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Audition Requirements

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Dance Audition Criteria


All students should bring dance clothes or clothes that allow them to move easily. During this time the students will be asked to execute some exercises and movements from different styles of dance. These styles may include ballet, jazz, and modern. The student will be in a class setting and should not worry about level or experience. We will determine admission based upon five different elements: flexibility, coordination, rhythmic accuracy, concentration and ability to execute different styles of movement. (Please see below.)

Students will not be asked to perform a prepared dance. During these times, students will also interview and submit an on site written essay. Please come early to auditions. There will be some paperwork to fill out when you arrive. If you are late, we will not be able to evaluate all your skills.

Flexibility: the ability to demonstrate sufficient range of movement and muscle elasticity to allow for intensive physical training (shoulders, spinal vertebrae, hips, legs, ankles, and feet.)

Coordination: the ability to move one or more body parts at the same time and/or sequentially in a prescribed movement pattern.

Rhythmic Accuracy: the ability to move naturally to a specific rhythm.

Concentration/Focus: the ability to focus on the task at hand and apply an instructor's corrections.

Movement: the ability to easily or naturally execute different kinds of movements (sustained, sharp, light, heavy, etc.)

Creativity: the ability to develop movement patterns given basic parameters (levels, pathways, shapes, etc.)


Visual Arts Audition Requirements

Please be prepared to stay for 2 hours.

The Visual Arts audition encompasses several areas: art production, portfolio review, and personal interview.

Art Production:

Students will create a work from direct observation. Bring with you a pencil and an eraser.

Portfolio Review:

Bring with you six (6)l of your best original works of art and your sketchbook. No anime or cartoons will be allowed.

Examples may include:

  •  Still life
  •  Figure drawing
  •  Landscape or cityscape
  •  Sculpture
  •  Self-portrait
  •  Sketchbook

Written Critique:
During the audition process, students will be asked to write a critique based on a given work of art.

Personal Interview:

Each student will be allowed the opportunity to talk with the Visual Arts Department.


Students must bring these required references:

  •  A letter of intent written by the student.
  •  Any artistic awards or achievements.


Theatre Audition Information

Please allow 1 1/2 hours for actual audition time.  

Students wishing to audition for the NSA Theatre Department should be prepared with the following:


1. Perform a memorized monologue from a published play, not to exceed 90 seconds.  An example for a male applicant is a monologue from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; for a female applicant, The Diary of Anne Frank.  Many other monologues would be acceptable.  We are looking at vocal clarity, character choices and memorization.

ADVICE FOR Performing a Monologue:

  • Stay within the time limit.  The time will start after the introduction and will be called if the student exceeds the limit.
  • Introduce yourself and your piece.  THE INTRODUCTION includes: (1) YOUR NAME (2) THE PLAY TITLE (3) THE PLAY'S AUTHOR (4) YOUR CHARACTER'S NAME.
  • Do not choose monologues from novels, poems, and movies, or monologues you have written yourself.
  • Use your natural voice; do not attempt an accent.
  • Costumes and props are not recommended.
  • BE THE CHARACTER.  Talk to the other characters in the scene.  Place the other character(s) in front of you. Avoid turning or talking too far to the side.  Avoid the use of any actual person in the audition room as the character you are talking to.

2. Dress to move. You will be asked to participate in an improvisational  activity during your audition.

3. Bring one letter of recommendation from a teacher or other non-family member who can comment on your work ethic, attitude, and artistic aptitude.

4. Prepare for an interview with the Theatre Faculty.  You will be asked about your hobbies and interests.  

5. If interested in the technical theatre aspects of the department, you may also prepare a portfolio outlining your experience in technical theatre. The portfolio should include a letter of introduction (outlining  your intent in pursuing technical theatre), examples of technical design (scenic, properties, or costuming), and a written resume that lists your prior experience.    


Guitar Audition Criteria

One solo piece

Three major scales and arpeggios in two octaves

Sight reading piece


Choral Music Audition Requirements


The student should be prepared to:

  • Sing one minute of a song of her/his choice without accompaniment (no tapes, CDs, etc.)
  • Match pitch within student range
  • Demonstrate clear tones on the vowels A, E, Ah, O, Oo
  • If possible, sight read a simple 4 measure passage

To prepare for this, it would be helpful to be enrolled in a school chorus or private instruction.


Band Audition Requirements

Wind Instruments

•  Major Scales: C concert, F concert, Bb concert, Eb concert—all one octave.

•  Chromatic scale one octave.

•  Prepared musical selection. This can be a solo or band piece that best demonstrates the student's ability.

•  Sight reading. Students will be asked to play at sight music containing simple rhythms progressing to more difficult rhythms.

Percussion Instruments

•  Long roll, open and close.

•  Five strike roll open and close.

•  Nine stroke open and close.

•  Flam

•  Para diddle

•  Prepared musical selection.

•  Sight reading.

Drum Set

•  Jazz style

•  Rock/Funk style

•  Latin style

•  Solo

•  Sight reading

Orchestra Audition Requirements


Be able to play each of the following major scales: C, G, D, F, and Bb.

Any two of these scales will be randomly selected for the audition. This portion of the audition will be scored on knowledge of the scales, intonation, and tempo. Minimum tempo requirement: Quarter note=100MM. One octave is required. Two octaves are preferred.

Prepare one piece of music to perform.

This piece should be 2-4 minutes in length and should display your best abilities. Please select solo or 1 st violin pieces. This portion of the audition will be scored on tone, phrasing, technique, intonation, and dynamics.

Sight reading will be required.

The sight reading will not require shifting. This portion of the audition will be scored on accuracy of rhythm and note recognition.


2 Scales—15 pts. each

Prepared Music—50 pts.

Sight Reading —20 pts.

Total Possible Score—100 pts.

Piano Audition Requirements

Piano Studio Laura Gabriel, Instructor

Students interested in studying piano at Nashville School of the Arts are encouraged to audition regardless of experience, level of accomplishment, and previous piano study.  Students accepted into the program will be placed in a class according to ability level.

Please consider the guidelines below when preparing for your audition:

Prepared piece:

            Students auditioning are expected to play at least one piece of music that best demonstrates their technical accomplishment and musicianship.  If possible, please prepare two contrasting pieces – they may contrast in any way (e.g. tempo, articulation, style, etc.)  The prepared piece(s) may be played from memory or with music.


            Be prepared to play at least two Major scales (hands together) that best demonstrate your technique.  One octave scales are acceptable but scales of two to four octaves are recommended.

Sight reading:

            Students will be asked to sight read one or more musical excerpts at their audition.  The difficulty level of the music will be determined by the level of accomplishment demonstrated by the above.

Mass Media Audition Requirements

Mass Media (Television, Cinema, Journalism, Publishing) Audition Requirements

1. Each applicant must bring with them to the audition/interview a portfolio of 10-15 photo stills that tell a narrative story with a beginning, middle, and an end.

2. Each applicant must bring with them to the audition/interview a one page typed story idea of their own creation.

3. Each applicant must orally express to the mass media faculty their reasons and desires for studying mass media at NSA. This presentation should be accompanied by a hard copy that the mass media faculty can retain for review.
This should be a prepared statement of intent delivered orally by the applicant (a prepared speech). Applicant may use their notes during the presentation. The applicant will be video taped.

4. Completion of Mass Media department supplemental questionnaire packet at the audition site.

5. Each applicant will participate in an interview to determine his or her interests, habits, plans, ambitions, and general knowledge of mass media and communications. (Interview with student and parent/guardian by Mass Media

6. Applicant will be photographed and/or video taped.

7. Completion of release and consent form by parent / guardian of applicant.

8. (Optional) applicant may submit a sample of their work. This sample can be specifically created for the audition or may be a previous project the student has completed (copies only we will not be able to return project samples).

Short story, short film/video (DVD-R format is best), slide show (CD-R format),
Newspaper article, periodical piece, music video, oral interpretation (any
forensics category), video editing, broadcasting, news casting.

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