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2020 Start Year intake (February)

This is the main assessment round for domestic and international applicants.

Live auditions/interviews will be held in Melbourne between Monday 28 October and Sunday 24 November 2019. 

Live auditions for the Interactive Composition specialisation will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 4 December 2019. 

Audition, Interview and Folio Requirements

Please see below for interview, audition and submission requirements specific to your chosen specialisation. Interviews may be held in conjunction with an audition (if applicable) and run for approximately 25-30 minutes in total. 

University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Music graduates meeting the guaranteed entry criteria outlined on the Entry Requirements page DO NOT need to audition or interview.

Music Performance

  • 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).
  • For recorded auditions, prepare your audition in accordance with guidelines above and submit via the Audition/Folio Application Form on SlideRoom. Recordings must be made in a single take, unedited video.


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 Audition Application Form on SlideRoom. Recordings must be made in a single take, unedited video.

Interactive Composition

There is no interview for Interactive Composition. Applicants will need to:

  • Submit a 15-minute Interactive Composition folio to their SlideRoom 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.

Can't attend the audition or interview?

We strongly recommend applicants attend auditions or interviews in person. Overseas or interstate applicants may alternatively submit a recorded audition via Slideroom or attend an online interview if requested to do so.

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