Admission to ACMS is decided on the basis of an 30 minute audition. Initial enquiries are welcome at any time - with auditions held in November, February and March each year. We are also happy to hear prospective pupils play at an informal meeting to offer advice.
We recommend that the candidate presents two contrasting pieces on their first instrument, and one on a second study, if applicable. A selection of suitable scales and arpeggios will be expected where appropriate. There will also be a piece of sight reading (time will be given to prepare this) and some simple aural tests in line with ABRSM lower grades.
Candidates may play any principle instrument and may also take the opportunity to perform with a second instrument.
These tasks are set to find out what a pupil can do, not to trip them up.
Finally there will be a short interview with questions about commitment and musical experience. We are looking for enthusiasm and potential. Candidates will have the opportunity to put any questions of their own to the panel.
Results will be sent out by post and we aim to inform the candidate of the outcome within a couple of days.
Candidates may bring their own accompanist. Should they require accompanying, a copy of the music should be sent at least 10 days in advance. In order to avoid unnecessary professional fees we will not provide an accompanist unless you request one. Please bring the original copy of the music on the day.