In order to help students adequately prepare, CMASC has created the following guidelines to help directors and students understand what may be expected on the audition sight-reading.
Sightreading # 1 will contain... • 4-5 measures. • major tonality (key will vary depending on voice part, see practice scripts for specifics) • mostly stepwise motion • skips within the I chord, with one possible skip within the V chord • all quarter note/half-note rhythms • at least one rest • 1st-scale degree first note • diatonic notes only (no chromaticism) • 4/4 time signature
Sightreading # 2 will be similar, but will be designed to be more challenging. Here are the differences: • more skips than SR 1 • slightly more challenging melodic material in general • at least one dotted quarter-note/eight-note combination and/or tie across a barline • possible eighth-notes (overall rhythm will still be mostly quarter notes)