evaluations & placement auditions

ATTENTION!

Music Fair Days will usually be scheduled during the spring and summer. Due to time restraints, in lieu of Music Fair Days, evaluations and placement auditions will be conducted via video audition for the 2020-2021 season (Beginner percussion auditions and range evaluations for elementary to high school choir participants have additional requirements). 

An email with more details will be sent to enrolled families registering for beginner music classes, band, orchestra, and choir.

LITTLEs MUSIC + VOICE

Music Fair Days are NOT required for Littles classes

INSTRUMENTS

After you complete your family enrollment, you will receive an email for completing your Music Evaluation, which may include a Music Guidance Survey/Instrument Fitting or Placement Audition.

Keep in Mind

BEGINNER INSTRUMENT CLASSES

Band and orchestra are team concepts and just like a soccer team with a few players at each position, the ensemble needs a certain number of players on each instrument. Everyone has a different part to play and the ensemble cannot be whole unless every part is represented. The interest of the child is most important when choosing an instrument but the ensemble would not work if everyone made the same choice!

BAND, ORCHESTRA, SYMPHONY

Placement in an ensemble is at the sole discretion of Wonder instructors. Students do not audition for a specific ensemble. Each student is evaluated on their own skill level and is placed in an ensemble that best fits their musical, social, and emotional needs.

BEGINNER INSTRUMENT CLASSES

1. REVIEW THE INSTRUMENT GUIDE FOR INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS + COSTS

2. MUSIC GUIDANCE SURVEY

3. INSTRUMENT FITTING

  • AUDITION NOT REQUIRED*

*Percussion: See Audition Requirements

BAND, ORchESTRA, SYMPHONY

1. SUBMIT PLACEMENT AUDITION VIDEO

  • See Audition Requirements
  • See Audition Video Guide (bottom of page)
  • MUSIC GUIDANCE SURVEY NOT REQUIRED
  • INSTRUMENT FITTING NOT REQUIRED

2REVIEW THE INSTRUMENT GUIDE FOR INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS + COSTS

instrument guide & audition requirements

Below is a guide to understanding each instrument from which students can choose. There is a description of the instrument which tells how it is played, along with a list of skills ideal for a prospective player. These skills are instrument specific and will help you determine the best fit for your student. For example; flute players need good breath support so if your child has asthma it may not be a good fit.

Finally, each instrument has a list of personality traits typical for that instrument. Yes, instruments do tend to attract certain personalities, or, certain personalities are attracted to certain instruments. This is not always the case nor has it been scientifically proven or even necessary, but it is fun to consider. If you are uncertain of what instrument your child is best suited for, these personality traits might assist you in your selection.

Please consider three instruments your student would like to learn. We want to achieve balance and diversity for our ensembles so students will be guided in a way that will create a complete ensemble while keeping the child’s interest a top priority.

INSTRUMENTINSTRUMENT DESCRIPTIONHELPFUL PLAYER
CHARACTERISTICS
PLAYERS
TEND TO BE:
ESTIMATED COST FOR REQUIRED INSTRUMENT + ACCESSORIES
FLUTEPlayers Needed: 6-7

The flute is the soprano instrument of the woodwind family and usually plays melody lines with frequent solo features. The flute is played by blowing over the mouthpiece similar to playing a pop bottle. The player uses both hands and all ten fingers to push keys.
• Good breath support
• Good hand-eye coordination
• Good finger dexterity
• Arms long enough to reach all the keys
• Challenge: Respiratory issues, like asthma
• Highly motivated
• Self-assured
• Over-achievers
• Comfortable with competition
• Flute + Case: $25-$30+/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Tuning Rod: $15
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
OBOEPlayers Needed: 1-2

The oboe is a high double-reed instrument and usually plays melody lines and is highly featured. The oboe is played by blowing air between two reeds. The player used both hands and all fingers to push keys. Some keys have small holes that need to be covered by the player’s fingers.
• Good finger dexterity
• Good fine motor skills
• Hands and fingers large enough to reach all the keys
• Good breath support
• Access to a private instructor
• Reliable
• Determined
• Independent
• Creative
• Oboe + Case: $50-$100+/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Reeds: $10-$12/each (recommended brand: Vandoren 2 1/2-3 1/2 strength)(minimum 2 reeds)
• Reed Guard: $9
• Swab:$15-$20
• Small Pill Bottle (filled with water to soak reeds):$1
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
BASSOONPlayers Needed: 2-3

The bassoon is a low double-reed instrument and usually plays the bass line and helps keep the beat. The bassoon is often used for beautiful melody lines and solo features. The bassoon is played by blowing air between two reeds. The player uses both hands and all ten fingers and some fingers use multiple keys including the thumb! If you are interested in bassoon it is recommended that you start on the oboe which is an easier and cheaper instrument.
• Good finger dexterity
• Good fine motor control
• Excellent use of thumbs
• Strong, larger hands
• Long torso
• Good sense of pitch
• Good internal sense of pulse
• Piano background preferable, but not required
• Reliable
• Independent
• Self-motivated
• Bassoon + Case: $50-$100+/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Reeds: $12/each (recommended brand: Vandoren 2 1/2-3 1/2 strength)(minimum 2 reeds)
• Reed Guard: $9
• Swab:$15-$20
• Small Pill Bottle (filled with water to soak reeds): $1
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
CLARINETPlayers Needed: 10-12

The clarinet is a soprano woodwind instrument. The clarinet plays both melody lines and harmony lines. Clarinet parts are usually divided into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd clarinet with 2-3 players on each part. The clarinet is played by blowing air between a single reed and the wood or plastic mouthpiece. The player uses both hands and all fingers. Some fingers have multiple keys to use. Some of these keys are open holes and the finger pads must be large enough to cover them completely. Advanced players may be asked to move from alto clarinet to bass clarinet. Bass clarinets are not usually rented to beginner band players, which are larger and rent at a slightly higher rate.
• Good finger dexterity
• Large finger pads to cover and seal holes
• Lots of patience
• Challenge: Small hands may make covering holes more challenging
• Friendly
• Hard-working
• Enjoy working in large groups
• Clarinet + Case: $25-$30/month (average rental rate)- wood body
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Reeds: $12/each (recommended brand: Vandoren 2 1/2-3 1/2 strength)(minimum 4 reeds)
• Reed Guard: $9
• Mouthpiece Cushions (optional):$8-$12 (also called mouthpiece patch or mouthpiece guards)
• Cork Grease:$3
• Swab:$15-$20
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
SAXOPHONEPlayers Needed: 5-6

The saxophone is a soprano woodwind instrument that plays a variety of roles in the band. It is a melody instrument, a harmony instrument, and is used to establish and keep the rhythm. The saxophone is played by blowing air between a single reed and the plastic mouthpiece. The player uses both hands and all fingers. There are also palm keys that are played by the hand between the pointer and the thumb. The saxophone is held with both hands and a neck strap is used to take some of the weight off the hands to allow easier finger movement.  Saxophone players will start on the alto saxophone. Advanced players may be asked to move from the alto saxophone to tenor or baritone saxophone which are larger and rent at a slightly higher rate.
• Good finger dexterity
• Large enough hands to reach the keys without hitting the palm keys
• Strong upper body to hold the instrument
• No neck problems
• Outgoing
• Confident
• Enjoy Competition
• Saxophone + Case: $45-$50/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Reeds: $12/each (recommended brand: Vandoren 2 1/2-3 1/2 strength)(minimum 4 reeds)
• Reed Guard: $9
• Mouthpiece Cushions (optional):$8-$12 (also called mouthpiece patch or mouthpiece guards)
• Cork Grease:$3
• Swab:$15-$20
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
TRUMPETPlayers Needed: 7-8

The trumpet is a high brass instrument that mainly plays melody lines and featured sections. The trumpet is played by buzzing the lips together inside a small brass mouthpiece. The trumpet is held by both hands but only three fingers on the right hand are used.
• Good sense of pitch
• Good mobility of right-hand fingers
• Good breath support
• Challenge: Braces may make playing more challenging
• Self-assured
• Confident
• Joy being in the spotlight
• Shyer players also do well on 2nd and 3rd parts
• Trumpet + Case: $25-$30/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Valve Oil: $6
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
HORNSPlayers Needed: 3-4

The French horn is a high brass instrument. The French horn plays many roles in the band. It can be used as a melody instrument, used for harmonies, big section features, solos, or to establish rhythm and beat. The French horn is played by buzzing the lips together inside a small mouthpiece. The French horn is balanced on the right leg with the right hand supporting the bell. The left hand is used to play the French horn using the first three fingers and for more advanced players includes the thumb.
• Good sense of pitch
• Good sense of rhythm
• Good use of fingers and thumb on the left hand
• Access to private lessons, but not required
• Challenge: Braces may make playing more challenging
• Determined
• Bright
• Self-motivated
• Able to handle some competition
• French Horn + Case: $85-$95/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Valve Oil: $6
• Slide Grease: $3
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
TROMBONEPlayers Needed: 5-6

The trombone is a low brass instrument. It usually plays harmony or supporting parts. The trombone is played by buzzing the lips together inside a large brass mouthpiece. The trombone is held over the left shoulder and the right-hand plays by lengthening or shortening the slide.
• Arms long enough to move slide into the longest position
• Good sense of pitch
• Good sense of rhythm
• Strong enough to hold the instrument up
• Good-natured
• Determined
• Patient with challenges
• Trombone + Case: $30-$35/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Slide-O-Mix Slide Lubricant: $7-$15
• Slide Grease: $3
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
BARITONEPlayers Needed: 2-3

The baritone is a low brass instrument. It plays a variety of melody lines and rhythm parts and often plays with the tuba. The baritone is played by buzzing the lips together inside a large brass mouthpiece. The baritone usually sits on the chair between the legs of the player. The player holds the baritone with the left hand and plays it with three or four fingers on the right hand.
• Good sense of rhythm
• Good sense of pitch
• Independent
• Strength to hold and carry the instrument
• Long torso
• Responsible
• Dependable
• Enjoy hard work
• Baritone + Case: $85-$95/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Valve Oil: $6
• Slide Grease: $3
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
TUBAThe tuba is a low brass instrument and is the heart of the band. The role of the tuba is the beat and keeping the band together. The tuba is played by buzzing the lips together inside a large brass mouthpiece. The tuba usually sits on the chair between the legs of the payer. The player holds the tuba with the left hand and plays it with three fingers on the right hand.

Ensemble Balance: 2-3 players needed
• Very strong sense of beat and rhythm
• Good breath support
• Good sense of pitch
• Strength to hold and carry the tuba
• Responsible
• Dependable
• Good-natured
• The heart of the group
• Tuba + Case: $85-$95/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Valve Oil: $6
• Slide Grease: $3
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)

Tubas are not usually rented to beginner band players. It is recommended that the student begin on baritone and move up to tuba. There are also smaller sized tubas that beginners may rent, which rent at a slightly higher rate.
PERCUSSIONPlayers Needed: up to 7 total

Percussion is an entire family of instruments. Percussion is played as a group and each member of the group will play several different instruments in the percussion family. These instruments include bells, xylophones, chimes, timpani, snare drum, bass drum cymbals, non-pitched instruments, and many more.
• Physical coordination
• Limb independence
• Strong sense of rhythm
• Piano background preferable
• Access to private lessons, but not required
• Ability to stand quietly and still
• Ability to concentrate and focus
• Comfortable with intense competition
• Have good organizational skills
• Be comfortable with multi-tasking
BEGINNER PERCUSSION

• Percussion Kit + Bag (listed below): $25-$30/month (average rental rate)
• Stick + Mallet Bag
• SD1 General Snare Drum Sticks
• Bell or Xylophone Mallets
• Practice Pad
• Bell or Xylophone Set
• Stand:(for practice pad and bell or xylophone set
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)

CONCERT + SYMPHONY PERCUSSION

• Percussion Kit + Bag (listed below): $25-$30/month (average rental rate)
• Stick + Mallet Bag
• SD1 General Snare Drum Sticks
• Bell or Xylophone Mallets
• Medium-hard Marimba Mallets
• T1 Timpani Mallets
• Practice Pad
• Bell or Xylophone Set
• Stand(for practice pad and bell or xylophone set)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
VIOLINPlayers Needed:

The violin is the soprano voice in the string family. The violin has a lovely tone that can be soft and expressive, exciting and brilliant. Violins are played with a bow or by plucking the strings with the fingers. It is held under the chin, resting on the shoulder.
• Good finger dexterity
• Willing to build up calluses on fingertips
Enjoy competition
Enjoys being apart of a group
Confident
Passionate
• Violin, Bow + Case: $15-$50/month (average rental rate) – string instruments come in different sizes and must be fit to the player
• Shoulder Rest: $13 (recommended brand – Everest)
• Mute (practice): $6-$14
• Mute (performance): $2-$10
• Rosin: $3-$5
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Extra Strings: $17 (a SET of “Prelude” strings for your size instrument which includes G, D, A, E strings)
• Humidifier (suggested): There are many brands (low end: $7 – D’Addario) (high end: $20 – O Oasis)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
VIOLAPlayers Needed:

The viola is the alto voice in the string family. The viola has a darker and warmer tone quality than the violin, and is slightly larger and tuned five notes lower. Violas are played with a bow or by plucking the strings with the fingers. It is held under the chin, resting on the shoulder.
• Good stamina
• Good finger dexterity
Happy being in a supportive role
Independent
Hard worker
Eccentric
• Viola, Bow + Case: $20+/month – string instruments come in different sizes and must be fit to the player
• Shoulder Rest: $13 (recommended brand – Everest)
• Rosin: $3-$5
• Mute (practice): $6-$14
• Mute (performance): $2-$10
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Extra Strings: $25 (a SET of “Prelude” strings for your size instrument which includes C, G, D, A strings)
• Humidifier (suggested): There are many brands (low end: $7 – D’Addario) (high end: $20 – O Oasis)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
CELLOPlayers Needed:

The cello or violoncello is the tenor voice in the string family. It can produce beautiful sounds from its lowest to its highest notes. While shaped like a violin, the cello is much larger. The player holds the cello between the knees. Cellos are played with a bow or by plucking the strings with the fingers.
• Good finger dexterity
• Ability to concentrate and focus
• Emotive
• Bright
• Comfortable with competition
• Empathetic
• Cello, Bow + Case: $30+/month (average rental rate) – string instruments come in different sizes and must be fit to the player
• Chair Strap: $15-20 (recommended brand – Xenos) or Cello Doughnut Rock Stop $10
• Mute (practice): $6-$14
• Mute (performance): $4
• Rosin: $5
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Extra Strings: $50 (a SET of “Prelude” strings for your size instrument which includes C, G, D, A strings)
• Humidifier (suggested): There are many brands (low end: $7 – D’Addario) (high end: $20 – O Oasis)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
BASSPlayers Needed:

The double bass or string bass is the largest and lowest voice in the string family. The double bass has rounded shoulders instead of square shoulders like the other string instruments. Due to the double basses large size, the player stands or sits on a high stool to play it. Double basses are played with a bow or by plucking the strings with the fingers. It is recommended that the student begin on cello and move up to double bass.
• Good sense of rhythm
• Strength to hold and carry the bass
• Good sense of humor
• Reserved
• Soulful
• Double Bass, Bow + Case: $50-$100/month (average rental rate) – string instruments come in different sizes and must be fit to the player
• Rosin: $9 (brand – OSP Pops)
• Mute (practice): $10
• Mute (performance): $7-$20
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Extra Strings: $90 (a SET of “Prelude” strings for your size instrument which includes E, A, D, G strings)
• Humidifier (suggested): There are many brands (low end: $7 – D’Addario) (high end: $20 – O Oasis)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)

* Most instruments will have care items such as valve oil, key oil, slide grease, polishing rags, reeds, and other items. Please be sure to ask about care kits and reeds when renting your instrument. Some items will add to the overall cost of playing an instrument. For example, double reeds for oboes and bassoons can become expensive and can break easily. If your student is not careful with reeds it might be better to pick a different instrument.

* Some stores offer rent to own, buyback, or trade-in options. Be sure to ask about any and all purchase options.

*Some instruments can be bought used at a significantly lower price than you will pay with a rental. When buying used it is best to purchase from music stores since they refurbish and repair all instruments before selling. If you do buy used from another source, craigslist, grandma’s attic, garage sale, etc. make sure it is evaluated by a professional instrumental repair specialist before bringing it to class. Music stores usually can give you contact information for the repair people they use or they might even be able to send it in for you.

Personality (from Kimbrough Band in Mesquite ISD)

INSTRUMENTSCALES PER ENSEMBLE LEVELREPERTOIRE
FLUTE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
OBOE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
BASSOON

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
CLARINET

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
SAXOPHONE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
TRUMPET

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
HORNS

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
TROMBONE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
BARITONE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
TUBA

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
PERCUSSION

ALL: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
(Play scales on a mallet instrument – preferably xylophone, if available)

Snare Drum Rudiments (played slow-fast-slow)

• Double Stroke Roll
• Orchestral (multiple bounce) Roll
• Paradiddle
• Flam
• Flamtap

BEGINNER INSTRUMENT CLASS

*Prelude Percussion: A piano video audition is required. Students must have 2+ years of experience on piano/keyboard within the past 3 years. A maximum of 7 students will be selected for the percussion section of Prelude Percussion, the beginner percussion class. Students will be chosen based on the individual cumulative scores of the evaluations listed below.

• Music Guidance Survey
• Piano Video Audition: Scales (1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice), Perform 1-2 solo repertoire piece of your choice.

• Rhythm Evaluation (Do NOT record in your audition video. You will signup for a remote audition time to complete a rhythm evaluation.)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
VIOLIN

ALL: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice (2 octaves)

SUGGESTIONS: C, G, F, and D major;
a, e, b, d, and g melodic minor

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
VIOLA

ALL: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice (2 octaves)

SUGGESTIONS: C, G, F, and D major;
a, e, b, d, and g melodic minor



ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
CELLO

ALL: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice (2 octaves)

SUGGESTIONS: C, G, F, and D major;
a, e, b, d, and g melodic minor

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
BASS

ALL: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice (2 octaves)

SUGGESTIONS: C, G, F, and D major;
a, e, b, d, and g melodic minor

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills

instrument guide & audition requirements

Below is a guide to understanding each instrument from which students can choose. There is a description of the instrument which tells how it is played, along with a list of skills ideal for a prospective player. These skills are instrument specific and will help you determine the best fit for your student. For example; flute players need good breath support so if your child has asthma it may not be a good fit.

Finally, each instrument has a list of personality traits typical for that instrument. Yes, instruments do tend to attract certain personalities, or, certain personalities are attracted to certain instruments. This is not always the case nor has it been scientifically proven or even necessary, but it is fun to consider. If you are uncertain of what instrument your child is best suited for, these personality traits might assist you in your selection.

Please consider three instruments your student would like to learn. We want to achieve balance and diversity for our ensembles so students will be guided in a way that will create a complete ensemble while keeping the child’s interest a top priority.

INSTRUMENTINSTRUMENT DESCRIPTIONHELPFUL PLAYER
CHARACTERISTICS
PLAYERS
TEND TO BE:
ESTIMATED COST FOR REQUIRED INSTRUMENT + ACCESSORIES
FLUTEPlayers Needed: 6-7

The flute is the soprano instrument of the woodwind family and usually plays melody lines with frequent solo features. The flute is played by blowing over the mouthpiece similar to playing a pop bottle. The player uses both hands and all ten fingers to push keys.
• Good breath support
• Good hand-eye coordination
• Good finger dexterity
• Arms long enough to reach all the keys
• Challenge: Respiratory issues, like asthma
• Highly motivated
• Self-assured
• Over-achievers
• Comfortable with competition
• Flute + Case: $25-$30+/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Tuning Rod: $15
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
OBOEPlayers Needed: 1-2

The oboe is a high double-reed instrument and usually plays melody lines and is highly featured. The oboe is played by blowing air between two reeds. The player used both hands and all fingers to push keys. Some keys have small holes that need to be covered by the player’s fingers.
• Good finger dexterity
• Good fine motor skills
• Hands and fingers large enough to reach all the keys
• Good breath support
• Access to a private instructor
• Reliable
• Determined
• Independent
• Creative
• Oboe + Case: $50-$100+/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Reeds: $10-$12/each (recommended brand: Vandoren 2 1/2-3 1/2 strength)(minimum 2 reeds)
• Reed Guard: $9
• Swab:$15-$20
• Small Pill Bottle (filled with water to soak reeds):$1
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
BASSOONPlayers Needed: 2-3

The bassoon is a low double-reed instrument and usually plays the bass line and helps keep the beat. The bassoon is often used for beautiful melody lines and solo features. The bassoon is played by blowing air between two reeds. The player uses both hands and all ten fingers and some fingers use multiple keys including the thumb! If you are interested in bassoon it is recommended that you start on the oboe which is an easier and cheaper instrument.
• Good finger dexterity
• Good fine motor control
• Excellent use of thumbs
• Strong, larger hands
• Long torso
• Good sense of pitch
• Good internal sense of pulse
• Piano background preferable, but not required
• Reliable
• Independent
• Self-motivated
• Bassoon + Case: $50-$100+/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Reeds: $12/each (recommended brand: Vandoren 2 1/2-3 1/2 strength)(minimum 2 reeds)
• Reed Guard: $9
• Swab:$15-$20
• Small Pill Bottle (filled with water to soak reeds): $1
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
CLARINETPlayers Needed: 10-12

The clarinet is a soprano woodwind instrument. The clarinet plays both melody lines and harmony lines. Clarinet parts are usually divided into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd clarinet with 2-3 players on each part. The clarinet is played by blowing air between a single reed and the wood or plastic mouthpiece. The player uses both hands and all fingers. Some fingers have multiple keys to use. Some of these keys are open holes and the finger pads must be large enough to cover them completely. Advanced players may be asked to move from alto clarinet to bass clarinet. Bass clarinets are not usually rented to beginner band players, which are larger and rent at a slightly higher rate.
• Good finger dexterity
• Large finger pads to cover and seal holes
• Lots of patience
• Challenge: Small hands may make covering holes more challenging
• Friendly
• Hard-working
• Enjoy working in large groups
• Clarinet + Case: $25-$30/month (average rental rate)- wood body
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Reeds: $12/each (recommended brand: Vandoren 2 1/2-3 1/2 strength)(minimum 4 reeds)
• Reed Guard: $9
• Mouthpiece Cushions (optional):$8-$12 (also called mouthpiece patch or mouthpiece guards)
• Cork Grease:$3
• Swab:$15-$20
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
SAXOPHONEPlayers Needed: 5-6

The saxophone is a soprano woodwind instrument that plays a variety of roles in the band. It is a melody instrument, a harmony instrument, and is used to establish and keep the rhythm. The saxophone is played by blowing air between a single reed and the plastic mouthpiece. The player uses both hands and all fingers. There are also palm keys that are played by the hand between the pointer and the thumb. The saxophone is held with both hands and a neck strap is used to take some of the weight off the hands to allow easier finger movement.  Saxophone players will start on the alto saxophone. Advanced players may be asked to move from the alto saxophone to tenor or baritone saxophone which are larger and rent at a slightly higher rate.
• Good finger dexterity
• Large enough hands to reach the keys without hitting the palm keys
• Strong upper body to hold the instrument
• No neck problems
• Outgoing
• Confident
• Enjoy Competition
• Saxophone + Case: $45-$50/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Reeds: $12/each (recommended brand: Vandoren 2 1/2-3 1/2 strength)(minimum 4 reeds)
• Reed Guard: $9
• Mouthpiece Cushions (optional):$8-$12 (also called mouthpiece patch or mouthpiece guards)
• Cork Grease:$3
• Swab:$15-$20
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
TRUMPETPlayers Needed: 7-8

The trumpet is a high brass instrument that mainly plays melody lines and featured sections. The trumpet is played by buzzing the lips together inside a small brass mouthpiece. The trumpet is held by both hands but only three fingers on the right hand are used.
• Good sense of pitch
• Good mobility of right-hand fingers
• Good breath support
• Challenge: Braces may make playing more challenging
• Self-assured
• Confident
• Joy being in the spotlight
• Shyer players also do well on 2nd and 3rd parts
• Trumpet + Case: $25-$30/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Valve Oil: $6
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
HORNSPlayers Needed: 3-4

The French horn is a high brass instrument. The French horn plays many roles in the band. It can be used as a melody instrument, used for harmonies, big section features, solos, or to establish rhythm and beat. The French horn is played by buzzing the lips together inside a small mouthpiece. The French horn is balanced on the right leg with the right hand supporting the bell. The left hand is used to play the French horn using the first three fingers and for more advanced players includes the thumb.
• Good sense of pitch
• Good sense of rhythm
• Good use of fingers and thumb on the left hand
• Access to private lessons, but not required
• Challenge: Braces may make playing more challenging
• Determined
• Bright
• Self-motivated
• Able to handle some competition
• French Horn + Case: $85-$95/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Valve Oil: $6
• Slide Grease: $3
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
TROMBONEPlayers Needed: 5-6

The trombone is a low brass instrument. It usually plays harmony or supporting parts. The trombone is played by buzzing the lips together inside a large brass mouthpiece. The trombone is held over the left shoulder and the right-hand plays by lengthening or shortening the slide.
• Arms long enough to move slide into the longest position
• Good sense of pitch
• Good sense of rhythm
• Strong enough to hold the instrument up
• Good-natured
• Determined
• Patient with challenges
• Trombone + Case: $30-$35/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Slide-O-Mix Slide Lubricant: $7-$15
• Slide Grease: $3
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
BARITONEPlayers Needed: 2-3

The baritone is a low brass instrument. It plays a variety of melody lines and rhythm parts and often plays with the tuba. The baritone is played by buzzing the lips together inside a large brass mouthpiece. The baritone usually sits on the chair between the legs of the player. The player holds the baritone with the left hand and plays it with three or four fingers on the right hand.
• Good sense of rhythm
• Good sense of pitch
• Independent
• Strength to hold and carry the instrument
• Long torso
• Responsible
• Dependable
• Enjoy hard work
• Baritone + Case: $85-$95/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Valve Oil: $6
• Slide Grease: $3
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
TUBAThe tuba is a low brass instrument and is the heart of the band. The role of the tuba is the beat and keeping the band together. The tuba is played by buzzing the lips together inside a large brass mouthpiece. The tuba usually sits on the chair between the legs of the payer. The player holds the tuba with the left hand and plays it with three fingers on the right hand.

Ensemble Balance: 2-3 players needed
• Very strong sense of beat and rhythm
• Good breath support
• Good sense of pitch
• Strength to hold and carry the tuba
• Responsible
• Dependable
• Good-natured
• The heart of the group
• Tuba + Case: $85-$95/month (average rental rate)
• Instrument Cover (plain): $16-$25 (recommended brand: bandmans)
• Valve Oil: $6
• Slide Grease: $3
• Soft Polish Cloth: $3
• Mouthpiece Brush: $3
• Cleaning Snake: $8
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)

Tubas are not usually rented to beginner band players. It is recommended that the student begin on baritone and move up to tuba. There are also smaller sized tubas that beginners may rent, which rent at a slightly higher rate.
PERCUSSIONPlayers Needed: up to 7 total

Percussion is an entire family of instruments. Percussion is played as a group and each member of the group will play several different instruments in the percussion family. These instruments include bells, xylophones, chimes, timpani, snare drum, bass drum cymbals, non-pitched instruments, and many more.
• Physical coordination
• Limb independence
• Strong sense of rhythm
• Piano background preferable
• Access to private lessons, but not required
• Ability to stand quietly and still
• Ability to concentrate and focus
• Comfortable with intense competition
• Have good organizational skills
• Be comfortable with multi-tasking
BEGINNER PERCUSSION

• Percussion Kit + Bag (listed below): $25-$30/month (average rental rate)
• Stick + Mallet Bag
• SD1 General Snare Drum Sticks
• Bell or Xylophone Mallets
• Practice Pad
• Bell or Xylophone Set
• Stand:(for practice pad and bell or xylophone set
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)

CONCERT + SYMPHONY PERCUSSION

• Percussion Kit + Bag (listed below): $25-$30/month (average rental rate)
• Stick + Mallet Bag
• SD1 General Snare Drum Sticks
• Bell or Xylophone Mallets
• Medium-hard Marimba Mallets
• T1 Timpani Mallets
• Practice Pad
• Bell or Xylophone Set
• Stand(for practice pad and bell or xylophone set)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
VIOLINPlayers Needed:

The violin is the soprano voice in the string family. The violin has a lovely tone that can be soft and expressive, exciting and brilliant. Violins are played with a bow or by plucking the strings with the fingers. It is held under the chin, resting on the shoulder.
• Good finger dexterity
• Willing to build up calluses on fingertips
Enjoy competition
Enjoys being apart of a group
Confident
Passionate
• Violin, Bow + Case: $15-$50/month (average rental rate) – string instruments come in different sizes and must be fit to the player
• Shoulder Rest: $13 (recommended brand – Everest)
• Mute (practice): $6-$14
• Mute (performance): $2-$10
• Rosin: $3-$5
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Extra Strings: $17 (a SET of “Prelude” strings for your size instrument which includes G, D, A, E strings)
• Humidifier (suggested): There are many brands (low end: $7 – D’Addario) (high end: $20 – O Oasis)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
VIOLAPlayers Needed:

The viola is the alto voice in the string family. The viola has a darker and warmer tone quality than the violin, and is slightly larger and tuned five notes lower. Violas are played with a bow or by plucking the strings with the fingers. It is held under the chin, resting on the shoulder.
• Good stamina
• Good finger dexterity
Happy being in a supportive role
Independent
Hard worker
Eccentric
• Viola, Bow + Case: $20+/month – string instruments come in different sizes and must be fit to the player
• Shoulder Rest: $13 (recommended brand – Everest)
• Rosin: $3-$5
• Mute (practice): $6-$14
• Mute (performance): $2-$10
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Extra Strings: $25 (a SET of “Prelude” strings for your size instrument which includes C, G, D, A strings)
• Humidifier (suggested): There are many brands (low end: $7 – D’Addario) (high end: $20 – O Oasis)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
CELLOPlayers Needed:

The cello or violoncello is the tenor voice in the string family. It can produce beautiful sounds from its lowest to its highest notes. While shaped like a violin, the cello is much larger. The player holds the cello between the knees. Cellos are played with a bow or by plucking the strings with the fingers.
• Good finger dexterity
• Ability to concentrate and focus
• Emotive
• Bright
• Comfortable with competition
• Empathetic
• Cello, Bow + Case: $30+/month (average rental rate) – string instruments come in different sizes and must be fit to the player
• Chair Strap: $15-20 (recommended brand – Xenos) or Cello Doughnut Rock Stop $10
• Mute (practice): $6-$14
• Mute (performance): $4
• Rosin: $5
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Extra Strings: $50 (a SET of “Prelude” strings for your size instrument which includes C, G, D, A strings)
• Humidifier (suggested): There are many brands (low end: $7 – D’Addario) (high end: $20 – O Oasis)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)
BASSPlayers Needed:

The double bass or string bass is the largest and lowest voice in the string family. The double bass has rounded shoulders instead of square shoulders like the other string instruments. Due to the double basses large size, the player stands or sits on a high stool to play it. Double basses are played with a bow or by plucking the strings with the fingers. It is recommended that the student begin on cello and move up to double bass.
• Good sense of rhythm
• Strength to hold and carry the bass
• Good sense of humor
• Reserved
• Soulful
• Double Bass, Bow + Case: $50-$100/month (average rental rate) – string instruments come in different sizes and must be fit to the player
• Rosin: $9 (brand – OSP Pops)
• Mute (practice): $10
• Mute (performance): $7-$20
• Soft Polishing Cloth: $3
• Extra Strings: $90 (a SET of “Prelude” strings for your size instrument which includes E, A, D, G strings)
• Humidifier (suggested): There are many brands (low end: $7 – D’Addario) (high end: $20 – O Oasis)
• Metronome + Tuner: $23 (recommended brand: Korg)
• Foldable Music Stand + Carrying Case: $35 (recommended brand: Peak – model SMS-20)

* Most instruments will have care items such as valve oil, key oil, slide grease, polishing rags, reeds, and other items. Please be sure to ask about care kits and reeds when renting your instrument. Some items will add to the overall cost of playing an instrument. For example, double reeds for oboes and bassoons can become expensive and can break easily. If your student is not careful with reeds it might be better to pick a different instrument.

* Some stores offer rent to own, buyback, or trade-in options. Be sure to ask about any and all purchase options.

*Some instruments can be bought used at a significantly lower price than you will pay with a rental. When buying used it is best to purchase from music stores since they refurbish and repair all instruments before selling. If you do buy used from another source, craigslist, grandma’s attic, garage sale, etc. make sure it is evaluated by a professional instrumental repair specialist before bringing it to class. Music stores usually can give you contact information for the repair people they use or they might even be able to send it in for you.

Personality (from Kimbrough Band in Mesquite ISD)

INSTRUMENT SCALES PER ENSEMBLE LEVEL REPERTOIRE
FLUTE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
OBOE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
BASSOON

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
CLARINET

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
SAXOPHONE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
TRUMPET

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
HORNS

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
TROMBONE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
BARITONE

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
TUBA

ALL: Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes

TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
CONCERT: F major (concert pitch)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (concert pitch)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
PERCUSSION

ALL: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
(Play scales on a mallet instrument – preferably xylophone, if available)

Snare Drum Rudiments (played slow-fast-slow)

• Double Stroke Roll
• Orchestral (multiple bounce) Roll
• Paradiddle
• Flam
• Flamtap

BEGINNER INSTRUMENT CLASS

*Prelude Percussion: A piano video audition is required. Students must have 2+ years of experience on piano/keyboard within the past 3 years. A maximum of 7 students will be selected for the percussion section of Prelude Percussion, the beginner percussion class. Students will be chosen based on the individual cumulative scores of the evaluations listed below.

• Music Guidance Survey
• Piano Video Audition: Scales (1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice), Perform 1-2 solo repertoire piece of your choice.

• Rhythm Evaluation (Do NOT record in your audition video. You will signup for a remote audition time to complete a rhythm evaluation.)

ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
VIOLIN TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
JUNIOR: D major (2 octaves) and 1 melodic minor of your choice (2 octaves)
CONCERT: G major (3 octaves), D melodic minor (2 octaves)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (3 octaves), a melodic minor scale of your choice (3 octaves)
ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
VIOLA TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
JUNIOR: G major (2 octaves) and 1 melodic minor of your choice (2 octaves)
CONCERT: C major (3 octaves), G melodic minor (2 octaves)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (3 octaves), and a melodic minor scale of your choice (3 octaves)
ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
CELLO TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
JUNIOR: G major (2 octaves) and 1 melodic minor of your choice (2 octaves)
CONCERT: C major (3 octaves), G melodic minor (2 octaves)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (3 octaves), and a melodic minor scale of your choice (3 octaves)
ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
BASS TRAINING: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
JUNIOR: 1 major and 1 melodic minor of your choice (1 octave)
CONCERT: A major (1 octave), E melodic minor (2 octaves)
YOUTH SYMPHONY: A major (2 octaves), and a melodic minor scale of your choice (2 octaves)
ALL: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire pieces, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills

VOICE

After you complete your family enrollment, you will receive an email for scheduling a Range Evaluation.

PRIME, JUNIOR, SENIOR CHOIR

1. RANGE EVALUATION

2. AUDITION NOT REQUIRED

HONOR CHOIR

1. RANGE EVALUATION

2. AUDITION: Assigned piece, a piece of your choice (a capella), sight-reading exercise, and tonal memory test

DANCE

DANCE 101 + 101X

1. AUDITION NOT REQUIRED

HONOR DANCE

1AUDITION: Assigned choreography

audition guide

video audition

Auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be submitted via video.

Smartphone videos are okay. 

After you complete your family enrollment, you will receive email instructions for submitting a video audition.

If you are unable to submit a video audition, please note this during the enrollment process and you will be contacted by the Wonder Team.

remember!

HAVE FUN

Music is for enjoyment – for your audience and for yourself. You’re Wonder placement audition is solely to help us place you in the best fitting ensemble where we hope you’ll develop more skills, lasting friendships, and wonderful memories. 

STAY PREPARED

Consistent daily practice is the most dependable way to improve one’s musical abilities, and therefore the best way to prepare for higher-level ensembles. 

PRACTICE MAKES POTENTIAL

We are not looking for perfection – we’re looking for your potential. It’s normal to get nervous at auditions, but the more experience you gain, the more confident you’ll become. Do your best. You can do this!

 

before your recording

1. SELECT THE RIGHT SPACE

  • Find a well-lit and relatively quiet space with good acoustics (avoid too dry or boomy sounds)
  • Avoid spaces that are too small, cramped, or messy
  • Silence phones and background noise from televisions or radios
  • Leave pets outside of the room

2. WHAT TO WEAR

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Business casual is appropriate
  • Formal attire not required

3. VIDEO ORIENTATION

  • You can use a smartphone to record your audition
  • Select the best orientation for your instrument so we can see as much of you and your instrument as possible
  • Landscape/Horizontal: Best for violins, violas, flutes…
  • Portrait/Vertical: Best for cellos, basses, clarinets…

4. FRAME THE SHOT

  • Be sure there is enough distance between yourself and the camera so you can comfortably hold good posture and so we can see your full range of motion the entire time
  • The picture should remain stationary (no zooming, panning, or multiple angles)
  • If standing, you should be seen at least from the waist up
  • If sitting, your entire posture should be in the frame
  • Make sure your music stand does not cover your face, instrument, arms, or hands

5. LISTEN + PREPARE

  • Select scales and repertoire that represents your current level of playing and should be mastered to the best of your ability
  • Listen to recordings of the piece your playing
  • Know the tempo and style
  • This shows you know the context of what you’re playing
  • Always important: Get a good night’s sleep, eat properly & keep yourself hydrated by drinking adequate water.

recording your audition

1. RECORD YOUR AUDITION

  • Without accompaniment
  • In the proper order (scales, repertoire)
  • In one unedited take, with no cuts, edits, slices, added effects, or other alterations
  • Auditions in a different order, with cuts/edits, or incomplete auditions may not be considered
  • Please do not add titles
  • Please do not include any material which is not requested

2. WARM UP

  • Be sure to warm up before you begin your recording

3. AUDITION ORDER

  1. Start your recording by introducing yourself (saying your name, instrument, and method book level clearly)
  2. Record your scales (see instrument requirements)
  3. Record up to 5-minutes of solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts (1-2 pieces of your choice that demonstrate your highest level of achievement – repeats are not required) Please announce the composition title, name of the composer, and what movement you will be playing (if applicable)
  4. Sight-reading will not be required for video auditions for the 2020-2021 season.

4. AFTER YOUR RECORDING

  • Listen to your recording and review it to make sure the sound is not distorted in loud passages or inaudible in soft passages
  • Name your video following this convention: FirstName LastInitial Wonder Audition Video 2020
  • Submit 1 recording of your audition – Instructions for submitting a video audition will be emailed after the registration process has been completed.

5. YOU DID IT!

  • Now go have fun, keep practicing, and get ready for a year full of wonderful memories!

MUSIC FAIR DAYS

beginning music students & audition information

Once your enrollment application is received, you’ll receive an email with scheduling information for Music Fair Days and Auditions, if applicable. Music Fair Days are for beginning music students and those interested in classes which require a placement audition.

What to expect at Music Fair Days

  1. Wonder Program Overview
  2. Prelude Class (beginner instrument): Music Guidance Survey Session & Instrument Fair
  3. Youth Symphony/Band/Orchestra: Placement Auditions
  4. Voice (non-audition): Range Evaluations

instrument evaluation

Before purchasing an instrument, please have it evaluated by a Wonder Instructor or Coach, or trained personnel at a recommended shop. If you already have an instrument, please bring it to the Music Fair Days and auditions for approval.

All instruments should have a natural finish. Unnatural colored instruments are not permitted.

beginner instrument classes

Music Fair Days help us evaluate your child and determine which instrument your child may enjoy playing based on their aptitudes, abilities, and interests. Prelude Students will attend a Music Guidance Survey Session to determine their musical aptitude. Once complete, students will move to the Instrument Fair where they can see and play different available instruments under the direction of trained personnel.

music, voice, dance audition

Students interested in band, orchestra, and symphony must schedule a placement audition; all voice students a range evaluation; and audition-based voice and dance, an audition. Sessions are filled on a first come first served basis. The Music Guidance Survey Session and Instrument Fair is not required.

If you cannot make a scheduled session date or if the schedule is full, you must schedule the audition for a prior time.

audition preparation

Each student is evaluated on their own skill level and is placed in an ensemble that best fits their musical, social, and emotional needs. 

The auditions will last approximately 15 minutes per student. Please review the audition information located in the class descriptions. Any assigned requirements will be emailed to you after your enrollment application has been received. 

audition requirements + information

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcase your music skills

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcase your music skills
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Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcase your music skills
  •  

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcase your music skills

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcase your music skills

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training:
  • Junior:
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcases your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcases your music skills

Beginner Instrument Class – 

* Prelude Percussion: A piano audition is required. Students must have 2+ years of experience on piano/keyboard within the past 3 years. A maximum of 7 students will be selected for the percussion section of Prelude Percussion, the beginner percussion class. 

  1. Piano Audition: A piece of your choice. Bring your piano piece and current book to the audition. (Students must have 2+ years of experience on piano/keyboard within the past 3 years.)
  2. Music Guidance Survey
  3. Rhythm Evaluation
  4. A maximum of 7 students will be selected for the percussion section of Prelude Percussion, the beginner percussion class, after the last Instrument Fair. Students will be chosen based on the individual cumulative scores of the evaluations listed above.

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcase your music skills

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcase your music skills

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform any two excerpts from 3-5 that best showcase your music skills

Scales

  • Chromatic scale from your lowest and highest comfortable notes
  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 minor (melodic or harmonic)
  • Concert: F major (concert pitch)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (concert pitch)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform excerpts 3 and 4
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Scales

  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
  • Junior: 1 major and 1 melodic minor of your choice (1 octave) 
  • Concert: A major (1 octave), E melodic minor (2 octaves)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (2 octaves), and a melodic minor scale of your choice (2 octaves)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform excerpts 6, and either 4 or 5

Scales

  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
  • Junior: G major (2 octaves) and 1 melodic minor of your choice (2 octaves) 
  • Concert: C major (3 octaves), G melodic minor (2 octaves)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (3 octaves), and a melodic minor scale of your choice (3 octaves)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform excerpts 7, and either 4, 5, or 6

Scales

  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
  • Junior: G major (2 octaves) and 1 melodic minor of your choice (2 octaves) 
  • Concert: C major (3 octaves), G melodic minor (2 octaves)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (3 octaves), and a melodic minor scale of your choice (3 octaves)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Junior: ?
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcase your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform excerpts 7, and either 4, 5, or 6

Scales

  • Training: 1 major or 1 minor (melodic or harmonic) of your choice
  • Junior: D major (2 octaves) and 1 melodic minor of your choice (2 octaves)
  • Concert: G major (3 octaves), D melodic minor (2 octaves)
  • Youth Symphony: A major (3 octaves), a melodic minor scale of your choice (3 octaves)

Excerpts

  • Training: Perform 1-2 solo repertoire, etudes, or excerpts that best showcases your musical skills
  • Junior: Perform any two excerpts that best showcases your musical skills
  • Concert: Perform any two excerpts that best showcases your musical skills
  • Youth Symphony: Perform excerpts 7, and either 4, 5, or 6
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