School of Keyboard Studies – Audition Requirements

This is your chance to excel, so it’s good to remember that during this time we’ll be looking for candidates who demonstrate potential and a passion for music.

Undergraduates and postgraduates are required to submit a recorded audition via Acceptd for 2021 entry. Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited for an informal online interview if your Head of School requires further information to aid their decision.

BMus applicants are also required to complete an online test as part of the process. This is because academic studies is a key component of your degree and we want to ensure that you’re in a position to thrive from the outset. The multiple choice test isn’t pass or fail, but the results do tell us about your knowledge of music theory, general musicianship and contextual awareness.

Audition requirements are outlined below, but if you require further information, please email admissions@rncm.ac.uk or call 0161 907 5465.

Undergraduate

You should prepare THREE or FOUR contrasting pieces of your choice lasting about 15 – 20 minutes, ONE of which must be played from memory. The panel will then select pieces to assess at their discretion.

Alongside this, the panel would also like you to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. What did you like about the way you played in your audition and what sort of things do you think you could do better?
  2. What other pieces have you worked on previously?
  3. Is there a composer that you particularly like to play? What is it that attracts you to their compositional style?
  4. Have you had any experience playing piano duets, accompanying someone or playing chamber music?
  5. What recordings do you like to listen to?
  6. What considerations do you take into account when considering music from different periods?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.

Postgraduate

Solo Piano Performance

Please prepare 40 MINUTES of repertoire by way of a contrasting programme. The panel will choose approximately 15 minutes from this repertoire.

Please note that the programme should be played from memory, except for contemporary repertoire at the candidate’s choosing.

Piano Accompaniment

Please prepare ONE duo sonata movement, ONE song/aria and ONE solo piano piece (approximately 5 minutes)

Alongside this, the panel would like all applicants to answer the following questions so that they can get to know you a little more. These can be submitted as a separate video or included within your main audition recording.

  1. What did you like about the way you played in your audition and what sort of things do you think you could do better?
  2. What other pieces have you worked on previously?
  3. Is there a composer that you particularly like to play? What is it that attracts you to their compositional style?
  4. Have you had any experience playing piano duets, accompanying someone or playing chamber music?
  5. What recordings do you like to listen to?
  6. What considerations do you take into account when considering music from different periods?

For advice on auditioning by recording, please click here.