How to Apply: Junior RIAM

Closing date for applications: 1 December

To apply for tuition with Junior RIAM, the process begins with an online application

You can apply for up to three subjects per application.

The entry & audition requirements for studying in Junior RIAM are outlined below. 

In response to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, auditions for Junior RIAM will be conducted online in February 2021. All applicants will be contacted after the closing date with more detailed information on the audition process.

To find out more, select the relevant links below:

To find out more, select the relevant links below: 

Beginners Piano, Violin and Guitar

Absolute beginners in piano, violin and guitar will be eligible for a two-year introductory course involving small group tuition which requires no audition.

Beginners will be accepted between the age of 6 and 8. Places are awarded subject to availability.

You can find out more information about these courses here .

Beginners Recorder

Absolute beginners interested in Wind, Brass or Percussion can apply for small group recorder classes which are designed for 6-12 year old students and require no audition. These classes are an ideal starting point for anyone intending to progress to wind, brass or percussion instruments.

Most students take recorder classes for 2 - 3 years after which they have the option of auditioning for individual classes in recorder or any other wind, brass or percussion instrument.

You can find out more information about these courses here .

Beginners Strings, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion (excluding violin and recorder)

These auditions will be conducted through an online recording and information on how to prepare and upload this will be sent to applicants after the closing date for applications. Applicants will be asked to give a brief spoken introduction and play on an instrument which they are already learning or sing a song. In some instances, applicants may be asked to attend the Academy to ascertain instrument suitability. The maximum age for beginners for all string instruments (excluding violin and guitar) is 12 apart from Viola which is 10. 

Piano, Strings, Wind, Brass and Percussion

These auditions will be conducted through an online recording and information on how to prepare and upload this will be sent to applicants after the closing date for applications. The video recording will need to contain the following:-

  • A short spoken introduction
  • 2 contrasting pieces
  • Technical work 1 major scale and arpeggio + 1 minor scale and arpeggio

Voice

The minimum age for applications for individual tuition in voice is 15. These auditions will be conducted through an online recording and information on how to prepare and upload this will be sent to applicants after the closing date for applications. The video recording will need to contain the following:-

  • A short spoken introduction
  • 2 pieces, one of which should be from the classical repertoire

Junior Choir

Junior Choir is for students aged 8 – 18. These auditions will be conducted through an online recording and information on how to prepare and upload this will be sent to applicants after the closing date for applications. The video recording will need to contain the following:-

  • A spoken introduction 
  • 1 unaccompanied short song of not more than 5 minutes recorded specifically for audition 
  • Technical work – a full major scale starting on C or D, in solfa, ascending and descending, repeat the highest note for the descending scale 

Orchestra

Applicants who are not current students in the Academy and have applied for one of our performing groups without applying for individual tuition will be called for audition. These auditions will be conducted through an online recording and information on how to prepare and upload this will be sent to applicants after the closing date for applications. The video recording will need to contain the following:- 

  • A short spoken introduction 
  • 1 short piece on their instrument