Audition Expectations: Piano

Piano majors in the BM must perform THREE works from the list below and BME, Piano Pedagogy, and Bachelor of Arts with Piano Emphasis must perform TWO works from the list below.


* An etude by either Chopin or Moszkowski

* A major work from the Baroque period

* A major work from the Classical period

* A major work from the Romantic period

* A major work from the French Impressionists or the later 20th century


All works must be performed by memory. Both Piano Majors and BME Piano will be asked to sight read and BME and BA will be asked to play major and minor scales and arpeggios at two or three octaves. To guarantee placement with private piano instructors, BME and BA candidates should ensure that the selections are not too simple. A major work for the BME and BA degree will not be as complex as for the BM performance degree, but BME and BA candidates should avoid the short two-page pieces from standard classical anthologies. Popular and religious arrangements are not acceptable for auditions.


Audition dates are posted on the Music Dept. webpage. To enquire about an audition, please either call the Music Department at 501-450-3163 or contact Dr. Neil Rutman at 501- 450-5767 or