Future Undergraduate and VET Music Students
- Why Choose the Elder Conservatorium of Music?
- Application forms/How to Apply
- Aural/Theory Test
- Audition and Application Dates
The Conservatorium offers a comprehensive range of programs at the Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor degree levels, and caters for specialisations in Classical and Jazz Performance, Composition, Musicology, Music Education, Performance and Pedagogy, Sonic Arts, Music Technology and Popular Music and Creative Technologies.
Our VET music and undergraduate programs include:
- Certificate III in Music
- Certificate IV in Music
- Diploma in Music
- Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Music (Honours)
- Diploma in Instrumental Music
All applicants must apply for admission and an audition.
- Apply for Admission
- Apply for an Audition/Interview
Completed audition/interview application forms should be submitted to the Elder Conservatorium
- Audition/Interview Application form
- If filling in the form on screen, please type your full name in lieu of signature
- Send in your application form via post or email (preferred): email@example.com
- To apply for an Honours program, fill out the Honours Application Form and submit to the Elder Conservatorium. You don't need to make a SATAC application.
*Domestic applicants are those who were born in Australia or have citizenship or have permanent residency or are currently studying a full-time year 12 program in Australia
Please refer to the Program Information Leaflet for audition requirements.
Final offers are subject to satisfactory academic achievement and audition and Aural/Theory test outcomes. Quotas may be imposed in each area of study and if you have multiple specialisations, you may audition in each of them to ensure consideration in more than one quota group.
The audition process involves a performance/interview/portfolio with an audition panel, and an aural/theory test. The audition aims to assess the skills of each applicant and their potiential for future studies.
Download: Sample Aural/Theory Test
This test is an integral part of the audition process which all applicants are required to complete, not including applicants for the Diploma of Music (Sound Engineering). International applicants who are auditioning via recordings may be excused from the aural/theory test, as will any student auditioning for re-admission after a leave of absence, or applicants for the Diploma of Instrumental Music.
The aural/theory test score is used in the selection process as a tie-breaker when needed and provides us with an indicator of your current level in both areas.
Any new applicants must provide a description of their theoretical background and copies of any recent certificates with their audition application.
Test sessions will be scheduled at 12 noon on each day during the audition periods. Applicants may attend any session - booking is not necessary. Please bring a pen and photo ID.
The aural/theory test aims to assess the applicant's general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts. The test comprises:
- aural questions covering rhythm, tonality, melody and harmony
- score interpretation questions about a given short piano extract
- theoretical questions such as keys, major and minor scales, intervals and chords
- Mid-year entry (Adelaide): Held in the week beginning 8th July 2013. Applications close Friday 21 June 2013. Places available in Certificate IV in Music (Classical) and Diploma in Music (Classical) only.
- Main round (Adelaide): Held in the week beginning 30th September 2013. Applications close Friday 30 August 2013. Late applications cannot be accepted for this round.
- Main round (Interstate- locations to be advised): Held in the week beginning 23rd September 2013. Applications close Friday 30 August 2013.
- Late round (Adelaide): Held in the week beginning 2nd December 2013. Applications close Friday 1 November 2013. Please note: applicants must attach a statement detailing the reason for requesting a late audition.
- Final round (Adelaide): Held in the week beginning 27th January 2014. Applications close Friday 10 January 2014. Auditions/interviews will only be held for instruments/specialisations where there are places still available. This is highly unlikely to include any jazz specialisations. Full details will be available on the website closer to that time.
- Recorded (CD/DVD): Any audition CDs or DVDs submitted by overseas applicants must be received at the Conservatorium by 1 November 2013. Late submissions are unlikely to be considered. Please note: international students currently living in Adelaide are required to attend a live audition.
Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged by email within the two weeks following the closing date for the round you have applied for. If you do not receive email notification by this time, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to check your application has been received by the office.