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Music Performance Audition Requirements

Note: Only those who have applied to the Music Performance program can audition. Contact Liam Corcoran for the next audition dates.


You will be contacted following receipt of your application to the program.

Auditions can take place in person or by distance; however, it is highly recommended that you audition in person.


In-person auditions for the Music Performance program take place in the Music Performance building, 275 Kent Street, Holland College Prince of Wales Campus, Charlottetown.

All applicants will complete the Music Theory and Aural Skills Test.


If you are unable to audition in person, you may choose to do a distance audition as per the requirements below.


The Music Performance program audition consists of three components:

  1. Music Theory test;
  2. Aural Skills test; and
  3. Performance audition.

 Music Theory

You will be asked to:

  1. Recognize basic rhythmic construction: quarter and eighth notes, time signatures, and rests;
  2. Recognize simple rhythmic patterns and identify meters;
  3. Name notes and intervals in both the treble and bass clefs;
  4. Construct major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales; and
  5. Construct or identify intervals within one octave.

 Aural Skills

You will be asked to:

  1. Match pitches vocally;
  2. Write the musical notation for rhythms that are played;
  3. Identify simple intervals within one octave;
  4. Identify the type of triad (major, minor, diminished, augmented) played; and
  5. Write the musical notation for a simple melody that is played.

Performance Audition for Instrumental and Vocalists

During the audition, the following will be provided: PA system, guitar amp, bass amp, electric piano, or drum kit, depending on the instrument you play. You will be asked to:

  1. Perform two solo pieces for your major instrument, or voice in the case of vocal majors. These pieces are your choice and should reflect contrasting styles between the two selections;
  2. Sight-read short selections provided during the audition;
  3. Perform the major scales, as well as the harmonic and melodic minor scales (rudiments for drummers); and
  4. For piano, guitar, bass and drum auditions only, demonstrate different styles such as rock, funk, blues and a Latin style.

Note for vocalists – An accompanist will be provided if needed at a cost of $50.  Please notify Liam Corcoran, 902-629-7032 in advance if you need an accompanist and bring any music the accompanist will require.  A prerecorded accompaniment is an excellent alternative.

 Distance Audition

If you are unable to audition in person, you may submit a distance audition.

For the performance component of the audition, please upload your recording to YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, or another public site, and send the link to us. A music teacher in your local area will have to administer the Music Theory and Aural Skills components of the audition. Please contact Instructor Liam Corcoran to discuss arrangements of those two components.

For the performance component, you must:

  1. Perform two pieces of your own choice in contrasting styles;
  2. Perform the major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales in at least three keys of your choice; and
  3. For piano, guitar, bass and drum auditions only, demonstrate different styles such as rock, funk, blues and a Latin style.

Distance audition videos should be submitted as soon as possible. If you have any questions or require additional information on the audition itself, please contact Liam Corcoran.

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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