Frequently Asked Questions about Auditioning

Is there any way to audition live?

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our School is taking as many precautions as we can to keep all faculty and students safe. This means no guests or outside members on campus for spring 2021 and all auditions will be recorded.

I was really hoping to meet my teacher at the audition. Can this still happen?

We understand that the teacher-student relationship is a critically important one. There will be two opportunities throughout the spring to link into our “AUSOM-Online” events. Faculty will be there to speak about their courses and to answer program-specific questions. As well, if you are looking for a one-on-one lesson experience, the School can absolutely help to put you in touch with your instrument-specific instructor.

I heard that I had to write a theory test. Is this true?

All students are required to write a theory placement exam, which is roughly equivalent to Royal Conservatory Grade 2 Theory. Arrangements will be made for you to complete the theory test by distance with the assistance of a proctor. If you feel uncertain about your music theory skills, visit the website listed:

There are several web-based ear training programs which allow you to hear an interval or chord, and name it. We recommend that you use this link to practice interval and chord identification:

Using these programs will help to prepare you for the Acadia University theory and ear training entrance/placement tests.

Do all programs require an audition?

An audition is required for all incoming students, except those interested in Bachelor of Arts in Music. However, all students, regardless of program will be asked to demonstrate their current level of piano skills and complete a theory test before admission results are finalized.

May I choose an instructor?

Students have the option of requesting any current instructor for their Principal Applied study, however, it is not necessary to do so. If a request is made, we will do our best to honour these, pending availability. A list of faculty is available on our website, for your convenience. Please note: this list may change slightly from year to year.