MMus (Performance)

Your Audition

Suitable applicants will be invited to the Conservatory to undertake an audition and interview. 

The Audition Panel will normally comprise an instrumental/vocal/conducting specialist, the relevant Head of Department or nominee, the Head of Academic Studies, or nominee and the Programme Chair. 

The audition will involve performance (see detailed requirements below) and an interview.  The Audition Panel reserves the right to halt a performance when it has heard enough to form a judgment.  The interview is intended to assess your suitability for entry to the programme.  You should be prepared to answer questions about your music studies, performance experience and repertoire, research interests and career plans.  

Where relevant, candidates are requested to provide their own form of accompaniment (or supporting musicians) and to provide copies of the music (or outline scores) for the audition panel.

Piano:

Candidates should prepare a 20-minute programme of contrasting pieces/movements representing at least two musical styles, to include one concert study.

At least one work should be played from memory

Sight-reading test

Organ and Harpsichord

Candidates should prepare a 20-minute programme of contrasting pieces/movements representing at least two musical styles, to include one major work from the Baroque period.

Sight-reading test

Classical Accordion

Candidates should prepare a 20-minute programme of contrasting pieces/movements representing at least two musical styles.

At least one work should be played from memory

Sight-reading test

Piano Accompaniment

Candidates are expected to prepare a 20-minute programme, representing at least

at least two musical styles for piano and instrument/voice. Soloist(s) to be provided by applicant.

Candidates are also required to present one solo piano concert study of own choice.

Sight-reading test

Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

Candidates should prepare a 20-minute programme of contrasting pieces/movements representing at least two musical styles of at least the standard for an undergraduate performance degree. A very high standard of performance is expected.

Chamber Music

Candidates should prepare a 20-minute programme of contrasting pieces/movements representing at least two musical styles from the classical chamber music repertoire of at least the standard for an undergraduate performance degree.  A very high standard of performance is expected.   

Irish Traditional Music

Candidates should prepare a 20-minute programme of contrasting pieces from the Irish traditional repertoire of at least the standard for an undergraduate performance degree, to include a slow air.  A very high standard of performance is expected. (Copies of the music or outline scores are not required for the audition panel for Irish traditional music auditions.) 

Jazz

Candidates should prepare a 20-minute programme of contrasting jazz pieces of at least the standard for an undergraduate performance degree, to include a ballad. A very high standard of performance is expected.    

Vocal Studies

Candidates should prepare a 20-minute programme, balanced in style and language, covering all genres, and should sing in at least two different languages. A very high standard of performance is expected.  

Audition Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be selected first and foremost on the basis of merit and potential and must convince the audition panel that they have the ability, maturity and potential to cope with the demands of the programme.  

MMus (Performance) applicants will be judged competitively based on the following criteria, assessed by means of the audition, interview and application: 

•   talent and potential

•   demonstration of a serious commitment to a career in music

•   previous performance experience

•   quality of previous training and musicianship

•   broad knowledge of music, including historical contexts and contemporary practice

•   demonstration of academic writing skills

•   interpersonal skills for team building and leadership

Audition results are notified to candidates via email, normally within two weeks of the audition date. 

International Applicants

International applicants who are unable to attend an entrance audition in person must supply an authenticated and referenced recording of their performance (see above for specific requirements).  The recording should be in video DVD format with professional quality audio.  Recordings submitted on CD, cassette tape or standard magnetic tape will not be accepted.  Please note recordings cannot be returned. Applicants whose DVD performances are of a suitable standard will then be contacted for an interview, usually via Skype.     

Further Information

Dr Cliona Doris
M.Mus. Programme Chair
Conservatory of Music and Drama 
College of Arts and Tourism
DIT Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
E: cliona.doris@dit.ie