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Audition Requirements

Recorded Submissions

Overseas and interstate applicants may audition for instrumental/vocal areas by submitting a high-quality video recording. Applicants for other areas (Composition, Sonic Arts, Popular Music & Creative Technologies) should submit a folio of works. Recordings/folios are assessed during the audition periods using the same standards and criteria (below) that apply to live auditions.

Recordings/folios can be submitted via DVD or via an online file-sharing service such as DropBox or YouTube.

  • Domestic applicants should submit their materials directly to the Conservatorium either by post or email to auditions.music@adelaide.edu.au. These must be received by the Conservatorium by the beginning of the relevant audition round.
  • International applicants must submit their audition recording and additional documents as part of their application to the University of Adelaide, Student Recruitment and Admissions Services, Level 4 Kenneth Wills Building, Adelaide 5000.

Recordings/folios 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/work;
  • A list of repertoire studied in the past two years (for instrumental applicants).

Offshore Auditions

Auditions will be held in the following offshore locations in 2019:

Beijing: 27 & 28 April

Dulwich International College
Address: 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District, Beijing 
北京德威英国国际学校  (北京市顺义区首都机场路89号丽京花园7区)

If you would like more information about these auditions, or to register your intention to participate in Beijing auditions, please email china_enquiries@adelaide.edu.au or call +86 10 6708 1785.


Undergraduate Programs - Audition/Interview Requirements

Diploma in Music

  • Diploma in Music

    There are 3 majors in the Diploma in Music and each has different audition requirements:

    Contemporary Music & Technology Studies
    Interview duration = 15 minutes
    Applicants will be interviewed individually and will be asked to provide a recording of a minimum of three of their own songs/compositions which demonstrate their creativity, their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, and their potential for further development. In some instances, where an applicant is unable to provide recordings, songs/compositions may be performed live during the interview. Where recordings are provided, applicants may be asked to further demonstrate their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, as determined by the panel. Applicants will be advised of this additional requirement at the time of the interview and should be prepared to perform if deemed necessary.
    Interview duration = 15 minutes

    What is the panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting/composition is sought, supported by well-developed practical skills on an instrument or voice, and/or proficiency with technology and production.

    Additional items to bring: Applicants should bring copies of their CV/portfolio together with recordings and/or written scores that demonstrate their songwriting/compositional ability.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day). Applicants should submit a recording of three original works composed in a pop/rock style which demonstrates their creativity, their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice and their potential for further development. Applicants should also submit a CV of relevant experience in the pop/rock style.


    Music & Media
    Interview: applicants will be interviewed in groups (interview duration = 15 minutes)

    Short questionnaire: applicants will complete a short questionnaire as part of the interview process.

    What is the panel looking for? A range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.

    Additional items to bring: applicants should bring a CV to the interview. A CD demonstrating the widest variety of the applicant’s abilities and activities should be left with the panel at the interview.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day). Applicants should submit a CV demonstrating the widest variety of their abilities and activities. The panel will be looking at a range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.


    Ensemble Studies
    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Depending on area of specialisation, please see individual audition requirements for the Bachelor of Music programs.

    Pieces performed:
    applicants are required to prepare three contrasting works. Songs should include a variety of styles such as early Italian, a classical arrangement of a folk song or spiritual, an Art song (a classically composed song in any language) or up to one song from a musical.

    Sight-reading: applicants are expected to be able to sight sing at Grade 4 AMEB level (domestic students only)

    Aural test: some very basic aural tests may be conducted during the audition.

  • Diploma in Music - Music Production
    Interview: Applicants will be interviewed in groups (interview duration = 15 minutes)

    Short Questionnaire: Applicants will complete a short questionnaire as part of the interview process.

    What is the panel looking for? A range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.

    Additional Items to bring: applicants should bring a CV to the interview. A CD demonstrating the widest variety of the applicant’s abilities and activities should be left with the panel at the interview.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day). Applicants must submit a collection of works that includes original compositions and/or recorded or produced songs and/or instrumental performance. The folio should demonstrate musicianship and technical ability in music technology. Applicants should submit a CV with their recording.

    Applicants are not required to sit the online Musicianship test.
  • Diploma in Music - Commercial Music & Songwriting
    Applicants will be interviewed individually and will be asked to provide a recording of a minimum of three of their own songs / compositions which demonstrate their creativity, their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument / voice, and their potential for further development. In some instances, where an applicant is unable to provide recordings, songs / compositions may be performed live during the interview. Where recordings are provided, applicants may be asked to further demonstrate their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument / voice, as determined by the panel. Applicants will be advised of this additional requirement at the time of the interview and should be prepared to perform if deemed necessary.

    What is the panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting / composition is sought, supported by well-developed practival skills on an instrument or voice, and / or proficiency with technology and production.

    Additional items to bring: applicants should bring copies of their CV / portfolios together with recordings and / or written scores that demonstrate their songwriting / compositional ability.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day). Applicants should submit a recording of three original works composed ina pop / rock style which demonstrate their creativity, technical and musical proficiency on an instrument / voice and potential for further development. Applicants should also submit a CV of relevant experience in the pop / rock style.

    Applicants are not required to sit the online musicianship test.

Bachelor of Music Theatre

  • Bachelor of Music Theatre
    Music Theatre Staff

    Head of Music Theatre - George Torbay
    Dance - Zoë Komazec, Matt Geronimi, Maddison Lochert, Lily Scott, Sarah Williams
    Acting/Voice - Tony Knight, Joanne Hartstone, Jennifer Innes
    Music - George Torbay, Martin Cheney, Roseanne Hosking, Heather Keens, Stella Panozzo, Tania Savelli, Paul Sinkinson, Pat Wilson

    All applicants for the Bachelor of Music Theatre (ECMT) MUST attend a live audition - see Audition Rounds for locations and dates. You may select your preferred location when completing your Bachelor of Music Theatre audition registration form.

    The audition is divided into two parts.

    Audition Part 1

    Singing: You should present two songs from music theatre, these should:

    • be contrasting – one of the songs should have been written before 1965 and the other contemporary
    • last no longer than two minutes each
    • not be accompanied by a backing track
    • be performed from memory

    Both songs must be performed with piano accompaniment. An accompanist is provided for you. If you wish to use the University of Adelaide’s accompanist you must provide sheet music in the keys in which the songs are to be performed.

    Acting: You should prepare two acting monologues, these should:

    • be contrasting – one must be modern (after 1960)
    • last no longer than two minutes each
    • only be from published plays
    • not be extracts from poems or novels

    Your spoken voice will be considered during the performance of your acting pieces.

    Interview: You will be asked about your application, a little about yourself, your training and why you wish to study at ECMT. The initial audition will take 15 minutes. You should arrive, warmed up, 15-20 minutes early. Depending on this first part of the audition, you may be asked to return for Part 2 either later the same day (Perth, Sydney) or a following day (Adelaide).

    Audition Part 2

    Dance: Following a short warm-up, you will be taken through some short technical exercises and taught a short routine. You will present this to the panel. Please wear appropriate dance clothing and footwear. Avoid wearing baggy clothing, as it is important for us to be able to see the form of your body and your work. No dance experience is required for entry.

    Improvisation: Following the dance call, you will take part in an acting improvisation session.
    Q&A: Following the improvisation session, you will have an opportunity to speak with the Head of Music Theatre and current students.

    Photo & CV Submission
    At your audition, you should be prepared to submit a current photograph and CV. Your CV should include:

    • details of any current training – singing, dance or acting training and teachers
    • recent practical examinations
    • previous tertiary study if any (include an academic transcript)
    • personal statement
    • your contact details

    Registration Fee
    A non-refundable fee of $50 (+ gst) is payable via the University's online shop upon registration for the Bachelor of Music Theatre.

    Recorded Submissions
    The Music Theatre department does not permit recorded auditions from domestic applicants. Applicants MUST attend a live audition - see Audition Rounds for locations and dates.

    Overseas applicants may audition for music theatre by submitting a high-quality video recording on either a DVD in a playable format that can be played in a domestic DVD player (ie not computer files such as avi, mov, wmv etc) or via an online file-sharing service such as DropBox or YouTube.

    International applicants must submit their audition recording and additional documents as part of their application to the University of Adelaide, Student Recruitment and Admissions Services, Level 4 Kenneth Wills Building, Adelaide 5000.

    Recordings should be no older than 3 months from the date of submission, and must include:

    • Applicant's full name and SATAC application/reference number
    • A letter of verification (preferably from a teacher) stating that the recording is a true representation of the applicant's performance/work
    Video Content

    Introduction: introduce yourself by telling us your name, a little about yourself, a brief explanation about why you wish to come to study at the University of Adelaide and what you will be singing

    Singing: You should present two songs from music theatre, these should:

    • be contrasting - one of the songs should have been written before 1965 and the other contemporary
    • last no longer than two minutes each
    • not be accompanied by a backing track
    • be performed from memory

    Acting: You should prepare two acting monologues, these should:

    • be contrasting - one must be modern (after 1960)
    • last no longer than two minutes each
    • only be from published plays
    • not be extracts from poems or novels

    Dance: Perform a solo movement piece of not more than two minutes. You are welcome to perform any style of dance or movement that shows us your full body in motion. You may perform with music accompaniment.

    It is important that sound and video quality of the DVD is high so the panle can assess your presentation. The room needs to be well lit and we should be able to see you clearly. Avoid wearing baggy clothing as it is important for us to be able to see the form of your body.

    Preparing for your audition

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test at the appropriate time, details will be provided after the main round of auditions.

Bachelor of Music

  • Bachelor of Music – Classical Voice

    Audition duration = 15 minutes
    Pieces performed:
    applicants are required to prepare three contrasting works. Songs should include a variety of styles such as early Italian, a classical arrangement of a folk song or spiritual, an Art song (a classically composed song in any language) or up to one song from a musical.

    Sight-reading: applicants are expected to be able to sight sing at Grade 4 AMEB level (domestic students only)

    Aural test: some very basic aural tests may be conducted during the audition.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test.

  • Bachelor of Music – Music Performance Classical

    Brass: French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces performed: Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces showing musicianship, technical facility and current musical achievement.

    What is the audition panel looking for? Good tonal quality, clear articulation, precise rhythm and accurate intonation.

    Sight-reading: This may be tested along with technical work such as scales and arpeggios.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

    Keyboard
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed: The applicant should prepare three contrasting and stylistically varied pieces chosen from the mainstream classical keyboard repertoire. The program must include a study or piece of a technical nature, as well as a polyphonic piece (e.g. Bach, Shostakovich, Hindemith).

    Scales: Familiarity with scales and arpeggios will be expected.

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare a short piece of sight-reading (domestic applicants only)

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

    Percussion
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed:
    Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting works selected from the following percussion categories. Applicants must include at least one work from each category.

    • Group 1: vibraphone, xylophone, marimba
    • Group 2: timpani, snare drum, multi-percussion

    Technical Work: It is expected that applicants will play any major or minor scale/arpeggio, one or two octaves. Basic snare drum rudiments will be required (domestic students only)

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare an 8–10 bar piece of sight-reading (domestic students only)

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

    Strings: Violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, harp
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed: Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces showing musicianship, technical facility and current musical achievement.

    What is the audition panel looking for? Good tonal quality, clear articulation, precise rhythm and accurate intonation.

    Technical work and sight-reading: Applicants may be tested on scales, arpeggios and sight-reading skills.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

    Woodwind: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed: Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces from different periods/styles. They do not need to play a complete sonata but can choose one movement.

    Technical work: It is expected that applicants will play any 3 major scales, 3 harmonic minor scales, 3 melodic minor scales plus arpeggios, chromatic scales starting on any note, whole tone scales on C and C sharp. (domestic students only)

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare an 8–10 bar piece of sight-reading (domestic students only)

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test.

  • Bachelor of Music - Music Composition

    Interview duration = 15 minutes
    Folio:
     Applicants should bring copies of several of their original scores (normally three) that enable the panel to understand their current style and handling of compositional techniques. If compositions are short, miniature pieces, applicants may wish to bring more than three. These scores should be brought to the interview, not sent prior to that time. Scores may be neatly written or computer generated (there is no preference for the latter), but they must be photocopies and not originals as the panel will retain them after the audition.

    What will applicants be asked about? Applicants will be invited to speak about the character of their compositions and the techniques through which their musical ideas are expressed. Applicants will be asked general questions about things such as their knowledge of the musical repertory as well as the composers, experiences and musical works that have influenced them.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day). Applicants must present a folio of three or more recently completed original compositions for different instruments / ensembles. These compositions should demonstrate the applicants current understanding of style and compositional techniques. Copies of scores should accompany the submission and may be neatly written or computer generated.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music - Music Performance Jazz

    Bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, voice, flute, violin
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed:
     Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces, typically blues, Latin and swing standards.

    Scales: All (12 keys) major scales and at least two types of minor scales are expected.

    Sight-reading: Applicants may be asked to read chords and melody lines for their instrument within a big band chart.

    Chord Chart Reading: Play/improvise from a simple chord chart.

    Accompanist / Rhythm Section: it is preferable for applicants to bring rhythm section players to the audition, thereby giving the panel an opportunity to evaluate the applicant’s interaction with other players. However, if this is not possible, CD backing tracks are acceptable.

    Equipment: Music stands, a vocal PA and mic, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier and drum kit with cymbals are provided in the audition venue. Drummers should bring their own sticks. Please note that the warm-up rooms only have an amplifier.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through any files if you are attending a live audition)
    Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces, typically blues, Latin and swing standards

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music – Music Education and Pedagogy

    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    • A short demonstration of the student's practical skills on their instrument or voice. This will involve playing or singing a minimum of three contrasting pieces or songs.
    • A demonstration of the student's ability to read music (sight reading or 'quick learning' as relevant). This may take the form of (a) a prepared reading exercise where the student is given a short musical except and then given 15 minutes before the audition to prepare or (b) some other music reading task that gives the student an opportunity to demonstrate their music reading skills.
    • A short interview to allow the students to talk about their musical background.
    • Applicants will also be required to sit the online musicianship test at the appropriate time.

    The principal aim of the audition is to ascertain the applicant's level of music literacy and practical musical skills. The audition will indicate whether or not the student has the musical background (including practical ability on an instrument or Classical Voice) to successfully complete the Performance courses with the BMus (Music Education & Pedagogy).

    Any applicant who wishes to be considered for both the
    Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Education and Pedagogy (ie Flute) AND the
    Bachelor of Music with a major in Classical Performance (ie Flute)
    would need to do two separate auditions - one for the Classical performance and one of the Music Education and Pedagogy.

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the following Programs:

    • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Music
    • Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music - Musicology

    Interview duration = 15 minutes

    The panel will be looking for a range of skills in the area of music history and music theory, and an enthusiastic attitude towards the study of music. Evidence of well-deserved writing skills and an interest in developing abilities to describe and analyse music. Although musical performance is not required with this major, the ability to read music is expected.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music - Popular Music

    Interview duration = 15 minutes

    Applicants will be interviewed individually and will be asked to provide a recording of a minimum of three of their own songs/compositions which demonstrate their creativity, their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, and their potential for further development. In some instances, where an applicant is unable to provide recordings, songs/compositions may be performed live during the interview. Where recordings are provided, applicants may be asked to further demonstrate their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, as determined by the panel. Applicants will be advised of this additional requirement at the time of the interview and should be prepared to perform if deemed necessary.

    What is the panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting/composition is sought, supported by well-developed practical skills on an instrument or voice, and/or proficiency with technology and production.

    Additional Items to bring: applicants should bring copies of their CV/portfolio together with recordings and/or written scores that demonstrate their songwriting/compositional ability.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day)
    Applicants should submit a recording of three original works composed in a pop/rock style which demonstrate their creativity, technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice and potential for further development. Applicants should also submit a CV of relevant experience in the pop/rock style.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music - Sonic Arts

    Interview: Applicants will be interviewed in groups (interview duration = 15 minutes)

    Short Questionnaire: Applicants will complete a short questionnaire as part of the interview process.

    What is the  panel looking for? A range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.

    Additional Items to bring: applicants should bring a CV to the interview. A CD demonstrating the widest variety of the applicant’s abilities and activities should be left with the panel at the interview.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day)
    Applicants must submit a collection of works that includes original compositions and/or recorded or produced songs and/or instrumental performance. The folio should demonstrate musicianship and technical ability in music technology. Applicants should submit a CV with their recording.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

Bachelor of Music Advanced

  • Bachelor of Music Advanced Performance - Classical Voice

    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces performed:
    applicants are required to prepare three contrasting works. Songs should include a variety of styles such as early Italian, a classical arrangement of a folk song or spiritual, an Art song (a classically composed song in any language) or up to one song from a musical.

    Sight-reading: applicants are expected to be able to sight sing at Grade 4 AMEB level (domestic students only)

    Aural test: some very basic aural tests may be conducted during the audition.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music Advanced Performance - Classical Performance
    Brass: French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces performed: Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces showing musicianship, technical facility and current musical achievement.

    What is the panel looking for? Good tonal quality, clear articulation, precise rhythm and accurate intonation.

    Sight-reading may be tested along with technical work such as scales and arpeggios.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

    Keyboard
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed: The applicant should prepare three contrasting and stylistically varied pieces chosen from the mainstream classical keyboard repertoire. The program must include a study or piece of a technical nature, as well as a polyphonic piece (e.g. Bach, Shostakovich, Hindemith).

    Scales: Familiarity with scales and arpeggios will be expected.

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare a short piece of sight-reading (domestic applicants only)

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

    Percussion
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed:
    Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting works selected from the following percussion categories. Applicants must include at least one work from each category.

    • Group 1: vibraphone, xylophone, marimba
    • Group 2: timpani, snare drum, multi-percussion

    Technical Work: It is expected that applicants will play any major or minor scale/arpeggio, one or two octaves. Basic snare drum rudiments will be required (domestic students only)

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare an 8–10 bar piece of sight-reading (domestic students only)

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

    Strings: Violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, harp
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed: Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces showing musicianship, technical facility and current musical achievement.

    What is the panel looking for? Good tonal quality, clear articulation, precise rhythm and accurate intonation.

    Technical work and sight-reading: Applicants may be tested on scales, arpeggios and sight-reading skills.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

    Woodwind: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces Performed: Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces from different periods/styles. They do not need to play a complete sonata but can choose one movement.

    Technical work: It is expected that applicants will play any 3 major scales, 3 harmonic minor scales, 3 melodic minor scales plus arpeggios, chromatic scales starting on any note, whole tone scales on C and C sharp. (domestic students only)

    Sight-reading: Applicants will be given one minute to prepare an 8–10 bar piece of sight-reading (domestic students only)

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music Advanced Performance - Jazz Performance
    Bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, voice, flute, violin
    Audition duration = 15 minutes

    Pieces performed: Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces, typically blues, Latin and swing standards.

    Scales: All (12 keys) major scales and at least two types of minor scales are expected.

    Sight-reading: Applicants may be asked to read chords and melody lines for their instrument within a big band chart.

    Chord chart reading: Play/improvise from a simple chord chart.

    Accompanist / rhythm section: it is preferable for applicants to bring rhythm section players to the audition, thereby giving the panel an opportunity to evaluate the applicant’s interaction with other players. However, if this is not possible, CD backing tracks are acceptable.

    Equipment: Music stands, a vocal PA and mic, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier and drum kit with cymbals are provided in the audition venue. Drummers should bring their own sticks. Please note that the warm-up rooms only have an amplifier.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through any files if you are attending a live audition). Applicants are required to prepare three contrasting pieces, typically blues, Latin and swing standards.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test
  • Bachelor of Music Advanced Creative Arts - Composition

    Interview duration = 15 minutes

    Folio: Applicants should bring copies of several of their original scores (normally three) that enable the panel to understand their current style and handling of compositional techniques. If compositions are short, miniature pieces, applications may wish to bring more than three. These scores should be brought to the interview, not sent prior to that time. Scores may be neatly written or computer generated (there is no preference for the latter), but they must be photocopies and not originals as the panel will retain them after the audition

    What will applicants be asked about? Applicants will be invited to speak about the character of their compositions and the techniques through which their musical ideas are expressed. Applicants will be asked general questions about things such as their knowledge of the musical repertory as well as the composers, experiences and musical works that have influenced them.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day)
    Applicants must present a folio of three or more recently completed original compositions for different instruments / ensembles. These compositions should demonstrate the applicants current understanding of style and compositional techniques. Copies of scores should accompany the submission and may be neatly written or computer generated.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music Advanced Creative Arts - Popular Music

    Interview duration = 15 minutes

    Applicants will be interviewed individually and will be asked to provide a recording of a minimum of three of their own songs/compositions which demonstrate their creativity, their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, and their potential for further development. In some instances, where an applicant is unable to provide recordings, songs/compositions may be performed live during the interview. Where recordings are provided, applicants may be asked to further demonstrate their technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice, as determined by the panel. Applicants will be advised of this additional requirement at the time of the interview and should be prepared to perform if deemed necessary.

    What is the panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting/composition is sought, supported by well-developed practical skills on an instrument or voice, and/or proficiency with technology and production.

    Additional Items to bring: applicants should bring copies of their CV/portfolio together with recordings and/or written scores that demonstrate their songwriting/compositional ability.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day)
    Applicants should submit a recording of three original works composed in a pop/rock style which demonstrate their creativity, technical and musical proficiency on an instrument/voice and potential for further development. Applicants should also submit a CV of relevant experience in the pop/rock style.

    What is the panel looking for? Within a contemporary rock/pop style, creative potential in songwriting/composition is sought, supported by well-developed practical skills on an instrument or voice, and/or proficiency with technology and production.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music Advanced Creative Arts - Sonic Arts

    Interview: Applicants will be interviewed in groups (interview duration = 15 minutes)

    Short questionnaire: Applicants will complete a short questionnaire as part of the interview process.

    What is the panel looking for? A range of skills in the area of music, music technology, arts, maths, science or related areas and general information technology proficiency.

    Additional items to bring: applicants should bring a CV to the interview. A CD demonstrating the widest variety of the applicant’s abilities and activities should be left with the panel at the interview.

    Recorded submissions (interstate and international applicants only, do not send through your folio if you are attending a live interview, bring it with you on the day)
    Applicants must submit a collection of works that includes original compositions and/or recorded or produced songs and/or instrumental performance. The folio should demonstrate musicianship and technical ability in music technology. Applicants should submit a CV with their recording.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music Advanced Research - Musicology

    Interview duration = 15 minutes

    The panel will be looking for a range of skills in the area of music history and music theory, and an enthusiastic attitude towards the study of music. Evidence of well-deserved writing skills and an interest in developing abilities to describe and analyse music. Although musical performance is not required with this major, the ability to read music is expected.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

  • Bachelor of Music Advanced Research - Music Education
    There are no separate interviews of auditions for Music Education and Pedagogy. Applicants will need to meet the audition requirements of their relevant specialisation.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online Musicianship test

Bachelor of Teaching with a Bachelor of Music

  • Bachelor of Teaching (secondary/middle) with Bachelor of Music (with a major in Music Education and Pedagogy

    Applicants for these programs will need to indicate as part of their application for audition... (a) what their instrument is, and (b) which of the following areas they would like to undertake their Music Education & Pedagogy performance studies in. options available are: Popular Music, Classical Performance, Jazz Performance, Sonic Arts, and Classical Voice. These are not 'majors', just areas of practical study for your instrument or voice.

    Audition duration: 15 minutes

    • A short demonstration of the student's practical skills on their instrument or voice. This will involve playing or singing a minimum of three contrasting pieces or songs.
    • A demonstration of the student's ability to read music (sight reading or 'quick learning' as relevant). This may take the form of (a) a prepared reading exercise where the student is given a short musical excerpt and then given 15 minutes before the audition to prepare or (b) some other music reading task that gives the student an opportunity to demonstrate their music reading skills.
    • A short interview to allow the students to talk about their musical background.

    The principal aim of the audition is to ascertain the applicant's level of music literacy and practice musical skills. The audition will indicate whether or not the student has the musical background (including practical ability on an instrument or Classical Voice) to successfully complete the Performance courses with the BMus (Music Education & Pedagogy).

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online musicianship test at the appropriate time.

  • Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Arts with minor in Music Education & Pedagogy

    Audition duration: 15 minutes

    • A short demonstration of the student's practical skills on their instrument or voice. This will involve playing or singing  a minimum of two contrasting pieces or songs.
    • A demonstration of the student's ability to read music. This may take the form of (a) a prepared reading exercise where the student is given a short musical excerpt and then given 15 minutes before the audition to prepare or (b) some other music reading task that gives the student an opportunity to demonstrate their music reading skills.
    • A short interview to allow the students to talk about their musical background.

    The principal aim of the audition is to ascertain the applicant's level of music literacy and practical musical skills. The audition will indicate whether or not the student has the musical background to successfully complete the minors required courses.

    Applicants will also be required to sit the online musicianship test at the appropriate time.

Honours

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Classical 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.

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Music Composition)

    Applicants must submit a portfolio of 3-4 recent works that demonstrates experience in working with a variety of forms and media, such as (but not limited to) orchestral forces, chamber ensemble, and/or vocal setting of text. The portfolio must include a fully notated score of each work, with at least one work for large forces (e.g. orchestra) and at least one showing the development of musical material over an extended time span (approx. 10-15 minutes in duration).

    Interview duration = 25 minutes

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Music Performance – Classical)
    Brass

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

    • 25 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment
    • 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto with accompaniment
    • 10-15 minutes 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.

    Keyboard

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    • A polyphonic work (Bach or Shostakovich).
    • A movement or movements from a sonata, or major extended work from the repertoire
    • 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.

    Percussion

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    • Advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in the areas of tuned and untuned percussion.
    • 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto displaying skills in the area of tuned and untuned percussion
    • 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

    Strings

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

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

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

    Woodwind

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

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

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

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Music Performance – Jazz)

    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.

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Musicology)

    Applicants should submit an example of a research essay of approx. 3000-5000 words on a music-related topic.

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

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Popular Music & Creative Technologies)

    Applicants must submit studio recordings of three original songs, a video of them performing live and a CV.

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

    Interview duration = 25 minutes

  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts)

    Applicants must submit a recorded portfolio of work of approximately 20 minutes duration demonstrating an advanced level of skill in one or more of the following areas:

    • Composition using electronic or electro-acoustic media
    • Sound design, computer programming for sound/music
    • Live electronic/electro-acoustic music performance
    • Hardware/ software development
    • Audio recording/production

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

    Interview duration = 25 minutes

Postgraduate Programs - Audition Requirements

Graduate Diploma in Music and Master of Music

  • Classical Performance: Brass (french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium)

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

    • 25 minutes of advanced solo repertoire, with accompaniment
    • 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto with accompaniment
    • 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: Conducting
    Applicants should present a 15 minute program which includes two contrasting pieces, may be with an orchestra or ensemble, or, should that not be possible, with two pianos playing an orchestral reduction. Applicants will be given the opportunity to do a live audition or submit a video recording of their conducting.
  • Classical Performance: Keyboard (piano, organ, harpsichord)

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    • A polyphonic work (Bach or Shostakovich).
    • A movement or movements from a sonata, or major extended work from the repertoire
    • 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 (tuned and untuned classical percussion)

    Applicants should present a 25 minute program which includes:

    • Advanced solo repertoire displaying skills in the areas of tuned and untuned percussion.
    • 10 minutes unaccompanied orchestral excerpts and a 15 minute 'orchestral audition' concerto displaying skills in the area of tuned and untuned percussion
    • 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 (violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, harp)

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

    • One movement from a Solo Sonatas or Partita by JS Bach
    • First movement of a major 19th or 20th Century concerto with cadenza
    • 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: (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder, saxophone)

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

    • One movement from a baroque work
    • Either one movement from the Mozart Concerto in D or G Concerto OR one movement from a major 19th or 20th Century Concerto
    • 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 (trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, drums, voice)

    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.

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