Beginners – Suggested Audition Requirements

Suggested Audition requirements for beginners wishing to apply for an instrument [excluding Piano and Violin]
This is to act as a guideline for parents and guardians. The exercises are very easy to do and will be explained clearly by the examiner on the day.

In addition, the audition panel will assess physical suitability for the instrument for which they have applied, and these checks vary according to instruments.

Applicants should sing or play a simple tune on any instrument they have brought to the audition (eg recorder, toy xylophone, etc).

The audition will contain SOME of the following exercises:-

4 – 5 year olds:-
Students may be asked to do some of the following:
Pulse: Clap, tap a rhythm test
Dynamics: Student to play notes (any notes) loud, soft, getting louder or getting softer
Performance: Sing a song or play a short tune on the piano or any instrument of their choosing
Students may be asked to respond to some of the following:
Tempo: Understand difference between fast and slow rhythm and melodic patterns, getting faster and slower played by the examiner
Pitch: To recognise high and low sounds – extreme notes on the piano played by the Examiner
Style: An observation test – is the piece happy, sad, dance-like or march-like

6 year olds:-
Students may be asked to do some of the following:
Pulse: Show a steady pulse or beat by clapping, tapping or marching
Duration: Student to demonstrate on the piano long and short sounds
Loud and soft: Student to play notes (any notes) loud, soft, getting louder or getting softer
Rhythm: Clap back a short piece played by the Examiner
Performance: Sing a song or play a short tune on the piano or any instrument of their choosing
Students may be asked to respond to some of the following:
Pitch: To recognise the difference between high, low or same sounds
Observation: Talk about style of a piece played, happy, sad, dance- like, march-like etc

7- 8 year olds:-
Students may be asked to do some of the following:
Pulse: Clap with music played by the examiner
Duration: Listen and imitate simple rhythm patterns including silences
Tempo: Understand difference between fast and slow rhythm and melodic patterns, getting faster and slower
Pitch: Student to play what they consider high notes, low notes or the same notes
Loud and soft: Student to play a sequence of notes or a cluster of notes (any notes at all) on the piano demonstrating that the sounds are soft, loud, getting softer or getting louder
Rhythm: Clap back a piece played by the Examiner
Performance: Sing a song or play a short piece on the piano or any instrument of their choosing
Students may be asked to respond to some of the following:
Observation: Talk about style of a piece played, happy, sad, dance- like, march-like etc