Book your Assessment Centre at ELAM

Please complete the form below to book into your Assessment Centre in Music at ELAM. All Assessment Centres start at 5:00pm. Please ensure you arrive on time (try to be at least 20 minutes early). Find us on the map below. 


What will I do at the Assessment Centre?

1. Interview

You will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the ELAM team. We will be looking for evidence of you being Dependable, Inquisitive, Resilient and Reflective.

2. Group Task

You will be put into a group with other prospective trainees to complete a short task. You will be given more information when you arrive; you do not need to prepare anything in advance. We will be looking for evidence of you being Collaborative, Independent and Resilient.

3. Solo Performance Audition or PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION

You will either:

Perform a solo on your instrument or voice

OR

Present a song demo recording or production you have made.

Performance checklist:

  • Choose a piece.

    • It should be between 2 and 4 minutes in length.

    • It should present an appropriate level of challenge for a Level 3 course and show self-awareness of your ability level.

    • You may perform an original composition or interpretation/arrangement of another piece.

  • Practise and rehearse your piece.

    • Vocalists should commit lyrics to memory.

    • Instrumentalists may read from sheet music.

    • Jazz musicians may perform a head and improvisation (however, unfocused jam sessions are not suitable).

  • Bring a suitable backing track, accompanist or self-accompaniment.

    • Suitable backing track formats: MP3, WAV or AIFF on a flash drive or audio/mobile device. (Note, there is no CD drive or internet access available. Bring your own headphone adapter, if required.)

    • Your part should not audible on the backing track (suitable backing tracks are available on iTunes and other websites, or you could make your own).

    • If using a phone/tablet, ensure notifications are turned off.

    • You may perform unaccompanied only if the piece is specifically written for unaccompanied performance (e.g. solo piano piece).

    • Suitable self-accompaniment instruments for vocalists include piano, guitar or ukulele.

  • Consider whether you need to bring your instrument.

    • ELAM provides all backline (e.g. drum kit, amps, keyboards, microphones, mini-jack cable).

    • Otherwise, you will need to bring your own instrument and accessories (e.g. guitar, plectrum, 1/4” jack cable, drumsticks).

Portfolio checklist:

  • Choose a song or production you have recorded/produced.

    • It should demonstrate your creative and/or technical ability.

    • It may be a remix/interpretation of an existing piece.

  • Bring it in a suitable format.

    • Suitable formats: MP3, WAV or AIFF on a flash drive or audio/mobile device. (Note, there is no CD drive or internet access available. Bring your own headphone adapter, if required.)

    • If using a phone/tablet, ensure notifications are turned off.

  • Be prepared to answer questions about your creative process.

What else should I prepare in advance?

  • Prepare your journey; it’s not a good idea to be late for an interview/audition.

  • Do your research about the course you will study at ELAM.

  • Remember to source any required tracks, instruments, etc.

What happens if I’m not successful?

It’s important to remember that places at ELAM are highly competitive - not getting a place does not mean we don’t think you’re a fantastic musicians or have great values. In any case, if you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at ELAM, all is not lost! We may refer you to one of our partner institutions that may be better suited to you:

BIRD

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BIRD’s one-to-one songwriting and recording sessions reduce the risk of mental health issues becoming established in 16-25-year-olds by harnessing the inherent power that creativity has to improve and sustain wellbeing. An authentic collaborative creative process is also a natural incubator for trust and rapport, through which BIRD develops true, long-lasting mentoring relationships that provide a consistent, trustworthy and supportive adult presence in the lives of our young artists. Various ELAM musicians have attended BIRD and you can hear an example of what they wrote and recorded at BIRD here.

REACH Academy West London

More info to follow!

Any questions? Please email us at asingh@elam.co.uk


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