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UW Oshkosh
Department of Music

800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Arts & Communication Center
Elmwood Ave. at
Woodland Ave.
Phone: (920) 424-4224
Fax: (920) 424-1266

Audition Requirements

All incoming UW Oshkosh students who wish to become music majors or music minors MUST AUDITION for acceptance to the department (an audition is not required for the Music Industry minor). The audition will consist of an applied audition and a brief music theory placement test. Additionally, applicants will be required to complete a keyboard placement questionnaire prior to their audition.

Applied Audition Requirements By Area or Studio

The student is responsible for choosing music that would satisfy the requirements of the appropriate area or studio listed below. It is strongly recommended that the student seek the advice of his/her school music director and/or private instructor when preparing for the audition. Please contact the UW Oshkosh Department of Music for further assistance if needed.

All auditions will include sight reading. Vocal and keyboard auditions MUST be performed from memory. Performance from memory in other areas is recommended but not required.

  • BRASS (French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba)
    • Solo from WSMA* Class A list or two etudes or studies in contrasting styles.
    • All major scales.
    • Two prepared pieces in contrasting styles. They may be solos, movements from larger works, or etudes. The difficulty level should compare to solos on the WSMA* Class A list of guitar solos
    • Major and minor scales — 3 octaves.
    • Two memorized pieces in contrasting styles.
    • Major and minor scales, arpeggios, and broken chords
    • Harmonization of a melody. Chords will be given
    • WSMA* Class A rudimental or concert style snare drum solo.
    • WSMA Class A or equivalent keyboard solo (mallet instrument).
    • WSMA Class A or equivalent timpani or multiple percussion solo.
    • Major scales — 2 octaves.
  • STRINGS (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp)
    • Two pieces or movements in contrasting styles equivalent to WSMA* Class A list.
    • All major scales — 3 octaves (basses: 2 octaves)
    • Two memorized contrasting classical art songs – one in a foreign language. Solos may be taken from the WSMA* Solo/Ensemble List or equivalent.
    • The student will be vocalized by an instructor to determine characteristics such as range, vocal timbre, flexibility, vowel purity, and breath management.
    • All voice auditions MUST be accompanied. Click here for accompanist information.
  • WOODWINDS (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon)
    • Two solos, movements, or etudes in contrasting styles.
    • All major scales.
    • Chromatic scale — practical range.

* Wisconsin State Music Association Solo/Ensemble List or equivalent. Students should work with their classroom music teachers to view the list.

Music Theory Placement Test

All auditioning students will complete a brief music theory placement test intended to help us place students in the most appropriate music theory section. The results will not be considered in admissions decisions. The short test will cover note names, basic rhythm notation, time signatures, major and minor key signatures, and intervals. We recommend visiting the following websites to practice these skills:

Incoming transfer students are not required to take the diagnostic exam if they have earned college course credit with a grade of C or higher for any music theory and aural skills courses at the freshman level that are intended for music majors/minors. Transfer students should indicate any music theory and aural skills courses for which credit was earned on their audition application form.

AP Credit Policy

1)  Music Majors, Music Education Majors, and Music Minors
a.  Granted 3 crs. of Music 107 Music Theory 1 with a Nonaural Subscore of 3.
b.  Granted 3 crs. of Music 107 Music Theory 1 & 3 crs. of Music 108 Music Theory 2 with a Nonaural Subscore of 4 or 5.
c.  Granted 1 cr. of Music 173 Aural Skills 1 with an Aural Subscore of 3.
d.  Granted  1 cr. of Music 173 Aural Skills 1 & 1 cr. of Music 174 Aural Skills 2 with an Aural Subscore of 4 or 5.

2)  Students who are not Music Majors, Music Education Majors, or Music Minors (Music Industry Minors are included in this group)
a.  Granted 3 crs. of Music 102 music elective with a score of 3.
b.  Granted 3 crs. of Music 102 and 3 crs. Music 219 music electives with a score of 4 or 5.

Keyboard Placement Questionnaire

Applicants will be required to fill out an online keyboard questionnaire prior to their audition. Applicants without a keyboard background will be placed into beginning class piano.

Applicants with previous keyboard experience will be placed into the appropriate course according to the results of the questionnaire.

A placement exam may be required for those with significant keyboard experience. This placement exam will be given at the beginning of the semester and will include sight reading and an assessment of fundamental keyboard skills.


For UW Oshkosh admission to the University, contact the Office of Admissions at (920) 424-0202 or

For non-music scholarships available at UW Oshkosh see the Financial Aid Office homepage or call (920) 424-3377.

UW Oshkosh Department of Music
800 Algoma Blvd.
Arts & Communication Center
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Phone: (920) 424-4224
Fax: (920) 424-1266