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Our audition procedure is designed to enable us to find out about you.

- Not just how good a performer or composer you are, but what sort of a person you are, and to assess whether you have the potential to be the sort of musician who will benefit from the approach that we have.

Here you will find specific information relating to your chosen area.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

All Instruments Not Listed Below

Audition Requirements: BMus & ISP Foundation (Classical Performance)

The audition will take the following format:

DURING THE AUDITIONApplicants must prepare two contrasting pieces of your own choice, written for your principal study instruments, and lasting no longer than 15 minutes in total
Applicants may be required take a short sight-reading test and/or improvisation test

Classical applicants are not expected to have prior experience of improvisation.

Piano Performance*

Piano Audition Requirements: BMus & ISP Foundation (Classical Performance)

The audition will take the following format:

DURING THE AUDITION
  • Applicants must prepare three pieces showing contrasting styles and techniques, written for your principal study instruments, and lasting no longer than 15 minutes in total.  At least one of these pieces should be played from memory.
  • The panel reserve the right to only hear 10 minutes of your performance. 
  • Applicants may be required take a short sight-reading test and/or improvisation test 

Percussion & Drum Kit/Timpani

BMus and Foundation

The audition will last 40 minutes. The following timetable provides detailed information about the audition process.

Composition

BMus and Foundation

Composition auditions will take 30 minutes and take the following format:

Jazz Performance (BMus)

The audition will last for 30 minutes. Assessment will be based upon the applicant's ability to combine creativity with a sound technique and strong aural skills. The table below provides information about  the audition process.

In the audition

  • perform two pieces - either two standards or one standard and an original composition - that best illustrate your interest and ability in areas of music that involve improvisation. Some knowledge of jazz-based improvisation should be demonstrated, but non-jazz improvisation may also be employed.  
  • have a short interview
  • take a short sight-reading test
  • improvise over changes by ear and from reading chord symbols  
  • repeat phrases played by a member of the audition panel (who will play the same instrument as the applicant)

Important notes

Jazz Vocalists, please note that microphones will not be provided. If you require a microphone, please bring your own.

Jazz Drummers should not bring their own cymbals and clutch, and note the following from the Head of Jazz:

Prepare two contrasting pieces, i.e. tempo and feel. Make sure that you improvise, either 4's, 8's or open/free. You will have approximately 20 minutes to rehearse with a rhythm section (provided by Trinity Laban). It will be helpful if you can demonstrate some keyboard skills, i.e. II V I and recognise major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th chords and half-diminished chords by ear. There will be some straight forward sight-reading in a big band style (you will be accompanied by a rhythm section plus a saxophonist).

If you do not understand any of the requirements above, discuss them with your teacher.

Voice

The audition will take the following format:

In the Audition

You should prepare three items of your choice in contrasting styles and moods. Two items should be in languages foreign to you and of classical repertoire. Following a review of our auditions processes, Vocal auditions will now run in one round, and not two, for 2018 entry onwards, in line with the auditions processes of our other instruments. You will receive an email detailing your schedule for the day, which will include a warm-up time, tour, and written paper where applicable.

You may be required to take a short sight-reading test and/or improvisation test.

All Masters applicants will be required to take a 30-minute written test, to include a critical commentary on a piece of prose. Please note past papers are not available.

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

All Instruments Not Listed Below

Audition Requirements
All Masters programmes (Classical Performance), PGD, PGAD and ISP (Advanced)

The audition will last for 30 minutes. The table below provides full information about the audition process.

Piano Performance*

Postgraduate Level programmes

The audition will last for 30 minutes. The table below provides full information about the audition process.

Percussion & Drum Kit/Timpani

The audition will last for 40 minutes. The following table provides detailed information about the audition process.

Composition

Composition auditions will take 30 minutes and take the following format:

PRIOR TO THE AUDITIONAll Composition applicants are required to submit a portfolio of compositions via Embark. Read more about recorded auditions.
ON THE AUDITION DAYThe audition will take the form of a discussion of this portfolio. You will be asked to perform for 2-3 minutes on an instrument of your own choice in any style. All Masters applicants will be required to take a 30-minute written test, to include a critical commentary on a piece of prose. Please note past papers are not available.
PORTFOLIOYour portfolio will be assessed according to:
- Compositional techniques
- Writing for instruments/voice
- Analysis
- Harmonisation
RECORDED AUDITIONSRecorded auditions will be assessed using a portfolio as described above, but in addition you will be required to provide a spoken introduction to their work along with written work for Master's applications.

Compositions portfolios must be submitted via Embark by 9th November to be considered as an on-time application.

Jazz Performance

The audition will last for 30 minutes. Assessments will be based upon the applicants ability to combine creativity with a sound technique and strong aural skills. The table below provides information about the audition process.

Important Notes

Jazz Vocalists, please note that microphones will not be provided. If you require a microphone, please bring your own.

Jazz Drummers should bring their own cymbals and clutch.

Voice

In the Audition

You should prepare three items of your choice in contrasting styles and moods. Two items should be in languages foreign to you and of classical repertoire. Following a review of our auditions processes, Vocal auditions will now run in one round, and not two, for 2018 entry onwards, in line with the auditions processes of our other instruments. You will receive an email detailing your schedule for the day, which will include a warm-up time, tour, and written paper where applicable.

You may be required to take a short sight-reading test and/or improvisation test.

All Masters applicants will be required to take a 30-minute written test, to include a critical commentary on a piece of prose. Please note past papers are not available.

Single Reed Theatre Doubling

1) Entrance Audition Requirements:

i) Present items on both saxophone and clarinet at a standard appropriate to postgraduate study, and normally show some ability on flute.
ii) Pieces performed on both instruments must have a piano accompaniment.
iii) Sight reading for both instruments.
iv) Scales for both instruments.
v) Clarinet transposition.
vi) Interview.

All Masters applicants will be required to take a 30-minute written test, to include a critical commentary on a piece of prose. Please note past papers are not available.

OTHER PROGRAMMES

MA Music Education and Performance

These are the audition requirements for the MA Music Education and Performance.  Please make sure you are aware of the entry requirements prior to application.  

 

DURING THE AUDITIONApplicants must play a contrasting and suitably demanding programme of no more than 15 minutes in total.Applicants will have a combined practical/ academic interview centring on pedagogical issues, during which they may be required to take a sight-reading, improvisation and/or initiative test.
DURING THE AUDITION DAYApplicants will be required to take a 30-minute written test, to include a short critical commentary on a piece of prose (describing a pedagogical concept) or on a video of a teaching activity, and the creation of practice exercises in association with a piece of previously unseen repertoire.

* Please note piano applicants are asked to bring scores for the Panel. We do not provide page-turners.

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