Music Admissions

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Admissions Process for Music

The admissions process for Music consists of two stages: the online Audition Registration and a Music Audition (Instrumental or Vocal).

Stage One: Audition Registration (Online Only)

We are recruiting for school year 2019-2020. Register here!

Stage Two: Music Audition (Instrumental or Vocal)

A panel composed of ProArts College representatives, artists from community arts organizations, and BAA staff conduct the auditions. By focusing solely on the audition, BAA aims to encourage all students interested in the arts to apply to the school. Acceptance decisions are based on the audition only.

Audition Workshop

BAA offers an Audition Workshop on Saturday, December 8th from 9:30am – 12:30pm to help students prepare for their auditions. Find out more about workshops and other important admissions dates here.

Audition Requirements for Instrumental Music

Students should arrive ready to play. Students must bring all instruments and materials required for their audition, including sticks, reeds, guitar cables, etc. The following instruments/equipment will be provided on site: piano, drum set, and percussion instruments, and amplifiers.

    1. 1. Solo performance
      The student must perform one selection on their instrument. This piece may be of any style and should contain elements that display the range of developed skills of the student.  Students will not be permitted to play along with recordings.
    2. 2. Sight-Reading Test
      Students will be asked to sight-read at least four measures of music.
    3. 3. Interview
      A panel of Boston Arts Academy teachers will interview the students at the end of the audition and assess students’ enthusiasm for serious music study.

Judging Criteria

Instrumental Music Auditions will be judged on the following:

Strings (Classical)

  • Ability to Play: Two Octave Scales in Three Major Keys
  • Sight-Reading Ability
  • Technique (observed through performed classical repertoire piece):
    Bow Technique, Left Hand Technique, and Level of Sound Production.

 

Percussion & Drum Set

  • Ability to Play: One Prepared Piece on Any Percussion Instrument
  • Ability to Read Rhythms in Standard Music Notation
  • Versatility Across Various Styles: (including but not limited to) jazz swing, funk, Gospel, and Latin
  • Improvisational Skills

 

Piano

  • Overall Command of the Instrument and Dexterity Across the Keyboard
  • Sight-Reading Ability on Treble & Bass Clef Staves and/or Grand Staff)
  • Technique (observed through performed piece): Posture, Hand Position, and Fingering.
  • Versatility Across Various Styles
  • Aptitude & Attitude Toward Learning Classical and/or Jazz/Modern Piano Technique

 

Brass & Woodwinds

  • Ability to Play: Major Scales
  • Sight-Reading Ability
  • Technique (observed through performed piece): Tone Quality, Accuracy of Pitch & Rhythm, and Articulation.

 

Guitar & Bass (Non-Classical)

  • Ability to Play: Scales, Basic Chords, and Notes
  • Sight-Reading Ability in Standard Music Notation
  • Ability to Read and Follow a Simple Chord Chart
  • Versatility Across Various Styles: (including but not limited to) jazz, rock, funk, and R&B.

 

Callbacks

There are no Callbacks for Instrumental Music.

Audition Results

All Decision Letters (Accepted, Waitlisted, & Not Accepted) will be mailed out on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019.

  • Accepted – your score is high enough to be invited to attend BAA in the upcoming year.
  • Waitlisted – you are not yet accepted, but may become invited to attend if more students are needed to fill a class.
  • Not Accepted – your score is not high enough to be invited to attend BAA in the upcoming year.

Waitlist for Instrumental Music

Waitlisted students will remain on the Waitlist until the end of December. If the student doesn’t get in by the end of December she/he needs to go through the admissions process again for the following school year in order to be considered for BAA. Due to the high volume of applicants we do not have an appeals process for Instrumental Music at this time.

Completion of Admissions Process

Only Accepted and Waitlisted students will be asked to submit their official transcripts to BAA’s Admissions Office to complete their Admissions Process. Transcripts allow our staff to place students in appropriate classes, however they are not considered in the admissions decision.

Audition Requirements for Vocal Music

  1. 1. Solo Piece Performance
    Candidates must perform from one of the following selections:

    1. a. “America, the Beautiful”
    2. b. “Amazing Grace”
    3. c. “America – My Country, ‘tis of Thee.”

Students may prepare an optional second piece. Gospel, musical theater, folk songs, R&B, and some pop songs are acceptable. Both pieces must be performed with instrumental accompaniment or a cappella. Students will not be permitted to sing along with recorded voices*.

  1. 2. Vocal Technique and Aural Assessment
    *A piano accompanist will be available. Pre-recorded instrumental tapes/CDs/MP3s are allowed. No tapes/CDs/MP3s with vocal tracks.
    At the end of the solo performance, one of the panelists will lead the candidate through short exercises to test pitch memory and technical ability.
Audition Song Requirement
Examples of Second Choice:
  • Spiritual/Folk Song: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “Danny Boy”
  • Gospel/Hymn: “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • R&B: “Falling” by Alicia Keys
  • Pop/Rock: “Fix You” performed by Cold Play
  • Pop: “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith; “Rock with You” by Michael Jackson
  • Musical Theater: “Home” or “Believe in Yourself” from The Wiz; “Seasons of Love” from Rent
  • Jazz: “My Funny Valentine”, “All of Me”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Summertime”

Judging Criteria

Vocal Music Auditions will be judged on the following:

  • Pitch Recognition: Student’s Ability to Remember and Sing Back Pitches Played from the Piano with Accuracy.
  • Vocal Technique (observed through performed song/s):
    • Voice Range and Voice Development and Control Across Ranges (Head & Chest Voice)
    • Quality of Tone Production
    • Ability to Sing In Tune and with Some Level of Musicality
  • Aptitude & Attitude Toward Learning a Wide Range of Music, Including Classical
  • Ability to Work Collaboratively with Other Students and Take Risks.

Callbacks

Some students will be Accepted or Not Accepted based on their audition and some students will be asked to come for a Callback before they make a final decision. Callbacks for Vocal Music are for selected students only if the judges want to see again. Getting a Callback does not mean mean a student has been Accepted or Not Accepted.
Students who get a Vocal Music Callback will have to sing in groups:

  • Voice Class 1
    A teacher will lead the full group through a short choral piece. Then, students work together in groupings of about 6 to arrange the piece while judges assess students’ ability to take risks and work collaboratively.
  • Voice Class 2
    In the same groups, students will work with a voice teacher on a range of vocal technique exercises, assessing each student’s current technical ability, pitch memory, and ability to apply feedback.

Audition Results

All Decision Letters (Accepted, Waitlisted, & Not Accepted) will be mailed out on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019.

  • Accepted – your score is high enough to be invited to attend BAA in the upcoming year.
  • Waitlisted – you are not yet accepted, but may become invited to attend if more students are needed to fill a class.
  • Not Accepted – your score is not high enough to be invited to attend BAA in the upcoming year.

Waitlist for Vocal Music

Waitlisted students will remain on the Waitlist until the end of December. If the student doesn’t get in by the end of December they need to go through the Admissions Process again for the following school year in order to be considered for BAA. Due to the high volume of applicants we do not have an appeals process for Vocal Music at this time.

Completion of Admissions Process

Only Accepted and Waitlisted students will be asked to submit their official transcripts to BAA’s Admissions Office to complete their Admissions Process. Transcripts allow our staff to place students in appropriate classes, however they are not considered in the admissions decision.