Strings

Strings Course

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Candidates
Online Audition

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

Violin: UNDERGRADUATE candidates shall submit a digital portfolio containing:
• A video of the candidate performing the first movement (with cadenza) of a Classical Concerto
• A video of the candidate performing a contrasting piece at their choice
• A brief written statement of purpose or goals in the program

POSTGRADUATE violinists shall submit a digital portfolio containing:
• A video of the candidate performing the first movement (with cadenza) of a major Romantic or Post-Romantic Concerto
• A brief written statement of purpose or goals in the program

Viola and Cello: Candidates shall submit a digital portfolio containing:
• A video of the candidate performing the first movement (with cadenza) of a Concerto
• A video of the candidate performing a contrasting piece at their choice
• A brief written statement of purpose or goals in the program

Double Bass: Candidates shall submit a digital portfolio containing:
• A video of the candidate performing one solo piece
• A video of the candidate performing two orchestral excerpts of their choice
• 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
• A quick-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
• 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

Strings Course Syllabus

The course is run over a period of four years, each comprising the following core elements: Principal Study lessons, Performance Classes, and Academic and Supporting Studies with the chance to take part in concerts and masterclasses.
Assessment will be focused on the student’s attitude and ability in practical studies and attendance – to include punctuality, preparation for lessons, classes & rehearsals and performance skills.

All year students will benefit from:
• 90 minutes individual tuition each week
• Weekly classes in Academic and Supporting Studies
• Opportunity to undertake a second or related study

The following outlines the performance and coursework expectations required from students for each year of this programme:

Year 1

Year 2

Performance 1 (Technical Assessment):
Students will be asked to demonstrate their abilities in playing:
1. Scales, arpeggios and double stops
2. A study or etude
3. 10 prepared orchestral excerpts (available from the LPMAM library)

Performance 2 (Non-public recital):
Students will prepare and present a programme of 25 minutes, with varied style and repertoire. At least one piece must be played from memory.
They will be expected to research and write the notes to the programme and give a spoken presentation to the recital.

Coursework:
Student’s practical work will be continuously assessed as part of the coursework.
Compulsory coursework components of the second year include:
Principal Study Lessons, Symphony/Chamber/Opera Orchestra, Repertoire Orchestra, Performance Classes, Masterclasses, Events and Concerts.

Optional coursework components of the second year include:
Second/Related Study Lessons, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music, Early Music.

Year 3

Performance 1 (Technical Assessment):
Students will be asked to demonstrate their abilities in playing:
1. Scales, arpeggios and double stops
2. A study or etude
3. 10 prepared orchestral excerpts (available from the LPMAM library)

Performance 2 (Public Recital):
Students will prepare and present a programme of 30 minutes, with varied style and repertoire. At least one piece must be played from memory.
They will be expected to research and write the notes to the programme and give a spoken presentation to the recital.

Coursework:
Student’s practical work will be continuously assessed as part of the coursework.
Compulsory coursework components of the third year include:
Principal Study Lessons, Symphony/Chamber/Opera Orchestra, Repertoire Orchestra, Performance Classes, Masterclasses, Events and Concerts.

Optional coursework components of the third year include:
Second/Related Study Lessons, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music, Early Music

Year 4

Performance 1 [Mock Audition]:
Students will prepare and present
• 1st movement of a Classical Concerto
• 12 prepared orchestral excerpts

Performance 2 [Public recital]:
Students will prepare and present a programme of 40 minutes, with varied style and repertoire and with at least one piece to be played from memory.
They will be expected to research and write the notes to the programme and give a spoken presentation to the recital.

Additional Performance (if elected):
Students will prepare and present a suitable performance of maximum 20 minutes, approved by the Head of Strings, in one of the following areas:
• Concerto performance
• Orchestral performance
• Chamber music performance
• Early music performance
• Studio recorded performance
• Contemporary music performance

Coursework:
Student’s practical work will be continuously assessed as part of the coursework.
Compulsory coursework components of the fourth year include:
Principal Study Lessons, Symphony/Chamber/Opera Orchestra, Repertoire Orchestra, Performance Classes, Masterclasses, Events and Concerts.

Optional coursework components of the fourth year include:
Second/Related Study Lessons, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music, Early Music.