Admission to the Music Department

DRUMSET - specific audition requirements


  • Snare rudiments: Single and double stroke rolls; paradiddles
  • Play one exercise from each page (pp. 5-7) from "Stick Control" by George Stone. mm = 144
  • Play an exercise from "Syncopation for the Modern Drummer" by Ted Reed
  • Play a 3/4 meter Waltz on the set with brushes.
  • Play different musical styles: Swing, Funk, Latin (samba, bossa nova), and Rock



  • Expect to read from a big band chart.
  • Expect to improvise over a 12-bar blues (medium tempo) and then trade fours over two choruses with a provided accompanist.


Two Contrasting Prepared Pieces

  • Prepare two pieces of contrasting styles. Applicant may use a professionally recorded CD, such as "Music Minus One Drums: Sit-In With Jim Chapin."


NOTE: The Jazz Applicant may request a live accompanist (music must be sent 2 weeks in advance). If the applicant brings a prerecorded (i.e., Jamey Aebersold play-along series CD) accompaniment, a boombox will be provided.



To schedule an audition, or for more information, please contact:

Audition Coordinator
Moravian College Music Department
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Music Office (610) 861-1650
FAX (610) 861-1657