Undergraduate & taught postgraduate
All applicants must submit a portfolio of at least two, but not more than five, contrasting examples of their compositions.
A score of each piece should be submitted unless the work is purely acousmatic, in which case a description of the piece should be submitted alongside a recording.
In addition to the scores, recordings of works may be submitted if they have been performed, however we understand that many applicants may not have had the opportunity to have their works played so we don't expect recordings as an essential part of the submission.
Playback files from software programmes such as Sibelius should not be submitted.
We are looking for evidence of a talent for composition, an enthusiasm for new music and, depending on the level at which you wish to study, the ability to realise effectively, or to start to realise, your ideas in a variety of forms and media.
Candidates whose portfolios demonstrate potential will be invited to interview. The interview will include a series of simple aural tests.
Typical questions you may be asked during your interview include:
- Why do you want to study at the RCM?
- What are your musical interests?
- What composers and pieces are particularly important to you?
- What do you think you need to do most to improve your writing?