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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Commercial Music Audition and Advising Information

Commercial Music

Audition and Advising Information


Advising Guidlines

Students with an interest in A.A.S Sound Engineering, A.A.S in Audiovisual Production and the various Certificate Programs should schedule a time with the Department Chair for course advising. This initial consultation is to ensure that the prospective student is matched with the right degree program. Students may schedule an appointment by calling 409-984-6520.


A.A.S. Music Performance - Audition Guidelines

Students desiring to be Performance majors should prepare at least two contrasting musical selections. Auditions are normally scheduled in January for the spring semester and throughout the summer as well. Specific audition dates are posted regularly. In the event that a student cannot make a scheduled audition date, special arrangements must be made with the Department Chair in advance. Students who audition are automatically considered for Commercial Music Talent Scholarships.

Here are some specific details regarding your audition day:
  • Amplifiers for guitarists and bass players will be provided.
  • A standard 4 or 5 piece drum set with a hi-hat and 2 cymbals will be provided for the audition. Any drummer who wants to play their own kit must have it assembled and ready to play prior to the scheduled audition time.
  • A keyboard will be provided for auditioning pianists.
  • A CD/Cassette/iPod compatible stereo will be provided for vocal accompaniment tracks.
Prospective students need to call the Commercial Music Department Chair at 409-984-6520 in advance, to schedule a time slot for the auditions days.


The Audition

Vocalists:
  • Selection of 2 differing genres of music (Country, R&B, Blues, Classic standards, Jazz or Rock and Roll) should be presented by the vocalist to the audition committee.
  • There should be some contrast between selections so that vocal versatility is displayed.
  • Your interpretation of these songs is important, as this will show the committee your "style" and creativity.
  • You are responsible for providing your own accompaniment (pre-recorded, live musician, or self-accompanied). This audition will be without the use of microphones.
Guitarists:
  • Selection of 2 differing genres of music (Country, R&B, Blues, Classic standards, Jazz or Rock and Roll) should be presented by the guitarist to the audition committee.
  • Guitarists should prepare major scales and triads in all 12 keys.
  • One original composition may be used as a performance selection.
  • Guitarists should prepare to sight read a typical chord chart.
  • Pre-recorded tracks are permitted for accompaniment.
  • Classical exercises and etudes are permitted as well.
Bassists:
  • Selection of 2 differing genres of music (Country, R&B, Blues, Classic standards, Jazz or Rock and Roll) should be presented by the bassist to the audition committee.
  • Bassists should prepare major scales and triads in all 12 keys.
  • One original composition may be used as a performance selection.
  • Bassists should prepare to sight read a typical chord chart.
  • Pre-recorded tracks are permitted for accompaniment.
  • Classical exercises and etudes are permitted as well.
Pianists:
  • Selection of 2 differing genres of music (Country, R&B, Blues, Classic standards, Jazz or Rock and Roll) should be presented by the pianist to the audition committee.
  • Pianists should prepare major scales and triads in all 12 keys.
  • One original composition may be used as a performance selection.
  • Pianists should prepare to sight read a typical chord chart.
  • Pre-recorded tracks are permitted for accompaniment.
  • Classical exercises and etudes are permitted as well.
Drummers/Percussionists:
  • Selection of 2 differing genres of music (Country, R&B, Blues, Classic standards, Jazz or Rock and Roll) should be presented to the audition committee.
  • Snare drum rudiments including flams, double-stroke roll, paradiddle and drags.
  • One original composition may be used as a performance selection.
  • Drummers should prepare to sight read a typical chord chart.
  • Pre-recorded tracks are permitted for accompaniment.
  • Classical exercises and etudes are permitted as well.
Horn Players:
  • Selection of 2 differing genres of music (Country, R&B, Blues, Classic standards, Jazz or Rock and Roll) should be presented to the audition committee.
  • Horn players should prepare major scales and triads in all 12 keys.
  • One original composition may be used as a performance selection.
  • Horn players should prepare to sight read a typical lead sheet.
  • Pre-recorded tracks are permitted for accompaniment.
  • Classical exercises and etudes are permitted as well.

Non-Performance Major Information

Non-Performance majors are welcome to enroll in applied music lessons if space allows. Ensemble performance opportunities are open to anyone on campus; however, Commercial Music students are given priority for scholarship consideration. Non-Performance majors are encouraged to discuss course registration with their academic advisor and/or the Chair of Commercial Music before proceeding.

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