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 10) – 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
TIPS WHEN RECORDING:
- 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!
BEFORE SENDING IN YOUR VIDEO/APPLICATION:
- 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.
SPECIFICALLY FOR SOLO RECITAL AUDITIONS:
- 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.