Undergraduate

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.

If you are auditioning for piano at the Bachelor of Music (Performance) level, you should present the entire audition program from memory. Transfer to Piano Accompaniment may only follow successful completion of four semesters of study at the Bachelor of Music (Performance) level.

Bachelor of Music (Performance)

  1. A program of five works: J.S. Bach: a prelude and fugue from 48 Preludes and Fugues; a complete sonata by Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert; a composition by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt (or similar romantic) or impressionist composer; a composition by a major 20th century composer (excluding Debussy, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Scriabin); and any virtuosic etude
  2. Sight reading
  3. Music Skills Test

Works or part thereof from this program will be selected by the audition panel.

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

  1. Prepared program: three contrasting works (at your current level or standard that includes a fast movement from a classical sonata)
  2. Sight reading
  3. Music Skills Test

Works or part thereof from this program will be selected by the audition panel.