Song & Monologue FAQs

What performance material do I need to prepare for my program?
For a list of required performance material by major, please refer to your Student & Parent Handbook. You may download the Handbook at

Why do I have to get my songs and monologues approved by my Student Advisor?
We want you to get the very most out of your time with us! To best achieve that, we ask you to do a little homework, and arrive well prepared so that we can use our time together most efficiently. Your Student Advisor is someone who is very knowledgeable about what the New York industry is looking for when it comes to audition songs and monologues for young performers. They also want to ensure that you are preparing material that is age/content appropriate and that is not overdone.  If for any reason you are headed in the wrong direction with your selection, we hope to save you some effort and valued time. We can make suggestions for good resources and sometimes even specific repertoire, before you even arrive.

How should I pick my songs and/or monologues?
The most important thing when it comes to picking songs and monologues is to find selections that you love to perform! That being said, you should also make sure that your songs and monologues are age/content appropriate and that they are not overdone or overly associated with a famous performer. For a list of guidelines on choosing your songs, please visit For a list of guidelines on choosing your monologues, please visit

Should I perform something I already know, or bring new material to BAA?
We recommend bringing songs and monologues that you have had the opportunity to rehearse for at least a couple of weeks. You will have time to work on these pieces in your classes, but it’s best if you arrive with material that is well memorized and ready to workshop instead of something you picked up the night before you arrived! Your Student Advisor will be able to help you choose your pieces with plenty of time to work on them at home. If you feel as if you may need some additional work or coaching before the start of your program, we are happy to help you arrange additional Private Coachings with our year-round private coaching staff. Please visit for coaching rates and additional information.

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