Two Contrasting Works or Two Scores of Contrasting Compositions
Performance: If Performance is your intended specialisation, you must provide two contrasting performances. They can be any two short pieces of your choice, as long as they contrast in some way (tempo, technical difficulty, expression, style, etc.). Each piece must be between 3-5 minutes in length.
Composition: If Composition is your intended specialisation, you must provide two scores of contrasting compositions (Along with the two composition scores we also require accompanying audio files [mp3 is best] – so please also upload audio files that are either MIDI-based recordings or recordings of live performances of your compositions.) You must also submit two contrasting performances on your individual instrument or voice. If not accepted as a composition specialist, you may possibly be accepted as a performer.
Students who will complete or have completed Music Extension/Music 2 for the HSC, or equivalent, and who are interested in the Advanced Entry Scheme for musicology and musicianship, should also submit their final musicology essay.
Short Song to be Sung Unaccompanied
The short song can be any song of your choice. It is for the examiner to test your sense of pitch. A traditional song or folk song would be most preferable and must be minimum of 1 minute in length.
- 500-word essay about yourself
The essay can be about something that you have enjoyed doing, studying or learning about aside from music. The essay is important because it illustrates what you think and how well you express yourself. It also gives you an opportunity to tell us about who you are beyond your musical qualifications and will help us further distinguish you from other applicants. So try to write your essay in a way that lets your voice come through.
We do not expect extensive experience; this is merely to give the examiner an idea of what, if any, extra-curricular activities you may be involved with within the sphere of music.
- A scanned copy of a Photo ID
This can be anything from a drivers licence or proof of age card to a student ID. This is so our examiner can identify that the performance work you submit to the UNSW auditions is your own work.
A letter of reference must be uploaded with your performance files. When registering, you will need to provide the name and contact details of your referee so that we may contact them if necessary. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their audition in early December 2021, in time to adjust UAC preferences. Successful applicants who meet certain criteria will be contacted and invited to apply for our Advanced Entry Scheme. Please see below for more detail.