How to Apply to Western Music

Contact Us

Need more information about applying to Western Music? We're here to help!

Odilla Van Delinder
Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
519-661-2044
ovandeli@uwo.ca

Sasha Gorbasew
Recruitment Co-ordinator
519-661-2111 x80532
agorbase@uwo.ca

Visit Us

Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College, Room 210
Western University
1151 Richmond St.
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

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Application Process

1) Apply to Western University through the Ontario Universities Application Centre

2)  Register for an audition or interview (registration coming soon) with Western Music

3) Submit two  Letters of Recommendation, along with a completed Questionnaire for each of your chosen programs

4) Take an online Theory Placement Test

5) Attend your audition/interview on the assigned date

Since enrolment is limited and competitive, you are encouraged to register for an audition/interview and submit all forms by February 15, 2021 

Already completed your OUAC application?
You're ready to register for your audition/interview with us!

Registration coming soon

Audition/Interview Requirements

The admission process for Western Music requires an audition and/or interview, depending on the program.

Bachelor of Music – Audition required
Bachelor of Arts (Music) – Interview required
Bachelor of Arts (Popular Music Studies) – Interview required (plus recorded audition)
Bachelor of Arts (Music Administrative Studies) – Interview required (plus recorded audition)

 

Audition/Interview Dates

Certain instruments or programs will be auditioned on certain dates. Once you have completed registration, we will be in touch by email to assign your audition/interview date from those listed for each program.


Bachelor of Music Auditions
Audition dates will be posted soon.

Bachelor of Arts (Music) Interviews
Audition dates will be posted soon.

Bachelor of Arts (Popular Music Studies) Interviews
Audition dates will be posted soon.

Bachelor of Arts (Music Administrative Studies) Interviews
Audition dates will be posted soon.

 

Audition/Interview Fee

The audition/interview fee is $60, payable by credit card during online registration.

If you are unable to use our online system, please contact ovandeli@uwo.ca to request PDF or printed versions of the registration forms, which may be submitted by email or mail. Mailed cheques or money orders should be made payable to Western University. Payment must be received before an audition or interview can be scheduled.

Registration coming soon 
 

Admission Forms

You must submit two Letters of Recommendation from two different referees, along with a completed Questionaire for each of your chosen programs prior to your audition/interview. Please forward a link to the Letter of Recommendation form to each of your referees. If you or your referees are unable to use our online system, please contact ovandeli@uwo.ca to request PDF or printed versions of the forms, which may be submitted by email or mail.

Please note that conservatory certificates are not required. Nevertheless, we do ask for conservatory grades if you have them since they give some indication of your expected level of performance. For most instruments, Grade VIII is the expected level; for piano, most successful applicants have achieved at least the Grade IX level.

Bachelor of Music
Letter of Recommendation form 
Bachelor of Music questionnaire

Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Letter of Recommendation form 
Bachelor of Arts (Music) questionnaire

Bachelor of Arts (Popular Music Studies)
Letter of Recommendation form 
Bachelor of Arts (Popular Music Studies) questionnaire

Bachelor of Arts (Music Administrative Studies)
Letter of Recommendation form 
Bachelor of Arts (Music Administrative Studies) questionnaire

 

Theory Placement Test

All applicants are required to take an online Theory Placement Test before their audition.

The purpose of the test is twofold: firstly, to ensure that the student is registered in the appropriate theory course for first year (which may include a remedial correspondence course in the summer prior to first year), and secondly, as a part of the overall assessment for admission. If necessary, this test may be written on your audition day with special permission.

Approximately one-third of the Theory Placement Test is devoted to ear-training questions. The remaining parts of the test cover rudiments, harmony and voice leading, figured bass, and questions about phrase structure and simple forms.

If you are having trouble with the online Theory Placement Test, please see the .pdf file for instructions for activating Flash on your computer. Please note: This test will not work on mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.

 

What to Play at Your Audition

To prepare for your audition, applicants should review the content in the related conservatory theory rudiments for the expected grade level of their instrument.

 

How to Operate Zoom Conferencing Software

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It is recommended that you install the Zoom software ahead of your Audition Date/Time to avoid potential technological issues. Please follow Steps 1 through 5 at least 24 - 48 hours before your Audition. If you already have Zoom software installed on your device, please jump to STEP 6. We strongly recommend running Zoom on a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone wherever possible.

To provide better sound, an external microphone can help if one is available. These are - in most cases -accommodated by plugging in a microphone with a USB output into a laptop or desktop computer.

Once plugged in and in a meeting, access this microphone from the audio input and output menu. This menu is displayed via pressing the small up arrow beside the microphone icon often located in the lower left corner of the meeting on the tool bar.

In addition - one can further improve sound when playing or singing by selecting 'Enable Original Sound'. This can be done by selecting 'audio settings' - then selecting 'Advanced'. Note: 'audio settings' are in the same menu list used for selecting an external microphone.

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How to Install Zoom

1. Open any Web Browser and go to: https://www.zoom.us/ 

2. In the Top Menu of the Website, click on “RESOURCES” and then click “Download Zoom Client”.

3. At the Top of the page under “Zoom Client for Meetings” click on the “Download” button.

4. The page will give you a prompt to Install Zoom. Please follow the on-screen instructions to install Zoom on your device as the steps may vary slightly between Mac and PC.

5. After Zoom is installed the software will open automatically. NOTE: You will see a Prompt to "Join a Meeting" or to "Sign In". You DO NOT need to Sign In or Sign Up for an account. At this point, you can safely ignore this prompt and proceed to STEP 6.


How to Join a Zoom Meeting

6. In your Email Inbox, locate the Zoom Meeting URL that was sent to you regarding your audition. This link will be similar to the following example: “https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/123456789”

7. Click on this link and your Web Browser will open it. If you cannot click on this link, copy and paste the link into your web browser manually.

8. Zoom will now prompt you that it needs to “Open the link with an Application”. Click on “Open Link” (or “OK” depending on whether you use MAC or PC).

9. Once you have been connected - you will now be placed in the Zoom Meeting Waiting Room. Please follow the on-screen instructions from this point on.

Note: once you join a meeting you will be automatically placed into a 'waiting room'. Please be patient - in most cases you'll be joining the panel shortly.

For those unfamiliar with Zoom, you can join a test meeting anytime. This will allow you to see the interface, and test your video and audio. Visit this link for a test meeting anytime:  https://zoom.us/test (Note: due to high load on Zoom servers, this may not work every time)

If you encounter difficulties please email music-tech@uwo.ca

Further information on Zoom functionality is available at  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

 

 

Recorded Auditions

Applicants are expected to audition in person, but those living outside Ontario, or by special permission, may send a video via DVD, YouTube link (visibility may be set to "unlisted" if you wish), or Vimeo link (privacy may be set to "only people with a password" if you wish – but be sure to send us the password), prepared according to the following conditions:

  • The applicant's face and hands must be visible while performing
  • The audition must be recorded in one session and be unedited
  • If the repertoire performed requires an accompanist, the video must be recorded with one
  • Video must be of high quality

The recording should be accompanied by a certification letter which states that:

  1. The performer is the applicant
  2. The audition was completed in one session, and
  3. The recording is unedited.

This letter must be signed by a responsible person, other than the applicant, who was present during the taping.

Please send your recorded audition and certification letter to:

Odilla Van Delinder
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College, Room 210
Western University
1151 Richmond St.
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
ovandeli@uwo.ca


Piano Proficiency Requirement

Once you have been accepted to Western Music, Grade VI piano proficiency will be required before degree completion (Bachelor of Music students only). 

To meet this requirement students must:

     a) present a conservatory piano certificate of Grade VI or higher
               or
     b) take a piano proficiency test at the Don Wright Faculty of Music

  • The test will require two contrasting pieces (memorization not required) taken from the Grade VI (RCM) repertoire and technical tests. 
  • Studies are not required. 
  • Piano proficiency tests are normally scheduled for September, December and April each year.
  • To sign up for a test, please visit Odilla Van Delinder in Talbot College, Room 210.

Applicants for whom piano is not the principal instrument and who have little or no knowledge of the piano are urged to prepare for the piano requirement as early as possible, preferably before admission to Western Music.


What to Expect at Your Audition

Audition Day - Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University

Meet a few students, faculty and staff at the Don Wright Faculty of Music to walk you through what to expect at your admissions audition at Western.

  • The Audition Day normally starts by meeting the co-ordinators of the day in the Atrium on the main floor of Talbot College and signing in.
  • Applicants are given the opportunity to warm up and/or meet with their accompanist.
  • Applicants may provide their own accompanist, or arrange in advance to have one provided by the Faculty by indicating so as part of the audition registration process.
  • Applicants are generally auditioned by two members of the faculty, and the audition will include a brief interview.

 

We look forward to hearing you!


Contact Us

Need more information about applying to Western Music? We're here to help!

Odilla Van Delinder
Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
519-661-2044
ovandeli@uwo.ca

Sasha Gorbasew
Recruitment Co-ordinator
519-661-2111 x80532
agorbase@uwo.ca

Visit Us

Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College, Room 210
Western University
1151 Richmond St.
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

Maps & Directions