Audition and Exam Preparation

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Preparing for auditions and exams

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Our audition and exam preparation is related to assessments at The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Rockschool (RSL) and Trinity College, London.

Prep for music exams would cover a range of topics to ensure the students are well-prepared and confident.

Throughout the preparation process, the teacher will also offer feedback, encouragement, and support to help the student perform at their best. The goal is not only to prepare the student technically but also to instil a deep understanding and appreciation for the music they are presenting.

While auditions and exams may vary considerably and are specific to each institution, there are also a number of aspects that may overlap between exams and auditions.

Here are some key areas the teacher might focus on:

Areas of Preparation

Repertoire selection

  • Helping the student choose appropriate pieces based on the requirements and preferences of the institution.
  • Ensuring a balanced and diverse selection that showcases the student’s technical skills, musicality, and versatility.

Technical exercises and skills

  • Working on the fundamental techniques specific to the student’s instrument or voice.
  • Refining skills such as scales, arpeggios, and other technical exercises to demonstrate proficiency and control.

Musical interpretation

  • Developing an understanding of the musical style and context of the chosen pieces.
  •  Emphasising expression, dynamics, phrasing, and other elements of musical interpretation expected in audition and exam preparation.

Aural skills

  • Strengthening the student’s ability to listen critically and accurately replicate melodies, rhythms, harmonies and pitch changes.


Practising sight-reading exercises to enhance the student’s ability to quickly interpret and perform unfamiliar music.

Performance techniques

  • Audition and exam preparation also addresses stage presence, posture, breathing techniques, and other aspects of performance etiquette.
  • Simulating audition and exam-like conditions to help the student become comfortable performing under pressure.

Mock auditions / exams

  • Conducting mock scenarios to replicate the actual experience, format and expectations – and provide constructive feedback.
  • Offering guidance on how to handle nervousness and unexpected situations.

Musical theory and knowledge

  • Reviewing relevant music theory concepts and historical context related to the pieces.
  • Ensuring the student is well-versed in the technical aspects of the music they are performing.

Interview preparation

  • Providing guidance on how to articulate musical choices and experiences during the interview portion.
  • Offering tips on interacting with people-panels and expressing passion for music.


  • If applicable, incorporating improvisation skills into the preparation process.
  • Focusing on creativity and adaptability in musical expression.

Technical production

  • Familiarising the student with technical aspects of performance, including sound equipment and effects if applicable.
  • Emphasising stage presence and interaction with other musicians.


  • If the audition and exam preparation involves submitting recorded materials, assisting the student in creating high-quality recordings.
  • Familiarising the student with recording equipment and techniques.