Writing Your Music Personal Statement

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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.

Interview Days

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If we feel you may be suitable for the course we’ll typically invite you to an Interview Day. These take place between December and April. If you are an international student living outside the UK we will offer you a Skype interview.

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.

They consist of a short, informal audition and an individual interview, as well as a sample lecture, and a tour of our facilities.