Bachelor of Music (Performance)

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

2023 Start Year Intake

Audition requirements and due dates for the 2023 start year intake will be announced shortly.

Audition requirements

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

Performance audition (as applicable to the instrument)

Audition pieces should be chosen from the Western Art Music repertoire (except for electric guitar and bass guitar). They should be of contrasting style, period, and composer (e.g. works from the Baroque, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoires), as applicable to the instrument.

Woodwind, Brass, Strings, and Guitar applicants should prepare:

  • three contrasting pieces/movements demonstrating their skill on the instrument they wish to study (approx. 15-20 minutes in total).

Classical Voice applicants should prepare:

  • three contrasting pieces demonstrating their skill (approx. 10 minutes in total).

Percussion applicants should prepare the following (total duration not more than 20 minutes):

  • one piece for snare drum; and
  • one piece for timpani; and
  • one piece for 2-mallet keyboard; and
  • one short piece, excerpt, etude, or warm-up exercise, for 4-mallet keyboard.

If access to all the required percussion instruments is not possible, please contact Brent Miller

Piano applicants should prepare:

  • three contrasting pieces from the classical piano repertoire (not more than 20 minutes in total); and
  • one major scale hands together beginning on a white note, four octaves ascending and descending; and
  • one melodic or harmonic minor scale hands together beginning on a black note, four octaves ascending and descending; and
  • one dominant seventh arpeggio hands together in root position or first inversion, four octaves ascending and descending.

List of approved Conservatorium accompanists

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, that your full audition must be uploaded as one file. Pauses or edits between pieces are permissible.

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

If possible, Piano applicants should record their audition on an acoustic piano. If this is not possible, an electronic instrument may be used. The camera should be angled to show at least the keyboard, your head, torso, arms, and hands. If possible, feet and pedals should be included but this may not be achievable in all cases. Applicants are encouraged to treat the video recording process as equivalent to the experience of a live examination, demonstrating a capacity to deal with any live imperfections as and when they may occur.

All applicants will be ranked based on the below criteria, up to the capacity of places within the course

How will I be assessed?

Applicants’ auditions will be assessed against the following criteria for this major of the Bachelor of Music:

  • Technical accuracy (in rhythm, tempo, intonation, articulation, loudness)
  • Sound quality (tonal control and expressive range)
  • Performance presence (overall coordination, poise, focus)
  • Musical attention (awareness in listening, phrasing, style, and expression)