Part One: Prepared Pieces Your prepared piece should demonstrate significant understanding of musicality, expression, phrasing, appropriate articulation; excellent intonation and tonal quality; and clarity of articulation or enunciation of notes (and lyrics for vocalists). Your audition performance should be delivered in a manner that is appropriate for the style of the piece. Berklee embraces and values all styles of music, so you should prepare Three pieces that you are comfortable with and that displays your strengths as a musician. It should be should be in any style that demonstrates your instrumental proficiency and your overall musicianship. Here are some guidelines that may help when selecting your prepared piece:
•You might choose a tune from a well-known artist or band (in any style).•You might choose a jazz or blues standard tune (which may include rhythm changes) to which you have the option of adding your own improvisation. You might choose a composition from the instrumental/voice repertoire or a movement, sonata, concerto, or etude. You might choose a transcription of a well-known artist’s solo.
Part Two: Sight Reading
While sight-reading, you should display strong accuracy of rhythm, pitch, and tone in order to achieve an interpretation that conveys musical substance with phrasing and expression appropriate to the style of the example provided.
Part Three: Improvisation
We would like to hear you improvise over a short progression to gauge where you are in your development. Your prepared piece may also include improvisation, but it is not required.
Part Four: Melodic and Rhythmic Playback
We recognize it is common for applicants to have imbalances in their playing abilities, and we realize that applicants may not have advanced skills in improvisation, reading, or ear training. We take a holistic approach in our evaluation process; each component of the audition helps the audition team assess your overall abilities as a musician and your potential for success at the master’s program level.