Audition Requirements

In order to be accepted into a UNC Asheville music degree program, applicants must first pass an instrumental or vocal audition placing them into MUSC 291 or higher. It is highly recommended that students pass an audition before enrolling at UNC Asheville.

Fall 2021 Auditions

Auditions for Fall 2021 will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 and Saturday, January 23, 2021.


Students must complete the Music Audition Application prior to auditioning.


Approximately 10 minutes of material should be prepared according to the requirements below. Applicants for any of our three degree programs may follow either the classical or jazz/contemporary guidelines.

Audition Requirements - Classical

View the Classical audition requirements here.

Audition Requirements - Jazz and Contemporary

View the Jazz and Contemporary audition requirements here.

Music Theory and Piano Placement

The music theory placement exam will be given during orientation prior to the term. This exam determines whether you must take Introductory Music Theory and Aural Skills before Music Theory and Aural Skills I.

The exam includes:

  • Naming notes in treble and bass clef
  • Identifying scales (major and 3 types of minor)
  • Identifying simple intervals (by number and quality)
  • Identifying major and minor key signatures
  • Identifying major and minor triads
  • Knowledge about time signatures

The piano placement exam determines whether you must take Class Piano. You will be asked to play major and minor scales, hands together.

Out-of-Area Prospective Students

Auditioning in person is strongly recommended and preferred, but applicants who are unable to do so because of distance may submit a video audition.

Create a Google Drive folder and upload your audition video(s) and other secondary portfolio material into it, titling the folder with your name and audition date (Nov. 14 or Jan. 23).

You will then need to share this Google Drive folder with Mr. Fletcher Peacock (fpeacock@unca.edubefore the scheduled audition date.

If you are accepted, you will need to take the music theory and piano placement tests when you arrive on campus before the start of classes.