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Bachelor of Music Performance: Music Technology and Production

The Music Technology and Production curriculum prepares students for a life in music. UNF Music graduates hold positions in all aspects of the music industry, including performing in the nation's top professional and military ensembles, composing and arranging for the industry's leading artists, touring internationally, and serving as leading pedagogues in music education. This concentration prepares students for careers in all facets of music technology and production, including studio recording and live sound engineering. 


The music performance concentration in Music Technology and Production prepares musicians to be sound engineers. While taking courses in music technology and production, students will also receive rigorous training in ear training, music theory, piano skills and private lessons on their primary instrument.


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Audition Requirements

Prospective students must submit a portfolio of 2-3 works they have produced, engineered or created to Dr. Joshua Tomlinson, Instructor and Music Technology and Production Area Coordinator, at The music in your portfolio may be original, but it is not required. You may choose to play your preferred instrument, but it is not required. Additionally, each work submitted must include technical notes that briefly describe the technology involved in the production (program notes are optional). Portfolios are due by your chosen audition day (e.g. If you audition March 5, you must email your portfolio to Dr. Tomlinson by 11:59 p.m. on March 5).


For students whose primary instrument is brass, woodwinds, strings, guitar, voice:

We will assess your musical skills to ensure that you can pass the core music courses (music theory, ear training, class piano). These classes require Music Technology and Production students to develop strong musical skills in addition to expertise in technology.

  1. One or two pieces of your choice, in the styles of your choice.
  2. Sight reading
  3. Major Scales

*For questions about these audition requirements, contact the applied professor.

For students whose primary instrument is drum set:

Students are required to prepare the following:

  1. Assorted drum set styles:
    1. Light rock
    2. Funk
    3. Boss nova
    4. Samba
    5. Swing (moderate tempo)
    6. Swing (fast tempo)
    7. Jazz waltz
  2. Trade 4’s in swing: Repeatedly play four bars of time followed by four bars of fill/solo
  3. Trade 4’s in rock: repeatedly play four bars of time followed by four bars of fill/solo
  4. One published snare drum solo: rudimental or symphonic. Recommended sources are:  
    1. Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters
    2. 14 Modern Contest Solos by J. Pratt
    3. Portraits in Rhythm by A. Cirone
    4. The All-American Drummer/ 150 Rudimental Solos by Charley Wilcoxon (prepare two short selections or one long selection (entire page))
  5. Perform all major scales and arpeggios on piano, xylophone or any other instrument in one octave

In addition to the above, students will be asked to do the following (required):

  1. Sight read a basic swing chart with recording (both provided by the committee)
  2. Sight read on snare drum
  3. Briefly demonstrate ability to match pitches by humming or singing pitches (one note at a time)

Students may also augment their audition (optional) by:

  1. Performing a xylophone or marimba solo
  2. Playing all of the major scales and arpeggios in 2 octaves on marimba or xylophone

*For questions about these audition requirements, contact the applied professor.

 For students whose primary instrument is percussion: 

 Snare Drum:


  1. One concert etude from Cirone, Peters or similar




  1. Major scales and arpeggios in 2 octaves
  2. Two mallet solo on marimba or xylophone, grade 4 or higher (Green, Bach, Hatch, Schinstine)




  1. Choose 1 solo or etude from Peters, Hochrainer, Firth or similar




  1. 4 mallet etude or solo
  2. Rudimental SD solo (Pratt, Wilcoxon)
  3. Demonstrate basic drum set ability


Applicants will be asked to sight read on mallets and snare drum.


For students whose primary instrument is piano:

There are two tracks in piano. The audition option you choose makes a potential impact on how many piano-related courses you will take as part of the program. The audition requirements for both tracks require two repertoire pieces of contrasting style. Both should be based on printed sheet music (please bring a copy with you to the audition). At least one should be classical music.


Audition Option A:

  1. Two contrasting solos (min. 1 classical) at a Level 2 or higher - i.e. Works by Gurlitt, Kabalevsky, etc, or comparable to Bartok's First Term at the Piano or Mikrokosmos, Book 2.
  2. Prepare scales in all major keys, 1 octave, hands together

If admitted via Audition Option A, to meet the Applied Piano requirement you would take Class Piano 3 and 4 your first year, and two years of applied (private) piano in your second and third years.




Audition Option B:

  1. Two classical solos in contrasting styles comparable (or more difficult) to Clementi's Op. 36 Sonatinas, the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, or the Burgmuller Arabesque.
  2. All scales (major and harmonic minor) 2 octaves, hands together.

If admitted via Audition Option B, to meet the Applied Piano requirement you would take two years of private piano lessons.


*For questions about these audition requirements, contact the applied professor.