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Applying to Music

Find out how to craft the perfect personal statement for our Undergraduate Music degrees and how to go about applying for our courses.

Writing your Music personal statement

Our top tips for writing your music personal statement:

1. Avoid generalised statements

Use your personal statement to set yourself apart from other applicants.

Show us why you want to study music. What unique perspective could you bring?

2. Give specific examples

We really want to hear about your achievements, and crucially, your potential.

Tell us about gigs you have played, tours you have taken part in, or music you have written.

3. Show that you can think and write intelligently about music

Tell us about any relevant books, blogs or articles you’ve read.

Do you have any theories of your own, and how do they inform your music-making?

4. Make it cohesive

Bring together your thoughts, feelings and theories of music with examples of your experience – that will really help you to stand out.

5. Check it over

It sounds obvious, but we do receive applications that don’t seem to have been proofread.

Make sure you thoroughly check your statement. You need to present yourself in the best possible light.

The application process

If we feel you may be suitable for the course we’ll invite you to an Interview Day. These take place between December and April each year.

Our Interview Days are a very important part of the admissions process for our music degrees. They give us a better sense of your individuality and strengths, and allow you to find out more about studying with us.

On the day you’ll have an individual interview including a short informal audition, or you can bring a composition to discuss. There is also a Studying Music at Newcastle talk, a sample lecture, lunch, student performances, and a tour of our music facilities.