When and where do I audition?
See live audition dates and locations under Deadlines and Auditions
Do I need to provide my own accompanist?
Yes. Contact the School of Music if you need help finding an accompanist in the St. John's or Halifax areas. Please give your accompanist as much notice as possible.
What if I cannot attend a live audition?
You may choose to audition by videoconference or send us a video (high quality YouTube link or DVD). Be careful to use the highest possible quality of recording and adjust the camera angle so that we can see how you play your instrument.
What if I can’t audition in March? Are there late auditions?
Late auditions are usually held in May, if space is still available in the program. Students auditioning late cannot be considered for School of Music scholarships. Admission to the bachelor of music program is conditional upon admission or re-admission to Memorial University. You must satisfy the requirements of the University and the School of Music.
Do I have to apply for music scholarships?
All applicants who audition in March will be automatically considered for School of Music entrance scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required. The School has one of the best scholarship programs in the University with up to 40% of incoming students receiving financial aid in one form or another. In addition students from the School of Music consistently do well in university-wide scholarship competitions.
What is included in the live audition?
All applicants must play an audition on the instrument that they intend to study as their principal instrument while at university. Please note that we do not offer instruction in harp or accordion. The main purpose of the audition is to assess your potential and capacity to complete successfully the applied requirements of the music degree program. The audition panel will be assessing whether or not you:
You will be expected to perform two to three selected works displaying a range of styles, some technique such as scales and arpeggios, and to sight read a short piece.
Substitutions for set pieces may be permitted with the prior approval of the Dean. Please provide, at the time of the audition, one copy of each "own choice" composition to be performed.
What’s on the Theory Placement Test?
The Theory Placement Test comprises two components: Music Theory and Aural Skills. The theory placement component of the test is not only an index of music literacy used in making admissions decisions. The results are also used to place you in the most appropriate theory course in your first year. The test is designed to measure comprehension, accuracy and facility across a wide range of basic theoretical concepts.
You'll do the Theory Placement Test online in late February – no need to stress about it on audition day!
We are looking for instant and accurate recall of such constructs as:
The aural dictation component of the test demonstrates a dimension of music literacy. You will be asked to:
What will I have to do for the Sight Singing Test?
Like the aural dictation test, the sight singing test measures an important dimension of your music literacy and the results will be weighed in your admission decision.
You will be asked to:
Please note that students who are not auditioning live will have their sight singing tests deferred to a later date.
Who has to take the Piano Proficiency Test, and why?
Unless you are auditioning on piano, this section applies to you. All students will take a course in keyboard fundamentals during their second year. Before that time, you’ll need to pass a test to show that you have sufficient piano skills. You can take the test at the audition, if you choose. Or you can take the test in March of your first year. But you’ll need to pass it in order to register for the keyboard fundamentals course, so if you are not already a good pianist, be prepared to take private piano lessons during your first year.
What’s on the Piano Proficiency Test?
You will need to play two pieces of music (one from category A, one from category B, some scales and to sight read an easy piece:
Two pieces (one from each category):
A. ANY piece from J.S. Bach's Anna Magdalena Notebook or ANY piece from Robert Schumann's Album for the Young.
B. Either God Save the Queen or one piece of your own choice.
C, Db, and D major.
A, C, and E harmonic minor.
All scales to be played hands together, one octave apart, compass of two octaves, ascending and descending.