Admission & Audition
2019/20 Admission to Undergraduate and Post-Secondary Programmes
The School of Music will consider each applicant’s musical training and performance standard as indicated in his/her application form, and will invite selected candidates to attend a preliminary audition in their chosen Major Study. Shortlisted candidates from the preliminary audition will be asked to attend a final audition as well as tests in music theory and aural perception. Applicants for BMus (Hons) Degree programme will also be interviewed on their commitment to studying performance or composition and their reasons for choosing the Academy. The audition panel will look for technical control, musical understanding and expressiveness, general musicianship, creativity and potential for further development. The number of places that can be offered for certain major studies is limited, and may vary from year to year. For BMus (Hons) Degree applicants, it may be necessary to re-direct the applicants to another study programme if their performance standard falls below the entry requirements of the chosen programme of study. Owing to the large number of applicants it is not possible for the Academy to provide written assessments or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful applicants. Applicants should note the School will not return submitted portfolios, audio or video recordings, etc.
Audition and Selection Requirements
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Entrance Tests in Aural Perception and Music Theory
For applicants of the BMus (Hons) Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma in Music Foundations, candidates shortlisted for the final audition are required to attend entrance tests in aural perception and music theory. The test in aural perception includes questions in intervallic, chordal, harmonic, melodic and rhythmic recognition and dictation, as well as questions regarding the stylistic and formal characteristics of listening excerpts. The test in music theory includes questions in harmonization and score analysis.