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Tests and Interview

Before coming to interview you will be asked to submit representative written work and musical material. This will normally include:

  1. essays on the history or analysis of music
  2. technical exercises (if studied) and/or your own compositions.

When you come to Cambridge for interview, you will be invited to demonstrate your skills in a number of different areas.  We do not expect you to excel in all areas; rather, we use the interviews to explore your musical experience and interests, and to form an impression of your skills and capabilities as well as your potential to develop further as a student within the context of the music course at Cambridge. 

As part of the interview process, you will be asked to comment either verbally or in written form on a reading and/or a score; these will be set by the individual college where your interview is taking place.  In addition, you will be asked to talk about the areas of music that you have studied to date.  At some colleges, additional technical exercises are set (for example, a harmony and counterpoint exercise), and you may be asked to undertake keyboard and aural tests, and/or perform a short piece. Candidates should contact the admissions offices at individual colleges for further details.

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