String Auditions

String Auditions

Bill Bedford
[email protected]
Center Middle School (Strongsville)

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



Middle School




Computer Internet Sibelius software to create your own exercises


20 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students will have played string instruments for at least 1- 2 years.
Students will know how to use a computer and navigate the internet.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Evaluating music and music performances.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Computer Projector Internet


Students will learn how to download music using the scorch plug in from Sibelius.
Students will print a copy of music to practice from for their audition.
Students will have the opportunity to listen to the music & practice with the music using the computer.
Students may transpose the audtion piece to extend their studies.
Assessment will be at their live audtion performed alone.


I will put the procedures in a web power point available at my website.
Demonstration to class:
1. Log into the internet and navigate to
2. Download free software Scorch from the website (Allows the audition piece to be viewed and pinted)
3. Next use the links provided in the power point online or navigate to
4. Use search type Bedford look for Violin or Viola or Cello String Audition and click on the correct one for your instrument.
5. This should load using scorch.
6. Listen to the audition print 2 copies and save to your computer if you want.
7. Students may also transpose the piece will using scorch to enrich
8. Students may practice with the recording and evaluate
10. Read audition criteria at the bottom of the page and bring your copies when you audition


1. Evaluation of music technology when student bring a printed copy.
2. Extra credit for a transposed copy.
3. Evaluation of musicality and seat placement in the ensemble.
4. Performance evaluation criteria:
Note accuracy, Tone, Intonation, Rhythm, Posture, Hand & finger position, Bowing.

Follow Up:

Additional exercises posted to
Students creating their own music and posting.

Items to Purchase:

None (Need Sibelius notation software to create exercises)

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