Admission to Laurier’s Faculty of Music is based on the following:
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 when completing your online audition application, you’ll receive instructions on how to prepare and submit your video.
If you have significant proficiency on a second instrument and would consider enrolling as a major on either, you should consider auditioning on both instruments. An additional fee of $50 will be charged for a second audition.
Your audition day will consist of your audition, interview and 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.
Recommendation for Admission: The Faculty of Music recommends that you be accepted to Laurier if you meet all academic admission requirements of the university. This is not a guarantee of your acceptance. Your official offer of admission will be determined by Laurier’s Recruitment and Admissions Office and will be sent to you by mail.
If your Faculty of Music audition is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for an alternate offer of admission to another Laurier program.
On the day of your audition, you’ll be asked to write a theory test. You should have thorough knowledge of the rudiments of music equivalent to Royal Conservatory Advanced Rudiments, and be able to identify by ear intervals, triads, rhythmic patterns and short melodies. The test includes:
If you are a non-piano major who has not completed RCM Grade 6 Piano (or equivalent) prior to entering our BMus program, you must demonstrate proficiency at this level before proceeding to your third year. If you have not completed a RCM Grade 6 piano exam, successful completion of a Laurier Keyboard Facility Exam can be used to fulfill the piano requirement.
As an incoming first-year student, you’ll be required to sign up for a Keyboard Facility Exam during Orientation Week, or provide an official certificate as proof of completing your RCM Grade 6 piano exam.
If you are unable to pass the Keyboard Facility Exam, we strongly recommend you to take a Laurier Keyboard Facility Workshop to prepare for a rewrite of the Keyboard Facility Exam. This workshop administers the Keyboard Facility Exam as part of its course work.
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.
Take courses in areas like Composition, Music Therapy and Music History in your first year to help you decide which concentration to pursue.
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