Audition

Online Audition

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Candidates
Candidates should complete their online application first.
In the online application, students should include a digital portfolio (Dropbox folder, YouTube, Vimeo) with a video of the candidate performing the audition programme as prescribed here below. The video needs to be one unedited performance of the required audition programme.
After the digital portfolios have been assessed, candidates will be informed whether the department has selected them for an audition in person (On-campus degrees) or for an interview (both for On-Campus degrees and for Online courses).
All the portfolios submitted should indicate the applicant’s name and ID number if any, the program applied to and the contents of the file.

For online courses only, portfolio needs to be submitted 2 weeks before the beginning of the term.
For full academic year enrolment starting September 2021, portfolios needs to be submitted by 31st January 2021.

PART ONE: DIGITAL PORTFOLIO
UNDERGRADUATE: candidates shall submit a digital portfolio containing:
• a video of the candidate performing a free programme of maximum 15 minutes as specified by the department of the chosen instrument.
• a brief written statement of purpose or goals in the program.

POSTGRADUATE: candidates shall submit a digital portfolio containing:
• a video of the candidate performing a free programme of maximum 20 minutes as specified by the department of the chosen instrument.
• a brief written statement of purpose or goals in the program.

MMus candidates must also include in their portfolio at least two examples of their academic written work, each piece of written work being 1000-2000 words in length and in English. The candidate’s written work should aim to demonstrate:
• Responsiveness to music and musical issues
• Quality of critical engagement
• Capacity for research enquiry

PART TWO: PANEL INTERVIEW
Following the practical assessment, a panel interview will be conducted with the candidate. This will:
• allow the panel to further examine the candidate’s knowledge of music and their suitability for the course,
• provide an opportunity for the candidate to ask questions and discuss their performance during the audition.
• allow the panel to gain a clear understanding of what the student hopes to achieve from the course if they are accepted.

General Notes
Throughout the audition, candidates should note and strictly adhere to the following:
• In the videos, the camera needs to face the applicant (or be on the side of keyboard players and show the hands on the keyboard at all times).
• Videos of the applicant performing over a soundtrack (instead of a live accompanist or ensemble) will be accepted.
• For in person auditions, no time will be available during the audition to rehearse or discuss any special arrangements the candidate may require with the accompanist or rhythm section provided by LPMAM.
• Wherever possible, candidates shall ensure that their instruments are fully ready and warmed-up prior to entering the audition room. A warm-up room will be available for this purpose close to the audition room. No warm-up will be allowed during the actual audition.
• Prior to commencing the audition, the candidate must provide the music they will be performing in the practical assessment. This should be given to the steward in a suitable folder which must be clearly marked with the candidate’s name and a list of contents. The folder must contain copies of the score or lead sheet for use by the panel along with the melodic and rhythm section parts.
• Additionally, undergraduate (BMus) candidates must also complete the LPMAM written paper on the day of the audition in person. This requirement does not apply to postgraduate candidates.

Unfortunately, recordings sent to us without the appropriate forms will not be processed.
Applications for full academic year submitted after the deadline will incur the late application fee to cover additional administrative costs, and will only be processed
at the discretion of the relevant Head of Faculty.

In Person Audition

PART ONE-bis: IN PERSON AUDITION
For On-Campus enrolments, candidates short-listed from the digital portfolio examination will be invited for an audition in person.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate candidates will be asked to perform:
• the same programme presented in the digital portfolio
• scales and arpeggios
• study or sight reading.

Please see each separate department for more details on the programmes.

Audition Date
Candidates invited for an audition in person during the December session in London will receive details of their audition date and time in early September. Candidates auditioning in the July session in London will receive details of their audition date and time in early April.

International Candidates
It is your responsibility to ensure that, if you do not hold an EU or EEA passport, that you have the relevant Visa in order to attend the audition.
If it will assist your Visa process, you can request an invitation letter from the LPMAM. Please contact registry@lpmam.com. The letter will be issued after we have received your complete application including payment of the application fee. We will send it to you via International Recorded Delivery. If you request courier delivery, you will need to pay the LPMAM the delivery charge for this.

Rehearsing
In order to assist candidates to adequately prepare for their audition, candidates are permitted practice time prior to their audition time. This is usually offered for a time period equal to that of the audition itself.

Unfortunately due to the facilities being utilised by current students and audition applicants, the LPMAM is not able to offer additional practice facilities before the allocated warm-up time.

However, should you feel you require additional time, there are a number of private practice facilities nearby:

Jaques Samuel Pianos,
142 Edgware Road, Marble Arch, London W2 2DZ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7723 8818

Peregrine’s Pianos, 137A Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8TU
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7242 9865

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7258 8200
info@wigmorehall.org.uk

Kafri Studios, Arch 357 Laburnum Street, London E2 8BB
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8616 0233 or mobile +44 (0)7828 254458
info@kafristudios.co.uk

Please see London Rehearsal Studios for other suggestions.