Hunter School of the Performing Arts


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Music Auditions

Applicants will be considered for a Music placement at Hunter School of the Performing Arts through assessment of an individual audition and workshop.

Individual Audition - 10 minutes

This will be conducted by a panel chaired by at least two members of the Music staff from Hunter School of the Performing Arts.

Applicants perform a prepared instrumental or vocal piece as a solo performance.

It must be no longer than 2-3 minutes for Year 3 to Year 6 or 3-4 minutes for Year 7 to Year 11.

Pieces that exceed the time limit will be cut short. Your individual audition will be examined as a performance.

This piece and your choice of performance repertoire should allow you to demonstrate your musical ability. If you wish to perform with two separate instruments you must perform one piece on each within the allocated time.

All performances must be accompanied, unless written as a solo work. Students may use a backing tracks or a single live accompaniment. However, the actual backing track must not include the auditioned part being performed by the candidate, e.g. a singer may not have the vocal melody doubled on the backing.

If a live accompanist is utilised, they will only be permitted in the audition for that part of the audition and no longer. For all students, any live accompanist must not double the auditioning student's melody.

This performance will be be assessed on:

  • pitch, rhythm, performance skills, musicality
  • genuine interest, self-discipline, commitment
  • concentration and focus

Students should bring their own musical instrument to their audition, except a piano, drum kit, bass amp, guitar amp, microphone, cd player or mp3 player, which will be provided.

Students must assemble their instruments, tune and warm up prior to entering the audition room - a space and time for this will be provided.

An aural test will be administered of echoing back a series of one bar rhythmic patterns (clapping) and one bar melodic patterns (singing).

Music Group Workshop - 60 minutes

A group music workshop will be held at the same session as the individual audition.

This workshop may include elements of all three performing arts skills, but will focus primarily on the applicants performance in Music.

Year 3 to Year 11 applicants will be required to participate in group performance and composition activities incorporating speech, body percussion, singing, moving and improvisation.

This is a fun and interactive session where students demonstrate their ability to learn new musical material, perform within an ensemble and creatively contribute to the group.

Applicants will be led by Music staff through a range of activities to assess:

  • pitch, rhythm, performance skills & potential
  • genuine interest and commitment
  • self-discipline, concentration, energy and focus
  • the ability to work collaboratively in a group
  • the ability to learn new musical material

Suitable Clothing 

Applicants should wear comfortable clothing which is easy to move in, such as track suits, t-shirts, jeans, sloppy-joes. Footwear should be joggers or comfortable shoes. Applicants should not audition in their school uniform.

Performing Arts Curriculum

If successful it is our understanding that all applicants acknowledge and accept our performing arts curriculum.

New Year 3 to Year 8 students are required to follow through with his/her auditioned performing arts subject until at least Year 10.

It is the strong expectation that new Year 9 to Year 11 students will follow through with their auditioned performing arts subject until Year 12.