Direct entry to the Bachelor of Music

You can gain entry to Macquarie's Bachelor of Music degree either through UAC (using your ATAR), or through direct entry by auditioning.

Admission via audition

You will need to:

  1. Submit an application form via e-mail to arts.bmus.auditions@mq.edu.au, providing your personal details, educational background, musical background, and a brief personal statement.
  2. If your application is successful, you will receive notification of your assigned audition date/time via return e-mail.
  3. Complete a 30 minute audition including musical playback/performance, a short written component, and an interview.

The audition process

Each audition will take around 30 minutes and will consist of:

  1. A 10-minute performance/presentation consisting of 2 pieces of work. You should be prepared to perform 2 compositions
    OR play 2 recorded compositions/productions. These pieces of work should be 20th/21st century popular music.
    Your performance/presentation should also include a brief oral introduction (no more than 2 minutes each) for each work. These should discuss the works' context and significance in relation to your own musical background and development.
  2. A 15-minute written component. You will be asked to respond, in writing, to supplied short question(s) provided on paper.
  3. A five minute interview.

More about the audition process

What to bring
  • Your instrument (if required). A piano and a PA/mic will be available. If you require a drum kit or have other special requests, please indicate this on your application form. Note that not all requests may be accommodated.
  • An accompanist (if required)
  • A recording of your backing track/s in USB/mp3 format, or on a portable music device with AUX output (if required)
  • Your recorded compositions/production works in USB/mp3 format, or on a portable music device with AUX output (if required).
What we are looking for in the audition
  • Ability to communicate in various contexts (oral, musical, performance, written)
  • Developing proficiency in selected instrument/s (including production, instrument, or voice)
  • Ability to articulate musical and creative motivations

For further information, please contact:

diane.hughes@mq.edu.au or sarah.keith@mq.edu.au

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Last updated: 17 Dec 2019