Admission to the Bachelor of Music is based on the collective results of:
Audition on instrument or voice. View our audition requirements to determine what you need to prepare, and see further audition information below.
Note: If you have a significant proficiency on a second instrument you should consider auditioning on both. An additional fee of $60 will be charged for a second audition.
On your audition day you’ll write this test, which is equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music’s (RCM) Level 8 Theory (formerly Advanced Rudiments).
Note: Official RCM exams and formal training are not required. The level of performance demonstrated in the audition, not the RCM training or exam completed, determines admission.
This is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to ask questions you have about studying at Laurier.
An optional portfolio of composed and/or original music may be submitted to the auditions coordinator via USB or video links. This does not replace any part of your in-person audition.
Note: You should audition in person, but if you live further than 400 km from Laurier, you can audition by video. If you choose this option in the Laurier Audition Portal, you’ll receive instructions from our auditions coordinator on how to prepare and submit your video.
2018 Application Timeline
Application deadline: Auditions: Acceptance deadline:
Arrive and park at Wilfrid Laurier University. Head towards the Faculty of Music, John Aird Centre building. We suggest arriving 30 minutes early.
Immediately check-in with an audition assistant. Signs in the main entrance of the Faculty of Music will list which floor our check-in table is on.
Once you check-in our audition assistant will lead you to a practice room so you can warm up.
We encourage you to arrive at the audition room 10 minutes prior to your audition time.
You audition will take roughly 15-20 minutes and will also include a short discussion with the panel of faculty members.
Immediately following your audition, you will be led to your interview by an audition assistant. You will be interviewed by a faculty member who was not on your audition panel. Interviews last roughly 10-15 minutes.
Your theory and ear training test must be completed on your audition day. You have the option to write your theory test at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. You must write your test at the time that does not conflict with your scheduled audition time. There is no time limit to write the test. Most students complete the test in 1.5 hours.
Example: If your audition was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. you would have to write the 2 p.m. theory test.
Most applicants will hear from us once all audition candidates for their instrument have been auditioned. In some cases, this may not be until late April or May.
If your audition is successful, you will receive an email from the Faculty of Music recommending you for admission. This is not a guarantee of your acceptance. Providing that you meet all academic admission requirements of the university and you have received a recommendation from the Faculty of Music, Laurier’s Recruitment and Admissions Office will send you your official offer of admission.
If your audition is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for an alternate offer of admission to another Laurier program and contacted by Recruitment and Admissions.
Regardless of outcome, the Faculty of Music will contact all students by email with their audition results.
All students, no matter their academic or musical standings, will write the theory and ear training test on the day of their audition. The test is designed to assess a candidate’s knowledge of theory rudiments and to gauge ear training skills for possible advanced standing credit.
Our test will be based on material found in the Royal Conservatory of Music's Level 8 Theory, formerly Advanced Rudiments.
Laurier offers online theory tutoring classes (via Skype) which can help prepare you to write our theory and ear training test. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Piano proficiency is not tested at your audition; however, faculty may discuss Laurier’s keyboard facility requirements during your audition or interview.
All Bachelor of Music students (except those whose major instrument is piano) must meet Laurier’s keyboard facility standards. Failure to meet these standards by the beginning of a student’s third year can result in withdrawal from the program.
All incoming Bachelor of Music students will be required to sign up for a keyboard placement interview during Orientation Week to discuss Laurier’s keyboard facility standards and in some cases to prove they have met our requirements.
During this interview students can:
If students are unable to pass the keyboard facility exam or do not opt to attempt the test we recommend they take the Laurier keyboard facility workshop. This workshop is offered to assist students to prepare for the equivalency exam, which is administered as part of the workshop. This workshop does not count towards academic credit. This workshop runs each term and may be taken for up to four terms (i.e. up to the end of second year).
Should you decide to pursue piano studies on your own in lieu of taking the workshop, you must arrange to retake the keyboard facility exam or present a RCM Grade 6 piano certificate before you enter your third year of study.
Ken Murray is a long-time resident of Kitchener-Waterloo who has made outstanding contributions to the Arts and the recognition of talented youth.
Laurier’s $5,000 Ken Murray Entrance Scholarship is awarded to an incoming full-time Faculty of Music student auditioning on an orchestral instrument or the piano and is applied towards the winning student's first-year tuition.
Submit a recent video recording of a movement from either a concerto or sonata with accompaniment by March 15. A jury of faculty will review all submissions and make its final recommendation to the dean who will inform the winner by email.
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