Audition Preparation

Here is some helpful information on how to prepare for auditions.

PREPARING BEFORE THE AUDITION

Have a daily practice routine – hopefully, most of you have this already. It will help you to be more consistent with your playing (how you practice will become how you perform with the more practicing you do). Cramming is never a good idea; let me repeat, cramming is never a good idea. There is nothing you can learn the night before an audition that will truly help you and stick with you the next day.

Clarinet upkeep – If your instrument is in need of repairs, get it fixed NOW. Do not wait until a few days before your audition, as you do not know if the music store will really have time for you or not.

Play for others – friends, family, other musicians, band director, private teachers, sectional instructors, strangers, anyone with ears. It’s not always about making sure you get feedback, sometimes it’s just about having the guts to get up and play in front of someone. Remember that, and your nerves won’t bother you as much when you have to play by yourself.

Consult with everyone – ask, ask, ask! It is even possible to find a message board, blog, or forum that will allow you to upload sheet music and ask questions, and get feedback from musicians from all over.

PREPARING THE NIGHT BEFORE / DAY OF THE AUDITION

  1. Get a good night’s sleep; if you’re nervous or feeling a bit of insomnia, at least find time to relax.
  2. Eat breakfast – anything greasy may not set well with you, so be sure to eat something that will not make you feel sick later.
  3. Water is good to have, especially right before your audition.
  4. Keep calm – it’s only one day, and it’s going to be over soon 🙂
  5. Do not practice things to death – remember, there is nothing you can learn the night before or the day of the audition that will truly stick with you later on.

AFTER THE AUDITION

WHAT TO DO WHEN / IF…

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