Round 1 (morning): Maximum 15 minutes with up to 15 minutes warm up time
Performance – candidates are required to perform 1 piece of their own choosing preferably to a MP3 backing track (provided by the candidate)
Musicianship test – the panel will test technical skills based on those demonstrated in the performance
Note: Candidates should not perform graded examination pieces
Candidates chosen to play in round 2 will be notified at lunchtime. Candidates are advised that auditions are highly competitive and that, on average, only half of the candidates heard in the morning will be selected for round 2.
Round 2 (afternoon): Maximum 20 minutes with up to 20 minutes warm up time
Performance – candidates are required to perform 1 piece from the following:
Bass Guitar: Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
Drum Kit: Stand Up – The PB Underground
Electric Guitar: Love Ain’t a Love Song – Joe Bonamassa
Keyboards: Rock with You – Michael Jackson
Voice (female): New York – Paloma Faith
Voice (male): All of Me – John Legend
Interview – the panel will assess the suitability of candidates through the following:
Clear understanding for choosing this programme
Ability to self-reflect and articulate own strengths and areas for development
Understanding of the popular music industry and employment potential within it
Confident, articulate, intelligent responses
MMus Popular Music applicants (all instruments/vocals) should prepare 3 contrasting pieces/songs that demonstrate a range of technical and musical challenges appropriate to postgraduate-level study.
The audition will be followed by a 30 minute interview
International applicants should submit a recording online via Acceptd with 3 contrasting pieces/songs that demonstrate a range of technical and musical challenges appropriate to postgraduate-level study. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by Skype.