Audition Information for Percussion

Instruments for auditions will be provided. Prospective students shall audition on snare drum, timpani and any keyboard mallet instrument. The audition will be comprised of a minimum of 3 prepared pieces and must include:

  • 1 standard timpani etude
  • 1 or 2 snare drum solos displaying rudimental & orchestral techniques
  • 1 or 2 mallet solos demonstrating 2 and/or 4 mallet techniques

 Additional requirements include:
*Timpani: tuning two timpani from a given pitch (familiarity singing major and minor intervals through P5 is an asset)
*Mallet Keyboard: major and minor scales, two octaves, ascending and descending, M.M. quarter note=120.
*Arpeggios: all major, minor, dominant sevenths, M.M. quarter note=100-200.
*Sight-reading will be required on the keyboard instruments and snare drum.

The following list gives representative examples of acceptable repertoire:


Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani - Raynor Carroll
The Solo Timpanist - 26 Etudes - Vic Firth, Pub. Carl Fischer 

Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist - Garwood Whaley. Pub. JR Publications
Fundamental Method for Timpani (any etudes) Mitchell Peters. - Pub. Alfred

Snare Drum

Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer


Masterpieces for Marimba (Collection) Arr. Thos. MacMillan. - Pub.Belwin Mills 
George H. Green. Any of Green's Xylophone 'Rags' - Pub. Meredith Music
J.S. Bach. Any work from Bach's Six Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin (violin version or one prepared for keyboards)

Jill Ball - email:

Odilla Van Delinder, Admissions Officer
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Western University
Talbot College, Room 210
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON
N6A 3K7

Phone: 519-661-2044
Fax: 519-661-3531