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COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19 and in accordance with health and safety guidelines provided by the university and public health officials, Laurier's Faculty of Music has decided not to hold in-person auditions for all September 2021 entry applications.

Applicants who don't have access to large instruments should contact musicauditions@wlu.ca for a personalized solution.

If you have any questions, please contact musicauditions@wlu.ca.

For the latest updates regarding COVID-19, visit Laurier's coronavirus information page.

Admission Requirements

Laurier’s Faculty of Music is a barrier free environment. Should you require access accommodations to support your audition please email musicauditions@wlu.ca

Admission to the Bachelor of Music is based on the collective results of:

Academics

Audition 

Due to COVID-19, applicants will have the option to participate in a remote audition via Zoom or submit a pre-recorded video audition.

View our audition requirements to determine what you need to prepare.

Pre-recorded or live piano accompaniment may be used for your audition.

If you can't find a recording of your accompaniment, one of our Coach-Accompanists can provide a recording (free of charge) for your Laurier audition. Your request must be submitted to musicauditions@wlu.ca four weeks prior to your audition.

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.

Theory and Ear Training Test

Due to COVID-19, applicants for September 2021 entry will not be required to write a theory and ear training test. You will be asked about your theory background during your remote Zoom interview in relation to Royal Conservatory of Music’s (RCM) Level 8 Theory (formerly Advanced Rudiments).

Note: Official RCM exams and formal training are not required.

Interview with a Faculty Member

Due to COVID-19, interviews for September 2021 entry will be done remotely through Zoom. This interview is more of a chance for us to get to know you and for you to ask questions you may have about studying at Laurier.

Portfolio (Optional)

An optional portfolio of past performances, composed and/or original music may be submitted to the musciauditions@wlu.ca through video or audio links. This does not replace your remote Zoom audition or pre-recorded video audition.

Application Process

  1. Apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). Visit undergraduate admissions for help if you need it.
  2. Once your application is received by Laurier from OUAC, you will be emailed login information for Laurier’s Online Audition Portal (starting Dec. 15).
  3. Laurier’s Online Audition Portal requires you to submit:
    • Your contact information.
    • Your preferred choice of remote audition via Zoom or a pre-recorded video audition.
    • Contact information for one reference (reference will be contacted by Laurier via email to complete a reference questionnaire).
    • Your current academic information.
    • Details on your musical background and career goals.
    • An optional portfolio of past performances, composed and/or original music may be submitted in the portal through video or audio links.
    • $60 audition fee (payable by credit card).
  4. Once this information and your $60 audition fee is submitted through the Online Audition Portal you will receive a confirmation email.

Audition Information

2020/21 Application Timeline

Application deadline:

  • Jan. 15, 2021 (Ontario high school student applications)
  • April 1, 2021 (out-of-province, transfer students and international applications)

Auditions:

  • Begin late January and end in April

Acceptance deadline:

  • June 1, 2021

Past Webinars:

After Your Audition

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.

Keyboard Facility Requirements

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:

  • Provide proof of completing a Grade 6 (or higher) Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) piano exam in the form of an official certificate or examination results, which must have been completed within the previous three calendar years.
  • Attempt Laurier’s keyboard facility exam, meant to test piano skills at a Grade 6 RCM equivalency.
  • Discuss their current level of piano knowledge and discuss Laurier’s keyboard facility standards and optional workshop.

Keyboard Facility Workshop

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.

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