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Songbook Academy Screening Process

March 20, 2020

Have you ever wondered what our screeners look for in a Songbook Academy applicant and how they screen from locations across the country? Well, you’re in luck! We’re sharing a few behind-the-scenes secrets about the process…


Who are the Screeners?

Six professional vocal clinicians and coaches screen our applicants. Read their bios here.



How does the screening process work?

Our screeners adjudicate each individual applicant via the same Acceptd platform through which our students submit their application. The platform provides our screeners a user friendly way to view the students’ videos, fill out a screening rubric developed by the Songbook Academy and provide written feedback to each applicant.


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So, what are the screeners looking for?

Our screeners are looking for students, who demonstrate quality vocal technique and understanding, including:

  • rhythmic accuracy and understanding
  • a focused, healthy and supported tone quality
  • a strong and consistent tonal center
  • and an innate musical ability


Our screeners are also looking for students, who demonstrate:

  • an intellectual and emotional ability to interpret a song’s lyrics
  • and tell a story that is organic and grounded in a personal connection, sense of style and overall performance technique. 


What makes our process unique?

Unlike many other programs where students receive a yes, no or waitlist notification only, our screeners provide ALL students with written feedback. The feedback that students receive may include:

  • Positive feedback
  • Constructive criticism relating to the student's overall performance
  • Specific guidance on technique areas the student could work on in the future with their music, choir or private vocal teacher
  • Song selection recommendations


Sample feedback:



When will students hear back from us?

Due to the current COVID-19 national health emergency, we decided to extend our application season by one week to alleviate any added stress or pressure on families navigating school and community-wide closures.  The application deadline was March 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM and students were notified of their acceptance status on April 15, 2021. Though our 2021 application is now closed, next year's process will re-open in mid-December!


Questions about the screening process? Feel free to reach out to