Entry Requirement

Entry Requirement

Age
For Undergraduate studies the LPMAM has a minimum entry age of 18, whereas for Postgraduate programmes the minimum entry age is 21 (as at 1st September immediately preceding enrolment).

Deadline
The main deadline for applications for our online courses is 2 weeks before the beginning of the term.

The main deadline for applications for full academic year enrolment starting September 2021 is 31st January 2021.

Candidates may still apply after the deadline if they submit the application before the courses commence: the decision to include their applications will depend on if there is still space in the course timetable. If the timetable is full, you will be put on a waiting list; if no space becomes available and we cannot offer an audition, the fee will be refunded.

Multiple Application
MMus candidates who are also considering the MA should only apply for MMus. The LPMAM assessment process for the MMus automatically includes consideration for MA. At their Audition, candidates can discuss their preferences for study length (1 or 2 years). MMus applicants may also discuss their choice of Concert Project or Performance & Research. This means that only one application (with one programme choice) needs to be made. Applicants can indicate their interest in the various choices in the Personal Statement part of the Application Process.

Similarly, Opera candidates who are also considering Postgraduate Vocal Studies should only apply for Opera – again, the LPMAM assessment process for Opera automatically includes consideration for Postgraduate Vocal Studies.

If you wish to discuss the Application Process, or have any questions, please contact the Registry staff who will be able to assist and advise you. Open Days are arranged by individual departments – see our Departments page for links.

Personal Statement
When you complete your Personal Statement, please ensure you give details of:
• your experience in performing
• any membership of relevant bodies, or music courses
• orchestral/chamber-music/operatic or conducting experience
• your personal music interests
• why you have chosen to apply for this programme of study
• what you hope to gain from studying with the LPMAM
• how you perceive your career aspirations in relevance to the course you are applying for

References and other supporting documents
For Degree Application, please ensure you personally provide two separate references in support of your application to be submitted to the LPMAM. These references must be submitted by two different people, and we will not accept references from family, other relatives or close friends. Where possible please ensure your referee has relevant experience of your aptitude for your chosen course of study. Please request that your referees submit the original reference document with their original signature. If the referee has prepared a typed reference this can be printed, signed and then included into your digital portfolio.

Visas
If you require a letter of support in order to apply for a visa to attend an audition in London, please contact registry@lpmam.com after you have submitted your LPMAM application.

Tuition fees
For detailed information regarding the LPMAM’s tuition fees structure please click here. Additionally, you may find out about our scholarships and bursaries provision here.

Application

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 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.

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.