Guitar audition

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2020. Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Registry or the department administrator if you have any queries. Please see for application details.

In most cases, guitar auditions will last around 30 minutes. As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.

UCAS Conservatoires course codes
Undergraduate Gap Year 102F
Undergraduate Bachelor of Music 302F
Postgraduate Master of Arts 1 year 700F / 2 year 702F
Postgraduate Master of Music 1 year 807F / 2 year 805F
Postgraduate Professional Diploma 903F
Postgraduate Continuing Professional Development Diploma 908F
Postgraduate Advanced Diploma (Performance) W301

Established guitar duos
are also invited to audition at postgraduate level, performing a programme of three contrasted duo pieces; each member of the duo will also be required to present one solo piece. Each candidate should make their own UCAS Conservatoires application (for the same course code as the other duo member), and then each should email including their UCAS Conservatoires personal ID numbers to confirm that they wish to audition as a duo.

Audition requirements

    Undergraduates should present three pieces and postgraduates four pieces from:
    (i) a contrapuntal work written between c.1550-1750
    (ii) a movement in sonata form
    (iii) a theme with variations
    (iv) a dance movement
    (v) a work, or movement(s), written after 1950.
    You may be asked to play scales, arpeggios, etc to ABRSM Grade 8 standard.
    You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.


Bachelor Degree or Gap Year candidates

To help us stream you into the most appropriate classes you may be asked some questions about a short extract of music, and be asked to take some aural skills assessments consisting of a sight-singing test and some of the following:
- singing the middle notes in a chord
- identification of intervals
- sight reading of rhythms
- sight reading of two simultaneous different rhythms, to be sung and clapped.
Sorry, we cannot issue specimen tests. 

Master of Music (MMus), Professional Diploma (ProfDip) and Advanced Diploma (Performance) candidates

There are specific requirements for written work to support your application.