Bachelor of Music (Composition)

Important! Please make sure you have read the How to Apply information for this course prior to reading the audition requirements below.

You will be required to submit more than one audition if you apply for multiple majors or instruments. Please check the requirements for each major as they may differ.

AMEB examinations are not a prerequisite for entry to the Bachelor of Music, but multi-year attainment in the AMEB system of repertoire, technical work (scales, arpeggios, etc.) and theory provides a strong preparation for our program.

Audition dates

2022 Start Year Intake

All applicants will be required to submit a folio audition via the supplementary application form, due Sunday 21 November 2021.

Audition requirements

Entry to the Composition Major is based on a folio audition. Applicants will be required to complete the requirements below.

How will I be assessed?

Applicants’ folio auditions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • artistic conception
  • musical creativity
  • technique and craft
  • sonic effectiveness
  • potential for development of an original voice.

Please note that all applicants will be ranked based on the above criteria, up to the capacity of places within the course.

Folio audition

All scored works must be submitted as .pdfs. Scores must be legibly notated (by hand or by computer) and clearly identified including a brief program note and date (year) of composition. Do not submit arrangements or pastiche.

At least one recording (including electro-acoustic works) must be submitted in .mp3 format. MIDI realisations are acceptable provided that they are rendered as audio (mp3).

Applicants should prepare and submit:

  • a list of works composed to date, giving title, instrumentation, duration and year of composition; and
  • a personal artistic statement (maximum 500 words); and
  • a 1-minute test piece, scored and notated as specified on the supplementary application form; and
  • three other original works (only) for any medium (at least one in score format).