Over the years I’ve had a number of students audition for the local youth symphony and other ensembles (mostly successfully). Before each audition, in addition to thorough preparation of the music, going through in detail what to expect at the audition, and several mock auditions, I always pass along some advice from previous students who have auditioned. Kids listen to others their own age, and they value input from someone who has been in the same audition situation recently.
After the audition, while it’s still fresh in their mind, I ask students to describe the audition experience, evaluate their own performance, and lastly offer any advice to other students taking the same audition. Here is a partial list of the words of wisdom they have offered:
So, take it from the kids- and have a great audition!
Hi! My name is Mariya, and I teach flute and piano lessons in Redmond, WA and am a performing musician. Here I share thoughts about learning music and helping others learn how to play an instrument.