Application and admission to UCM is the first step in pursuing a music degree. Scholarships may not be offered to students unless the student has been admitted by the university. UCM Red & Black Scholarships require that students apply before December 1.
Students normally perform one
audition, which determines:
- Admission level for music degrees (if intending to pursue a music major or minor)
- Scholarship consideration
- Marching Band (woodwinds / brass only; Drumline auditions are separate from this process)
Percussion auditions are held in February, preferably on Scholarship Audition Day (Saturday before President’s Day each spring). Annual dates, locations, and audition scheduling forms are posted on the UCM Music Scholarship page www.UCMmusic.com. To schedule an audition, please visit:
Everything listed below, except the Music Fundamentals Exam, must be completed in a 12 minute audition. Please edit longer selections accordingly. All percussion instruments will be provided (students should bring their own sticks, mallets, and music). Typical percussion literature for scholarship and admissions auditions includes:
- Missouri All-State Band
Audition Materials (long or short etudes)
Timpani Option list
- Solos performed at MSHSAA district/state events (or other state festivals)
- Any etude from Percussion Audition Music, by Cort McClaren/Nathan Daughtrey, C. Alan Publications
Students auditioning for admission will also be asked to perform either:
2 major scales selected by the audition
panel from the following (C, F, Bb, EB, Ab, G, D, A, E) – must
be memorized; or snare drum rudiments (Flam Paradiddle; 9-stroke
roll). Students choose category.
Every student will be required to
sight read a brief excerpt in their area of choice from the
following (snare drum or keyboard).
Students will be notified, in
writing, of any scholarship offer and their admissions level (if
pursuing a music degree). Students will be notified of
their admissions status as soon as possible following the
audition/exam. Scholarship offers are sent after March 8th
Drumline and other Ensemble Auditions are detailed on the Percussion web site listed below and on the Bands web site www.UCMbands.com Drumline page:
The Marching Mules field a complete Drumline that includes an extensive Frontline ensemble. read more...
Bachelor of Arts (general degree which requires a minor)
Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
Bachelor of Music
Percussion Performance (classical music)
Please see the ensemble auditions information on our UCM Bands web site. Orchestra auditions take place in the early fall (first week of classes) each academic year. Materials are available in the Music Office.