How to Prepare for an Audition at the ANU School of Music

Thursday 20 July 2017

Before preparing for your audition for the Bachelor of Music program, please make yourself aware of all elements related to live and digital auditions.

Repertoire selection is paramount and should reflect your current abilities. Set yourself up to shine and set aside daily timeslots to work efficiently on your two/three contrasting pieces. If you are well prepared you will be less nervous. If you suffer from performance anxiety a couple of simple tricks will help you to relax.

Number One

Aside from being well prepared it is good to let yourself be naturally nervous - this is normal and actually good for creating passion and energy into your performance. I found over the years that it is the waiting part of an examination that is sometimes difficult. On the day find a quiet space and embark on slow deep breathing exercises to naturally calm your body down. May I suggest you do not sit around watching everyone else!

Number Two

A positive mind set is important so when you enter the room please feel at ease with the panel who are there simply to hear you and get to know you. Try and treat the audition as an opportunity to celebrate what you have achieved to date and share with us your passion for music.

What is the panel looking for?

The panel will be looking for a well rounded musical performance. Some factors could include:

  • Intonation
  • Tonal Quality
  • Technical quality
  • Phrasing
  • Dynamics
  • Melodic Interpretation
  • Passion

Importantly, we are hoping that you will shine and play to the best of your abilities. We want to see at ANU so we can help shape your musical future, whatever your passions are. Good luck!

John Mackey
Lecturer, ANU School of Music

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