Mastering Scales and Arpeggios: Become a Professional

Last week, we talked about how important scales and arpeggios are to becoming a great musician – and how important they are to your future auditions! This week we’ll talk about how to practice so by the time you audition, you are a professional.

  1. Start out by choosing 7 schools that sound interesting. It might be years before you start researching colleges seriously, but don’t let that stop you from picking some for this exercise.
  2. Find their audition requirements and print them out.
  3. Next, find your grade and school quarter in the table below. Then, start practicing! Practice every day. Practice until you cannot get it wrong.

If you begin seriously practicing scales when you reach high school, you should devise your own system for mastering the scale requirements. Give yourself at least three months of daily practice before your college auditions begin. If your All-State audition scale requirements are different from your college scale requirements, you will need to master both. Do not rely on one to get you through the other!

We created this table to help you master all the scales for your instrument. Families of scales are across the top. The number of flats and sharps are in the left-most column. The numbers in the boxes indicate the grade and school quarter we recommend you begin practicing each. For example, 7Q1-2 means “seventh grade, 1st and 2nd quarter”.



Keep Practicing,

Dr. Randall Bayne, CEO