Creating Your Music Video for the IYOSG

Recording a music audition can be easily done with the right equipment.

When creating a video tape for a music audition, you must ensure the recording has clear audio and visual quality and follow the directions provided in the audition notice.


Things You Will Need:

  • Digital camcorder
  • Tripod
  • External microphone
  • Computer
  • Video editing software
  • DVD-R/DVD-RW disc

1. Review the audition notice. Information regarding music selected for audition ny instrument will be listed when you select your instrument. Follow the instructions within the audition notice carefully because if your video does not match the requirements the reviewing instructors will not consider the video.

2. Gather filming equipment. To record a music audition you will need a digital camcorder, a tripod and an external microphone to ensure the sound is clearly recorded. Make sure that the camcorder features a microphone jack to plug in the external microphone.

3. Set up the camera and attach the microphone. Have someone frame up the shot. Stand at least six feet away from the camera and film your body from the waist up unless you are performing on a cello or double bass. Make sure your face can be clearly seen.

4. Test the camcorder by recording a practice shot. While performing the two selections you have chosen for you audition. Announce each selection before you begin to play. Review the test recording to ensure your voice and music can be clearly heard. Make adjustments to the audio levels and lighting if necessary.

5. Record the music at least three times and review these recordings. Select the best take and upload the video into your computer. Most digital camcorders come with computer software to streamline the uploading process.

6. Finalize the audition disk on your computer. Use free editing software to add your name and contact information at the beginning of the tape or on a label and burn two copies of the audition disk using a DVD-R/DVD-RW disc.

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