Music Admissions

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Admissions Process for Music

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

Audition Application/s

Deadline: Friday January 15, 2021

We are recruiting for school year 2021-2022. We encourage students to apply to BAA by submitting their Audition Application here! Students who are auditioning for Instrumental Music should fill out the Instrumental Music application and students auditioning for Vocal Music should fill out the Vocal Music application.

All applicants should save the information for their online application log-in and password and should provide the email address they use most often. Students are welcome to audition for up to 2 arts departments and if so must submit 1 application per arts audition.

*Boston Arts Academy accepts students for the 9th, 10th and 11th grades, however we do not admit any 12th graders. 10th and 11th graders are placed on a standby list until a seat becomes available.

Virtual Audition/s (Solo Piece Video Submission)

Deadline: Friday January 15, 2021

Students auditioning for Music will be asked to submit a Solo Piece video submission for their virtual audition. All Virtual Auditions will have an open window to be submitted between mid-Nov and mid-Jan through our application database. The deadline to submit the portfolio pieces online is the same as the application deadline Friday, January 15, 2021.

*More information on how to submit your video via our database and full arts audition requirements will be posted in November. If this method is not possible for you, please contact Ms. Rodríguez at admissions@bostonartsacademy.org.*

A panel composed of staff from BAA, the ProArts Colleges, local community arts organizations conduct virtual auditions. We expect every student to be prepared for the virtual audition submissions and to review audition requirements prior to sending in their virtual audition/s. We have several events lined up to help prospective students prepare for their audition. BAA offers an Audition Workshop on Saturday, November 21 from 9:30am – 11:00am to help students prepare for their virtual audition submissions. Find out more about workshops and other important admissions dates here.

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Audition Requirements for Instrumental Music

Students should be prepared to play before recording their audition video. Please have  all instruments and materials required for their audition, including sticks, reeds, guitar cables, etc ready.

Solo Video Audition
Instrumental students must submit a video performing 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.

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.

Watch the Strings Solo Video Tutorial with Ms. Green-Hill to help you prepare for your audition video! 

 

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

Watch the Percussion & Drum Set Solo Video Tutorial with Mr. Rivelli to help you prepare for your audition video!

 

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

Watch the Piano Solo Video Tutorial with Ms. Lee to help you prepare for your audition video!

 

Brass & Woodwinds

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

Watch the Brass & Woodwinds Solo Video Tutorial with Mr. Groover to help you prepare for your audition video! 

 

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.

Watch the Guitar & Bass Solo Video Tutorial with Mr. Holt to help you prepare for your audition video!

Callbacks for Instrumental Music

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

After a student’s virtual audition is viewed, they may be invited to attend a live Callback on Zoom. Receiving a callback does not mean the student was accepted or not accepted, it simply means the panel wants to see them one more time before coming to a final decision. Callbacks for Instrumental Music will will be an interview format with music teachers where students may be asked to sight read (4 measures), perform their original piece or participate ear training excises.    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Audition Requirements for Vocal Music

Solo Video Audition
Candidates must sing one of the following selections:

    1.  “America, the Beautiful” (Listening Examples: Simple Version or Ray Charles & Alicia Keys Version)
    2.  “Amazing Grace” (Listening Examples: Simple Version or Celine Dion Version)
    3.  “America – My Country, ‘tis of Thee.” (Listening Examples: Simple Version or Kelly Clarkson Version)

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. Pre-recorded instrumental tapes/CDs/MP3s are allowed. No tapes/CDs/MP3s with vocal tracks.

Examples of Second Choice selections:

Watch the Vocal Solo Video Tutorial with Ms. Rivelli to help you prepare for your audition video!

 

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 for Vocal Music

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

After a student’s virtual audition is viewed, they may be invited to attend a live Callback on Zoom. Receiving a callback does not mean the student was accepted or not accepted, it simply means the panel wants to see them one more time before coming to a final decision. Callbacks for Vocal Music will include a vocal technique and aural assessment (short pitch memory and technical ability exercises).

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