Postgraduate Music - Portfolio Requirements

This page contains application information about the following programmes:

 

To apply, you must:

Note: If you have completed a University of Auckland BMus in the same specialisation less than two years ago, then you are not required to submit a portfolio. All you need to do is complete the Application for Admission.

View the portfolio criteria below:

Classical Performance

Your audition portfolio consists of:

• A statement of musical background
• A reference from your current instrumental/music teacher (your referee should comment on your musical work and your suitability for advanced research study).
• Video performances for your audition (for some applicants a live audition in person may be required. You will be contacted via email if this is necessary).

Your video performances must adhere to the following:

• Upload your performances as three separate files or Youtube / Vimeo videos. If submitting Youtube / Vimeo video links, then these must be set to public and you must not delete these files.
• The three pieces or movements must be of contrasting style.
• Voice applicants: one piece in Italian and one in English.
• Must be recent work (from the last 12 months).
• Recorded in one take and unedited and/or unmodified.
• If uploading recordings, then each file must be no greater than 500MB and in one of the following formats: .mov (QuickTime), .wmv (Windows Media Player), .mp4, or .m4v files.
• You must review your recordings to ensure that they are of good quality, clearly audible, and represent your best work to date.
• Works from recent recitals, examinations and live performances can be used.
• Choose pieces which demonstrate your proficiency and overall musicianship; that highlight what you feel best represents your present standard of playing.
• Pieces must be performed on non-electronic instruments only.
• A maximum total of 20 minutes will be reviewed and assessed.

Composition

Your composition portfolio consists of:

• A statement of musical background.
• A reference from your current instrumental/music teacher (your referee should comment on your musical work and your suitability for advanced research study).
• Two recent original compositions as individual PDF or .sib file types
• You may also include audio recordings of the works as individual files (.m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv), or as Youtube / Vimeo links (these must be set to public and you must not delete these files).

Musicology

Your musicology portfolio consists of:

• A statement of musical background.
• A reference from your current instrumental/music teacher (your referee should comment on your musical work and your suitability for advanced research study).
• A sample of your academic writing (maximum 2000 words) as a single PDF file. This can be a recent essay or written assignment demonstrating your ability to write academically on the subject of musicology.
 

Studio Pedagogy

Your audition portfolio consists of:

• A statement of musical background
• A reference from your current instrumental/music teacher (your referee should comment on your musical work and your suitability for advanced research study).
• Video performances for your audition (for some applicants a live audition in person may be required. You will be contacted via email if this is necessary)
• A sample of your academic writing (maximum 2000 words) as a single PDF file. This can be a recent essay or written assignment demonstrating your ability to write academically.

Your video performances must adhere to the following:

• Upload your performances as three separate files or Youtube / Vimeo videos. If submitting Youtube / Vimeo video links, then these must be set to public and you must not delete these files.
• The three pieces or movements must be of contrasting style.
• Voice applicants: one piece in Italian and one in English.
• Must be recent work (from the last 12 months).
• Recorded in one take and unedited and/or unmodified.
• If uploading recordings, then each file must be no greater than 500MB and in one of the following formats: .mov (QuickTime), .wmv (Windows Media Player), .mp4, or .m4v files.
• You must review your recordings to ensure that they are of good quality, clearly audible, and represent your best work to date.
• Works from recent recitals, examinations and live performances can be used.
• Choose pieces which demonstrate your proficiency and overall musicianship; that highlight what you feel best represents your present standard of playing.
• Pieces must be performed on non-electronic instruments only.
A maximum total of 15 minutes will be reviewed and assessed.

For more information about the application process for postgraduate students, please contact:

Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds Street, Auckland Central.
Email: info-creative@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: 0800 61 62 63

How to apply for admission to the University of Auckland.