Musical Theatre auditions

Applications for entry in 2020 are now closed. Applications for 2021 will be available online from 18 July 2020.

Entrance requirements

The department welcomes applications from graduates, mature students and performers wishing to undertake an intensive course with the intention of re-focusing their careers. We will consider all applications and have an APEL procedure for applicants who have not completed the normal matriculation requirements. For the specific entrance requirements for each programme see below.

 Master of Arts (MA) Musical Theatre Performance or MA in Musical Direction & Coaching

The MA Musical Theatre Performance and MA in Musical Direction & Coaching are postgraduate programmes. The standard entry requirements are:

  • A high level of performance attainment as determined at audition.
  • A Bachelor-level qualification (RQF level 6). We can also accept an equivalent standard of performing ability and professional experience. (See our Entry Requirements main page)
  • English Language skills equivalent to IELTS 5.5 as detailed on our English Language web page. Owing to the speed and intensity of the course it is essential  that all students are fluent communicators in English. We will assess this as part of your audition. (As a guide, we suggest that IELTS 7.0 or equivalent in ‘speaking’ and ‘listening’ is needed.) 

Please note that applicants coming straight from secondary school are unlikely to be able to meet the matriculation requirements, even if they have had extensive performance experience at a high level. In the exceptional case that such an applicant is accepted, they will be offered a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) not an MA degree. The PGCert consists of the same practical experience without the MA frame. The programme specifications are published on our programmes of study page.

Professional Diploma in Musical Direction & Coaching

For applicants who already have a masters-level qualification, we offer the Professional Diploma in Musical Direction & Coaching. The standard entry requirements are:

  • A high level of attainment as determined at audition
  • A Masters-level qualification (RQF level 7) in an area closely-related to the proposed specialism, or an APEL equivalent (see our Entry Requirements main page)
  • English Language skills equivalent to IELTS 5.5 as detailed on our English Language web page  

Making an application

All applications are made through UCAS Conservatoires. Applications open in July the year before entry.

 Master of Arts (MA) Musical Theatre Performance or MA in Musical Direction & Coaching

Master of Arts (Musical Theatre): UCAS course code 704F.  
Master of Arts (Musical Direction and Coaching): UCAS course code 710F

Musical Theatre Performance candidates only need select ‘Musical Theatre’ as their Instrument - we do not ask for your voice-type at that stage of the application.

For more information about video audition applications, see below. 

Professional Diploma in Musical Direction & Coaching

The Professional Diploma in Musical Direction & Coaching is available for candidates who have already completed a Masters degree. The UCAS course code is 914F.

 

Audition requirements

Musical Theatre Performance (live audition)
  • Three songs demonstrating different voice qualities. Live accompaniment only, no backing tracks please for either a live audition or video application.
  • One contemporary, naturalistic speech or monologue (no more than two minutes). Please avoid poetical style, e.g. Stephen Berkoff or Samuel Beckett.
  • Discussion with panel

Improvisation and text sight-reading may be included as part of your audition. An accompanist is provided. Owing to the speed and intensity of the course it is essential  that all students are fluent communicators in English. We will assess this as part of your audition. (As a guide, we suggest that IELTS 7.0 or equivalent in ‘speaking’ and ‘listening’ is needed.)

Musical Direction & Coaching

Your audition will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. 

You will be asked to play two piano pieces of your choice.  At least one of these should be from the Musical Theatre repertoire. 

You will also be asked to demonstrate your ability to:

  • sight-read
  • accompany a singer (the singer will be provided)
  • transpose at sight
  • improvise in different styles

A short interview with the audition panel will complete your audition. 

Any Musical Direction candidate who cannot attend either of the live auditions can upload an initial video recording of their two piano pieces. If you are selected to proceed after the video has been assessed, we will contact you to arrange a live streamed audition covering the four skills specified above and you will need to book your own singer for this. 

Video auditions for Musical Theatre Performance

Musical Theatre Master of Arts video audition requirements

If you are applying for the Musical Theatre performance programme, you live outside Europe, and you are unable to travel to London or New York at the time of the auditions, the Academy will accept a video audition instead.

Please complete your UCAS Conservatoires application by 1 November (selecting Recording as the audition method) and then upload by 30 November the following files to the Acceptd portal: https://app.getacceptd.com/royalacademyofmusic 

  • Three songs demonstrating different voice qualities
  • A short demonstration of the top and bottom of your vocal range either through sung arpeggios or octaves
  • One contemporary, naturalistic speech or monologue (no more than two minutes). Please avoid poetical style, e.g. Stephen Berkoff or Samuel Beckett
  • Short, videoed explanation of motivation to join the programme 
  • All recorded material should be single takes, unedited and not enhanced in any way
  • A headshot photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Additional Details form

In Acceptd, do not press 'Submit' until you have uploaded everything and previewed the application, to make sure you have included everything. After you press Submit, your Acceptd application will be locked.

There is useful guidance on the Acceptd help page, and registration for an Acceptd account is free. 

Recordings uploaded after 30 November will only be processed at the discretion of the Head of Department. The Academy application fee paid to UCAS Conservatoires will be refunded if a late application is not processed.

There may also be a short online interview, this will normally be through Skype.

Owing to the speed and intensity of the course it is essential that all students are fluent communicators in English. We will assess this as part of your audition. (As a guide, we suggest that IELTS 7.0 or equivalent in ‘speaking’ and ‘listening’ is needed.)

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