Master of Music Therapy auditions

Find out all you need to know about the New Zealand School of Music’s Master of Music Therapy audition process, including application and preparation.

Audition and interview process

Music Therapy is a demanding profession, both musically and personally. Your audition and interview are to determine your suitability for entry into this programme. As well as the audition, you will be interviewed and tested on abilities including sight-reading, sight-singing and aural skills.

Auditions in 2020 will be held using recordings and video conference interviews. Guidelines for recorded auditions follow. Submit an unedited recording of your audition recital. It must be a recent recording and unedited. Read our guidelines for recorded auditions

If the recording is acceptable, we will invite you to a skills test and interview, via video call or telephone.

Audition dates

  • Monday 20 July: domestic audition applications due.
  • Wednesday 19 August: audition uploads due
  • September: interviews and referee checks.

Audition

After applying to audition you will be sent a link to a individual, secure folder to upload your audition recording and documents.

You will be assessed on your ability to play with expression, communication and musicality; musical strengths, passions and flexibility; and your ability to listen, learn and adapt. You are welcome to include your own compositions. See below for specific guidelines to making a recorded audition.

  1. Perform two contrasting pieces on your principal instrument (this includes voice), for a duration of about 5–10 minutes.  Vocalists: present a variety of songs from different eras (three or four), and if you are a singer-songwriter include a “cover version” of another artist’s song(s) as well as your own compositions. Demonstrate a variety of tempo, qualities and style of accompaniment. If you usually sing with guitar, include one unaccompanied song.
  2. Demonstrate any other instrumental/vocal skills you have. This might include voice, piano, guitar, if these were not your principal instrument.

Interview

If you are invited for a Zoom interview it may include these elements:

Skills test

  • Sight singing; sight reading from a lead sheet.
  • Aural tests.
  • Free improvisation and interactive exercises (no preparation needed).

Discussion

There will be a 25-minute discussion about your motivation and psychological readiness to train as a therapist. Therapeutic training requires the integration of academic and practical musical skills and an ability to reflect honestly and with insight on your personal experiences and on relationships with others. Your emotional and physical health will be assessed with consideration for your safety, and that of future clients and other students in this training. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions. Discussion may include academic readiness for Master's study.

Other checks

Applicants will submit a sample of academic writing and transcripts, as part of the application process. All applicants undergo safety checking before placements can occur.

International students

International students should contact Wellington University International. Your audition will be arranged with them. To ensure to your recorded audition meets requirements see information below and recorded audition guidelines

Making a recorded audition

Read the recorded audition guidelines before you start filming.

  1. Introduce yourself by name and state the date of recording.
  2. Primary instrument audition:
    Play/sing two prepared pieces on your primary instrument/ voice. These should be of contrasting styles and should be about 5–10 minutes each in length. State the name of each piece and the composer before you begin.
  3. Functional guitar (if your audition instrument is not guitar):
    If you have ability/experience playing guitar, play a piece/song of your choice at your highest skill level. This is for placement purposes, as guitar skills are required for the courses and practicum. State the name of the piece and composer before you begin. If you do not have guitar skills, please state this.
  4. Functional keyboard (if your audition instrument is not piano):
    If you have ability/experience playing piano/keyboard, play a piece of your choice at your highest skill level. This is for placement purposes, as piano/ keyboard skills are required for the courses and practicum. State the name of the piece and composer before you begin. If you do not have piano skills, please state this.
  5. Functional voice (if your audition instrument is not voice):
    If you have ability/experience singing, sing a song of your choice at your highest skill level. This is for placement purposes, as vocal skills are required for the courses and practicum. State the name of the song and composer before you begin. If you do not have vocal skills, please state this.
  6. Share your motivation for applying. Answer each of the following with an approximately 5-minute response.
    1. Describe what music therapy is as a profession/career.
    2. Why do you want to study music therapy?
    3. What do you think would be the hardest thing about being a music therapist?
    4. Talk about one experience when you have seen music make the difference in another person's life.

Questions

Contact music@vuw.ac.nz if you have questions about auditioning.