Auditioning at AIM

Most of our programs require an in-person audition or the online submission of a creative portfolio.

Preparing Your Audition or Portfolio

Your audition and portfolio help us assess your suitability for the program and is your opportunity to demonstrate your talent and passion for music.

If you are based in Melbourne and Sydney, you will attend a live audition. Students outside Melbourne and Sydney, and international students outside Australia, submit an audition and portfolio online.  

If your audition is successful, you will receive a letter of offer to study at AIM.

We have all the information you need to prepare your audition or portfolio for the course you’re interested in. Read carefully as the requirements differ by course.

Be sure to include:

  • Your major instrument along with any previous music study or practical experiences
  • If you don’t play an instrument, what is the area of music you would like to focus on (i.e. Composition, Creative Technology, etc.)
  • Any music related achievements or certifications
  • If you do or don’t have experience with music technology, and what that experience is
  • Your music interests (i.e. specific genres, certain artists, etc.)

Example of a music resume.

Music Specialisation Requirements

Your portfolio should include at least one original composition score, recorded composition or arrangement, or original audio mix of a musical work. 

When preparing, consider the following:  

  • Provide complete pieces, not small samples 
  • You must provide a credit list to acknowledge all contributors, eg, composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer 
  • Mediums can include sound files, video recordings, PDF or handwritten scores, or original audio mix 
  • Make sure your compositional skills are demonstrated 
  • An original arrangement written and / or recorded item is acceptable.  

Your portfolio should include at least one original composition score, recorded composition or arrangement, or original audio mix of a musical work. 

When preparing, consider the following:  

  • Provide complete pieces, not small samples 
  • You must include a credit lists to acknowledge all contributors, eg, composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer 
  • Mediums can include sound files, video recordings, PDF or handwritten scores, or original audio mix 
  • Make sure you can demonstrate your ability using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). 

Your portfolio should include at least one analytical essay about music or the music business. Topics may include a music artist, composer, musical work, genre, or aspect of the music business. 

Your portfolio should prepare two live or recorded music performances. 

When preparing, consider the following:

  • Provide be complete pieces, not excerpts 
  • If auditioning for the contemporary stream, choose contemporary pieces (any sub-genre) and provide at minimum a lead sheet. At least one must be a cover 
  • If auditioning for the classical stream, choose classical pieces (any style or period) and provide sheet music for your part. 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Theatre 

Requirements for the Master of Music

Applicants to the Master of Music are required to provide evidence of their creative practice within their area of preferred study. Applicants should refer to the Bachelor of Music requirements in their specialisation area to prepare their portfolio. 

Submitting Your Audition

The audition usually runs for about half an hour, allowing time for you to share your work and to have a discussion about your music experience and goals for the future. You will be assessed by an academic in your preferred area of study.

Prepare an introduction about yourself and your music experience. The more we know about you the better we can assess your suitability for the program. 

We won’t provide an accompanist, so you need to bring backing tracks on a Bluetooth compatible device OR one bring your own accompanist. If you plan to bring an accompanist, please let us know their attendance and instrument in advance so we can select the appropriate space.

We will provide you with a link to where you can upload your portfolio. Once all you’ve prepared your files are ready, you can upload them for assessment.  

Be sure to include a short introduction video about you and your music goals and why you would like to study with us.

When preparing your files, please note the following:

Whether it’s in person, or online, your audition or portfolio will be assessed by one of our academic staff. You’ll be notified of the outcome within 2 weeks of your audition or submission date. If successful, you’ll receive a letter of offer from AIM. If your audition was unsuccessful, we can discuss options with you, as there may be an alternative path to study with us. 

Top Tips

Whatever course you’re interested in, our top tips are:

  • Select pieces that best showcase your talent! 
  • Make sure you know your pieces well and you’re comfortable performing them. 
  • Ensure you show your passion, willingness to work and learn and of course your musical skills. 

Hear directly from our academics on tips to nail your audition. 

Book your audition today