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12 Tips for a Successful Audition

Auditions for next year’s band placements are right around the corner. The key to a successful audition: preparation! Cramming for an audition never works, so start today and you may find you kill some of those annoying butterflies that keep hanging around.

  1. No procrastination. If you wait until the week of, you won’t be prepared.
  2. Set a practice schedule and stick to it. Try practicing the same time of day and on the same days of the week for best results.
  3. Practice difficult scales or portions of your music for a longer time frame. Try 5-10 repetitions for each difficult scale, or 5-10 extra minutes on that difficult passage.
  4. Turn the TV and cell phone off while you practice to limit your distractions. Texting can wait.
  5. Relax! Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy. Don’t demand perfection – allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes and keep going. If you start dwelling on the bad stuff during the audition, you’ll wind up making more mistakes.
  6. Get a good night of rest the night before.
  7. On the day of the audition, take a walk beforehand. This will help get rid of some of the nervous energy and get the oxygen flowing.
  8. Eat a healthy breakfast and drink water. Avoid caffeine and sugary meals.
  9. Dress in comfortable clothes (professional if necessary) and bring a sweater.
  10. Allow yourself plenty of time to warm up before hand.
  11. Have fun and enjoy the music!
  12. Did I mention practice????

“Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail.” ~Sir James Galway

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