Instrumental Music

On audition day:

  • Please bring 3 copies of your resume . Your current headshot (a small photo) should be included in your resume. Your resume should also describe any music experience or special talents. This resume can be designed in a way that reflects your personality. This example template is just to have something to base it on.
  • Auditions are NOT conducted for piano or guitar. These classes are open to all students, but are not arts majors at CCA.

Strings, Winds & Percussion: ALL LEVELS / GRADES 6 – 12

  • Students must be willing to attend an approved professional and/or collegiate-level concert every nine weeks. (Please note: the concert attendance requirement is subject to change based upon public health conditions in the community.)
  • Students must be committed to attending all required rehearsals and performances outside of school hours.
  • Students must have the ability to rent or purchase an instrument.

BEGINNING STRINGS, WINDS & PERCUSSION – no experience, grades 6 – 8

Auditions for beginning musicians will take the form of an aptitude test. Students should be ready to sing, clap, tap their foot, march on beat, and generally demonstrate their musical knowledge base. Students should be prepared to:

  • Commit to spending at least thirty minutes a day practicing.
  • Test for rhythmic and melodic perception.
  • Identify common music symbols.

BEGINNING STRINGS, WINDS & PERCUSSION – one year or less prior experience, grades 6 – 8

  • Bring an instrument, music, and short prepared piece to the audition. Percussionists auditioning in person should bring sticks/mallets and may play the snare drum or mallet instruments that we have here, unless you have a preference to bring your own.
  • Know how to hold an instrument properly.
  • Produce a pleasing sound.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of steady beat and be able to play with a metronome.

BEGINNING STRINGS: Perform from memory one octave of the D Major scale.

BEGINNING WINDS: Perform from memory one octave of the Bb Major scale.


  • Perform a solo or excerpt that demonstrates proficiency.
  • Sight-read a piece.

INTERMEDIATE STRINGS: Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of notes on all four strings. Perform from memory the C, G, and D Major scales.

INTERMEDIATE WINDS: Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of notes. Perform from memory the Bb, F, Eb, and chromatic scales.

INTERMEDIATE PERCUSSION: Demonstrate a knowledge of keyboard, percussion, and snare drum.


  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the music terminology appropriate to high school level literature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read at an advanced level.
  • Play advanced rhythms.
  • Perform a solo that demonstrates proficiency.

ADVANCED STRINGS: Violin, viola, and cello – perform from memory the major scales up to three sharps and flats in at least two octaves. Bass – perform the G Major scale two octaves and the F, Bb, C, and, D Major scales in at least one octave.

ADVANCED WINDS: Perform the Bb, F, Eb, Ab, C, G, and D Major scales from memory – at least one octave, two when possible.

ADVANCED PERCUSSION: Tune timpani, perform keyboard scales in C, F, Bb, Eb, G, and D Major two octaves from memory. For snare drum, please prepare an etude from the book, The All American Drummer, by Charley Wilcoxon.

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