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Music Skills Test
Since prior music skills development is essential for successful study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Music Skills Test must be completed. The test is held at the Conservatorium during the audition/interview period and is designed to assess whether you have a sufficient level of music literacy in harmony and aural perception to cope with the demands of the course. As a guide, the minimum level of skills possessed should be at the level of the New South Wales Music 2 syllabus (formerly 2 Unit Music) or AMEB Level 6 Musicianship or equivalent. Results of the Music Skills Test supplement the information provided by other aspects of the audition process. If you are successful, the results also help to determine streaming in aural and harmony subjects. All applicants must sit the test during the audition period, preferably on the day of your interview.
You should submit one or two examples of your recent written work prior to the application closing date in preparation for the interview. You will then be invited to attend an interview to discuss your interest in musicology and your commitment to musical research. On the basis of the written work and the interview, the Conservatorium will assess your suitability for the course here, and your potential for musicology, whether as a professional musicologist or in a related profession such as teaching, music administration or music journalism.
Your sample of written work should demonstrate your ability to write in a reasonably formal style, to synthesise the work of others and, ideally, to contribute your own ideas to the discussion. You may, for example, submit a final year school essay, or choose to prepare something new. Music-related topics are preferred.
Applicants who do not submit their written work by the application closing date will not be invited for an interview. Essays must be submitted online. See Audition Submissions for details.
For more information about the submission and interview requirements for musicology, please contact Dr Alan Maddox, Program Leader of Bachelor of Music Studies.