Bachelor of Music (Honours) Auditions

Auditions for entry to the Bachelor of Music (Honours) are held in September and October each year. There is no cost to audition - participation is free.

Applying to audition 

The application to audition form, with all other necessary documents, must be submitted to the School of Music by the closing date for applications. The School may not accept your application to audition if it is incomplete or received after that date.

For applicants wishing to start the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program in Semester One 2021, the closing date for applications has been extended to Monday 7 September 2020.

Application to Audition form (DOC, 100 KB)

Audition Format

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all auditions will be by video this year. The application form has been revised so that you can include the link to the audio-visual recording of your 15 minute audition program on YouTube. Your audition video must be unedited and recorded in a single take.

A Zoom or telephone interview will be arranged by your audition panel after they have reviewed your audition video. You will be asked questions about your musical interests, experience, and future goals.

Audition Process

Applicants may audition for one or two of the following instruments:

  • Brass (any of horn, trombone, trumpet, tuba)
  • Classical Guitar (not electric guitar)
  • Percussion (must audition on snare, timpani and one mallet instrument)
  • Piano (not electric keyboard)
  • Strings (any of cello, double bass, violin, viola)
  • Woodwind (any of bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe)
  • Voice

The School of Music determines which instrument you can study in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program if you are successful in obtaining an offer of a place through the audition process.

Applicants must prepare three Western Art Music works of contrasting styles from different periods for the audition. Works should be presented with accompaniment when required: applicants must make personal arrangements for accompaniment. Blues, jazz, popular, folk, rock and similar genres are not acceptable repertoire for your audition.

Percussionists must audition on snare, timpani and one mallet instrument (xylophone, marimba or vibraphone). You must supply your own sticks and mallets for the audition.

The School of Music does not provide verbal or written feedback on your audition performance. 

Accompanists

Applicants auditioning on all instruments except classical guitar and piano are likely to require accompaniment for one or more of the works in their audition repertoire. Applicants must make personal arrangements for accompaniment. Details of potential accompanists are available at the Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland website.

Applying for a Place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) Program

In addition to applying to audition, you must also apply for a place in your chosen Bachelor of Music (Honours) program.

All domestic students and international students currently undertaking Year 12 studies in Australia apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) for a place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program. Domestic students apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), while international students apply for a full fee paying (FFP) place.

  • The QTAC code for the UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours) program is 723002.

If you are interested in studying as a dual degree student at UQ, there are separate QTAC codes for those courses: however, we strongly recommend that you list the UQ Bachelor of Music Honours single program as your highest eligible preference, as QTAC issues early offers for that program in November. You will have an opportunity to reorder your preferences so that you can receive a place in your preferred dual degree program in December.

  • UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) dual degree program – QTAC Code 723202
  • UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts dual degree program – QTAC Code 723302
  • UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Science dual degree program – QTAC Code 723402

See the QTAC website for detailed information about applying for a place: your QTAC application is due by 30 September.

All international students not currently undertaking Year 12 studies in Australia apply directly through UQ International for a full fee paying (FFP) place in your preferred Bachelor of Music program. See the UQ International website for detailed information about applying for a place: your UQ International application is due by 30 November.

Accepting a Place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) Program

Once all auditions have been completed, the School determines if it will recommend to QTAC or UQ International that you be offered a place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program. In making this decision, the School takes into consideration your performance in the audition and your musical and educational background. The School will advise you of its decision by mid October.

All domestic students receive offers from QTAC based on your QTAC preference listing and eligibility for entry. You will receive an offer from QTAC for your UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours) program providing it is your highest eligible preference: if it is your preferred program, please list it as your first preference.

  • The major QTAC offer round for the Bachelor of Music (Honours) single degree is in November
  • The major QTAC offer round for Bachelor of Music (Honours) dual degrees ( with the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), and Bachelor of Science) is in December

If you would like to secure your place in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) single program in November and still be considered for a dual program in the December offer round, please list the Bachelor of Music (Honours) single program as your highest eligible preference, conditionally accept your offer for the single program, then reorder your preferences so the dual program is your highest eligible preference.

All international students receive offers from UQ International.