Undergraduate

Accompaniment for Live Auditions

Applicants (with the exception of guitar 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.

DOUBLE BASS
Bachelor of Music (Performance)

  1. Technical requirements: demonstrate different bowings in any two octave scale of your choice, one study which demonstrates technical ability.
  2. Prepared program: a fast and slow movement from a baroque sonata, for example, Corelli, Eccles or Vivaldi; and two short pieces, including one 20th century work.
  3. Music Skills Test.

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

  1. Technical requirements: demonstrate different bowings in any two octave scale of your choice.
  2. Prepared program: two studies, for example, Bottesini 24 Exercises, No.6, 13, 15 or 17, or Simandl 30 Etudes, No. 11 or 15; and two contrasting pieces, including one 20th century work.
  3. Music Skills Test.

GUITAR
Bachelor of Music (Performance)

  1. Technical requirements: all major and melodic minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves with all standard right-hand fingerings; and two contrasting studies, for example: Villa Lobos (any); Sor 12, 16 or 20 (Segovia); Dodgson 4 or 10.
  2. Prepared program: three contrasting pieces, including one 20th century work.
  3. Music Skills Test.

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

  1. Technical requirements: all three octave scales and arpeggios up to G with all standard right hand fingerings.
  2. Prepared program: two studies, for example, Brouwer, Books 2, 3 or 4 (any); Sor, 6, 7, 10, 11 or 13 (Segovia); Dodgson 1; and two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire.
  3. Music Skills Test.

HARP
Bachelor of Music (Performance)

  1. Technical requirements: major and minor keys over four octaves including common chords, dominant sevenths and their inversions performed as: scales (both hands); arpeggios (both hands); extended arpeggios; flat, broken chords (both hands); one study such as ‘Mirage’ – Modern Study of the Harp by Carlos Salzedo (Schirmer 1948), ‘Premiere Etude’ – Exercises et Etudes no.36 by (Ed) La Riviere Alphonse Leduc (or equivalent).
  2. Prepared program: two solos of contrasting style such as Bach – ‘Bourree’, Corelli – Gigue’, Salzedo – ‘Quietude’, Thomas – ‘A Native’s Farewell’, Ibert – ‘Scherzetto’, Salzedo -‘Gavotte’ from ‘Suite of Eight Dances’, Britten – ‘Interlude’ from ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ or other of an equivalent standard Harp.
  3. Music Skills Test.

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

  1. Technical requirements: major keys over three octaves including common chords, dominant sevenths and their inversions performed as: scales (both hands); arpeggios (both hands); flat, broken chords (both hands); one study such as ‘Premiere Etude’ Exercises et ‘Etudes no.36’ by (Ed) La Riviere Alphonse Leduc (or equivalent).
  2. Prepared program: one solo such as Salzedo – ‘Quietude’, Thomas – ‘A Native’s Farewell’, Salzedo – ‘Gavotte’ from Suite of Eight Dances, Britten – ‘Interlude’ from A Ceremony of Carols or equivalent standard.
  3. Music Skills Test.

VIOLIN, VIOLA, VIOLONCELLO
Bachelor of Music (Performance)

  1. Technical requirements: You should prepare scales, arpeggios (including dominant and diminished) and standard double stops (3rds, 6ths, 8ves) for at least one key of your choice from a scales system according to you current level of individual technical proficiency and background; you may be asked to demonstrate different bowings in any three octave scale of your choice; one study
    • Violin — Kreutzer, Fiorillo, Rode, Dont Opus 35 or any other study of comparable or higher degree of difficulty
    • Viola — as above or a study by Campagnoli
    • Violoncello — Piatti, Popper or Grutzmacher.
  2. Prepared program: two contrasting movements of a Bach solo work; a fast and a slow movement from a concerto in the standard repertoire; and one short 20th century work (either a piece, or a movement of a sonata).
  3. Music Skills Test.

Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

  1. Technical requirements: two octave scales and arpeggios (including dominant and diminished arpeggios); one three octave scale and arpeggio of the candidate’s choice; one brief exercise to demonstrate double stopping or alternatively a scale in double stops of the candidate’s choice and examples of different bowings will be required.
  2. Prepared program: two etudes; and two contrasting movements from any baroque, classical or romantic sonata.
  3. Music Skills Test.

Bachelor of Music Studies and combined degrees

Violin

  1. Technical requirements: two octave scales and arpeggios (including dominant and diminished arpeggios); one three octave scale and arpeggio of the candidate’s choice; one brief exercise to demonstrate double stopping or alternatively a scale in double stops of the candidate’s choice and examples of different bowings will be required.
  2. Prepared program: one etude reflecting the standard of the applicant’s skill level; one movement from a concerto; a contrasting piece.
  3. Music Skills Test

Viola

  1. Technical requirements: two octave scales and arpeggios (including dominant and diminished arpeggios); one three octave scale and arpeggio of the candidate’s choice; one brief exercise to demonstrate double stopping or alternatively a scale in double stops of the candidate’s choice and examples of different bowings will be required.
  2. Prepared program: one etude reflecting the standard of the applicant’s skill level; one movement from a sonata or concerto; a contrasting piece.
  3. Music Skills Test.

Violoncello

  1. Technical requirements: scales and arpeggios (including dominant and diminished arpeggios); one brief exercise to demonstrate double stopping or alternatively a scale in double stops of the candidate’s choice and examples of different bowings will be required.
  2. Prepared program: two etudes; and two contrasting movements from any sonata or concerto.
  3. Music Skills Test.