Woodwind, Brass and Melodic Percussion Scale Requirements

The two major scales considered part of the Instrumental (Non-Jazz) Auditions (except for non-melodic percussion and strings) are to be played from memory articulated (not slurred) at a minimum metronome setting of Quarter Note = 88, as illustrated:

The adjudicators will select the scales to be played with one of them being considered easy and the other being considered difficult.

The chromatic scale will be played from memory, in triplets at a minimum metronome setting of 88, in a continuous slur, as illustrated:

The adjudicators will not set the tempo for any scale. It is up to the student to perform the scale at the minimum metronome setting of 88.

All
scales are played in full octaves. Consult the following chart to determine what the full range of each instrument, and the starting note and range of the Chromatic scale.
Instrument
Full Range
Chromatic Start
Chromatic Range
Piccolo
D4 to Bb6
Bb
2 Octaves
Flute
C4 to C7
C
3 Octaves
Oboe / English Horn
Bb3 to D6
C
2 Octaves
Bassoon
Bb1 to Bb4
Bb
3 Octaves
Bb Clarinet
E3 to G6
G
3 Octaves
Eb or Low Clarinets
E3 to C6
F
2 Octaves
All Saxes
Bb3 to F5
C
2 Octaves
Trumpet / Cornet
F#3 to C6
C
2 Octaves
French Horn
F#3 to A5
G
2 Octaves
Trombone / Euphonium
E2 to Bb4
Bb
2 Octaves
Baritone TC
F#3 to C6
C
2 Octaves
Bass Trombone
C2 to F4
F
2 Octaves
BBb Tuba
E1 to Bb3
F
2 Octabves
Melodic Percussion
Full Range
Lowest note
Full Range

Full Range notes are WRITTEN NOTE rather than Concert Pitch using the following system:

C1 to B1: Lowest complete octave on piano
C2 to B2: C below bass clef to next B
C3 to B3: 2nd space bass clef C to next B
C4 to B4: Middle C to next B
C5 to B5: 3rd space treble clef C to next B
C6 to B6: High C to next B
C7 to B7: Highest complete octave on piano
C8: Highest note on piano keyboard

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