Undergraduate

Accompaniment for Live Auditions

Applicants are required to provide their own Accompanist. If applicants require assistance, the Conservatorium of Music can provide a list of recommended Accompanists.  Arrangements and costs is solely between the applicant and their chosen Accompanist. Please email:  ivy.chu@sydney.edu.au for details.

Music Skills Test
Since prior music skills development is essential for successful study at the Sydney Conservatorium, 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 audition.

Bachelor of Music (Performance)

  1. Technical requirements
    Snare drum – demonstrate from the 40 PAS International Drum Regiments: single, multi-bounce and double stroke rolls; diddle combinations; flam combinations; and drag combinations. Timpani – demonstrate: long roll (P, F, <,>); tune two timpani in 4ths and/or 5ths from a given A; and damping techniques. Xylophone, Marimba or Vibraphone – demonstrate all major and minor scales and triad arpeggios (2 octaves)
  2. Prepared program
    One short work, or movement from a work, for each of the following: snare drum; timpani and xylophone, marimba or vibraphone
  3. Sight reading: snare drum, xylophone, marimba and/or vibraphone
  4. Music Skills Test

 

Bachelor of Music (Music Education), Bachelor of Music Studies and combined degrees

  1. Technical requirements
    Snare drum – demonstrate from the 40 PAS International Drum Regiments: single, multi-bounce and double stroke rolls; diddle combinations; flam combinations; and drag combinations. Timpani – demonstrate: long roll (P, F, <,>); tune two timpani in 4ths and/or 5ths from a given A and damping techniques. Xylophone, Marimba or Vibraphone – demonstrate scales and triad arpeggios of A, D, G, C, F, B flat and E flat major and their relative minors in harmonic form (2 octaves)
  2. Prepared program
    One short work, movement, extensive study or substantial orchestral excerpt for each of the following: snare drum; timpani; and xylophone, marimba or vibraphone
  3. Sight reading; snare drum, xylophone, marimba and/or vibraphone
  4. Music Skills Test