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 (email@example.com) or the department administrator if you have any queries.
This year auditions are by video.
16 November: deadline to upload videos into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page.
You will need to create a profile in the Acceptd portal into which you upload your audition recording, the list of all the works in your programme, any written requirements (postgrad only- see below) and your Spoken English item. To upload your files into the Acceptd portal, you can find guidance on our video auditions page.
In most cases, guitar auditions will last around 30 minutes. As time is limited, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.
Undergraduates should present three pieces and postgraduates four pieces from:
- a contrapuntal work written between c.1550-1750
- a movement in sonata form
- a theme with variations
- a dance movement
- a work, or movement(s), written after 1950.
On recall you may be asked to play scales, arpeggios, etc to ABRSM Grade 8 standard.
On recall you may be given sight reading or quick study tests.
On recall 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.
Established guitar duos are also invited to audition at postgraduate level, performing a programme of three contrasted duo pieces; each member of the duo will also be required to present one solo piece. Each candidate should make their own UCAS Conservatoires application (for the same course code as the other duo member), and then each should email firstname.lastname@example.org including their UCAS Conservatoires personal ID numbers to confirm that they wish to audition as a duo.
Applicants for the Master of Music (MMus), Professional Diploma (ProfDip) and Advanced Diploma (Performance) courses need to submit written requirements, please view these on the course finder or the entry requirements page of the website.
We audition everyone who applies on time and pays their application and assessment fee.
Information on the assessment fee and waivers can be found in the Your Application pages of our website, please click on the link below.