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12th Grade Guide for Instrumentalists


Attend Outside Performances

Attend four concerts outside of your school this academic year. Each of these concerts should be at the schools that you are auditioning for acceptance and scholarships.

Classes

Attend four Master Classes. Each Master Class should be at the schools that you are auditioning for acceptance and scholarships.

Continue taking private lessons once a week with a professional player. If the private instructor is not a college professor, then you may want to add two lessons from the college professor whose studio you want to be in during your college experience

Continue music theory instruction coupled with sight-singing development. Take weekly online music theory tests.

Performance

Participate in at least two school performance ensembles. For example: High School Symphonic Band and High School Orchestra, or High School Symphonic Band and High School Chorus. Marching band cannot count as your second performance ensemble; it must be coupled with a concert ensemble. You may also consider district wide ensembles such as countywide or regional Youth Orchestras.

Participate in statewide Solo and Ensemble Festival by performing an accompanied solo that is appropriate to your technical ability.

Audition for and make the grade-level appropriate All-State ensemble.

Compete in a regional or national concerto competition. For example: Midwest Young Artists Concerto Competition, Marine Band Concerto Competition, Navy Band Concerto Competition, and the National Philharmonic Concerto Competition, to list only a few. Many local symphonies sponsor concerto competitions. Prizes for winners are often college scholarships!

Compete in your instrument’s guild regional or national competition. For example: International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, American Viola Society, or American Flute Guild, etc. Prizes for winners are often college scholarships!

Most importantly, take the first audition time available for each college or university where you are auditioning. Follow your audition with personal hand-written notes of thanks to each person on the audition committee.

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