Welcome to the International Journal of Music

Arthur Zanin, Editor in Chief
Eric Anderson, Editor

We are so excited to present you with this new, fully online publication. All my life, I’ve participated in the time-honored tradition of music education, sharing my knowledge with my students just as my professors shared their knowledge with me. The IJM widens the pedagogical circle for any musician willing to learn, publishing academic and performance-based insights by seasoned musicians, educators and ambitious students. You will find articles for different instruments in their respective magazines, such as this one. You are able to access, submit, and review articles on our IJM website (https://ijm.education).

Sincerely,

Arthur Zanin, Editor in Chief

preparing cello auditions

Preparing Your Orchestra Audition: A Roadmap to Becoming the Musician You Always Wanted to Be

Preparing orchestra audition repertoire is far more than a practical necessity—it can be a transformative pathway toward instrumental and artistic growth. Through my teaching as well as personal audition experiences, I have learned that mastering the excerpts and acquiring the skills necessary to play with confidence under audition pressure can inspire and motivate you to learn to play with better control, refined musicality, and to define and execute virtuosity in new ways. With time and patience, this leads to improvement in all types of playing in all situations beyond the orchestra audition. In this essay, I describe my approach to different components of the preparation process—listening to and absorbing the repertoire, making orchestral excerpts part of your practice routine, using musicality to guide the necessary acquisition of new technique, approaches to intonation, rhythm, sound quality, and dynamics, and the emphasis on long-term progress.
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