All students must apply for admission with the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Arts and Science, as well as audition for the Department of Music. Students must audition for entrance into any stream of a Bachelor of Music program, including specilizations in Performance, Individualized, Music Education Secondary, or Music Education Elementary.
The application can be found through http://explore.usask.ca/admissions. When choosing your application type, select Application Type 9: Bachelor of Music from the drop-down menu. (Note: Do NOT choose Application Type: 1 High School - Saskatchewan, as that is just the default setting.)
On the application will be a choice of audition date. In 2017 Auditions take place Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Saturday April 8, 2017. If you are unable to attend the audition in person, please see instructions for a distance audition below.
If you are a current student at the University of Saskatchewan and wish to audition to the Department of Music, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the application.
Please pay particular attention to the application deadlines. Applications are not considered complete until the online application is completed and all additional audition materials are submitted. Please complete the online application first, and then submit additional audition materials to email@example.com.
Application and audition materials (resumé, one-page essay of ambitions, two references): February 17, 2017 for the March 4 audition date.
Application and audition materials (resumé, one-page essay of ambitions, two references): March 24, 2017 for the April 8 audition date.
All audition materials must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org after the online application is completed. The resumé should outline anything the prospective student feels is relevant, including paid work, community and volunteer work, and/or musical activities. The one-page essay of ambitions should outline why the prospective student wants to study music at the University of Saskatchewan, including any future ambitions. The two letters of reference must be sent directly from the Referees to email@example.com. One or both of these letters should come from current or past music instructors.
Students will be contacted regarding the audition schedule approximately ten days before the chosen audition date. Late auditions may be considered. For information about auditions that fall outside of the two pre-planned audition dates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The audition consists of an interview, a performance, and short theory placement test. For the performance, students will be expected to prepare 10 minutes demonstrating music in at least two contrasting styles. Singers should consider one work in English and one in another language. Please note that an accompanist is not provided. Upon request, the music office has a list of accompanists that the auditioning student can contact directly and make their own financial arrangements. If you are unable to travel to Saskatoon for your audition, please call the Department of Music at 306-966-4568. Video-taped auditions may be accepted after consultation with the Department of Music.
The theory placement test will take place on the same day as auditions. Students are encouraged to study theory prior to taking the placement test. General music theory preparation materials are found below. Students who do not pass the theory placement exam may still be admitted to a B.Mus. program, but must successfully complete a rudimentary online music theory class (MUS 101.3) in the Spring-Summer session prior to beginning required music theory studies at the U of S.
It is recommended that students have studied the equivalent of Grade II rudiments Royal Conservatory of Music, history, and music appreciation in order to be prepared for university-level study. Please note that meeting these suggested requirements does not give you credit for beginner and intermediate theory and history classes, and that every student is expected to enroll in all required music theory and music history classes no matter what their experience in the subject area may be.
If you are unable to travel to Saskatoon for your audition, you may send a high quality video of your performance via a private YouTube link or a file transfer service such as Dropbox.
In order to complete the Theory Placement Text, the applicant will need to identify someone to whom the test could be sent to, and who would be willing to administer the test. This person should be proficient on piano, as a portion of the test requires piano playing and aural skills assessment. The person administering the test should not be personally related to the applicant, but could be a music teacher (for example). The person administering the test would then scan the completed test and email it to the department as a high resulotion image or pdf.
Theory Placement Exam Preparation
In order to determine your level of theory skill, you will be given a theory placement exam at your audition.
Students who plan to be music majors (and others who choose to study music theory as an elective) will be best prepared for all of their classes and studio work if they are already fluent in basic music rudiments. Many high school musicians already have completed mastery of these rudiments. Others may not have had opportunity yet to focus on these skills.
The following skills are required for entry into Music 133:
1) Fluent note reading in treble and bass clef
2) Basic time signatures and rhythmic notation
3) Basic keyboard skills
4) Write and identify half steps and whole steps
5) Write and identify all major key signatures
6) Write and identify all major scales
The following skills are recommended for entry into Music 133:
1) Write and identify all minor key signatures
2) Write and identify all minor scales
3) Write and identify intervals
4) Write and identify triads
If you are unfamiliar with these terms and exercises, your music teacher or director at your school or church can give you some guidance in getting started. There are many basic music rudiments books for sale in music stores, but many are expensive or inappropriate. These exercises can usually be mastered without the purchase of special books. You will need to purchase some music staff paper. You may also find the web sites linked to this page helpful. The music department also has recommendations for both print and electronic resources available; we also offer an online music fundamentals course (Music 101).
Concentrate on achieving fluency! It is not enough to be able to "figure out" the answer; you should know it automatically. The more automatic these basics, the more you can focus on more musical issues of interpretation, analysis, and so on.
If you already know basic music theory rudiments, you will be well-prepared. If you have extensive training (e.g. upper-level conservatory, AP exam) you may wish to inquire about the possibility of taking an Advanced Placement examination in late August.
The following links may help with explanations and drills.