Audition Requirements


Undergraduate Degrees in Music Education or Music Performance (at instructor's approval only)

The audition process at UT Martin is designed to make sure you are ready to enter, and able to complete our music program. We want you to graduate in four years so the audition is our best indicator of knowing if being a music major is the best fit for you. Audition preparation is crucial, so I urge you to take the requirements below seriously. UT Martin requirements may be different from other universities so please make sure you look through the required categories below.


The most important rule to remember is to choose music you are passionate about! Music performed at a high level, with feeling and musicality, will outshine difficult music played unmusically any day of the week!

I encourage you to use the categories below as a guildeline, but the music itself should be something you can perform with confidence and passion.


Additionally, I will take time to speak with you (and/or your parents) before or after the audition to answer any questions that you have. There will also be time for me to ask you questions about your goals and what you want to accomplish in 4 years. This is a screening process that works both ways and you are interviewing me and our music program as much as I am interviewing you.


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Scholarships are awarded based on merit and playing ability. Students who successfully audition for Senior High All Region Bands (All West, Mid State, or All East) and All State Ensembles, automatically qualify for scholarships. Academic Scholarships may be available for you as well depending on the ACT score. I will walk you through these options at the interview.

You must prepare 3 percussion areas

Area 1 must be marimba or vibes (a 4 mallet selection is strongly encouraged)

Area 2 must be concert snare drum

Area 3 is your option and may be chosen from timpani, multiple percussion, drum set, or another "world" percussion instruments

AREA 1 -Mallet Keyboard (4)
Suggested Works (or other equivalent level selection): 
Rotation (I,II,III,or IV), Rosebud, Ghanaia, Over the Moon, Mexican Dances, Prelude I (Burritt), With Sunshine on His Face

• Sight Reading (two mallets) 
AREA 2- Snare Drum (concert)
Suggested Works (or other equivalent level selection):
Cirone Etude, Delecleuse Etude, Aleo Etude, Tompkins Etude, Three Dances Mvt. 1, Etude from 6 Unaccompanied Solos by Colgrass

• Selected rudiments from the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments played in “open to closed to open” style. 

• Sight Reading


AREA 3 - Choose 1 of the following
Suggested Works (or other equivalent level selection):
Beck solo timpani work, Etude from Ron Fink's Timpani Tuning Etudes book

Multiple Percussion
Suggested Works (or other equivalent level selection):
An Etude from Julie Hill and Jim Campbell's, Music for Multiple Percussion: A World View, Tork or Engine Room by Campbell, or a movement from the French Suite by Kraft.
Drum Set/Hand Percussion
Suggested Works (or other equivalent level selection):
Demonstration of styles of your choice (including time, fills, soloing). Samba, soca, funk, bossa nova, jazz, rock, songo, etc.., are some suggestions. You may combine several of these if you wish.
A riq or pandeiro solo by N. Scott Robinson or a djembe solo by B. Michael Williams
Please note that auditionees must play from original scores of their selected music – no duplicated copies will be allowed.  

If a personal audition is not possible, you may submit a videotaped audition (audio recordings will not be acceptable for auditions). However, only live auditions can be considered for a scholarship. 


The “Skyhawk” Marching Band allows anyone to audition for snare drum, front ensemble, multi-tenors, bass drum and cymbals. Placement auditions for non-music majors are held during the pre-season "Pre Camp". Contact Director of Bands, Dr. John Oelrich in the UTM Band Office or visit their web site ( for further information.  

All questions pertaining to repertoire, auditions, or curriculum can be directed to: 

Julie Hill 
Professor of Music 
Director of Percussion Studies


Shane Jones 
Assistant Professor of Music 
Co-Director of Percussion Studies


Current information on student activities can be found on the UT Martin Music website


Helpful letter for Parents 
Preparing for Life as a College Percussion Major by James Campbell



Aug. 26

Buffalo River Back to School Canoe Trip for Current Students and Alumni
9:00 AM

Mar. 01

TN State Day of Percussion, hosted at UTM
All Day

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