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Bachelor of Music auditions and interviews for performance and songwriting/composition

To apply for the Bachelor of Music for the 2017 intake, an application must be lodged with the NSW University Admissions Centre (UAC); or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

NSW University Admissions Centre (UAC)
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)

In addition to satisfying the normal entry requirements of the University, applicants for the Bachelor of Music need to complete the Music Application Form. Further to this, applicants wishing to study the Performance or Songwriting/Composition audition streams must complete the audition/interview process. Important note: Applicants wishing to study in any of the other streams in the 2017 Bachelor of Music (i.e. Performance - non-audition stream, Songwriting/Composition - non-audition stream, Music Education, Sound Production, New Media Arts or Screen) do not need to complete the audition/interview process.

All applicants for the Bachelor of Music need to complete the Music Application Form.

Audition/interview requirements

Candidates will be selected on the basis of:

  • the quality of their performance/songwriting/composition skills
  • their potential for development
  • their level of commitment
  • their communication skills

Requirements for Performance (audition stream)

Audition applications will be accepted on the following instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards/piano and drums.

Other instruments will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Course Coordinator matt.hill@scu.edu.au if you wish to audition on another instrument.

During the audition/interview you will be expected to perform two pieces, or excerpts of them, in contrasting styles. You will also be expected to perform a series of tasks including sight reading, performance of technical work, and short improvisations as per the guidelines set out for each instrument (including vocals). You will also be asked questions related to your musical background and achievements to date and your career aspirations.

Guidelines for instruments

Requirements for Songwriting/Composition (audition stream)

You are required to present a portfolio of three (3) songs and/or compositions that represent your level of achievement as a songwriter/composer to date. Note the portfolio may include music created for film or other media.

The three (3) works should be presented as online links to audio/video files (e.g. Soundcloud, YouTube, personal website, etc, supplemented by the submission of written charts and/or scores if available).

If any of the three works were collaborations with other artists, you will need to clearly describe your specific contribution to the collaboration in the Music Application Form.

During the audition/interview you will be asked to discuss the three works in your submission as well as your musical background, achievements to date and your career aspirations.

Audition/interview details

Southern Cross University will contact all applicants of the Bachelor of Music after the first UAC and QTAC on-time application closing dates at the end of September 2016, and until the last closing dates in early February 2017.

Applicants who have not been contacted by the end of January 2017 should call the University on 1800 626 481.

Auditions will be held in Lismore on dates to be advised in November/December 2016 and January/February 2017. Applicants who are unable to attend the Lismore auditions will be asked to submit a video audition. Details of video submissions are included in the Music Application Form.

Further enquiries

Contact the Future Students team online or by phone.

T: 1800 626 481

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