School of Music > Admission & Aid > Auditions > Undergraduate/Teacher Licensure > Guitar
Students auditioning on guitar choose to audition either as a classical guitarist or as a jazz guitarist. A classical audition is not required of jazz guitarists, and a jazz audition is not required of classical guitarists. Please note: DePaul School of Music does not offer auditions or instruction in other styles of guitar (such as rock, pop, or
Please see the audition requirements below.
Applicants have a choice between two audition formats: in person auditions or recorded submissions. Though recorded auditions are accepted, we strongly encourage applicants to audition on campus to benefit from the in-person experience of meeting our faculty and seeing our facilities.
Applicants should choose one work from each of the following three categories:
a Renaissance or Baroque work by Francesco da Milano, Luis Narvaez, Luis Milan, J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Sylvius Leopold Weiss or equivalent
an etude or single movement work from the 19th century guitar literature by Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Matteo Carcassi, Dionisio Aguado, J.K. Metz, Francisco Tárrega or equivalent
a 20th-century work by Isaac Albeniz, Agustin Barrios, Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina, Federico Moreno Torroba, Manuel Ponce, Leo Brouwer, Heitor Villa-Lobos or equivalent
Recorded Interview Questions (only applicable to those who select a recorded submission to audition)
Please upload a video that is no longer than 2-3 minutes and responds to the below questions:
- What is your musical background?
- Why are you applying to DePaul?
1. Blues, medium tempo (choose one of the following):
- Billie's Bounce (C)
- Au Privave (F)
2. Standard, medium tempo (choose one of the following):
- All the Things You Are (Ab)
- I'll Remember April (G)
- Just Friends (Bb)
Format: One chorus melody, two choruses chordal accompaniment, two chruses solo improvisation, one chorus melody. Live rhythm section is preferred, but will accept a backing track.
The audition will consist of your performance of the well-known compositions Ceora by Lee Morgan and Joy Spring by Clifford Brown. You’ll play the melodies and supply chordal backing for a soloist. You’ll also improvise on these selections in a manner that acknowledges the underlying changes in harmonic context.
A third selection will be read at sight.