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Scholarships & Audition Requirements

Scholarships

Grants, scholarships, loans and employment opportunities are available to help families meet the cost of investing in a FAMU education.  Students begin the financial aid process by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at your high school and on the internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  For additional information please call the Office of Financial Aid at (850) 599-3730 or access finaid@famu.edu.

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Music offers a limited number of music scholarships to students based on musical skill and knowledge. All students applying for music scholarships must complete a departmental audition and theory placement examination (music majors/minors only) to be considered for funding. Students are eligible to receive music scholarship funding for a maximum of four years. If needed, an accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions.

 
Talent Based Award
 
Scholarships are granted on a year-to-year basis (based on the availability of funds) and may be renewed on the following student academic and performance progress guidelines:
 
  1. Maintain good standing with the university; and
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 hours) status each semester of award with no incompletes, withdrawals, or failing grades; and
  3. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5; and
  4. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in all music courses; and
  5. Successfully complete the Department of Music scholarship renewal audition each year of eligibility.
 
Upon completion of a music audition and theory placement examination (music majors/minors only), candidates may be recommended for one the following annual scholarships:
  • LEVEL I           
  • LEVEL II          
  • LEVEL III         


Audition Requirements
 
LEVEL I
  1. Perform six major scales with arpeggios.
    1. Percussion – Xylophone (Scales), Snare Drum (Rudiments)
    2. Piano - 2 octaves, hands together.
    3. Voice - Major and Minor scale
  2. Chromatic scale, full range of the instrument in any pattern and articulation (voice, one octave).
  3. Prepared Piece
    1. Instrumental - Perform two solos or etudes of your choice. The choices should be contrasting; one displaying slow, lyrical playing with the other displaying proficiency in technique and articulation. Any piece Grade 4 or above on the FBA list (or other state festival list) would be considered appropriate.
    2. Percussion students should prepare etude/solo on snare drum (Cirone, Firth, Delecluse), xylophone (Goldenberg), and timpani (Goodman, Firth, Carter etudes).
    3. Voice - Perform an Art song (e.g. Pathways of Song, Spirituals of H.T. Burleigh), and one song of choice.
    4. Vocal Jazz - Perform three jazz standards (an accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions or students may opt to bring their own accompanying track).
  4. Sight-reading     

LEVEL II
  1. Perform eight major scales with arpeggios and two minor scales.
    1. Percussion – Xylophone (Scales), Snare Drum (Rudiments)
    2. Piano - 2 octaves, hands together.
    3. Voice - Major and Minor scale
  1. Chromatic scale, full range of the instrument in any pattern and articulation.
  2. Prepared Piece
    1. Instrumental - Perform two solos or etudes of your choice. The choices should be contrasting; one displaying slow, lyrical playing with the other displaying proficiency in technique and articulation. Any piece Grade 4 or above on the FBA list (or other state festival list) would be considered appropriate.
    2. Percussion students should prepare etude/solo on snare drum (Cirone, Firth, Delecluse), xylophone (Goldenberg), and timpani (Goodman, Firth, Carter etudes).
    3. Voice - Perform two (contrasting in style) Art songs (e.g. 24 Italian Arias, G. Schrimer, Favorite French Art Songs, Spiritual-Folk Songs) and one song of choice.
    1. Vocal Jazz - Perform three jazz standards (an accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions or students may opt to bring their own accompanying track).
  1. Sight-reading       

LEVEL III
  1. Perform all major scales with arpeggios and four minor scales.
    1. Percussion - Xylophone (Scales), Snare Drum (Rudiments)
    2. Piano - 2 octaves, hands together.
    3. Voice - Major and Minor scale
  2. Chromatic scale, full range of the instrument in any pattern and articulation.
  3. Prepared Piece
    1. Perform two solos or etudes of your choice. The choices should be contrasting; one displaying slow, lyrical playing with the other displaying proficiency in technique and articulation. Any piece Grade 5 or higher on the FBA list (or other state festival list) would be considered appropriate.
    2. Percussion students should prepare an etude/solo on snare drum (Cirone, Firth, Delecluse), three or four-mallet marimba solo/etude, and timpani (Goodman, Firth, Carter etudes).
    3. Voice - Perform two selections (contrasting in style) from (e.g. 24 Italian Arias, G. Schirmer - Opera Anthology & Singer’s Library, Hal Leonard-Standard Vocal Literature, and Favorite French Art Songs).
    4. Vocal Jazz - Perform five jazz standards (an accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions or students may opt to bring their own accompanying track).
  4. Sight-reading    

LEVEL IV
  1. Perform all major scales with arpeggios and four minor scales.
    1. Percussion - Xylophone
    2. Piano - 2 octaves, hands together.
    3. Voice - Major and Minor scale
  2. Chromatic scale, full range of the instrument in any pattern and articulation.
  3. Prepared Piece
    1. Perform two solos or etudes of your choice. The choices should be contrasting; one displaying slow, lyrical playing with the other displaying proficiency in technique and articulation. Any piece Grade 5 or higher on the FBA list (or other state festival list) would be considered appropriate.
    2. Percussion students should prepare etude/solo on snare drum (grade 6), four-mallet marimba solo/etude, and timpani (grade 5) solo/etudes.
    3. Voice - Perform two selections (contrasting in style) from (e.g. 24 Italian Arias, G. Schirmer-Opera Anthology & Singer’s Library, Hal Leonard-Standard Vocal Literature, and Favorite French Art Songs.
    4. Vocal Jazz - Perform five jazz standards (an accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions or students may opt to bring their own accompanying track).
  4. Sight-reading