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Applying for Postgraduate Coursework Programs

This page outlines the process for applying for Elder Conservatorium postgraduate coursework programs.

Applicants for Elder Conservatorium postgraduate research programs should visit our Apply for Research webpage.


How to Apply

Apply to SATAC

Applicants for all postgraduate coursework programs must apply for admission through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Please note: the SATAC code for the Graduate Certificate in Music Teaching is 3GC076.

Apply to the Conservatorium

Applicants must also submit an application form directly to the Elder Conservatorium:

Audition Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma and Masters coursework programs must submit a high-quality video recording that address the criteria listed below, as relevant to the instrument of the applicant.

Audition video recordings can be submitted via DVD or via an online file-sharing service such as DropBox or YouTube. Recordings should be no older than 12 months from the date of submission, and must include:

  • Applicant's full name and SATAC application/reference number;
  • The applicant's choice of program and instrument/area, e.g. Master of Music (Performance Studies) - Classical Piano
  • A complete list of repertoire presented in the audition recording (i.e. full composer and work details);
  • A letter of verification (preferably from a teacher) stating that the recording is a true representation of the applicant's performance;
  • A list of repertoire studied in the past two years.
Classical Performance: Brass

Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes ONE of the following options:

  1. 25 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment
  2. 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto with accompaniment
  3. 10-15minutes of Chamber Music (with accompanying artists) and 10-15 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment.

The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

Classical Performance: Keyboard

Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

  1. A polyphonic work (Bach or Shostakovich).
  2. A movement or movements from a sonata, or major extended work from the repertoire
  3. An etude or piece of a specifically technical nature.

The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

Classical Performance: Percussion

Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

  1. Advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in the areas of tuned and untuned percussion.
  2. 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto displaying skills in the area of tuned and untuned percussion
  3. 10-15minutes of Chamber Music (with accompanying artists) and 10 - 15minutes of advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in tuned and untuned percussion.

The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

Classical Performance: Strings

Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes a work from each of the following three categories:

  1. One movement from a Solo Sonatas or Partita by JS Bach
  2. First movement of a major 19th or 20th Century concerto with cadenza
  3. Virtuoso showpiece

The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

Classical Performance: Voice

Applicants should present a 25 minute program of classical vocal repertoire which:

  • includes music composed in the period from the 18th century to the 21st century inclusive (including a minimum of one piece composed in the 20/21st century and performed in original language).
  • displays competence in four languages (English, Italian, German & French).
  • shows a good understanding of most of the following styles and genres: ‘Early Music’, Oratorio, Opera, Lieder, French mélodie and Art song.

Consideration will be given to presentation and musicianship as manifested in the performances. The candidate must demonstrate technical skills and a level of musical maturity at a level equivalent to successful completion of a three year performance degree.

Classical Performance: Woodwind

Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes a work from each of the following three categories:

  1. One movement from a baroque work
  2. Either one movement from the Mozart Concerto in D or G Concerto OR one movement from a major 19th or 20th Century Concerto
  3. Virtuoso showpiece

The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate performance degree.

Jazz Performance

Applicants must present a 25 minute program demonstrating an ability to play in an ensemble environment including a broad range of jazz styles showing accompanying and solo ability.

The candidate must demonstrate skills of a standard equivalent to successful completion of the third year of an undergraduate jazz performance degree.

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

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