How to Apply
Find out information on entry requirements for our Music Course, including audition preparation.
Entry is by competitive audition. Applications are accepted from 4 January for entry the following September and the closing date for applications is midnight 1 March. The main audition period is from 5 February to 14 April for entry in September 2022 but applications for entry at other times of the year will always be considered. All audition dates are made at the discretion of the Head of Junior Guildhall to allow the convening of specialist panels.
Auditions are scheduled on any day from Monday to Saturday. Panels will usually be chaired by either the Head of Junior Guildhall or the Head of Junior Music Courses, along with the relevant specialist or head of department. While auditions are highly competitive, the panel will be looking for potential as well as achievement and dedication. As a rough guide, candidates will normally have attained a standard of about Grade 5 distinction at the age of 10 and Grade 8 distinction by the age of 16. It is not necessary to have taken any grade examination before the audition. Pre-audition sessions are available to provide prospective applicants with advice. Advice sessions are charged and can be booked by filling in the following form.
Candidates are assessed in five basic areas of performance, covering musical awareness, quality of sound, accuracy, communication and control of instrument. Students are requested to bring a list to the audition of pieces to be performed and scales and arpeggios to be asked to play.
- First study: two contrasting pieces
- Second study (optional): one piece
- Scales and arpeggios appropriate to standard. Normally 5-6 are asked. All keys/starting notes are own choice with a minimum of three tonal centres to be presented.
- Questions may be asked and tests given to ascertain a student’s level of general musicianship
Singers are not expected to sing scales and arpeggios but should bring to the audition a prepared short prose or poetry reading from memory.
Percussionists should present, where possible, three pieces, one on each of the following instruments: tuned percussion, timpani and snare drum. Orchestral repertoire is not considered suitable. The total performing time should not exceed ten minutes. Less advanced or young players may offer only one or two of these instruments, but this should be agreed with the School in advance of the audition.
Composers should send copies of three of their recent compositions to the Junior Guildhall Office. Candidates will then be invited to an interview and should be ready to play a prepared piece on an instrument of their choice, and undertake some sightreading and simple improvisation tests. Questions will be asked and tests given to ascertain a student’s level of general musicianship.
We are still looking for musicians who play Double Bass, Viola, Woodwind, Jazz Bass, Jazz Piano, Jazz Sax and Jazz Drum Kit to join us this September. If you are interested in finding out more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the instrument you play. Auditions for these instruments will be held May – June.
Late applications in other instruments will be considered. However, there may be a delay in arranging an audition date. We do try to hear all applications but cannot guarantee a place even if the student is at the entry level required. In such cases, students may be placed on a reserve list.
Results are sent directly to the parent/ carer as soon as possible after the audition period.
Junior Guildhall offers pre-audition advice for prospective students from specialist teachers. This will normally be a one-to-one session but the student’s parent/carer may also attend. The teacher may offer advice on musical interpretation and technical set-up and indicate whether the student is suitable for a Junior Guildhall audition. Please note that any indication given is not a guarantee of passing an audition.
Pre-audition advice sessions are charged at the following rates:
30 minutes - £40
40 minutes - £53.33
60 minutes - £80
For more information, and to book a pre-audition advice session, please complete this form.
Consultation lessons with a member of the School’s teaching staff can be arranged for students who have been offered a place on the Music Course. There is a charge for this facility.
Junior Guildhall will provide an accompanist for live auditions, if relevant for the first and/or second study instrument, unless the candidate would prefer to use their own accompanist.