I like to encourage all my clarinet students to participate in district and state band auditions each year. Music auditions are a great opportunity for students to learn valuable life skills - not just students who want to pursue a music career, but for ALL students' real life situations in college and into adulthood.
Here is my adjudication form from when I was in 9th grade! My audition piece from 1974 happens to be the Massachusetts Senior District audition piece for this fall!
Here are some benefits of music auditions:
Setting a goal and committing to working towards it with your best effort
Recognizing that excellence only comes with hard work and is not just a result of "talent"
Time management - audition preparation is a process and must be paced over the time leading to the audition date. "Cramming" right before the audition doesn't work.
Learning to present your best self under pressure and competition
Coping with adversity - not everyone who auditions is accepted - even if the performance is excellent
I did pretty good back then. Will you take on the challenge?