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Department of Film and Music Industry Studies

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If you’re interested in pursuing a degree at Loyola’s Department of Film and Music Industry Studies, follow the steps below to submit your application. Department of Film and Music Industry Studies degrees include: BS Music Industry Studies- Business Track, BM Music Industry Studies- Performance Track, Digital Filmmaking and Popular and Commercial Music.

Application Steps

  1. Review the audition/interview requirements specific to your major
  2. Decide how you’re going to complete the audition/interview:
    On-campus audition/interview
    Virtual audition/remote interview
  3. Create your College of Music and Fine Arts supplemental application

Audition + Interview Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies
Portfolio
  • There is no preconceived format for the portfolio. We are curious about your passions and accomplishments. It’s not a matter of how much you’ve done, it’s about how you manifest your passion for music and communicate that passion
  • Your portfolio may contain the following types of items:
    • Songs or videos you have written, recorded, engineered, produced, or played on
    • Links to your public web presence- Soundcloud, Bandcamp, a Blog, etc.
    • Materials/media promoting events you may have produced or been a part of (posters, programs, photos, press kit, etc.)
    • Your creative resume
Interview
  • The interview consists of a conversation with Music Industry Studies faculty members
  • You will be asked to express your goals and aspirations, past experiences in music, why you want to study at Loyola, etc.

 


Bachelor of Music in Music Industry Studies
Audition
Interview
  • The interview consists of a conversation with Music Industry Studies faculty members
  • You will be asked to express your goals and aspirations, past experiences in music, why you want to study at Loyola, etc.

 


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking
Digital Short
  • You will create a digital autobiographic short, a “selfie” of sorts, in which you introduce yourself by creating a short film that reflects you, your aspirations, and your story. Be creative and have fun!
  • There should be at least five separate shots and the duration should be no more than three minutes
Interview
  • The interview consists of a conversation with Digital Filmmaking faculty members
  • You will be asked to express your goals and aspirations, past experiences in music, why you want to study at Loyola, etc.

 


Bachelor of Science in Popular and Commercial Music

Audition Requirements
Voice
  • Perform 2 songs in varied styles- Memorized
  • We are listening for your voice: Unique, original and creative approaches to creating and interpreting music
  • Songs may be original or cover material
  • Be prepared to work through vocal exercises and demonstrate improvisation skills
  • Accompanists are not provided for on-campus auditions. You should bring backing tracks for your audition or you may self-accompany with guitar, piano, etc.
Guitar
  • Perform 2 songs in varied styles- Memorized
  • Pieces/songs may be original or cover material
  • Use effects pedals sparingly- We are interested in what you can do with the instrument alone
  • Be prepared to improvise, read music (notation and chord charts) and play scales
  • An amplifier will be provided for on-campus auditions
Bass
  • Perform 2 pieces/songs that showcase your ability to play in various popular styles: Rock, funk, reggae, swing, bossa nova, etc.- Memorized
  • Use effects pedals sparingly- We are interested in what you can do with the instrument alone
  • Be prepared to improvise, read music (notation and chord charts) and play scales
  • An amplifier will be provided for on-campus auditions
Drum Set
  • Perform 2 pieces/songs that showcase your ability to play in various popular styles: Rock, funk, reggae, swing, bossa nova, etc.- Memorized
  • Be prepared to solo in different styles, read music and test your rhythm
  • A drum set is provided for on-campus auditions- Applicants are advised to bring their own cymbals, hi-hat clutch and snare
Piano
  • Perform 2 pieces/songs that showcase your ability to both perform solo tunes and to accompany- Memorized
  • Be prepared to improvise, read music (notation and chord charts), play scales and arpeggios
  • An electronic weighted keyboard with a pedal and amplification will be provided for on-campus auditions
Aural Skills + Interview- All Vocalists/Instrumentalists
  • All applicants, regardless of instrument, will participate in various aural skills tests, which may include: Call-and-response exercises, singing scales and intervals, identifying harmonic progressions and singing a given example
  • The aural skills test typically takes 3 – 5 minutes
  • All applicants will be briefly interviewed in a conversational style: Be prepared to speak about your musical history, accomplishments and why you want to study at Loyola

On-Campus Auditions + Interviews

Film and Music Industry Studies On-Campus Audition/Interview Dates

Saturday, December 3, 2016 – Early Action/Spring Audition Date
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017

  • All on-campus auditions and interviews are scheduled through the College of Music and Fine Arts supplemental application
  • Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email that outlines further details about the day’s schedule There are no pre-screening requirements for on-campus auditions
  • Loyola’s Discount Hotel Rates
    • Please DO NOT make reservations for accommodations until you have received confirmation of your on-campus audition/interview
  • On-campus audition/interview days typically take place from 8:00AM until 2:00PM. However, the duration of the event is subject to change. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (504) 865-3240 or admit@loyno.edu with any scheduling issues

The following equipment is available for on-campus Popular and Commercial Music auditionees:

  • PA and microphone
  • Acoustic piano
  • Electronic keyboard
  • Drumset
  • Guitar and bass amplifiers
  • A stereo 1/8” cable and laptop for playback of prerecorded tracks

  • Friday Visit Experience

    Applicants auditioning/interviewing for the Department of Film and Music Industry Studies are invited to attend a Friday pre-audition visit experience. During the Friday visit experience, you’ll have the opportunity to sit-in on classes and ensembles, meet with faculty members, tour the campus and residence halls, eat in our dining hall and more! You will receive an emailed invitation to the Friday visit experience once you have registered for your on-campus audition through your College of Music and Fine Arts supplemental application. These Friday visits will occur on:

    • Friday, December 2nd 2016, for December 3rd auditionees
    • Friday, January 20th 2017, for January 21st auditionees
    • Friday, February 3rd 2017, for February 4th auditionees


    Virtual Auditions + Remote Interviews

    Remote Interview

    Applicants who are unable to attend an on-campus interview may schedule a phone/Skype interview. All remote interviews are submitted/scheduled through the College of Music and Fine Arts supplemental application.

    Virtual Auditions

    Popular and Commercial Music applicants are encouraged to audition on-campus. However, if you cannot attend an on-campus audition you may register for a virtual audition. Virtual auditions are a live audition that takes place remotely via Skype. To set up a successful virtual audition, you must have the following:

    The right place:
    • A quiet, private area where you can audition undisturbed
    The right equipment:
    • A strong internet connection
    • A laptop or desktop with a webcam
    • A USB microphone is highly recommended: Blue Snowball or Blue Snowflake are affordable options.
    The right time:
    • Log into your Skype account and be prepared 5-10 minutes in advance of your scheduled audition time
    • Double check your time zone: All auditions are held in Central Time. If you’re in Pacific, Mountain, Eastern Time or another international time zone, you’ll need to plan for the time difference

    All virtual auditions are scheduled through your College of Music and Fine Arts supplemental application. Virtual auditions will be held on the following days:

    • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • Saturday, March 11, 2017
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017

To learn more, call 1-800-4-LOYOLA or schedule your visit online.