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Composition Audition Requirements

WVU School of Music composition applicants must present the following at their audition:

  • One or more scores (on paper) of your composition in hand notation or computer notation. A representative group of pieces in different styles and genres is preferred. Please bring cassette or CD recordings if available. If you do not have your music written down, an audition performance, tape of performance, or a computer disk with a MIDI file for playback in either Vision or Finale 2 or 3 is acceptable. 
  • Testing of pitch matching, sight reading (treble & bass clefs), and ability to write down what you hear (melodic dictation) should be expected. 
It is advisable that composition students have some background in piano.