduating from this program should not only demonstrate technical proficiency on their instruments, they should also be able to create, perform, evaluate and think analytically about music in general. Graduates will be prepared to pursue music at the college level either as music majors or minors.

     

    The success of the band program depends in part upon balanced numbers of woodwinds, brasses and percussion instruments. Students and parents must be aware that instrumentation needs are considered when accepting students. All 6th grade band students who have been accepted, regardless of whether they play an instrument or not, will go through the mouthpiece placement test to determine the most appropriate instrument to play in band.



    6th Grade Band Audition Expectations 

    Students applying for admission to the middle school band major in 6th grade are expected to be able to match musical pitches and demonstrate musical memory as well as vocal control of musical sounds. Each student must sing the first verse of "My country 'Tis of Thee".  In addition, they will be asked to match multiple rhythm patterns. Students may play a selection on an instrument of their r choice, but the performance will be for demonstration purposes only and will not be included in the total evaluation score. The audition concludes with an interview.



    7th - 12th Grade Band Audition Expectations 

    Students applying for grades 7-12 are expected to perform the SC All-State Band audition requirements that are appropriate for their grade level. This includes required scales, the chromatic scale, and the SCBDA audition solo. The scale lists and solo may be downloaded from the SC Band Directors' Association website at www.bandli nk.org. Click on the "All-State Band" tab and download the scales and the etude. If applicants cannot obtain these sheets, copies may be obtained at the School of the Arts. The audition concludes with an interview.

       

     

    Singing/Playing an Instrument Solo (Correct notes, lyrics, rhythms, good tone)

    5     Exceptional pitch, no errors. In tune, exceptional tone

    4     Above average pitch, minor errors

    3     Correct lyrics, missed pitches

    2     Major errors in pitch, lyrics

    1     Missed pitches, incorrect lyrics



    Pitch Matching

    5     Exact match, 1st ATTEMPT

    4     Slightly off pitch, 2 attempts

    3     Difficulty matching pitch, 2m+ attempts

    2     Pitch direction correct but not pitch accuracy

    1     Unable to match pitches, or tonal direction

     

    Rhythm Test ( Correct rhythms, even beat)

    5     Exact match, 1st ATTEMPT

    4     Slightly off rhythm, 2 attempts

    3     Difficulty matching rhythm, 2+ attempts

    2     No steady beat, pattern recognition

    1     Unable to maintain pulse or rhythm

     

    Rhythm Test #2 (Correct rhythms, even beat, left hand, right hand, coordination)

    5     Exact match, 1st ATTEMPT

    4     SLightly off rhythm, 2 attempts

    3     One hand rhythmically correct, other hand incorrect

    2     Unable to coordinate LH & RH

    1     Unable to repeat RH or LH correctly

     

    Musical Aptitude

    5     Demonstrates superior aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

    4     Demonstrates excellent aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

    3     Demonstrates acceptable aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

    2     Demonstrates below average aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

    1     Demonstrates little to no aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

     

    Section 1: Prepared pieces

    Tone Quality

    5     Musician’s Tone Quality is at a level beyond their age

    4     Tone Quality is clear and controlled at all times

    3     Tone Quality is clear and controlled most of the time

    2     Lack of clarity in tone quality and control some of the time

    1     lack of clarity in tone quality; little or no control of tone production

     

    Rhythm/timing

    5     Musician's Rhythmic capabilities are at a level beyond their age

    4     Beat is secure, rhythms accurate

    3     Beat is secure, rhythms mostly accurate

    2     Beat is erratic, frequent rhythmic errors detract from the performance

    1     lack of steady beat, rhythms inaccurate, unable to recognize pulse or rhythmic patterns

     

    Intonation

    5     Musician’s ability to control pitch is at a level beyond their age

    4     Virtually no errors, pitch is very accurate

    3     Occasional errors: most of the time pitch is accurate and secure

    2     Very few accurate or secure pitches

    1     Pitch is inconsistent throughout the piece

     

    Technique  /fundamentals

    5     Musician’s articulation and technique is at a level beyond their age

    4     Demonstrates excellent articulation, technical facility and physical coordination

    3     Demonstrates average articulation, technical facility, physical coordination

    2     Demonstrates trouble performing technical skills, but shows some ability and willingness to learn

    1     Demonstrates trouble performing technical skills and shows little ability 

     

    Interpretation

    5     Musician’s interpretative capacity is at a level beyond their age

    4     Performance shows excellent sense of expression, dynamics, phrasing, and musicality

    3     Performance shows some sense of expression, dynamics, phrasing, and musicality

    2     Performance shows minimal sense of expression, dynamics, phrasing and musicality

    1     Unaware of expression, dynamics, phrasing, and no demonstration of style

     

    Section 2: Scales and Sight-Reading

     

    Scales

    Bring score over from SCBDA rubric. Maximum 35 points. (includes chromatic)

     

    Sight Reading:

    Bring Score over from SCBDA Rubric. Maximum 15 points per example

     

    Musical Aptitude

    5     Demonstrates superior aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

    4     Demonstrates excellent aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

    3     Demonstrates acceptable aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

    2     Demonstrates below average aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

    1     Demonstrates little to no aptitude for learning musical skills quickly

     

    Scored 1 -5

    • Chromatic Scale
    • Etude
    • Sight Reading Example 1
    • Sight Reading Example 2
    • Tone

     

    Performance Evaluation

    • Major Scales
    • Rudiments
    • Snare Technique