Auditions and Placement Tests
Marianopolis has a two-stage audition process. The first stage is a pre-audition which you must submit to the College. There is no application fee and no obligation to apply to Marianopolis after your pre-audition. The pre-audition gives us a chance to evaluate your level to see if we think you are ready to proceed to the audition at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the final part of the audition process.
Classical singers and instrumentalists must prepare two contrasting pieces for the pre-audition. They may be performed with or without accompaniment. Jazz singers and instrumentalists must prepare two songs, one of which should be a jazz standard. Jazz drummers should prepare two songs, a snare study, and demonstrate the ability to play different styles (swing, Latin, funk, etc.). You may perform with a backing track or with live accompaniment, but stay safe! Ability to improvise is an asset, but not required.
After you submit the pre-audition video, the Music Program Coordinator will contact you with the results and may invite you to a short video interview.
The deadline for the submission of pre-auditions is February 1, 2021. It is in your interest, though, to submit the videos as soon as possible in the event that you need to work harder to improve for the McGill auditions in March.
The second stage of the audition process, the formal audition at McGill, determines whether you are accepted into the Marianopolis Music Program. After you successfully complete your pre-audition we will schedule your audition at McGill. McGill will also only be accepting video auditions this term. Details will be communicated to you once you have passed the pre-audition and applied to the Music Program. Requirements are the same as the pre-audition except for pianists, who must prepare three pieces for the McGill audition. Singers and pianists must memorize their pieces.
Theory and Ear Training Requirements
You should have the equivalent of McGill Conservatory Secondary V, RCM Grade 2 Rudiments or Vincent d’Indy 6e année in theory in order to successfully complete the Marianopolis Theory course. The attached Practice Theory Test gives you an idea of some of the skills you should have mastered. The ear training skills you need are in the list below.
- identifying major and minor (natural, harmonic and melodic) scales
- identifying melodies for quality (major or minor) and for type of motion (conjunct or disjunct)
- identifying scale degrees (1, 2 , 3 … 7) after the scale has been heard
- identifying intervals and their qualities (major 3rd, perfect octave, etc.) and be able to write them
- notating short heard melodic fragments (two to three notes)
- simple melodic dictation
- identifying the quality of major and minor triads
- identifying the root notes of simple chord progressions
- rhythmic dictation from pitched and unpitched examples
Sight-Singing or Solfège
- sing back simple melodies which the instructor will play or sing
- clap back simple rhythms
- sing from written examples of simple to more complex melodies, using solfège syllables, numbers or note names
Your principal instrument can be:
- Any traditional Jazz instrument such as saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, clarinet, etc.
- Jazz Voice
- Jazz Drums
- Classical Piano
- Classical Voice
- Early Music Instruments