Audition, Interview and Folio Requirements

For 2020 mid-year entry: Recorded auditions/folios/academic writing samples are to be uploaded to the Supplementary Application Form by the application closing date.

In some instances, the Selection Committee may require a second audition or interview to take place in June.

Please see below for interview, audition and submission requirements specific to your chosen specialisation. 

For currently completing University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music students, or recent graduates of University of Melbourne Bachelor of Music (within the last six months): please submit an University online application only, you do not need to fill in a Supplementary Application form.

Music Performance

Preparing your recorded audition

  • Applicants should prepare three pieces of music, no longer than 30 minutes in total, demonstrating their skill on the instrument they wish to study.
  • Select each piece from the Western Art Music repertoire (except for electric guitar and bass).
  • Pieces should be of contrasting style, period and composer (e.g. works from the Baroque, Romantic and 20th century repertoires).
  • Your full audition must be video recorded in a single unedited take, and uploaded as one file. Pauses between pieces or movements is expected.
  • Instrumentalists and singers should perform at least part of the program with an accompanist, where appropriate. Classical piano, classical guitar or percussion would normally audition unaccompanied

We understand that in current circumstances, arranging a live accompanist and/or accessing certain recording equipment may be difficult. For applicants requiring accompaniment, you may organise an accompanist to provide backing tracks for your repertoire. Once you have received your backing tracks from an accompanist, you can use them to rehearse and then record your audition. 

It is not an expectation that you access or purchase additional recording equipment beyond a basic smartphone, iPad or laptop/desktop device. For smartphones, many recent models already have very good microphones built in.

Here are some tips from our University of Melbourne Learning Environments team on recording a video using your smart phone.  

Good luck!


Composition applicants are required to submit a 20-minute folio of compositions and are not required to attend an interview. The folio should include:

  • Original works only (no arrangements or style-imitation).
  • At least one work must be a notated score.
  • At least one work must be written in the last two years.
  • MIDI recordings are acceptable however, it is advisable to submit at least one example of a live or studio performance. 
  • Folio materials should be submitted in PDF and mp3 formats.

 It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all material provided is playable and/or viewable before submission.


Musicology and Ethnomusicology applicants are required to submit an academic writing sample of 2000-3000 words, written within the last five years. They are not normally required to attend an interview.* The writing sample should:

  • Demonstrate the applicant’s ability to communicate in scholarly prose.
  • Demonstrate awareness of recent literature in the field of the essay's topic.
  • Include a bibliography, discography, and/or list of ethnographic interviews as appropriate.
  • References should follow a recognizable Style Manual such as the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (either the note/footnote system or author/date).
  • Writing samples may be a research paper, ethnographic report or proposal, literature review, or other genres of academic writing.

 * Students applying from outside the field of Musicology or Ethnomusicology, for example, Art History, Cultural Studies or Anthropology will be required to do an interview.

Tailored Program

In order to help us advise you on the best possible study plan for you, please provide a personal statement of no less than 250 words addressing the following points (Do not copy these questions into your statement):

  • Why do you want to do Honours in Music?
  • What made you choose the Tailored stream?
  • Tell us about the field/s within music that interest you (for example, music theory and analysis, performance practice, musicology, or education).
  • Tell us about things outside of music that interest you or that you have previous background in (for example, languages, politics, psychology, etc.).
  • What do you think are your main strengths? And your weaknesses?
  • Are there any areas or topics that you would like to explore more?

Jazz and Improvisation

1. Research/Project Proposal

Applicants will first be required to submit via SlideRoom at least one research/project proposal to the panel (100-250 words) that frames the scope of the intended major project and dissertation and outline your ability to successfully realise the intended project within a practice-led research environment.

2. Audition and Interview

During the audition,  the applicant will then perform two contrasting pieces with a live ensemble with a focus on the style and content of the research project. i.e. if the project is aimed toward free harmonic but rhythmically specific forms, then this should be the focus of the pieces selected. The pieces may be original or chosen from the jazz repertoire depending on the focus of the project.

The panel will hear approximately 10 minutes of music; and for live auditions, the applicant may also be requested to perform technical material such as scales or arpeggios.

The performance will be followed by an interview to ascertain the scope of the intended major project and dissertation, and the ability of the applicant to successfully realise the intended project within a practice-led research environment.

Applicants will need to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of instrumental/vocal/compositional* skill particularly in regard to improvisational practice.
  • Frame their work within a creative context and demonstrate how their proposed major project illuminates creativity and craft in performance.
  • All applicants must provide their own accompanists (if required). Equipment available for applicants includes: piano, drum kit (without cymbals and it is recommended drummers bring their own Hi Hat clutch), bass/guitar amplifiers and playback.

Applicants that propose a major project that includes performance and composition of new work will need to both perform live and present a folio of original works (scores) at the interview (can include recording).

For recorded auditions, prepare your audition in accordance with the guidelines above and submit via the Supplementary Application Form. Recordings must be made in a single take, unedited video.

Interactive Composition

There is no live audition/interview for Interactive Composition. 

Applicants will need to:

  • Submit a 15-minute Interactive Composition folio to the Supplementary component of the application. Demonstrate a very high standard of artistic ability within Interactive Composition via a folio of original music and sound with other media works (see folio requirements below).
  • Submit a project proposal that frames your work within a creative context and demonstrate how your proposed major project illuminates creativity in music and sound with other media. (250 words)

Your folio must:

  • Be no more than 15 minutes in length comprising of 2-3 recent original sound works, or sections thereof, for/with other media such as sound/music with film, animation, gaming, interactive media, theatre, visual art and lighting design.
  • Your original work with other media can be from any style source such as pop song and concert music, laptop performance and electronic performance (such as EDM, hip hop, or other genres), music theatre, music for dance or other media such as games, advertising, and web use.
  • Where appropriate contain a notated music score of at least one of your original works. 

The folio will be evaluated on the level of compositional craft and creativity, and suitability for Interactive Composition at the Honours level.


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