Selection Procedures (Covid)

Online Preliminary Auditions for The City of Edinburgh Music School

Preliminary auditions will be offered in person anytime between October 1st and the deadline for applications – Monday 10th January, at noon. Before this you need to submit an online application on our website: https://www.edinburghmusicschool.co.uk/apply-now.html

Candidates not wishing, or not able  to do face to face preliminary auditions may submit their performance as a video (please be aware final auditions MUST BE done in person). 

All online preliminary auditions should be uploaded to YouTube as an UNLISTED video and then sent to us as a YouTube ‘SHARE’ Link. E.g. https://youtu.be/9_nTSD-ina8

If you do not already have one – you will need to create your own YouTube account. This can all be done using your smartphone, tablet or webcam enabled desktop computer.

The video should be like a short recital introduced by yourself and featuring all of the instruments you are auditioning on – this could be one, two or three instruments (including voice) depending on what you play. For very young applicants – just show us what you can do on your instrument so far and/or sing us a song.

The recording should be all done in one single take if possible – to show us how you would perform in a short concert. The introduction should tell us who you are and the title and composer of each of your pieces

The total recording should be between 10 and 20 minutes long.

You can record it at home, but try and find somewhere quiet and well lit.

You have a free choice of repertoire for your audition, but please send us a recent recording.

You can wear what you like, as long as you are comfortable – but try to make sure we can see both of your hands, and your overall posture and technique when playing.

At this stage – do not worry about an accompanist. If you are invited in for one of the final auditions in February or March, we will provide an accompanist and allow you some time with them to rehearse before you play.

When you are happy with your recording send the YouTube link to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you an email back within a week to say we have received it and that the link works. If you do not get this email – please send it again or get in touch with us.


Make an online application at https://www.edinburghmusicschool.co.uk/apply-now.html

The deadline for applications is noon on the 10th January 2022

Auditions should be between 10 and 20 minutes long if possible

Introduce yourself and the pieces you will be playing

Upload it to your YouTube account as an unlisted video

Send us the video link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Guide for Parents

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In accepting a student into The Music School, The City of Edinburgh Council is making a major commitment to resources, and if the School is to be of maximum benefit to its students this commitment must be matched by that of students and parents. This guide is intended to help parents play their part in the process.

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The Selection Procedure


A preliminary audition can be arranged through the Director of The Music School at any time during the academic year. On the basis of this informal meeting advice will be given on whether or not to proceed further. Those short-listed for a final audition will be called in for assessment by a panel of highly-renowned musicians from both within and outwith the School.

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