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Audition
requirements

Due to COVID-19 first round auditions will now be by video, for details about this please see the video audition section of the website.

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2021. 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 Admissions Team or the department administrator [woodwind@ram.ac.uk] if you have any queries.

For 2021 entry, all woodwind entrance auditions are by video, we are not holding live woodwind auditions.

1 October: application deadline in UCAS Conservatoires

16 November: extended deadline to upload videos into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page.

There are different requirements for Flute - please see below.

Woodwind [except Flute] requirements

  • Please upload two contrasting pieces of your own choice.

A piece can be a single movement, for example from a concerto, sonata or suite. Pieces should be performed with accompaniment (unless written to be performed as a solo item).

You may be contacted for a video interview after your recordings have been assessed, the interview may contain these items:

  • You may be asked to play scales, arpeggios, etc to ABRSM Grade 8 standard.
  • You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Flute only requirements

  • Please upload two contrasting pieces of your own choice.

A piece can be a single movement, for example from a concerto, sonata or suite. Pieces should be performed with accompaniment (unless written to be performed as a solo item).

You may be contacted for a video interview after your recordings have been assessed, the interview may contain these items:

  • You may be asked to play major, minor (harmonic and melodic) extended scales (i.e. start on the requested tonic and go up to top A, A sharp, B flat or B and down to D, D flat, C sharp or C and then back to the tonic) and their extended arpeggios, these are to be played from memory.
  • You may be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Written Requirements

If you are applying for the MMus, we need one piece of academic written work and a Project Proposal, as described below. Please write in English, even if this is not your first language, we do not accept translations.

Academic work

The academic written work must be on a musical subject and should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. If you already have a longer piece of work, for example a thesis, please choose a representative extract.

In both the interview and the written work, we will be looking for evidence of your responsiveness and creativity as well as critical engagement, artistic maturity, and basic research and writing skills.

Project proposal

In addition to the written work you should provide a Project Proposal in which you describe your plans and aims for a potential research project. Research projects can be variable in format: common models are a concert with an accompanying written commentary, or a written dissertation.

Your Proposal should address the following questions:

  • What is the subject area (repertoire, perspective) you wish to explore?
  • What sort of structure do you envisage? Would the main project outcome take the form of a concert, or a written piece of work, or something else?
  • How does this relate to your performance or composition interests?
  • How does your proposed project relate to existing work in the field (including concert and performance practices that interest you, and/or published texts)?

At the application stage, the proposal is primarily a way for us to gauge your readiness to undertake a research project. If accepted, you will be not required to keep to your original plan, and in any case we would expect the plan to change significantly as your project develops.

You should upload the written work to Acceptd with your recordings.

The decision about whether to offer a place is made primarily on the basis of your performance at the entrance audition

All Master of Music candidates are automatically considered for Master of Arts, so if you are also interested in MA study you should only apply for MMus because there will only be one audition.

If you do not provide the written work and project proposal, or if the assessment at your entrance audition interview is that the work/proposal is not strong enough for MMus entry, or if you simply decide you only wish to pursue MA studies, your application will be transferred to the MA programme.

You are not tied to the programme choice in your application, the programme length and pathway can be discussed and adjusted as appropriate.

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