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Admission to Laurier’s Faculty of Music is based on the following:

  • Academic grades.
  • Theory test: You’ll write a theory test, equivalent to RCM Advanced Rudiments, on your audition day.
  • Interview with a faculty member: This is a chance for us to get to know you and for you to ask any questions you have on your audition day.
  • Musical audition.

Application Process

  1. Apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. You can visit our undergraduate admissions toolkit for help if you need it.
  2. Once your application is processed, you’ll be emailed your login information for Laurier’s Online Audition Portal (starting Dec. 15).
  3. Complete and submit your online audition application, which includes:
    • Your contact information.
    • Your choice of three potential audition dates from set list.
    • Contact information for one reference (reference will be contacted by email to fill out an online reference form).
    • Your current academic information.
    • Your music background and career goals.
    • $50 audition fee.

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.

Audition Process

Your audition day will consist of your audition, interview and theory test.

  • If you are auditioning with an orchestral instrument (percussion excepted), you must bring your own instrument.
  • Dress for success: our audition dress code is business casual. We suggest that you practice in the clothes you’ll wear for your audition, so you’re comfortable performing in those clothes.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your audition to have time to check in with an audition assistant and warm up in one of our practice rooms.
  • Bring one copy of your music for the audition panel.
  • Your audition panel will consist of two or three music faculty who will assess your musicianship and technical ability.
  • Professional accompanists will be provided by the Faculty of Music. The cost of this is included in your audition fee. You must provide the music for the accompanist. If you prefer, you may bring your own accompanist.
  • Your theory test (equivalent to RCM Advanced Rudiments) will take place on the day of your audition either before or after your instrument audition.
  • Once you have completed your audition, our audition assistant will take you to an interview with a faculty member. This is a chance for us to learn more about you and for you to ask questions.
  • Cancelling or rescheduling an audition must occur 48 hours before your scheduled audition.

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.

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.

Theory Test Requirements

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:


  • Values of notes and rests
  • Meanings of time signatures
  • Rhythmic patterns
  • Clefs
  • Accidentals
  • Enharmonic equivalents
  • Intervals
  • Scales
  • Key signatures
  • Triads
  • Harmonic function of triads


  • Intervals: melodic and harmonic
  • Triad colours
  • One-measure rhythmic patterns
  • Four-measure melodies

Keyboard Facility Requirements

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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