***** Please note that the deadline to apply to the Bachelor of Music program are OPEN ******

***********Auditions will be booked any time after January 13th  2020 by contacting the Music Program Coordinator**************

Auditions dates for 2020:

February 18th – 21st (full days available)

March 16th – 20th (some mornings, some afternoons)

An audition is required for the performance-based Bachelor of Music degree only.

Once you have applied to the B.Mus program online (see Carleton’s Admissions page), you will be generated an applicant number (e.g. 10XXXXXXX).

Please have it ready when you book your audition.

Auditions are booked by contacting the Music Program Coordinator, Tasneem Ujjainwala by email at tasneem.ujjainwala@carleton.ca or by phone at 613-520-5770.

Carleton University Music does not charge a fee for an audition.

The deadline to apply online to the BMus program through the OUAC system is March 1st. *** You can still book your audition after March 1st – as long as you have applied to OUAC and have your applicant number ready.


Regarding Recorded Auditions (see below): those who qualify for a recorded audition must first request our official “audition package” be sent to them. Auditions sent to us that do not follow the instructions/requirements of the “audition package” will not be considered.  The date to return mailed auditions is dependent upon the date the package is sent out and is determined by the Music administrator.

As a prospective student, you can audition in any musical idiom including classical, folk, traditional, jazz and popular.

The audition includes:

1. The performance of two contrasting pieces;

2. A demonstration of technical competence appropriate to your instrument and genre that may include, arpeggios, simple ear tests, etc.;

3. Performance of a piece at sight.

4. You are asked to prepare a personal statement (approximately one page in length) that answers questions about your musical experience, such as: How long have you played your instrument or have sung? Have you had private lessons? Do you play other instruments? With which ensembles have you been involved? Where have you acquired your background in music theory? What are your musical interests and goals? Please give your personal statement to the auditioner at your audition.

Auditions are to be done under the direct supervision of someone who has read and understood our specifications for the audition process as it is sent out from Music directly. Applicants are to complete the entirety of their audition in front of the Supervisor and record it in one uneditedtake. Any deviation from this formula will result in the audition not being considered as a proper submission. A YouTube link is required or a direct link for the video audition.

Accompanied Auditions

Should you choose pieces that require accompaniment, you must make your own arrangements. SSAC-Music can provide information about accompanists, if required. If you would like advice on repertoire, send your proposed pieces to SSAC-Music. The main goal of the interview is to assess musicality.

Online Placement Test (Theory Rudiments, Ear-Training)

When you book your audition, or make arrangements for submitting a recorded audition (see below), you will be requested to access an Internet site (login/password will be provided) to complete a multiple-choice test on rudimentary music theory and ear training. This test will present a series of questions about scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm, metre, and the rudimentary conventions of music notation.

The test must be completed before your audition. The results of the test will be used both to determine the extent of your background in theory and ear-training, and to help us determine your course placement if you are accepted to the program.

Further details about the Placement Test are available here.

Recorded Auditions

Applicants who reside more than 100km from Ottawa can audition by means of a recording. The requirements for the recorded audition are mailed out to applicants after they apply and get in touch with the Music Program Coordinator to request their package. The deadline to return the package to Music will be determined by the Music Program Coordinator and clearly indicated in all correspondences.

Please note that Carleton University Music does not accept pre-recorded material. Auditions must be completed in front of a Music supervisor (*usually the applicant’s music teacher or someone willing to sign the affidavit provided, swearing that all pieces were performed live).

For further information, please contact SSAC-Music at 613-520-5770, or email the Music Coordinator Tasneem Ujjainwala at tasneem.ujjainwala@carleton.ca

Singer-songwriter Auditions

Only at Carleton University are students able to pursue “singer-songwriter”performance studies within the Bachelor of Music degree.  The singer-songwriter stream is yet another innovative curricular feature of Carleton’s Bachelor of Music program, which is unique in this respect among Canadian post-secondary schools of music.  Both in private one-on-one tutorial study and in the classroom setting, students in our singer-songwriter stream refine their skills as songwriters/composers, vocalists, lyricists, and accompanists (normally on piano and/or guitar).  Our outstanding Associate Performance Faculty team includes experienced award-winning singer-songwriters such Lynn Miles, Giselle Minns, Frank McKinlay, Ian Tamblyn and Jill Zmud.

In the assessment of singer-songwriter auditions, please note that a combination of the following criteria will be applied:

  • songwriting skill and potential
  • vocal skill and potential
  • skill and potential shown on the accompanying instrument (normally piano and/or guitar)

These criteria will be given equal consideration (i.e., they are not listed above in order or priority).  Singer-songwriter applicants should also note that the “two contrasting pieces” that they will perform at the audition may be two of their own songs (ideally somewhat contrasting in nature, to demonstrate the range of the applicant’s musicality), or one of their own songs and a second song by an established recording artist (i.e., a “cover song”).