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Department of Music

Guitar Audition Requirements

Degree Programs


Students may pursue a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Music and an Outside Field or a B.S. in Music Therapy with guitar (L300) as their principal instrument.



Guitar students qualify for L300 by audition.  The instructor will interview the student, usually by telephone, to determine whether or not the candidate is ready to meet the audition requirements.  Students who are not ready for the audition may enroll in L200 for two semesters to prepare for completing a successful guitar concentration (L300) audition.  Audition requirements are:

In the audition the student must demonstrate a basic command of classical technique, including left- and right-hand position, right-hand alternation, rest and free stroke, and use of the nails.  The student must also show an understanding of phrasing, dynamics, articulation, timbre and other facets of interpretation.  All audition pieces are to be played up to tempo.  At least one piece must be in a fast tempo.  Also, L300 candidates are required to perform on a nylon-string classical guitar.  The instructor must approve the candidate’s instrument before they can be admitted to the L300 level.

Minimum performance requirements


To be admitted to the L300 level the student must demonstrate facility in reading and performing pieces that have the following characteristics:

The candidate must have completed all material in Aaron Shearer’s Classic Guitar Technique, Vol I and through p. 140 of Frederick Noad’s Solo guitar Playing, Vol. I, or acquired an equivalent level of proficiency.  In addition, the candidate must be able to perform all major scales in first position.

Suggested editions for audition pieces:

Noad, Frederick, Solo Guitar Playing Vol. I, Schirmer Books.Page 140 to end.
Noad, Frederick, Anthology Series – Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic
Noad, Frederick, 100 Graded Studies
Carcassi, Matteo, 25 Melodic and Progressive Studies, Op. 60
Brouwer, Leo, Etude Simples 1- 20.
Sor, Fernando 20 Studies (Segovia Edition)
Chilesotti, Oscar, Six Pieces of the Italian Renaissance
Milan, Luis, Six Pavans
Bach, J.S. Selected movements from Cello or Lute Suites
Royal Conservatory of Music, Guitar Series Frederick Harris Music.  Vol. 3 or higher

To schedule an audition contact:

Laura Lydy
Continuing Lecturer, guitar
IPFW- Department of Music
Classroom/Medical Building – Room 33
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN  46805
Tel. (260) 481-0479