An audition is required for the performance based BMus 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 after January 16th 2017.

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

The audition dates, for entrance into the BMus program in September 2017 are:

  • February 21st – 24th (morning/afternoon)
  • March 13th – 17th (some mornings/afternoons)

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.

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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 including scales, 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.

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

Those of you who reside more than 100km from Ottawa can audition by means of a recording along with a signed affidavit. If the recording option is necessary, contact SSAC-Music to confirm that you intend to audition by this means. In this case, we will send you an “audition package” by postal mail. Recorded auditions must be returned to Music within six weeks of the date which will be stamped on the audition package envelope (unless otherwise cleared with the Music department).

Students who opt to submit their recorded audition electronically must email the following materials to the Undergraduate Administrator SSAC-Music prior to the six-week deadline:

1) mp3 of the recorded audition
2) Scanned copy of the affidavit (presumably as a pdf of the scanned document)
3) Personal Statement (either as email text, or as an attached word-processor file)

For all other package submissions, (a CD or video of the audition recording, the original affidavit, and printed copy of the Personal Statement) please mail to:

SSAC – Music
A911 Loeb Building
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1S 5B6

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”).