Admissions and auditions 2021-22

All prospective students are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of marks and audition.

Admission to Music at Brock is a two-stage process:

1. Application to Brock through OUAC
2. Music audition

Please note we will be conducting auditions virtually for the 2021-22 academic year. The Music Department is happy to assist applicants throughout this process to ensure an enjoyable audition process.

Applying to the Music Program

Applicants must first apply to Brock University according to the regulations of the Office of the Registrar.

1. Learn about the application process at brocku.ca/admissions/apply. We offer both a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A. in Music) program. When applying, the B.Mus. represents both programs. The Admissions Office will assess your application for academic eligibility.

2. Once we have your successful application, you will receive an email confirmation with information on reserving your virtual audition appointment through the Music Office. Your music audition assessments will determine your placement into either the B.Mus. or B.A. program.

Did you know you can be a music major without taking lessons?

You can enjoy all the benefits of an engaging music degree even if you don’t want to take lessons as part of your degree. Contact the Department of Music at music@brocku.ca for more information.

To register for an audition, first apply to Brock University as described above, then complete and submit the Department of Music Audition Form.

All applicants for the Department of Music must complete an individualized, virtual audition appointment, which is scheduled on a specific date from February through May on the Zoom platform. Please see the foot of this page for a list of dates as they become available. Students have the opportunity to showcase their talent, while being assessed to determine their placement into either the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music programs.

Audition videos will be accepted until one week before the virtual audition appointment.

Theory Placement

If available please send to music@brocku.ca an electronic copy of a theory certificate, completed within 12 months, of one of the following minimum levels:

  • Royal Conservatory of Music Level 7 Theory
  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 Theory
  • Trinity College Grade 5 Theory
  • Conservatory Canada Grad 2 Theory
  • Western Board of Music Grade 4 Rudiments

If a theory certificate from the above list (or higher level) is not available, we will arrange for you to complete the Music Department’s theory placement evaluation.

Additional Evaluations

During the virtual audition appointment the following assessments will be completed:

  1. an ear training test
  2. proof of piano proficiency
  3. an interview

Please see below for more information on the virtual audition process.

Complete submissions will include:

  1. Brock University Department of Music Form Please note: When prompted to enter your preferred audition date, simply enter “video audition”. Please proceed to pay the audition fee when you submit your audition form.
  2.  Pre-recorded audition video (please refer to Audition Video Requirements and guidelines for details)
  3. Letter of Recommendation (please refer to Letter of Recommendation section for details)

Email your submission to the Music Office, music@brocku.ca
Deadline: April 1, 2021

Repertoire requirements

  • Two contrasting pieces
  • Classical style (as in no jazz or pop)
  • Memorization is required for BMus consideration for singers, pianists and guitarists
  • Minimum repertoire level equivalent to RCM 9 for Bachelor of Music consideration, or minimum equivalent RCM 5 for Bachelor of Arts consideration

Accompaniment

  • Piano accompaniment is not required for online auditions.
  • Optional backup piano track is suggested for instrumentalists, and highly recommended for singers.
  • If using a backup track, ensure that it is only the accompaniment in the recording, and that you are not singing or performing on top of someone else’s voice or solo instrument.
  • If using a backup track, play the track on a device that is separate from the one on which you are recording your video
  • If you choose not to use a backup track, we will be looking closely at consistency of intonation and rhythmic accuracy
  • If you wish to use a live pianist for your recording that is completely up to you. This will not be a consideration in the evaluation of your audition video.

Submission guidelines for Video

  • Use your phone or other basic device with camera. No fancy equipment is required.
  • Place your camera to allow full visibility of you and your instrument.
  • Pianists must arrange the camera to allow visibility of the keyboard, full posture and pedal.
  • Record each piece in one take, a break between pieces is acceptable.
  • You may upload to YouTube as an unlisted video and share the link.
  • Or you may upload to a shareable platform: Onedrive, Dropbox, Google drive, etc.

Submission guidelines for scores

  • Send a PDF scan of your music.
  • The PDF of your music must also include the piano accompaniment, even if performing without piano (send the piano score, not just the solo part).
  • Clearly label your music with the title and composer.
  • These copies are for reference only and will be destroyed after your audition.

Email your submission to the Music Office, music@brocku.ca
Deadline: April 1, 2021

Performance videos must be submitted no later than one week before your scheduled virtual appointment.

A letter of recommendation is required and must be submitted 5 working days before the scheduled virtual audition date.

Please give the URL for this Letter of Recommendation form to your Music teacher or a person qualified to discuss your musical background and have them fill out the form. This form will automatically be submitted to music@brocku.ca.

Alternatively, you may also click the link below to download the Letter of Recommendation in printable PDF form:

Letter of Recommendation (PDF File)

Referees: Please return the completed form electronically to music@brocku.ca and state in the subject line of the e-mail that it is a letter of recommendation for a particular student. If you have a School-Board or other professional e-mail address, please send it from that address.

Please check this space for upcoming virtual audition dates!

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

Students interested in applying for scholarships, bursaries, and awards are encouraged to have a look at Brock University’s Student Awards and Financial Aid website. Click the button below to see Brock’s list of awards for future Music students:

A. Whitmore Griffin Award in Music
Amadeus book prize
Atamanuk Family Bursary in Music
Bradley Music Education Trust Award
Byron Balaski Memorial Award
Doris White Memorial Bursary
Evelyn Fenwick Scholarship in Music
General Brock Entrance Award in Music
Graduating Student Prize
Marilyn I. Walker Textile Art Award
Music World Award
Ronald Tremain Prize in Musical Composition
Ruth and Horace Beard Award in Music
Senior Scholarship in Music