Audition Guidelines

The live audition is an opportunity for you to showcase your current level of musicianship, potential for growth, and readiness to succeed in our unique learning environment. We focus on performance, improvisation, sight-reading, and ear training because we seek students who are prepared to study and master all elements of their craft.

If you are interested in applying for the Bachelor of Arts program, visit the interview guidelines page to learn about the live assessment.

Anyone visiting our Boston or New York campuses are required to be fully vaccinated, have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their audition, or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of their audition. Do not visit our campuses if you are sick, experiencing symptoms, or have come in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID. Masks are required indoors and must cover your nose and mouth. Select programs may permit unmasking during the audition on a limited basis.

If attending an off-site audition (not on one of our campuses), please comply with the venue's COVID policy in addition to these requirements.

What the Audition Entails

Details about each component of the audition are outlined below. Please be sure to review the additional guidelines by instrument


What to Bring 

Audition rooms are typically equipped with a piano, a drum set, guitar and bass amplifiers, a PA system, and music stands. You need to supply the following:

  1. Your instrument: You must bring your instrument to the audition if you play acoustic or electric bass, brass, guitar, hand percussion, a string instrument (including the harp, mandolin, and banjo), or woodwinds.
  2. Your accompaniment/backing track: If you require accompaniment for your prepared piece, you may bring an accompanist or a smartphone. Berklee does not provide an accompanist to applicants at auditions. If you are interested in hiring an accompanist and need help finding someone, please contact our Career Center at careercenter@berklee.edu.
  3. Your cables/adapters: You must bring any necessary cables and adapters for your instrument.

If you have any questions, contact us at auditions@berklee.edu or +1 617-747-2579.

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