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Instrumental Music, Band/Strings, Audition Requirements, Grades 3 - 4

For students in grades 3-4 at time of audition:

  1. Each student may audition on the instrument of their choice.
  2. Performance:
    1. Each student should prepare two pieces of contrasting styles (fast/slow or from different time periods).
    2. Students should choose music that reflects their interpretive and technical abilities.
    3. Suggested repertoire might include selections from: Any instrument-specific solo literature/etude books typically 1–3 grade levels above.
    4. Students should ask their music teacher for help as needed.
    5. Note: Student MUST perform unaccompanied!
    6. Memorization of the music is optional but highly encouraged and may improve overall audition score.
  3. Video Submissions: All prepared portions of the auditions will be submitted on video. Your school arts teacher or gifted and talented resource teacher will help with submission.
  4. SCAPA Bluegrass: Students wishing to be considered for a placement at SCAPA Bluegrass must complete the district’s Special Programs Application on SchoolMint. There are no additional audition requirements beyond what is listed above.  
    1. Recommendations: Applicants may also include, as additional evidence for GT identification, one or more positive recommendations from an arts teacher/professional who knows you as an artist. Reference contacts will be submitted and sent through SchoolMint.
    2. Instruments: For potential SCAPA placement, you may only audition on one of the following instruments:
      1. Band: Flute, Trumpet, Euphonium/Baritone, Trombone, Tuba, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Oboe, Percussion
      2. Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
    3. For other specific questions about SCAPA Bluegrass, please consult the SCAPA Bluegrass Audition Website or contact Carla Pleasant, SCAPA Bluegrass facilitator.

**Non-FCPS students will attend an audition date on a weekday after school hours to complete the on-demand activities.