Middle school Talented Program music assessment requirements

Performance assessment

All performers must perform two prepared pieces of music and provide three copies of the sheet music for their chosen selections.  If students are not prepared to perform two pieces, they will not be allowed to perform. We strongly suggest that you ask the campus music teacher to help you select music that will show your student’s strongest musical skills.

Instrumental

  • Students will perform two prepared solos.  Due to time restraints, students may be asked to perform only part of each selection.
  • All songs should be age and ability appropriate in range and style.
  • Music learned in private lessons or music class are appropriate.
  • If an accompanist is needed, one will be provided  (sheet music must be provided for the accompanist).

Vocal

  • Students will perform two prepared solos, not longer than two minutes per selection. Due to time restraints, students may be asked to perform only part of each selection.
  • All songs should be age and ability appropriate in range, subject matter, and style. Songs learned in music class, church choir, or civic group are appropriate. You may sing with a recorded accompaniment (karaoke style).
  • You may not sing with a performer on a recording.
  • If you need an accompanist, one will be provided (sheet music must be provided for the accompanist).

On-site assessment

This part of the assessment is an on-site evaluation for which no home preparation is needed.  Students will answer music aptitude questions demonstrating their knowledge of pitch matching and discernment of melodic and rhythmic elements.

Recommendations

Private lesson teachers or campus music teachers may provide a recommendation letter on behalf of the student.  Recommendation letters should be brought to the assessment and will be collected as you check in.

For more information, contact your campus choir, orchestra, or band director.