The directors and staff are committed to developing a well rounded, expressive student that not only is a fine performer but also demonstrates a heightened sense of personal/social skills which include, but are not limited to: team work, promptness, responsibility, conduct, and effort. Also important is the desire to emphasize artistic expression through music as a top priority. Band students will be able to demonstrate proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument through performance and practice. They will demonstrate music literacy in relation to reading music, as well as expressive and stylistic nuance associated with a piece of music. Furthermore, the student will demonstrate characteristics associated with good musicianship including, but not limited to; tone, posture, rhythmic accuracy, instrument care and maintenance, and social and conduct skills associated with performing ensembles. There are 4 levels of concert bands in the band magnet at Miami Arts Studio and 3 levels of jazz bands offered at MAS.

Band / Audition Criteria




Performance of a prepared selection on an instrument (woodwind, brass, percussion bass, guitar, piano, or recorder).

Performance of a one or two octave major scale on an instrument (woodwind, brass, percussion, bass, guitar, piano, or recorder).

Sight reading

Aural pitch matching

Brief interview

Please bring a photograph to the audition, not to exceed 5”X7” and print your name on the back of the photo with your choice of magnet strand.



Perform a classical solo piece of music (Percussion needs to have solos for mallets, snare drum and timpani). The selection should be Grade Two or higher from the Florida Bandmasters Association list. Bring two copies of your selections to the audition.

Perform 6 major scales of one, two or three octaves with arpeggio.

Perform a Chromatic scale the range of your instrument.

Sight-read music of average difficulty.

Demonstrate acceptable proficiency on a music fundamental examination.

Brief Interview

Please bring a photograph to the audition, not to exceed 5”X7” and print your name on the back of the photo with your choice of magnet strand.

All applicants must provide two copies of the selection to be performed. All applicants are requested to provide their own instrument, except for Pianists and Percussionists.

NOTE: Instrument assignment for beginners is at the discretion of the director.

John Bixby, Band Director

Erich Rivero, Band Director 




15015 SW 24 Street
Miami, Florida 33185

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