Auditions & Interviews

A guide to success: your audition or interview at BIMM Institute

Even the most experienced musician or industry practitioner gets audition or interview nerves – it’s totally normal. But you don’t have to let anxiety stop you from bringing your ‘A’ game when you meet with us.

We’ve auditioned and interviewed thousands of students over the years, as it’s a core requirement of entry at BIMM Institute in all of our colleges, which means we’ve seen it all. So, here are our top tips to smash it out of the park when you meet us. You’ve got this.


Do:

  • Check you’ve had an email confirming your audition or interview booking, along with the required guidelines for you to successfully complete this. If you haven’t, get in touch. 
  • Read the audition or interview guidelines thoroughly. We’ve created them for a reason: to make sure you’re as well-prepared as possible. 
  • Rehearse/ practice/ prepare. This is your time to shine, so make sure you’re prepared and can perform without lyrics or lead sheets in an audition, or know your portfolio or presentation notes through and through during your interview.
  • Make sure your instrument is in tune/ presentation software/ DAW is working correctly
  • R e l a x. Although you might be feeling the pressure, remember that we’re as keen for you to do well as you are.
  • Remember that everyone wishing to study at BIMM Institute has to complete an audition or interview, so you’re not alone! Every student within your community at BIMM Institute will have been through this process.

Don’t:

  • Forget to read the audition or interview guidelines!
  • Cancel your audition or interview at the last minute/ leave your preparation until just before your appointment/ or decide you’re going to wing it.
  • Sing in a key that doesn’t sit well within your vocal range (if you’re auditioning for a Vocals or Songwriting course). Instead, change the arrangement or use a different backing track.
  • Forget to practise your technique exercises (this is all covered in the audition guidelines) if you’re auditioning for an instrumental course.
  • Assume that a recommendation after your audition or interview means you definitely have a place on the course. An official offer will be sent by our Admissions Team if you’ve been successful – this is subject to meeting our academic entry requirements.

Important update regarding BIMM auditions/interviews

BIMM Institute takes great pride in the value our applicants gain from their auditions or interviews when conducted with a BIMM lecturer in one of our colleges. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know you and learn about your aspirations, as well as discussing the course content and possible career routes.

While our colleges are closed due to government directive regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have developed our remote interview offering and are pleased to be able to host live interviews with a BIMM Institute assessor via Skype – an online platform which has both video and audio capabilities over a Wi-Fi connection. We have chosen Skype due to its user-friendly nature and it ensures that BIMM remains compliant with our GDPR responsibilities.

We also accept pre-recorded and submitted auditions if you’re applying for a performance or songwriting course, and can’t make it into one of our colleges in-person. Information on how to record this and submit your private link to the recordings is included in our audition guidelines.

1. We are still conducting auditions and interviews, but instead of coming into one of our colleges, we are using Skype – an online video platform. It’s similar to Zoom, FaceTime and WhatsApp Video – it’s also VERY easy to use.

2. Our Admissions Team will book your slot and send you a booking confirmation email. In this email, you will find guidelines on how to prepare for your audition/ interview and be asked for your Skype username so we can contact you on the date of your interview.

3. If your application requires a recording, demo submission or presentation, you will need to send it to our Admissions Team before your audition/ interview. This is to ensure that your lecturer receives it and can conduct a smooth audition/interview. Full details of where and how to submit these files will be in your booking confirmation email.

4. At your audition/ interview time, the BIMM lecturer will contact you via Skype. Please ensure you’re online and logged in at this time to avoid any delays or need to reschedule your appointment.

Applicants unable to facilitate a video call interview or wishing to complete a pre-recorded and submitted audition can opt to use our BIMM Remote Audition submission form.

If you do not wish to have a live video audition/ interview, or are unable to, we also offer a remote audition/ interview submission.

The remote audition/ interview process is very simple. You will be satisfying the same requirements as you would for a live audition/ interview, but instead, you just send your work to us within a two-week deadline, and a BIMM lecturer will mark it, give a recommendation to yourself and our Admissions Team and provide feedback via email.

If you would like to choose this method of audition/ interview, please contact the BIMM Admissions Team who can send you detailed guidelines on what you need to prepare and how to submit it.

Below are the broad criteria for auditions and interview for our various study areas. Precise audition or interview guidelines will be issued after you apply for study at BIMM Institute.

Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals) and Songwriting

If you’re applying to BIMM Institute for one of our performance-based courses and are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM Institute for an audition in one of our performance rooms. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM Institute in person, we’ll arrange for a remote audition to take place. We’ll send you details of the requirements before your audition so you know what is expected on the day.

All BIMM Institute auditions are free of charge. Upon arrival at the BIMM Institute campus, you’ll be greeted individually and have the opportunity to have any questions answered. During your individual audition, we’ll discuss your personal aspirations and the ways in which we can help you to achieve your goals.

After your audition, you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions regarding the course you’re applying for. We’ll then either make you an offer of a place or suggest how you can develop your skills further to meet the required standard for entry to your course.

Music Production

If you’re applying to BIMM Institute for our Music Production course, we’ll want to review a small portfolio of work showcasing your production experience.

If you are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM Institute for an interview. If you’re not based in the EU or if it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM Institute in person, we’ll arrange for a remote interview to take place with a lecturer on your course area. An offer will then be made based upon your qualifications, portfolio review and a successful interview.

Music Business

For our Music Business course, you’ll be required to complete an application form including a personal statement. You will also be required to attend an interview in person and present an outline of your experience engaging with the music or creative industries to one of our lecturers. If it’s difficult for you to join us in person, we’ll arrange for a remote interview to take place via Skype with one of our lecturers, and all interview requirements will be sent to you in advance so you can prepare.

An offer will then be made based upon your qualifications, experience and a successful interview.

Audition and Interview Debrief

After your audition or interview, our lecturer will inform you immediately if you have successfully met the required entry standard for our courses, and you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team who can also discuss any further questions you may have and advise whether you can be offered a Conditional (dependant on any outstanding proofs of qualifications) or Unconditional offer of study at BIMM Institute. The Admissions Team will follow this up by email.

If you are unsuccessful at your audition or interview, you will be provided with comprehensive development feedback so you know which areas of your practice to work on. You will also be invited back for another audition or interview at a later date. All auditions and interviews can be arranged by contacting our Admissions Team directly on +49 30 311 99 186 or emailing admissions@bimm-institute.de.

Please note that on some occasions, our lecturers may advise a period of development lasting some months. For these reasons we highly recommend submitting your completed application form and arranging your audition or interview at the earliest opportunity to allow time for this if required.

Contract Confirmation & Acceptance

If you are offered a place, you’ll be sent a contract and offer letter via email by our Admissions Team. It’s then up to you to confirm if you wish to take up your place and return the signed study contract to us within 14 days of receipt.


Ready to start your music career?

Whether you’ve already applied to one of our colleges, or you’re just looking at your options, you can still book your audition or interview. You can even audition before you apply to BIMM Institute. In fact, auditioning early is advised as it’s your chance to find out more about our courses.

Our Admissions Team is always available to answer your questions. Just call +49 (0)30 311 99 186 or email admissions@bimm-institute.de.

Good luck! We know you’ll give it your all, so come and show us what you’ve got.

 

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