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Entrance Standards, Violin

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To begin your studies at the 364 level in the Violin Studio at CWU you must demonstrate proficiency on your instrument in an audition or placement lesson based upon the guidelines below. Students not meeting these standard may be placed in the 164 or 264 level based upon the discretion of the auditioning faculty.

"The man who think he can
and the man who thinks he can't are both right"

- Henry Ford

Junior level

To pass into the 364 level, the student should demonstrate Minimum competencies:

  • consistent solid (non-adjusting) intonation
  • a fluid bow technique, with active fingers and relaxed shoulder
  • free and varied tone production
  • rhythmic stability and accuracy
  • collaborative skills
Specific Violin Standards for Performance and Non-Performance Degrees
  • non-performance
    all three-octave arpeggios (Flesch) Scales in thirds/fourths, octaves in at least these keys: G & A
  • Performance
    all 3 octave scales and arpeggios; scales in thirds/ fourths, octaves in at least these keys: G, Ab, A, Bb, C; tenths in D and A


  • non-performance
    Kreutzer up to 34
  • performance
    completed Kreutzer


  • non-performance
    two contrasting movements of solo Bach
  • performance
    at least one complete Bach Sonata or Partita, memorized

Sonatas (complete sonata, with pianist)

  • non-performance
    Beethoven 1, 2, 5 or 8, Ives 4
  • performance
    Brahms A, Franck, Beethoven 7 or 9


  • non-performance
    one of the outer movements
  • performance
    two or three contrasting movements of the following concerti:
    • Bruch
    • Mendelssohn
    • Barber
    • Saint-Saens 3
    • Wieniawski 2
    • Lalo
    • Beethoven mvt. 3
  • Solo Pieces
    • Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen, Romanza Andaluza or Zapateato
    • Bloch Nigun, de Falla Danse Espagnole
    • Wieniawski, Scherzo Tarentella or Polonaise
    • Vaughn Williams, Lark Ascending


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