Jazz 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. You are welcome to contact the Registry or the jazz department administrator if you have any queries. The closing date for receipt of applications is on the Application Dates section of our Apply page www.ram.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply.

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:
Gap Year 102F
BMus 300F
Master of Arts 1 year 700F / 2 year 702F
Master of Music 1 year 807F
Master of Music 2 year 805F

You can find details of the audition requirements in our audition requirements PDF.
Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Registry or the jazz department administrator if you have any queries.

Please note, we only audition jazz candidates in London in December. 

Candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in their chosen idiom(s), including instrumental technique, improvisation, sight reading and ability to relate to an accompanying group (provided from current students).

‘Definite’ versions for items a) and b) in Round Two (see the audition requirements PDF) can be found in The New Real Book Volume One published by Sher Music Co.

Singers can specify different key requirements to the rhythm section provided at the audition. Singers are not permitted to bring their own accompanist or to sing with a backing track. Singers should either refer to a Real Book to obtain the lyrics when choosing a piece from each list, or transcribe them from a recording.

All candidates will sit a short jazz theory written paper which takes 10 minutes, as noted in the audition requirements PDF. You will be permitted to use a printed dictionary. Sorry, we cannot issue specimen papers.

Video audition eligibility: Application deadline 1 October, upload deadline 1 November

If you live outside Europe and are unable to travel to London at the time of the auditions, the Academy will accept a video recording for jazz applications. Please complete your application by 1 October through UCAS Conservatoires, selecting 'Recording' as your audition method.
Your video recordings should be uploaded to Acceptd by 1 November. Recordings uploaded after 1 November will be processed at the discretion of the Head of Jazz. The recordings should include your Spoken English item, a performance of one tune from each list in the audition requirements, plus a performance of an original composition by you, including part of the rehearsal process leading up to the performance. We do not accept audio-only recordings.

If required, an interview by video link will be arranged which may include sight-reading and a discussion of your study plans.

Master of Music (MMus) candidates

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