Music Major Auditions for Applied Music

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for highly motivated students who have already been studying private lessons seriously with a private teacher for 5-8 years having prior experience in Classical Music or Jazz, knowledge of their instrument, and are focused on earning one of our degrees that require Applied Music (AA Music Performance or AA Music for Transfer). The best candidates will have performance skills and musicality. A solid record of successful involvement in the Music Department is a plus. There are 15 slots total for Applied Music MUSI 274A/B/C/D. An aditional 5-7 slots are reserved for Individualized Study MUSI 174A-D, which is exclusively for students showing musical skill in passing the audition but play instruments solo that are not currently offered for MUSI 274A-D (such as violin, cello, trombone, oboe, etc.). Students in MUSI 174A-D may also be pursueing non-performance degrees but wish to develop their music performance skills. How many open slots there are depends on the number of returning students and/or graduating students each semester.

We are currently offering auditions only for the following areas of Applied Music at San Diego Mesa College.

Classical Music:

  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Percussion (snare drum, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Clarinet


  • Electric Guitar
  • Electric Bass
  • Acoustic Bass
  • Piano
  • Alto and Tenor Saxophones
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Drumset/Vibraphone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone (174 level only)
  • Jazz Vocal (174 level only)

View Applied Music Courses (MUSI 174A-D & MUSI 274A-D)


Applied Music Faculty & *Staff

Dr. Thomas Babin (Classical & Jazz Acoustic & Electric Bass)

Ian Bassett (Classical Guitar)

Sean Bassett (Classical Guitar)

Dr. Asher Tobin Chodos (Jazz & Classical Piano)

Dr. J. Craig Johnson (Classical Voice)

Dr. Jeong-eun Joo (Classical Voice)

Gina Jung (Classical Piano)

Lesi Mei (Classical Piano)

Dr. N. Scott Robinson (Applied Music Coordinator, Jazz Drumset/Vibes & Classical Percussion)

Ian Tordella (Jazz Alto/Tenor Saxophones/Flute/Clarinet & Classical Alto Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet)

Louis Valenzuela (Jazz Electric Guitar, Acoustic & Electric Bass)

Dr. Charles Washington (Jazz Trumpet & Jazz Piano)

*Woan-rong Winterling (Piano Accompanist)


Steps to Audition

Complete Prerequisite Courses

Before you schedule an audition for the Fall, you must complete MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship, (or for Mesa students only place out via an assessment or pass the Credit for Prior Learning Exam). Contact Gina Jung

View Music Courses


Submit an Applied Music Application

You will need to submit an application to the Applied Music Coordinator to demonstrate your interest in the program courses. If you qualify, you will be scheduled for a time slot on the day auditions are held. Your application should be submitted no later than 9:00 pm, the day before auditions. Email completed applications no later than 24 hours before audition to Dr. N. Scott Robinson. After your application is pre-screened, you will be sent an audition time slot (held the 1st Thursday of each semester - See Applied Music Auditions Date)

Fill Out an Application for Applied Music Audition

Prepare for Your Audition

Music Performance majors must choose either Classical or Jazz for their audition. If you are admitted to the degree program, you may incorporate multiple talents in weekly master classes and recitals as long as your assignments are met each week in your major area of focus. All instrumentalists in Classical or Jazz (except vocalists and drummers) may be asked to play major and minor scales 2 octaves in addition to the specific requirements below.

Classical Music

  • Classical Piano: Choose 2 contrasting pieces of Classical Piano repertoire from any historical period. For Example, Bach and Chopin for Classical piano. Scales: 4 octaves both hands. A piano is provided.
  • Classical Guitar: Choose 2 contrasting pieces of Classical Guitar repertoire from any historical period. For Example, Bach and Villa-Lobos for Classical guitar. Please bring your own guitar.
  • Classical Voice: Classical vocalists should be able to sing 2 contrasting pieces from different periods and languages (a piano accompanist can be provided if you provide music before your audition).
  • Classical Alto Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet: Classical alto saxophonists, flute players & clarinet players should play 2 contrasting solo etudes.
  • Classical Percussion: Classical percussionists should prepare 2 contrasting solo pieces with one on snare drum and the second on a mallet instrument (either marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone) with 2 or 4 mallets. Snare drum, vibraphone, marimba (5 octaves), and xylophone are provided.



All Jazz instrumentalists/vocalists can bring their own accompanying musicians to the audition if desired or play along to iReal Pro accompaniment tracks. Equipment will need to be set up before the audition and tested (piano, bass/guitar amps, and drumset will be provided). Be prepared to play the head, accompany, and then improvise over the form.

    • Jazz Electric Guitar: Jazz electric guitarists should be able to play the melody, comp chords, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. A guitar amplifier is provided.
    • Jazz Electric Bass or Acoustic Bass: Jazz bassists should be able to play the melody, walk over the chord changes, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. A bass amplifier is provided.
    • Jazz Piano: Jazz pianists should be able to play the melody, comp chords, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. A piano is provided.
    • Jazz Drumset: Jazz drummers should demonstrate their snare drum rudiments, and play several time feels (Swing, Jazz waltz, Bossa Nova, Funk, Samba, Mambo) and trade fours in a medium tempo 4/4 Swing feel. All drummers will study both drumset & vibraphone. A 4 piece drumset with 2 cymbals and hihat is provided.
    • Jazz Vibraphone: Jazz vibraphonists should be able to play the melody, comp chords with 4 mallets, and improvise a solo in each of the 2 tunes. All vibraphonists will study both vibraphone & drumset. A vibraphone is provided.
    • Jazz Alto/Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute & Clarinet: Jazz alto or tenor saxophonists, trumpet, trombone, flute & clarinet  players should be able to play the melody to 2 contrasting tunes and improvise over each tune (Trombone = 174 level only).
    • Jazz Vocal: Sing two contrasting tunes from the standard Jazz repertoire that incorporate improvisation (= 174 level only).


Create an Education Plan in Your 2nd Semester

If you wish to declare Music Performance, Music for Transfer, Music Studies, or Music Technology as your major or pursue the Music Theory, Music Composition, or Music Technology Certificates of Achievement, you will need to contact a Music Counselor to create your Education Plan. Your Ed Plan will help you plan out your course schedule so you can satisfy your AA degree/certificate requirements and prepare to graduate and/or transfer.

Contact Music Counselor Miriam Pacheco or another academic counslor 

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Leslie Shimazaki
Leslie Shimazaki Dean School of Arts & Languages G-201
N. Scott Robinson
N. Scott Robinson, Ph.D. Chair, Music Department Coordinator, Applied Music Program 619-388-5956 C-214
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