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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 (postgraduate only- see below) and your Spoken English item.
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.
Undergraduates should present a contrasted programme of three pieces and postgraduates four pieces from:
- a contrapuntal work written between c1500-1750
- a work from the 19th or 20th century in 1st movement sonata form
- a theme with variations (from any period)
- a work, or movement(s), from the late 20th or early 21st century
- a dance movement (from any period)
Undergraduates should upload a separate unedited video for each piece; Postgraduates should upload an unedited video of their complete programme.
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.
If invited to a Programme Assessment, 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.
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.
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.
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.