Instrumental Auditions

Students wishing to play in one of our Instrumental Music ensembles must play a brief placement/audition for Mr. Smith on the day of their Hopkins placement tests.  Please read the following information as it pertains to your grade for the next academic year, and sign-up for a placement/audition time by clicking on the appropriate link and following the instructions on the Doodle poll.

Part 1:
Please bring a prepared solo piece, etude, or music selection of your choosing that features your instrument. Be ready to play about 1-2 minutes of music from your piece that best shows your skill.  Keep in mind that your selection shouldn’t be something that you consider very easy, nor should it be difficult for you.  Rather, it should show your current technical and musical ability.

Part 2: 
For grades 7 and 8, please play a one or two octave major or minor scale on your instrument. For grades 9-12, please play a two or three octave major or harmonic minor scale, plus its arpeggio. 

Part 3:
Students entering grades 9-12 may also have a short sight-reading piece to play

Your placement/audition will last approximately five minutes.  It is meant to give the teacher an idea of what you’re comfortable playing and to give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the music program at Hopkins.  Space is open for all, though we may have to limit the number of certain instruments in some ensembles due to space and balance issues.  If you do not get your first choice ensemble, another music option will be made available to you.

Please follow the link below to sign up for a music placement time if you will be attending the Saturday regular placement test day.
Please follow the link below to sign up for a music placement time if you will be attending the Wednesday make-up placement test day.
Grade 7 Make-Up Instrumental Music Placements, Wednesday, May 10th

Grades 8-12 Make-Up Instrumental Music Auditions, Wednesday, May 17th