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Interviews

You will need to attend an interview for all full-time courses at your chosen centre. We'll contact you as soon as possible to arrange a meet up once we have received your application. 

We'll check that you have applied for the course that best suits your needs and agree an interview date and time with you verbally on the phone. You will then be asked to reply to a text message or email to confirm your interview, after which we'll send you a letter through the post with all the information that you need to prepare for the interview.

Your interview is your chance to come and meet us so we can both get to know more about each other. You will find out more about our courses and the centre of your choice, and we will find out what skills you have and place you on the best course to suit your needs. Don't think of this as a job-style interview. We are just meeting with you to put you on the right couse!

Please allow up to 1 hour for your visit to include the interview/audition/demonstration. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have.  

Please bring the following items with you:

  • proof of identification (either a passport or driving licence)
  • certificates relating to any previous qualifications
  • If you are still at school, you will need to provide a written reference from your school with your predicted exam grades. Please allow enough time for the school to create this reference and bring it with you to your interview. Please note, any offer of a place will be conditional until we have received this reference.
  • If you have an unspent criminal conviction, you are legally obliged to inform us at interview of this.

The following is some information, advice and guidance about the Further Education interview process. There is also an applicant Interview Guide which you can download (see below).

For Undergraduate Courses you will receive information on the specific interview requirements prior to interview. There is also further guidance in the Undergraduate Courses section under each course.




AUDITION/DEMONSTRATION
In addition to talking about you and your music (or music-related) experiences, please prepare for the interview requirements of your chosen course:

Music Performance (Levels 2 and 3)
A short performance (around 3-6 minutes) of two contrasting pieces on an instrument and/or a vocal performance. You may wish to do this to a backing track. Please bring your instrument with you. We have amplifiers, drum kits, keyboards and PA systems available for you to use.

Music Technology (Level 2) and
Music Technology: Music Production (Level 3)

A demonstration of how you created a piece of music using digital software (around 5 minutes). Please bring the track with you, ideally as a software file (e.g. Garageband, Reason, Logic) and/or as an MP3, or similar audio file or link to a Soundcloud file. You may also undertake a short demonstration of using a digital audio workstation (around 5 minutes). Alternatively, you may demonstrate live or studio sound/mixing skills.

Music Technology: Sound Engineering (Level 3)
A demonstration of your skills in using a mixing desk and/or a discussion of your skills and experience to date in either live and/or a studio environment.


Music Business (Level 3)
A discussion of your skills and experience to date and/or future ideas regarding music business or any other business ventures you have done. Please feel free to show a physical, or online, portfolio of business work.


Level 1 Music
We will invite you in for a chat to see how our Level 1 courses can best meet your needs in gaining skills.


Games Design (Levels 2 and 3)
A presentation of work you have undertaken in creating characters or ideas for computer games. This may include links to online examples of your work, or a portfolio of games design work (e.g. illustrations of games characters). You may also undertake a short task based around using games design software (Unreal Engine).


Digital Media (Level 3)
A presentation of a physical, or online, portfolio of any graphics/illustration, web design, animation, video and photography and journalism work you have produced. This could include examples of your work on sites such as Instagram or YouTube. You may also undertake a short task based around using digital media software (Adobe Creative Cloud).

Acting (Level 3)
Preparation and presentation of a two minute monologue from a play of your choice. You will need to have memorised this without referring to a script.

Technical Theatre (Level 3)
A demonstration of your skills in using sound or lighting equipment and/or a presentation of a portfolio (physical or online) of any theatre shows you have worked on (e.g. set designs, recordings, video etc.).

 

Preparation
Please take time to prepare fully for your interview. Make sure you rehearse your songs or tracks or presentation fully before interview. Please remember to bring all the equipment you need. If you are a performer you will need to
bring your instrument (we provide drum kits and keyboards), along with all the required accessories (e.g. leads, tuners, drum sticks, backing track etc.). Producers should bring song/audio files. You may also want to bring a portfolio.




ARTIST DEVELOPMENT INTERVIEWS

Interview Guidance for solo artists, producers and bands

  • 2 or 3 original tracks, either for live audition, or for playback and discussion. Please feel free to bring other supporting material such as video, or provide links to online content (e.g. Soundcloud).
  • A rationale of your music and how you see it developing.
  • Any supporting material representing you as an artist, for example links to a website or social media page, CD artwork, posters, photoshoots, video etc., with an appreciation of the brand/image you are trying to create.
  • Ideas for your business strategy as an artist. This could be around the development of your fanbase and potential partnerships with music industry players (e.g. managers, agents, labels etc.). In the case of bands, members will need to identify individual roles within the business strategy.



AWARENESS OF GCSEs & FUNCTIONAL SKILLS
Access to Music is committed to providing the very best opportunities to its students and apprentices and delivers GCSEs and Functional Skills (English and Maths) alongside its unique music courses.
Students aged 16-18 with a GCSE grade D in either English and Maths will be given support to improve their grade. Students with less than a grade D will do Functional Skils. Both these options include exams.




HINTS & TIPS

Tell us about your career goals
For us to place you on the right course, it is important that you have a clear idea about what you want to do after you have finished the course. This might mean progressing with Access to Music, going into the music or creative industries, or it might mean going on to further study at a university.

Ask some questions
Think of any questions you’d like to ask or areas where you require further clarification. This shows the interviewer that you have thought about what you want to do. Be sure to ask questions that relate specifically to your interests and to what you want to know about the course and Access to Music. If you have any queries about equipment for the  interview, please contact us directly before the interview day.

Make a good impression
Try to avoid giving one-word answers – try to tell us as much as you can. Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper in case you need to take notes. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time. Plan ahead to ensure you are not delayed.

We may discuss alternative courses and options at interview based on your current skills and experience. This means you may be offered a slightly different course to the one you applied for. Don’t worry as this will be done with your co-operation in an effort to find the best course for you.

 

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Interviews

You will need to attend an interview for all full-time courses at your chosen centre. We'll contact you as soon as possible to arrange a meet up once we have received your application. 

We'll check that you have applied for the course that best suits your needs and agree an interview date and time with you verbally on the phone. You will then be asked to reply to a text message or email to confirm your interview, after which we'll send you a letter through the post with all the information that you need to prepare for the interview.

Your interview is your chance to come and meet us so we can both get to know more about each other. You will find out more about our courses and the centre of your choice, and we will find out what skills you have and place you on the best course to suit your needs. Don't think of this as a job-style interview. We are just meeting with you to put you on the right couse!

Please allow up to 1 hour for your visit to include the interview/audition/demonstration. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have.  

Please bring the following items with you:

  • proof of identification (either a passport or driving licence)
  • certificates relating to any previous qualifications
  • If you are still at school, you will need to provide a written reference from your school with your predicted exam grades. Please allow enough time for the school to create this reference and bring it with you to your interview. Please note, any offer of a place will be conditional until we have received this reference.
  • If you have an unspent criminal conviction, you are legally obliged to inform us at interview of this.

The following is some information, advice and guidance about the Further Education interview process. There is also an applicant Interview Guide which you can download (see below).

For Undergraduate Courses you will receive information on the specific interview requirements prior to interview. There is also further guidance in the Undergraduate Courses section under each course.




AUDITION/DEMONSTRATION
In addition to talking about you and your music (or music-related) experiences, please prepare for the interview requirements of your chosen course:

Music Performance (Levels 2 and 3)
A short performance (around 3-6 minutes) of two contrasting pieces on an instrument and/or a vocal performance. You may wish to do this to a backing track. Please bring your instrument with you. We have amplifiers, drum kits, keyboards and PA systems available for you to use.

Music Technology (Level 2) and
Music Technology: Music Production (Level 3)

A demonstration of how you created a piece of music using digital software (around 5 minutes). Please bring the track with you, ideally as a software file (e.g. Garageband, Reason, Logic) and/or as an MP3, or similar audio file or link to a Soundcloud file. You may also undertake a short demonstration of using a digital audio workstation (around 5 minutes). Alternatively, you may demonstrate live or studio sound/mixing skills.

Music Technology: Sound Engineering (Level 3)
A demonstration of your skills in using a mixing desk and/or a discussion of your skills and experience to date in either live and/or a studio environment.


Music Business (Level 3)
A discussion of your skills and experience to date and/or future ideas regarding music business or any other business ventures you have done. Please feel free to show a physical, or online, portfolio of business work.


Level 1 Music
We will invite you in for a chat to see how our Level 1 courses can best meet your needs in gaining skills.


Games Design (Levels 2 and 3)
A presentation of work you have undertaken in creating characters or ideas for computer games. This may include links to online examples of your work, or a portfolio of games design work (e.g. illustrations of games characters). You may also undertake a short task based around using games design software (Unreal Engine).


Digital Media (Level 3)
A presentation of a physical, or online, portfolio of any graphics/illustration, web design, animation, video and photography and journalism work you have produced. This could include examples of your work on sites such as Instagram or YouTube. You may also undertake a short task based around using digital media software (Adobe Creative Cloud).

Acting (Level 3)
Preparation and presentation of a two minute monologue from a play of your choice. You will need to have memorised this without referring to a script.

Technical Theatre (Level 3)
A demonstration of your skills in using sound or lighting equipment and/or a presentation of a portfolio (physical or online) of any theatre shows you have worked on (e.g. set designs, recordings, video etc.).

 

Preparation
Please take time to prepare fully for your interview. Make sure you rehearse your songs or tracks or presentation fully before interview. Please remember to bring all the equipment you need. If you are a performer you will need to
bring your instrument (we provide drum kits and keyboards), along with all the required accessories (e.g. leads, tuners, drum sticks, backing track etc.). Producers should bring song/audio files. You may also want to bring a portfolio.




ARTIST DEVELOPMENT INTERVIEWS

Interview Guidance for solo artists, producers and bands

  • 2 or 3 original tracks, either for live audition, or for playback and discussion. Please feel free to bring other supporting material such as video, or provide links to online content (e.g. Soundcloud).
  • A rationale of your music and how you see it developing.
  • Any supporting material representing you as an artist, for example links to a website or social media page, CD artwork, posters, photoshoots, video etc., with an appreciation of the brand/image you are trying to create.
  • Ideas for your business strategy as an artist. This could be around the development of your fanbase and potential partnerships with music industry players (e.g. managers, agents, labels etc.). In the case of bands, members will need to identify individual roles within the business strategy.



AWARENESS OF GCSEs & FUNCTIONAL SKILLS
Access to Music is committed to providing the very best opportunities to its students and apprentices and delivers GCSEs and Functional Skills (English and Maths) alongside its unique music courses.
Students aged 16-18 with a GCSE grade D in either English and Maths will be given support to improve their grade. Students with less than a grade D will do Functional Skils. Both these options include exams.




HINTS & TIPS

Tell us about your career goals
For us to place you on the right course, it is important that you have a clear idea about what you want to do after you have finished the course. This might mean progressing with Access to Music, going into the music or creative industries, or it might mean going on to further study at a university.

Ask some questions
Think of any questions you’d like to ask or areas where you require further clarification. This shows the interviewer that you have thought about what you want to do. Be sure to ask questions that relate specifically to your interests and to what you want to know about the course and Access to Music. If you have any queries about equipment for the  interview, please contact us directly before the interview day.

Make a good impression
Try to avoid giving one-word answers – try to tell us as much as you can. Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper in case you need to take notes. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time. Plan ahead to ensure you are not delayed.

We may discuss alternative courses and options at interview based on your current skills and experience. This means you may be offered a slightly different course to the one you applied for. Don’t worry as this will be done with your co-operation in an effort to find the best course for you.

 

Download Information
Interview Guide 2017 (PDF)