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Update - May 11, 2020:
Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we have made changes to our audition, interview and assessment process. Our new process is as follows:
Audition: to be submitted as a video or sound file.
Interview: to be submitted as a video or sound file with your audition.
Theory Assessment: completed in-person, on campus, but must be booked.
Aural Assessments: completed live online, and a specific time must be booked.
Once you have selected your preferred audition date (see below), all requirements should be completed by the date chosen. Note that our programs are in demand and applicants who complete their requirements sooner will have a higher chance to be offered a seat. Please email the Administrative Associate for detailed information on how to submit your videos, and how to book your assessments: email@example.com
AUDITION DATES FOR FALL 2020:
If you do not yet have a Douglas College Student ID Number, please contact the Registrar's Office to ensure your application to the College is complete with all outstanding documentation submitted and application fees paid.
In order to be considered for admission, all general and program-specific admission criteria must be complete. Candidates will be selected for admission on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis.
All programs except Music Technology:
Entrance into the Basic Musicianship, Diploma, and Foundations for Music Therapy Studies programs is based on varied theory and aural requirements. Please refer to the table below to determine your best way through the process.
Foundation for Music Therapy Studies (FMTS)
Self-taught instrumentalist who can read music
Level 1 Theory and Aural Skills Assessments during your program interview
You may be asked to book Level 2 assessment
Played an instrument or sang for 3 – 4 years in high school bands or choirs
Level 2 Theory and Aural Skills Assessments
3 – 4 years or more of private lessons including music theory
The Level 1 Music Theory and Aural Assessments are taken together as part of the applicant’s program interview. The two assessments gauge the applicant’s rudimentary knowledge and are open ended. Results are not pass/fail, but will determine the best course placement for success in the Basic Musicianship program or Foundation for Music Therapy Studies Diploma program.
The Level 2 Music Theory Assessment gauges applicants’ knowledge of and fluency with theory rudiments and is designed to determine whether placement into MUSC 1110 is possible.
The Level 2 Aural Assessment includes sight singing, and the student must demonstrate aptitude for pitch matching, basic melodic memory, sight singing and sight rhythm performance during a short, individual appointment.
The Level 2 Music Theory and Aural Skills Assessments are booked by contacting the Performing Arts Assistant by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following guidelines represent the expected level to be considered for the Performance-level Studio Instruction course (private lessons). Students who do not meet these minimum practical requirements but pass the theory assessment will be placed in the General-level Studio Instruction for private lessons.
All applicants must bring one extra copy of the music they are performing to their audition. References to the Royal Conservatory of Music levels are only intended as a guideline for choosing appropriate pieces. Please note: For all instruments and voice, sight reading ability may be assessed during the audition.
Please note: Royal Conservatory of Music Theory certificates or AP Music credits do NOT exempt applicants from writing the theory assessment. Candidates who have passed the RCM Advanced Rudiments exam should bring documentation to their assessment. A strong theory background is an asset and theory faculty will consider the possibility for advance placement.
Snare Drum, drum set & Mallet instruments provided. Applicants must bring their own sticks.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own accompanist to the audition.
Voice applicants are required to bring their own accompanists to the audition. If this is not possible, please inform the Music Programs Assistant at least five days before the audition date to obtain contact information of local accompanists-for-hire.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own accompanists to the audition.