The Guitar department’s objective is to provide you with a course of advanced professional training that is as comprehensive as possible.


Due to COVID-19, if your application requires an audition, the first round will now be by video. For further details please see the video audition section.

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2022. 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 if you have any queries.

This year, all studies are initially assessed by video recording.

29 October, 4pm UK time: deadline to upload audition recordings (including the spoken item) into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page. Also see the deadline information on Your Application.

Following the first round submission, applicants may be invited to attend online Programme Assessments where they can discuss their suitability for their course with Academy staff. Heads of Department may also invite applicants to discuss their application further, either live or online, and to have the opportunity to perform live should they wish to travel to the Academy. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship award, irrespective of whether or not they are invited to an interview or live audition.

For your round one audition you must submit a video recording; undergraduates should upload a separate unedited video for each piece; postgraduates should upload an unedited video of their complete programme.

Undergraduates should present a contrasted programme of three pieces and postgraduates four pieces from:

  1. a contrapuntal work written between c.1550-1750
  2. a work from the 19th or 20th century in 1st movement sonata form
  3. a theme with variations (from any period)
  4. a work, or movement(s), from the late 20th or early 21st century
  5. a dance movement (from any period)

In most cases live guitar auditions last around 30 minutes. If you are invited to perform at interview, as time is limited you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece. You may be asked to play scales, arpeggios, etc to ABRSM Grade 8 standard, and 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.

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Woodwind players in a large group rehearsal