Piano Audition Requirements for 2021-2022 Admissions

All applicants must thoroughly read and follow the 4 step application/audition process on the Admissions homepage.

Mitchell Alpaugh

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November 2, 2020 – January 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
6:00 pm
Student Success Center

DSA does not have a shadow program. Instead, we have 5 Preview Mornings. Preview is from 7:40 am – 9:30 am. It is for both parents and students. Everyone will spend the first half of the time in one large group hearing from the DSA principal. After the large group session, students and parents will receive a tour of the school from a DSA parent who is in the same major you’re interested in auditioning for.

To sign up for a Preview Morning, click HERE



If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal Aspen Burkett ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS from LAST YEAR.  These will be updated during the fall of 2020

DSA Piano Studies is not a beginner’s program. All auditioning students are expected to have had successful experience as performers before they audition. With that said, DSA Piano Studies is an inclusive program that is comprised of students with diverse musical backgrounds in classical, jazz, gospel, and popular music.

Students must provide one copy of music for the judges. Copyrighted material must not be photocopied..

There are three major components:

  1. The student will perform FROM MEMORY two contrasting selections. These can include music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and 20th Century time periods. Jazz, Gospel, and Popular Music is also acceptable.
  2. The student will perform a set of major and minor scales, hands together, at a rate of speed appropriate for the student’s age. The student must perform the major and the three forms (natural, harmonic, and melodic) of the minor scales in any key of his/her choice. 6th Graders perform scales hands together in two octaves, and 7th-12th Graders perform scales hands together in four octaves.
  3. Students should prepare for a brief interview with Mr. Alpaugh to discuss accomplishments, goals, and their interest in the DSA Piano Studies program.
  4. No portfolio is required.