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Auditions

How to apply

All applicants to the Junior Conservatoire must complete an online application form and attend an audition at the Royal Conservatoire.

Progression to the next year is not automatic and current students progress will be tracked through the year, with annual assessments.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at juniors@rcs.ac.uk or call 0141 270 8271

  • All our places for 2016/17 are now filled.
  • Applications for 2017/18 will open on 4 November 2016.
  • Auditions will take place between 18 – 30 April 2017.

What to expect at your audition

We are looking for highly motivated young people with a commitment and dedication to studying music. We look for musical potential and take into consideration both your natural musicality and also how long you’ve been studying to progress to get to where you are now.

The number of places available at the Junior Conservatoire each year are limited and the standard of entry is very high. It is difficult to offer advice as to the required standard beforehand due to a large variance of factors and different challenges faced across instrumental disciplines.

Please note, there is no requirement to have taken any music examinations before the audition.

Classical Programme

The audition will consist of the following four areas:

Principal Instrument:

1. The performance of Two contrasting pieces, which you feel show you to the best of your current ability.

2. Scales and Arpeggios will be asked, appropriate to your current standard.

3. Sight-reading will be given, appropriate to your current standard.

4. Selection of Rhythm and Pitch tests, appropriate to the standard of your principal instrument, in order to ascertain current level of general musicianship.

Subsidiary Instrument (if applicable):
One piece

As part of the audition we are very interested to hear about your musical interests and aspirations and will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. There will be time for questions towards the end of the audition.

An accompanist will be provided, but you may bring your own accompanist if you wish (NB there will be no rehearsal with the accompanist prior to audition).

Classical Instrument/Vocal Exceptions:

Percussionists – should prepare and present:

1. The performance of one piece on each of the following instrumental disciplines:
tuned percussion, timpani and snare drum. Total performance time should not exceed twelve minutes. (Less-advanced/young players may offer to perform on only two of these instruments. This should be agreed with the Juniors Music office in advance of the audition).

2. Scales and Arpeggios will be asked, appropriate to your current standard, on tuned percussion.

3. Sight-reading will be given relevant to your current standard on any of the disciplines above.

4. Selection of Rhythm and Pitch tests, appropriate to the standard in order to ascertain current level of general musicianship.

Singers – the vocal course at Junior Conservatoire of Music focuses on classical singing and is offered to students aged 14yrs and above. For audition you should prepare and present:

1. The performance of Two contrasting songs, which you feel show you to the best of your current ability.

2. Vocal Exercises will be given, appropriate to your current standard.

3. Sight-singing will be given, appropriate to your current standard.

4. Selection of Rhythm and Pitch tests, appropriate to the standard of your principal instrument, in order to ascertain current level of general musicianship.

Composers – should send a short portfolio of compositions (no less than two pieces written for contrasting instrumentation), to the Junior Conservatoire office ahead of audition.

For audition, composers should also prepare:

1. The performance of one piece on an instrument of your choice, which you feel shows you to the best of your current ability.

2. Sight-reading will be given, appropriate to your current standard.

3. Selection of Rhythm and Pitch tests, appropriate to the standard of your principal instrument, in order to ascertain current level of general musicianship.

Time will also be provide in order to discuss the portfolio of compositions.

Traditional Music Programme

The audition will consist of the following four areas:

Principal Instrument:

1. Two contrasting performances:
1 x Set (e.g. March, Strathspey and Reel)
1 x other contrasting tune (e.g. Slow Air).

2. Call and Response. Students will be asked to listen to a performance of a short tune given by the instrumental specialist panel member. They will then be asked to play the tune back in short phrases on their principal instrument.

3. Sight-reading may also be given, depending on the candidates learning method to date.

4. Selection of Rhythm and Pitch tests, appropriate to the standard of your principal instrument, to ascertain current level of general musicianship.

Subsidiary Instrument (if applicable):
One piece

As part of the audition we are very interested to hear about your musical interests and aspirations and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions. There will be time for this towards the end of the audition.

NB An accompanist will not be provided for Scottish Traditional Music auditions unless specifically requested. You may bring your own accompanist if you wish.

Jazz Programme

The audition for principal study jazz musicians (not including jazz drums) will consist of the following four areas:

1i) The performance of a Jazz standard of your choice which includes improvisation, which you feel shows you to the best of your current ability.

1ii) An improvised performance of a 12 bar blues in concert F, or concert Bb. A backing track can be provided for this in advance if requested. Bass players should also demonstrate a walking bass line on the blues.

2. Jazz scales and Modes will be asked, appropriate to your current standard.

3. Sight-reading will be given, appropriate to your current standard (Chords/and or notation)

4. A selection of Interval and Chordal tests appropriate to the standard of the principal instrument, in order to ascertain current level of general musicianship.

The audition for principal study Jazz drummers will be asked to:

1. Demonstrate a medium tempo swing feel accompaniment to a 12 bar blues (accompaniment provided in audition).

2. Demonstrate a number of standard jazz related skills and grooves, including performing at different tempos in:

· a swing rhythm in both 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures.

· a basic bossa nova beat and basic funk beat.

3. Sight-reading may be given, appropriate to your current standard (Drum Kit and/or snare)

4. A selection of Interval and Chordal tests appropriate to the standard of the principal instrument, in order to ascertain current level of general musicianship.

Pre-Junior Programme

Audition Requirements

The audition will consist of the following four areas:

Principal Instrument:

1. The performance of Two contrasting pieces, which you feel show you to the best of your current ability.

2. Scales and Arpeggios will be asked, if appropriate to your current standard.

3. Sight-reading will be given, if appropriate and will be based on your current standard.

4. Selection of Simple Rhythm and Pitch tests, appropriate to the standard of your principal instrument, in order to ascertain current level of general musicianship

Much of the audition will be based around exploring potential.

Subsidiary Instrument (if applicable):

One piece, which you feel shows you to the best of your current ability.

We are interested to hear about your musical interests, why you enjoy learning and playing music and why you would like to attend the Junior Conservatoire. We will also give you the opportunity to ask questions. There will be time for this towards the end of the audition.

Accompanist:

Please note that an accompanist will be provided but you may bring your own accompanist if you wish. There will be no rehearsal with the accompanist prior to the audition.

Rhythm and Pitch Workshop

The rhythm and pitch workshop is based on the work covered in the Pre-Junior classes at the Junior Conservatoire. You do not need to bring your instrument to the workshop or do any preparation for this beforehand. It will be led by Ms Geoghegan who teaches on the Pre-Junior course and will involve various interactive songs, games and body percussion elements. We hope that you will enjoy it.

 

Apply for the Junior Conservatoire

Applications for entry to the Junior Conservatoire of Music in session 2016/17 are now closed.

We expect applications for session 2017/18 to open in October 2016. If you have any queries regarding this, please email juniors@rcs.ac.uk.