An Audition Day Checklist for You and Your Brain

Saving Yourself from Yourself:
An Audition Day Checklist for You and Your Brain

By NAfME Member Doreen Fryling, Ed.D.

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Whether this is your first audition or your hundredth, you are probably a little nervous (or even terrified) about it. And you have probably already heard most of the obvious stuff about how to get ready for your audition:

  • prepare your music way in advance
  • work with a teacher you trust
  • know the context of your piece
  • know the specific requirements of what you are supposed to prepare for your audition
  • get a good night’s sleep
  • make sure you eat something healthy beforehand
  • wear something nicer than you normally do
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So, take it a step further and prepare yourself mentally. On the day of your audition, print out this checklist and bring it along with your music. Read it once (or a thousand times) before your audition.

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About the author:

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NAfME member Doreen Fryling, Ed.D. is a 2016 Grammy Music Educator semifinalist, and had a student in our 2015 All-National Honor Choir. She is in her twentieth year as a public school music educator. She currently teaches IB Music and chorus classes at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY, and has previously taught K-5 general music and middle school chorus. She frequently serves as a cooperating teacher for student teachers. Doreen is a founding member of the eVoco Voice Collective, works as a professional chorister in NYC, and also maintains an active schedule as a collaborative pianist. She recently earned a Doctorate of Education in Learning and Teaching from Hofstra University. Doreen shares her love of music making with her husband, David, and their two children.

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