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Music - all courses

Music: Creative Music Technology W374/with Foundation Year WH74
Music: Musical Arts W304/with Foundation Year W300
Music: Popular Music and Recording J931/with Foundation Year W341 

Thank you for applying for a place on one or more of the above courses and congratulations on securing an interview. Please read the following instructions carefully and make sure that you allow plenty of time to prepare for your interview.

What will happen at my interview?

You will be given a presentation and tour of our facilities. Depending on the course you have applied for, we will ask you to play a pre-prepared or pre-recorded piece. See below for more details.

We will assess your music theory skills with a 30-minute exam. You are expected to have music theory skills equivalent to grade 5 or above (unless you are applying for a course with a foundation year, in which case it is ok if your grade is lower than this).

You will also have an individual interview. See below for more details.

What do I need to do to prepare for the interview?

Music: Creative Music Technology W374
Music: Creative Music Technology with Foundation Year WH74

You should bring a portfolio of studio-based compositions, recordings and productions on CD or a USB drive. In total, this should be approximately 5 minutes long. We will listen to your portfolio on the day of the interview.

You will also need to prepare two contrasting grade 7 standard pieces that demonstrate your strengths as a performer. We understand that for some performers, a graded repertoire might not be the best way to highlight your unique abilities (for example, if you are a singer/songwriter or an electronic  instrumentalist). In this case you should perform a piece of original material.

You may be asked to perform some technical exercises (chords, scales, arpeggios) and undertake a sight reading activity appropriate to the level of study.

You will then be asked several interview questions based around your experience, influences, ambitions and the approaches used in your pieces.

Music: Musical Arts W304
Music: Musical Arts with Foundation Year W300
Music: Popular Music and Recording J931
Music: Popular Music and Recording with Foundation Year W341

You will need to prepare two contrasting grade 7 standard pieces that demonstrate your strengths as a performer. We understand that for some performers, a graded repertoire might not be the best way to highlight your unique abilities (for example, if you are a singer/songwriter or an electronic instrumentalist).  In this case you should perform a piece of original material.

You may be asked to perform some technical exercises (chords, scales, arpeggios) and undertake a sight reading activity appropriate to the level of study.

You will then be asked several interview questions based around your experience, influences, ambitions and the approaches used in your pieces.

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How to find us

On arrival, please report to reception at the New Adelphi building, University Road, M5 4WT.

Before you travel, we recommend that you download a campus map  or take a look at our travel information. New Adelphi is number 8 on the map.  

It is important that you arrive at your interview promptly, so make sure that you allow plenty of time for travel. If you are travelling during rush hour, please be mindful of the effect this may have on your journey time and plan accordingly. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will not be able to interview you.

Please be aware that you will be charged for car parking; details of the tariff can be found on our website.

Salford Crescent train station is only a few minutes’ walk away and has regular trains to and from central Manchester.

Can’t make your interview date?

If you are unable to attend your interview, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss this. In some circumstances we may be able to offer an alternative date, however we cannot guarantee this.  Please call 0161 295 4545 and select the option for interview queries.

I no longer wish to attend my interview

If you no longer wish to attend your interview, we will not be able to continue your application to the University of Salford. Please email us on enquiries@salford.ac.uk stating your intention to withdraw your application. You should quote your full name, date of birth and UCAS ID number so that we can deal with your request efficiently. Once we receive this email we will make your application unsuccessful  on UCAS.

Questions

If you have any further questions or would like more information about your interview, please contact us on enquiries@salford.ac.uk or 0161 295 4545. If you have any questions about the content of the course, please contact Dan Price on d.i.price@salford.ac.uk or Paul Cusick on p.c.cusick@salford.ac.uk.