Tips and information when recording an audition or placement video for CSI.

Video auditions are NOT required or necessary for students to register and enroll in the Colorado Suzuki Institute’s curriculum.
However, there are three circumstances where we do use a placement video or audition. They are: 
1. Auditioning for a Solo Honors Recital performance (due April 17) – see details here 
2. Enrollment in the Chamber Music Prep curriculum level (Pianists due March 25th and Strings due April 15th) – placement video required, see details here
3. CSI scholarship application audition video (due March 15) – see details here

Please click here to download directions for posting audition videos to YouTube



  • Make sure the camera shows full view of the student’s body posture and clear view of their hands and instrument.
  • Use a tripod if at all possible for a steady video quality
  • Observe sounds in the background. Distracting noises such as a dog barking or a siren blaring make it difficult to hear the tone of the musician!
  • Check the quality of sound of the recording equipment. Make sure it accurately depicts the good tone and intonation of the student for a more successful entry.
  • View the light contrast. Check that the performer is not standing as a silhouette against a bright light or a window. Darker backgrounds provide a better contrast. Make sure the soloist can be seen, including hands!


  • Preview the recording via YouTube using the URL address you have copy/pasted into the application form. Check for these criteria:
    Is there sound?
    Is there a picture?
    Are the notes & rhythms correct?
    Is the solo played without stopping?
  • Late auditions are not accepted.


  • Preference is given to shorter pieces so that more students can perform. A very strong preference is given to pieces from the Suzuki repertoire.
  • Include only 1 piece per audition. Different instruments are heard by different people.
  • Please record solo performances only. Do NOT record a group performance with an attached note telling which one is your child.