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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.

These requirements have been updated in May 2020 for the new round of auditions. If you have started preparing for your audition based on the specification from last year or if you have any other questions please contact the Admissions team or the department administrator. Please see www.ram.ac.uk/apply for application details.

Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly.

The precise format for auditions will vary slightly according to your Principal Study. In most cases auditions will last around 20 minutes. As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece. This is to allow the panel time to have a brief chat with you. There is no requirement to perform from memory in your audition.

One solo piece and two orchestral excerpts of your own choice.

Written work

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.

Please bring your written work with you to your audition and hand it to your panel steward. If you are a performer applying by video, 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.

Open Days

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