The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College provides opportunities for the study and performance of music for all students, regardless of their major or field of interest. Marietta College students study and perform with an easily accessible music faculty who are actively involved in their field as scholars, educators, performers and clinicians. Whether you intend to major in music education, music therapy, vocal performance, pursue liberal arts study in music, or simply wish for music to be an important part of your collegiate years, the department has opportunities for you.

Prospective Music Majors

Before applying to the Music Department at Marietta College, prospective music majors must submit a complete application to Marietta College. Upon acceptance to Marietta College, prospective majors should then complete a Music Department Application and Teacher Reference Letter.

All prospective music majors are required to audition for admission to the music degree programs offered by Marietta College. This audition also serves as your application for a music scholarship. You may contact the music department by email or telephone (740.376.4696) to set up an audition. Please review the audition requirements for prospective music major. These are the audition dates for students planning to enter in the Fall of 2019:

Music scholarships are available for both music majors and non-majors.

  • Friday, November 16, 2018 (Music Visit/Audition Day)
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
  • Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
  • Monday, February 18, 2018 (Music Visit/Audition Day)
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019

Or by appointment, call 740.376.4696

Students are encouraged to audition early to receive the best financial aid offer possible

Prospective Music Minors and Non-Majors

We invite you to apply for the Marietta College Music scholarships. Marietta College offers renewable scholarships for talented students regardless of their intended major.

Auditions are held annually. If you are unable to audition on one of these days, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange another audition date for you. You may contact the music department by email or telephone (740-376-4696) to set up an audition. Please review the audition requirements for the area you are interested in.

Entrance Requirements

If you have any specific questions about the program, contact the department.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

  • Audition on principal instrument
  • A music department application
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director
  • A résumé of music activities in high school
  • Interview with music faculty
  • Recommended minimum ACT of 23 or SAT of 1060

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

  • Audition on principal instrument
  • A music department application
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director
  • A résumé of music activities in high school
  • Interview with music therapy faculty

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

  • Vocal audition
  • A music department application
  • Interview with vocal performance faculty
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director
  • A résumé of music activities in high school
  • Interview with music faculty

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Audition on principal instrument
  • A music department application
  • Interview with music faculty
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director
  • A résumé of music activities in high school
  • Interview with music faculty

Audition Requirements

Music scholarhsip are available to both music majors and non-majors.

ENSEMBLE SCHOLARSHIPS

Ensemble Scholarship Audition Requirements

Designed for students with active high school ensemble participation but little solo performance experience. This audition does not require a prepared solo, but asks students to perform their part from one or more of the pieces they are currently working with their high school ensemble. Additional sight-reading, scales or vocalization, and a music teacher reference are also required. This audition does not meet the requirements for entrance into our music majors.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Brass Audition Requirements

  • Major scales from memory (relative minor scales are optional): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E. In addition to these major scales, prepare the chromatic scale over the full range of your instrument.
  • Two solos or etudes of differing styles. One selection should be lyrical in nature with the second selection demonstrating the level of technical ability. Total length should not exceed 15 minutes.
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director 

Classical Guitar Audition Requirements

  • An audition consisting of 2-3 pieces in contrasting styles
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director

Percussion Audition Requirements

  • Students auditioning on percussion must audition on two of the three instruments listed: snare drum, timpani, marimba.
  • Snare auditions should include demonstration of the knowledge of the 26 original rudiments in open-close-open presentation and a solo showing technical development.
  • Timpani auditions should include demonstration of proper tuning technique and a solo showing technical development on the instrument.
  • Marimba auditions should include the following major scales (relative minor scales are optional): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E. The audition on this instrument will include a solo showing musicality and technical development.
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director

Piano Audition Requirements

  • Major and harmonic minor scales (C, G, D, A, E, B, B flat, and F)
  • Two pieces (at least one of which should be memorized) in contrasting styles
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director

String Audition Requirements

  • Two major or minor scales and arpeggios: Violin – 3 octave; Viola, cello – 2 or 3 octaves
  • Two contrasting works. Violin – one of which must be a concerto; Viola – a movement from a Bach suite for cello and movement/piece from the standard repertoire. Cello – contrasting movements from sonata or suite, or one movement from a sonata/suite and a contrasting movement from a concerto. Total length should not exceed 15 minutes.
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director 
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Voice Audition Requirements

  • A resume of your experience in music
  • An audition consisting of 2-3 art songs or arias in contrasting styles
    • Our staff accompanist will be available for your audition. Please bring your music with you, well marked if there are any alterations.
  • If you prefer to use recorded accompaniment, a CD player will be provided.
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director

Woodwind Audition Requirements

  • Major scales from memory (relative minor scales are optional): C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A, E. In addition to these major scales, prepare the chromatic scale over the full range of your instrument.
  • Two solos or etudes of differing styles. One selection should be lyrical in nature with the second selection demonstrating the level of technical ability. Total length should not exceed 15 minutes.
  • A resume of your experience in music.
  • A letter of reference from a music teacher or director

PLEASE NOTE

Students living 200 miles or more from the Marietta College campus may prepare a video audition. To request permission to audition in the manner, please contact Marshall Kimball, Music Department Chairman at mk001@marietta.edu.