Bachelor of Music (Music Performance, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Composition)

Audition dates

Applying for 2020 Semester 1 intake (February)

Live auditions will be held between Monday 28 October and Friday 22 November 2019. Recorded auditions must be submitted by Friday 25 October 2019.

Audition requirements

Music Performance audition

You may be required to attend more than one audition if you apply for multiple specialisations or instruments. Please check the requirements for each specialisation as they may differ.

Repertoire and technical work (scales, arpeggios) presented at AMEB Grade 7 standard for instrumentalists and Grade 5 for singers, generally makes for a competitive audition. These standards are given as an indication only, to guide your choice of audition repertoire. AMEB examinations are not a pre-requisite for entry to the Bachelor of Music.

  • Applicants should prepare three contrasting pieces/movements demonstrating their skill on the instrument they wish to study (approx. 15-20 minutes).
  • Select each piece from the Western Art Music repertoire (except for electric guitar and bass).
  • Pieces should be of contrasting style, period and composer (e.g. works from the Baroque, Romantic and 20th century repertoires).
  • Bachelor of Music (Performance/Composition/Musicology/Ethnomusicology) is not available to contemporary voice applicants.

You will need to organise an accompanist of your choice for your audition. If you need assistance with suggestions, the list of approved Conservatorium accompanists can be found here.

Composition audition

Applicants wishing to specialise in Composition are required to audition as per guidelines outlined for Music Performance, and may then apply for specialisation in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Music degree program.

Musicology/Ethnomusicology audition

Applicants wishing to specialise in Musicology/Ethnomusicology are required to audition as per guidelines outlined for Music Performance, and may then choose to specialise in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Music degree program.


Can't attend the audition?

We strongly recommend applicants attend a live audition in Melbourne where possible. Applicants who are overseas or interstate may submit a recorded audition as per the Audition Requirement guidelines above. Please indicate your availability via the Supplementary Information Form on SlideRoom.

Prepare your recorded audition as per the guidelines outlined above.

Transferring courses

If you would like to transfer to another Faculty of Fine Arts and Music course, you need to re-apply and ensure you meet that course’s entry requirements in order to be selected.

You can find these requirements on every course page.

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