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BA (Hons) Music Technology and Popular Music - Audition process

If your application is successful you will be invited to audition. We understand that this may make you feel nervous but please don't be! We want you to enjoy the experience so we are here to put you at ease and help you to perform to your best. 

Here's some more information about the audition process and some tips for the day!

You will need to prepare the following before your audition/interview:

  1. A performance one your primary instrument: this should be either one complete song or two short song extracts in contrasting styles lasting between 4 - 6 minutes.
  2. Two recordings on a flash drive. One recording should demonstrate your use of microphones and the recording of live instruments. The other recording should contain sequenced material. If this is not possible please let us know in advance, and we will ask you to bring other examples of your work.

On the day of your audition you will:

  • Perform on your primary instrument

  • Have a one-to-one interview with a member of the Music Technology academic staff. We will play a couple of your tracks in the interview, and we may ask you some questions about them.

  • Have the opportunity to learn more about the course in a one-to-one interview

  • Take a tour around our excellent facilities at the Performance Hub

Top Tips:

  • Check the timings and location of your audition. We are based on the Walsall Campus. Ideally arrive at least 15 minutes before your call time.

  • The performance should be either one complete song or two short song extracts in contrasting styles lasting between 4 - 6 minutes.

  • If you are using backing tracks, we support any form of device with bluetooth functionality or a standard headphone (3.5mm) output. Alternatively, you can use a physical CD. Please note that backing tracks supplied on a (USB) memory stick are not supported.

  • PA, amps, keyboards and drum kits are all supplied though you are welcome to bring any additional equipment you need such as pedals and/ or effects. Guitar and Bass players must bring their own lead(s).

  • Bring two recordings with you on a flash drive. One recording should demonstrate your use of microphones and the recording of live instruments. The other recording should contain sequenced material. If this is not possible please let us know in advance, and we will ask you to bring other examples of your work.

  • Make sure your flash drive can be read on MacOS. Please don’t bring your tracks on a phone, or on your laptop, as we will want to play them back through the monitors in the studios.

We are assessing your ability to:

  • Demonstrate your skill as a performer

  • Communicate musicality and expression rather than pure technical demands

  • Record live audio sources in a studio or other environment

  • Produce sequenced work using software

  • Discuss your work within the wider context of music and audio technologies

  • Engage confidently in discussions with staff members about future career plans

  • Communicate your passion for music