Keyboard Faculty

Pianoforte

Entry Criteria

  • Absolute beginners will be offered a place on our two year mandatory Introductory to Piano Classes [no audition will be required for these classes]. Absolute beginners over the age of 9 will not be accepted.
  • Applicants over the age of 23 who have not attained a standard of at least RIAM Grade 8 or its equivalent will not be considered. [In certain circumstances, applicants who have no formal qualifications but who have taken their studies to the equivalent standards as outlined above may, under such circumstances, apply and will have their application duly considered. However, where possible, some form of evidence of such attainment should be submitted with the application].

Audition Criteria

  • Applicants who are between RIAM Preliminary grade and RIAM Grade 2 or equivalent should prepare at least one piece for audition. They should also be prepared to play some scales and arpeggios appropriate to their current standard.  [The audition will generally take 5 – 10 minutes].
  • Applicants who are at RIAM Grade 3 standard and above or equivalent should prepare at least two pieces for the audition. They should also be prepared to play scales and arpeggios appropriate to their current standard. [The audition will generally take 7 – 12 minutes].
  • The audition panel may ask applicants to perform a short sight-reading test. Non beginners should be prepared to undergo a possible short sight-reading test; the standard asked will be appropriate to the applicant’s current level.
  • Please note timings assigned are only guidelines and the audition panel reserves the right to deviate from these timings. Some auditions may be longer or shorter than the stated guidelines; this is due to the specific determinations as deemed necessary by the auditioning panel for each specific candidate.

 Classical Accordion

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants over the age of 23 who have not attained a standard of at least RIAM Grade 8 or its equivalent will not be considered. [In certain circumstances, applicants who have no formal qualifications but who have taken their studies to the equivalent standards as outlined above may, under such circumstances, apply and will have their application duly considered. However, where possible, some form of evidence of such attainment should be submitted with the application].

Audition Criteria

  • Auditions for absolute beginners will generally take between 5 – 7 minutes and will include simple rhythm tests [i.e. they may be asked to clap back the rhythm of a short phrase], basic pitch identification [candidates may be asked to say if a note is higher or lower than a particular pitch]. Candidates may prepare a piece for the audition [this could be singing a small tune or playing another instrument etc.].
  • Applicants who are between RIAM Preliminary grade and RIAM Grade 2 or equivalent should prepare at least one piece for audition. They should also be prepared to play some scales and arpeggios appropriate to their current standard.  [The audition will generally take 5 – 10 minutes].
  • Applicants who are at RIAM Grade 3 standard and above or equivalent should prepare at least two pieces for the audition. They should also be prepared to play scales and arpeggios appropriate to their current standard. [The audition will generally take 7 – 12 minutes].
  • The audition panel may ask applicants to perform a short sight-reading test. Non beginners should be prepared to undergo a possible short sight-reading test; the standard asked will be appropriate to the applicant’s current level.
  • Please note timings assigned are only guidelines and the audition panel reserves the right to deviate from these timings. Some auditions may be longer or shorter than the stated guidelines; this is due to the specific determinations as deemed necessary by the auditioning panel for each specific candidate.

Harpsichord

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants up to the age of 23 years wishing to apply for Harpsichord should have attained Grade 5 or its equivalent in Piano or Harpsichord.
  • Applicants over the age of 23 who have not attained a standard of at least RIAM Grade 8 or its equivalent will not be considered. [In certain circumstances, applicants who have no formal qualifications but who have taken their studies to the equivalent standards as outlined above may, under such circumstances, apply and will have their application duly considered. However, where possible, some form of evidence of such attainment should be submitted with the application].

Audition Criteria

  • Applicants who are at RIAM Grade 5 standard and above or equivalent should prepare at least two pieces for the audition. They should also be prepared to play scales and arpeggios appropriate to their current standard. [The audition will generally take 7 – 12 minutes].
  • Applicants should be prepared to undergo a possible short sight-reading test; the standard asked will be appropriate to the applicant’s current level.
  • Please note timings assigned are only guidelines and the audition panel reserves the right to deviate from these timings. Some auditions may be longer or shorter than the stated guidelines; this is due to the specific determinations as deemed necessary by the auditioning panel for each specific candidate.

Organ

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be 12 years of age or over and should have attained Grade 5 or its equivalent in Piano. Applicants who have not attained a standard of at least RIAM Grade 5 or its equivalent will not be considered. [In certain circumstances, applicants who have no formal qualifications but who have taken their studies to the equivalent standards as outlined above may, under such circumstances, apply and will have their application duly considered. However, where possible, some form of evidence of such attainment should be submitted with the application].

Audition Criteria

  • Applicants who are at RIAM Grade 5 standard and above or equivalent should prepare at least two pieces for the audition which will be played on Piano or Organ. They should also be prepared to play scales and arpeggios appropriate to their current standard. [The audition will generally take 7 – 12 minutes].
  • Applicants should be prepared to undergo a possible short sight-reading test; the standard asked will be appropriate to the applicant’s current level.
  • Please note timings assigned are only guidelines and the audition panel reserves the right to deviate from these timings. Some auditions may be longer or shorter than the stated guidelines; this is due to the specific determinations as deemed necessary by the auditioning panel for each specific candidate.