The Elder Conservatorium of Music auditions take place in September and November and give you the chance to take a limited spot in our world-class music programs.
All prospective students applying are required to undertake an audition or interview for each area of specialisation or instrument they are applying for. Registration for auditions are submitted online directly to the Conservatorium.
If you wish to commence mid-year, please fill out a registration form for your program. Ad-hoc auditions/interviews will be scheduled as needed. Please note, mid-year entry is not available for all of our degrees.
Your steps to join a world-class musical institution
Step 1: Choose your music program
Step 2: Apply
Domestic students: To begin your application, you will need to apply for your program via SATAC.
International students: To begin your application, you will need to apply for your program via International Recruitment and Admissions Services. When you have applied for the program, you will need to register for your audition - please see Step 2)
Current UoA student: Apply via internal transfer.
Step 3: Register online for your audition
Step 4: Check your audition requirements
Step 5: Prepare
Please ensure you have followed the audition requirements for your specialisation. The Conservatorium does not provide accompanists - you will need to contact the Accompanists' Guild of SA if you require one for your audition.
Applicants should contact accompanists as early as possible as auditions cannot be rescheduled to accommodate accompanist availability.
On the day of your audition, please ensure you arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition or interview. You will receive notification of your audition outcome in following your audition.
We look forward to meeting you!
Step 6: Musicianship test
All undergraduate applicants undertaking an audition/interview must sit the musicianship test.
The test is conducted online and will be open for 2 weeks from mid- December. Successful applicants will be sent an email with log on and other details/instructions as soon as the test is ready to go.
The test aims to assess the applicant's general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts. The test comprises:
- Aural questions covering rhythm, tonality, melody and harmony
- Score interpretation questions about a given short piano extract
- Theoretical questions such as keys, major and minor scales, intervals and chords.
In addition to undertaking the test, applicants are asked to provide details of their theoretical background and copies of any recent certificates. The test is similar in content to the SACE Stage 2 Musicianship exam (Theory, Aural Recognition, and Musical Techniques section). Past SACE Musicianship exam papers are available from the SACE website.
Audition terms and conditions
All domestic and international applicants currently living in Adelaide must attend an audition/interview at the University of Adelaide.
Overseas and interstate applicants may submit a recorded audition/folio of works (please note, only international applicants may submit a recorded audition for the Bachelor of Music Theatre).
- Where there is more than one session for an instrument/area, applicants will be scheduled in the first available session. Applicants cannot request a later session if an earlier one is available.
- Applicants will be scheduled and notified of their times via email as applications are received.
- If there are genuine and extenuating circumstances preventing an applicant from being available for a session then a request to change must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Music Theory Bridging Course is designed for students commencing tertiary studies in music who have not studied Stage 2 Musicianship or AMEB Grade 5 Theory or Musicianship. The course aims to fast-track essential music theory topics in a functional and musical way. It offers participants the opportunity to improve their fluency in musical literacy through singing, aural work, score-reading, analysis and composition thereby consolidating the various theoretical topics covered, namely:
- Major and minor keys, scales, circle of 5ths and key relationships.
- Intervals, triads and chords, 7th chords, chord symbols.
- Chord functions in Major and Minor keys.
- Triad/chord inversions.
- Harmonic progression including cadences, chord voicing and voice leading principles.
- Non-harmonic notes, musical analysis.
A course booklet will be provided upon commencement in the program and students will have the use of the practice facilities within the Conservatorium during normal business hours. Additional resources recommended to students include the AMEB publication ‘Music Craft' Grade 3 and the music software Musition and Auralia.
Students wishing to apply for the Music Theory Bridging Course should complete this application form.
The bridging course in music history aims to make things as clear as possible. We bring together all the confusing breadth and variety of composers, dates, genres, periods and works, and make sense of it all by painting a vivid but simple picture of what happened when, and why, in music’s history.
The course begins by tracing music’s evolution as a prized art in Ancient Greek, Roman, Arabic and Eastern cultures from which the development of classical music has flowed. From there, we explain why the history of music is divided into periods from ‘Renaissance’ to ‘Romantic’ (and up to the 21st century), and show how these periods can help us grasp the enormous range of musical activity and production, providing the context needed to understand composers and their music.
Music is more than the output of a sequence of composers, though, and along the way, we show how music has adapted and responded to social and cultural developments of the times.
With helpful playlists and a graduated series of carefully chosen short readings, the course removes obstacles of confusion and gives you the essential knowledge that musicians rely upon. Out of the five short sessions, you’ll gain the basic knowledge of musical history you need to navigate your way clearly, and get more from your journey as a student.
Students wishing to apply for the Music History Bridging Course should complete this application form.
Bridging courses will be run in February 2021.