All applicants applying for music performance courses at Certificate IV or above must attend an audition and/or interview to gain entry for a course.

You will be asked to demonstrate various performance skills that are applicable for your chosen instrument of study.

The key to being an accomplished musician is to have a sound knowledge of musical fundamentals that make will make performing and understanding music a rewarding experience.

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We have therefore itemized your audition into five performance categories:

Drummers, please note that your audition will be performed under the below six categories:

*Please note that you are welcome to use your live accompaniment to demonstrate your improvisational skills.

You will be assessed for each category and from this process, you will be matched to the correct course for your current ability.

Applicants for Diploma or Bachelor music courses must also sit a basic online musicianship theory test.

For Diploma and Bachelor candidates any categories that you don’t perform all that well in, there will be an opportunity for you to pick up the related unit at a Certificate level.

For example:

If a Bachelor candidate does well in all categories except sight reading, they will be able to pick up the related unit at certificate level and still be admitted into the Bachelor Degree.

 

The Audition Process

Applicants should plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes before their scheduled audition time as practice rooms are available to warm-up prior to your audition.

Scales

You will be asked to play both a Major and Minor Scale and also a mode of your choice.

i.e. Dorian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Phrygian, Locrian.

*Both scales and the mode will need to played over 2 octaves.

Arpeggio

You will need to demonstrate the ability to play a chord (triad) of your choice in an arpeggio form.

*The chord must be played over 2 octaves.

Sight reading

You will be provided with a simple 4 bar piece of music (melody line) in the treble clef (or bass clef for bassists) that you will need to sight read and play at a minimum of 30 BPM (Beats per minute).

*Melody will be within notes Middle C and the F on the highest staff line for guitar, and low E to A at the top of the bass staff.

Chords

You will be provided with simple 16 bar chord chart that you will need to demonstrate that you have the ability to play.

*Only open chords will be used.

** Piece will need to be played at minimum of 60 BPM.

Improvisation

You will be asked to improvise of 2 of the 3 backing tracks. 

Performance

You will be asked to play two songs of your choice of any contrasting genres. This will be a great opportunity for you to display your skills on the guitar. Please feel free to bring accompanists, or backing tracks if you wish to play along with a prerecorded song.

Finally, you will be asked a few simple questions in relation to your music ambitions, course expectations and ambitions.

You are also encouraged to bring along any evidence that you may wish to show at the audition. These may consist of any recordings you may have done, YouTube clips, sound cloud performances, reviews etc.

Scales

You will be asked to play both a Major and Minor Scale and also a mode of your choice, in the key of your choice.

i.e. Dorian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Phrygian, Locrian.

*Both scales and the mode will need to played over 4 octaves and no less than 80 BPM (Beats per minute).

** For Cert III/IV, auditionees can play over 2 octaves

Arpeggio

You will need to demonstrate the ability to play a chord (triad) of your choice in an arpeggio form.

*The chord must be played over 4 octaves.

** For Cert III/IV, auditionees can play over 2 octaves

Sight reading

You will be provided with a simple 4 bar piece of music in the grand stave that you will need to sight read and play at a minimum of 40 BPM (Beats per minute).

*Keys will have no more than two sharps or flats.

** For Cert III/IV, auditionees can play only one hand at a time

Chords

You will be provided with simple 16 bar chord chart that you will need to demonstrate that you have the ability to play.

*Only triad chords will be used. Though demonstration of 7th Chords and extended chords are encouraged

** Piece will need to be played at minimum of 60 BPM.

Improvisation

You will be asked to improvise of 2 of the 3 backing tracks. 

Performance

You will be asked to play two songs of your choice of any contrasting genres, or a fast/slow combination from the same genre. This will be a great opportunity for you to display your skills on the piano/keyboard. Please feel free to bring accompanists, or backing tracks if you wish to play along with a prerecorded song.

Finally, you will be asked a few simple questions in relation to your music ambitions, course expectations and ambitions.

You are also encouraged to bring along any evidence that you may wish to show at the audition. These may consist of any recordings you may have done, YouTube clips, sound cloud performances, reviews etc.

Scales

You will be asked to sing both a Major and Minor Scale (harmonic, natural or melodic)

and also a mode of your choice.

i.e. Dorian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Phrygian, Locrian.

*Both scales and the mode will need be over 1 octave starting on your preferred note of choice

**Can be sung in either Solfége (Sol-fa) or as a vowel tone

Arpeggio

You will need to demonstrate the ability to sing a chord (major/minor/or diminished).

*The chord must be sung over 2 octaves.

Sight reading

You will be provided with a simple 4 bar piece of music (melody line) in the treble clef that you will need to sight read and sing at a minimum of 40 BPM (Beats per minute).

*Melody will be within notes Middle C and the F on the highest staff line.

Improvisation

You will be asked to improvise over a simple progression played live on a piano, (F major to G minor) in a Latin feel, this will 2 bars of each chord repeated.

Performance

Call and Response

The auditioner will sing 2 bar phrases with a groove and the candidate will have to echo each line.

This is the quickest and best way to assess your current pitch and rhythmic skills. 

Playing

You will be asked to sing two songs of your choice of any contrasting genres. This will be a great opportunity for you to display your skills as a vocalist. Please feel free to bring accompanists, or backing tracks if you wish to play along with a prerecorded song.

Finally, you will be asked a few simple questions in relation to your music ambitions, course expectations and ambitions.

You are also encouraged to bring along any evidence that you may wish to show at the audition. These may consist of any recordings you may have done, YouTube clips, sound cloud performances, reviews etc.

Rudiments:

  • Students should be able to play through Single Stroke Roll, Double stroke roll and Paradiddles in 16th Notes at between Crotchet = 100 to 120 for 4 to 8 bars.

Sight reading:

  • Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of rhythmic counting by undertaking a basic sight reading test.

Dynamics:

  • Play through a song form with appropriate volume, style, dynamic elements and drum fills for the genre/type of music.

Genres:

  • Play at least a range of 3 varied beats/styles of different genres (g. Rock, Disco, Funk, Metal, Jazz, Latin, Swing, Shuffle etc.)

Improvisation

You will be asked to improvise of 2 of the 3 backing tracks.

Performance

You will be asked to play two songs of your choice of any contrasting genres. This will be a great opportunity for you to display your skills on the drums. Please feel free to bring accompanists, or backing tracks if you wish to play along with a prerecorded song.

Finally, you will be asked a few simple questions in relation to your music ambitions, course expectations and ambitions.

You are also encouraged to bring along any evidence that you may wish to show at the audition. These may consist of any recordings you may have done, YouTube clips, sound cloud performances, reviews etc.

Other Important Information

  • Bass, guitar and Keyboard Amps (bring your own leads)
  • PA, microphone and stand
  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Drum Kit and Cymbals
  • Tuned percussion
  • IPod dock, CD player

Pitch material.

  • Musical Notes, Staves, Clefs, Major / Minor scales, Triad Chord types

Rhythmic consideration.

  • Time signatures, Key Signatures, Tempo.

Aural comprehension.

  • Melodic Intervals, Rhythmic Patterns.