How to Apply to Western Music

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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 ext. 80532
agorbase@uwo.ca

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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 with Western Music

3) Submit two Letters of Recommendation, along with a completed Questionaire 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, 2020 

Already completed your OUAC application?
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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
February 20, 21, 22 & 29
March 7 & 28
April 4

Bachelor of Arts (Music) Interviews
Date to be arranged with applicant

Bachelor of Arts (Popular Music Studies) Interviews
March 28
April 4 & 7

Bachelor of Arts (Music Administrative Studies) Interviews
March 28
April 4 & 7

 

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.


 

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.

 

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.


Recorded Auditions

Applicants are expected to audition in person, but those living outside Ontario, or by special permission, may send a DVD, or private YouTube or Vimeo link, prepared according to the following conditions:

  • The audition must be recorded on DVD or private YouTube or Vimeo link and of high quality.
  • The audition must be completed in one session and the recording must remain unedited.

The recording should be accompanied by a certificate which states that:

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

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

Please send your recorded audition and certificate 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 / Bachelor of Musical Arts 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 ext. 80532
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