Candidates auditioning by video are considered for an entrance scholarship in the same way as a candidate auditioning in person.
Other important information
The deadline for you to submit your UCAS Conservatoires application is detailed in the 'Deadlines' section on our Apply to the Academy page, where you can also see the date when your audition items must be uploaded in Acceptd.
Here is our Candidate Guide to Acceptd, this is a PDF file.
Please see our guidance below for preparing and uploading your recordings, including your Spoken English introduction.
You should upload the actual video files, we do not accept links to YouTube, Dropbox or other external sites. If you are making a long recording, mp4 format will have a smaller file size so it is easier to upload, or you can use a compression software like HandBrake.
- Master of Music, Professional Diploma performance and Advanced Diploma Performance candidates should include their written work with the uploaded recordings (see the Written Requirements section on our Entry Requirements webpage).
- Exchange and Study Abroad candidates have separate guidance on our Exchanges page.
- Musical Theatre and Musical Direction have specific recording requirements, please see the Musical Theatre department pages.
- Advanced Diploma Opera candidates have specific items to upload, these are detailed on the Opera Audition page.
The video recordings are the equivalent of the first-round live performance given by an instrumental or vocal candidate to a panel at the Academy, so they are treated as Round 1 of the assessment process.
After your Acceptd profile has been assessed, we will let you know if you have been selected for further interview. which can include the opportunity to talk to academic staff, the Head of Department or senior staff at the Academy about your plans and ambitions, and to ask questions. The interviews allow us to get to know you and discover how best you can thrive and flourish as a fulfilled and successful professional musician in modern times. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship award, irrespective of whether they select a video or live audition.
Applicants will also be able to take virtual tours of the building, view presentations from Heads of Department, and attend webinars with our Admissions and Financial Awards Team, current students and other staff at the Academy.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at email@example.com.
Please note, recordings uploaded without the spoken English introduction will not be processed.
Your spoken introduction must be presented in English. First tell us your name, and then say something about your musical background and the training you’ve had, your musical ambitions and your reasons for applying for your chosen course at the Academy. This should be a separate video recording, between 3 and 5 minutes long, and should not be part of your audition performance.
Please look in the 'Audition Requirements' section on your department’s page of the website for details of the audition requirements (see https://www.ram.ac.uk/study/departments). That will also tell you if you must submit a single recording of all your audition items (a single 'take'), or if you can submit a separate recording of each piece.
You should follow the published repertoire requirements. However, sight-reading, scales and arpeggios are not needed in the recording.
A 'piece' can be a movement rather than a complete work (for example, one movement from a sonata).
Accompanied pieces should be performed with an accompaniment, this can be a "minus-one track" if you are unable to get an accompanist.
Please read through our advice (the 'Easy Guide') below for preparing and uploading your video recordings. The spoken introduction should be recorded separately.
Please point the camera at your side so the assessment panel can see you play at the console, and (if possible) place the microphone some distance away from the instrument.
Timpani & Percussion candidates
Please perform every item on the relevant repertoire list (undergraduate or postgraduate).
For the 2024 repertoire items, please refer to the Jazz Audition Requirements
- When you complete your UCAS Conservatoires application, select Recording as the audition method. Application details can be found on the How to Apply page.
- We use Acceptd as our portal for uploading media and documents. There is useful guidance on the Acceptd help page including maximum file sizes. Registration for an Acceptd account is free
- Please make sure you input your name in exactly the same format as your UCAS Conservatoires application, using Roman letters (please do not use other alphabets such as Greek, Cyrillic, Mandarin etc), and include your UCAS Conservatoires Personal ID number.
- In 'Select Program Group', choose Undergraduate Applications or Postgraduate Applications for our main auditions. Research candidates should select Doctoral Studies.
- Remember to check the department audition requirements page for your specialism, to ensure you have included all the necessary items. You should upload actual video files, we do not accept links to YouTube, Dropbox or other external sites. If you are making a long recording, mp4 format will have a smaller file size so it is easier to upload, or you can use a compression software like HandBrake.
- We recommend uploading before the Acceptd site gets busy which is usually during the afternoon UK time. When your file upload is shown as 'processing', it's in the Acceptd system and you can exit the page or add another file. It is not usually necessary to wait until the processing is complete.
- In Acceptd, do not press 'Submit' until you have uploaded all your files and previewed the application, to make sure you have included everything.
Postgraduate candidates - remember the items of written work if those are required for your course.
We may use the Acceptd message service to contact, you, so please remember to add getacceptd.com as a safe sender in your email settings, and look in your junk mailbox regularly in case messages are caught by your spam filter.
You will receive the decision through your UCAS Conservatoires Hub as soon as possible after your application assessment has been completed, this normally will be no later than Christmas for most studies.
A smartphone, tablet or similar device is perfect for recording your audition. The video quality is better than most camcorders, provided the device is placed at an appropriate distance from the performer – around two to three metres is ideal. Ensure that the lighting is sufficient as poor lighting and unsuitable placement of the camera/microphone are the two most common problems when filming an audition. Prop your device up on a music stand or book, or get a cheap tripod and an iPhone clip. Always record with the device in a horizontal position ('landscape' format).
The audio quality is more important than the video quality for your audition recording.
If you are making a long recording, mp4 format will have a smaller file size so it is easier to upload, or you can use a compression software like HandBrake.
It is good to record in a large room, if possible, without too much reverberation (echo), and find as quiet an environment as possible. Turn the TV off, turn off computer notifications, silence your phone (use airplane mode), close all the apps that are running at the background, and shut the windows. Nothing kills a self-tape more than car alarms or sirens!
Try some test recordings first, to see if it is better to have the phone in a different place in the room.
Usually the microphone is on the back of the phone, point that towards you for the recording. You can check this in the phone’s user guide, normally this is available online. An external microphone for your recording, if you have one, will help improve the quality of the audio.
Make sure you have plenty of space on your phone, for example you may need to download photos and videos onto a computer or into cloud storage: remember that for most auditions the audition video has to be a single ‘take’ – straight through with no cuts or edits. Please check the ‘Courses’ section on your department’s page of the website, as this will tell you if you can record your items separately. You can find this by going to Study > Departments > *your department* (e.g. Brass) > Courses
The performance element of your video submission must be in one take i.e. not edited and with no breaks between items. However, individual items (pieces/movements) can be recorded separately if the possibility of recording the audition in one take is affected by circumstances beyond your control - such as availability of an accompanist - unless the department audition guidance specifies that you have to submit a one-take recording. All recordings must be recent/current. All accompanied works should have the appropriate accompaniment in your recording. This can be a “minus one” track, you do not need to hire an accompanist for your audition recording.
Watch your recording before uploading to be sure there were no technical problems. Whether using a backing track or a live accompanist, please ensure it looks and sounds good and that the balance is right.
But most importantly please remember that the audition panel are not assessing the quality of your recording, only the quality of your performance.
Recordings uploaded after the deadline stated above will be processed at the discretion of the relevant Head of Department.