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Prescreening Requirements for Music Schools (Oberlin, Peabody, USC, etc.)

echosongechosong 0 replies1 threads New Member
edited July 2019 in Music Major
Many conservatories and music schools state that edits aren't allowed for the prescreening recording. Does this indicate that the entire prescreening must be done in one take? As in, the Baroque, Classical, etude, etc. piece must be performed subsequently as one recording?

If that is the case, does that mean that I have to record 12 different screenings for the 12 music schools that I apply to?

*Most universities have slightly different prescreening requirements.
edited July 2019
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  • ViolinmomazViolinmomaz 73 replies13 threads Junior Member
    Each school should have a page listing how they want the recordings made and sent. But in our experience each piece can be separate. But each piece cannot be edited. Wishing you the best!
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  • gram22gram22 160 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited July 2019
    Speaking as a parent of a violinist that was accepted at 2 of those schools (Peabody & USC, did not apply to Oberlin). Each is a separate recording. However, each recording must be unedited. You can make as many takes as you wish, and send your best take for each. However other than titling the recording and changing the base volume, you are not allowed to edit in any way. They want decent sound, from a reasonable home camera (I've heard of iPhone recordings being submitted, but that's hearsay).

    Also, the requirements for the prescreen recordings is fairly common, and you can use the same recording to send to every single college you apply to. They usually have limits on how old the recording can be - and as far as you meet those requirements you're golden.

    Good Luck.
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  • akapiratequeenakapiratequeen 1274 replies37 threads Senior Member
    @gram22 that is not true for jazz — the requirements differed widely and S had to learn 12 different songs. Spreadsheets help 😊
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  • astute12astute12 675 replies9 threads Member
    Each piece must be performed without editing, but you can edit together several pieces. This way you can record the 12 pieces for all the schools you apply to and then edit together each individual take that you like for each school. Hope that makes sense!
    As someone else mentioned, just make sure your sound levels are even when you put the prescreen together. Some schools have you submit each piece separately and others have you edit them together. It is a pain, so the earlier you start the better!
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  • astute12astute12 675 replies9 threads Member
    And ditto on the spreadsheet idea! It can get crazy keeping track of dates, formats for submissions, pieces to be played, and contact information! Good luck!
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