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‌BMus Hons

Course Code: DT501  

Please note that the main Auditions will take place on 12-16 March 2018.

For CAO applicants who have applied for DT501 (BMus Hons), please complete an online application for the DT501 audition and written test available here.‌

DT501 Sample Written Paper 2018

DT501 Audition Requirements for International Students

You will be invited to the Conservatory to undertake an audition, interview and written test.

The audition will usually comprise the performance of two contrasting pieces and may include sight-reading and scales (see detailed requirements below).  The Audition Panel reserves the right to halt a performance when it has heard enough to form a judgement.  Candidates should be approximately Grade 7/8 standard or higher on an instrument or voice.

The interview is intended to assess your suitability for entry to the programme.  You should be prepared to answer questions about your music studies, your experience of performing and your career aspirations.

The written test will assess your knowledge and understanding of musical rudiments, and your aural perception.  

Keyboard Studies

Keyboard auditions (for piano, church organ, harpsichord and classical accordion) comprise a performance (details below) and short interview to assess suitability to the programme.  Applicants should be prepared to answer questions about their performance history, technical development and repertoire played during the last 2-3 years, including competitions, public performances, examinations etc.  Please note that film music, transcriptions, arrangements, popular, rock, light-classical, self-composed works, traditional Irish and jazz pieces are not accepted for the audition.

Piano

Repertoire: Applicants must perform:
(i) two contrasting pieces by classical composers and 
(ii) a short quick-study piece of Grade 7/8 standard which can be downloaded here 5 weeks prior to auditions.

Please click on the link below (after Feb 5th) to find the quick study piece for 2018 which must be performed at the audition.

QuickStudy2018

A high standard of performance is expected, generally minimum of Grade 7/8 or equivalent.  Ideally, applicants should have some public performance experience (competitions, recitals, concerts etc.).
At least one of the pieces must be by a composer from the following list:
Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy.

Sight-reading:  Applicants will be given a sight-reading test (Grade 7 level or equivalent)

Scales/Arpeggios:  Applicants are expected to perform scales and arpeggios in the following keys:  
D-flat, E-flat, F, G, A, B: 4 octaves, hands together, major and minor (harmonic or melodic)
Please note that the minimum metronome speed for scales is crotchet (4 semiquavers) = 88.

Organ

Repertoire: Applicants must perform two contrasting pieces for manuals and pedals of Grade 7/8 standard or equivalent, one of which should be by a Baroque composer.

Sight-reading: Applicants will be given a sight-reading test to perform (Grade 7 or equivalent).  The specification for the main organ at the Conservatory is available here.

Harpsichord

Repertoire:  Applicants must perform two contrasting pieces of Grade 7/8 standard or equivalent, at least one of which should be by a Baroque composer.

Sight-reading:  Applicants will be given a sight-reading test to perform (Grade 7 or equivalent)

Classical Accordion

Repertoire:  Applicants must perform two contrasting pieces of Grade 7/8 standard or equivalent.

Sight-reading:  Applicants will be given a sight-reading test to perform (Grade 7 or equivalent)

Orchestral Studies

Repertoire:  Applicants must prepare two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire of at least Grade 7 standard or equivalent.  A high standard of performance is expected.  Candidates may bring their own accompanist or have one provided upon request.  Please note that backing tracks are not permitted.

Sight-reading:  Applicants will be given a sight-reading test to perform

Scales/technical exercises:  Applicants will be asked to perform scales and/or technical exercises appropriate to their instrument and level

Irish Traditional Music

Repertoire:  A high standard in Irish traditional music or song performance is expected. Applicants are required to prepare two contrasting pieces, e.g. a dance tune and a song or slow air. 

Vocal Studies

Repertoire:  Applicants are required to prepare two contrasting songs from the classical repertoire, with piano accompaniment – an accompanist will be provided.  Songs from modern musicals will not be accepted.  

Further Information

Dermot Dunne
BMus Programme Chair
email: dermot.dunne@dit.ie
tel:  +353 (0)1 402 7822