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

Audition requirements

Music Performance audition

You may be required to attend (or submit) 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.

*During COVID-19 restrictions performing with an accompanist is encouraged, but not mandatory, and only if you deem there to be no health risk. You may organise an accompanist of your choice for your audition. See the “Preparing your recorded audition” section below for further guidance.

List of approved Conservatorium accompanists

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.

Preparing your recorded audition

Please prepare your recorded audition as per the Music Performance audition guidelines outlined above.

We understand that in current circumstances, arranging a live accompanist and/or accessing certain recording equipment may be difficult. For applicants requiring accompaniment, you may organise an accompanist to provide backing tracks for your repertoire. Once you have received your backing tracks from an accompanist, you can use them to rehearse and then record your audition.

It is not an expectation that you access or purchase additional recording equipment beyond a basic smartphone, iPad or laptop/desktop device. For smartphones, many recent models already have very good microphones built in.

Please note, your full audition must be video recorded in a single unedited take, and uploaded as one file. Pauses between pieces or movements is expected.

Here are some tips from our University of Melbourne Learning Environments team on recording a video using your smart phone.

Good luck!