Popular Music Studies On-Campus Interview Information

For your interview, prepare in advance the following performance at home, record an MP4 format audio/visual movie of your performance with your hands and face clearly visible, and bring with you to your interview the completed MP4 file on USB memory stick. Please bring a backup of your performance on your smart phone or iPad or similar device. It's also recommended to have the streaming performance available on Vimeo or YouTube.


PLEASE NOTE

Your hands and face must be clearly visible in the MP4 pre-recorded performance on USB memory stick.

Instrumentalists

The backing track for a solo must not contain the solo you intend to play. In other words, do not play along with a pre-recorded solo. Guitarists may use effects pedals for their solo. Drummers must play to pre-recorded tracks that do not have drums on them.

Singers

The backing track for the song must not contain the vocal you intend to sing. In other words, do not sing along with a pre-recorded vocal.


ELECTRIC GUITAR

Perform one transcription of an entire pop/rock guitar accompaniment of moderate difficulty (your own transcription or a published one). Examples (any transcribed accompaniment of a similar level of difficulty will be acceptable): Jimi Hendrix—The Wind Cries Mary, Hey Joe; Red Hot Chili Peppers—Under the Bridge

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Perform a solo of two or three choruses over either a 12-bar blues progression or a rock groove (the backing track must not have the solo on it). Examples of accompaniments: Tracks 2-5 & 8 of Ralph Agresta’s Blues Jam Trax (New York: Amsco Publications, 1997) and Tracks 2-7 of Ralph Agresta’s Rock Jam Trax (New York: Amsco Publications, 1997), etc...


ELECTRIC BASS

Perform a “walking” bass line for a chord progression of your choice.

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Perform a bass line to either a 12-bar blues progression or a rock groove (the backing track must not have the bass line on it). Typical chord progressions are found in Ralph Agresta’s Blues Jam Trax (New York: Amsco Publications, 1997), Ralph Agresta’s Chicago Blues Jam Trax (New York: Amsco Publications, 1997), and Ralph Agresta’s Rock Jam Trax (New York: Amsco Publications, 1997).


KEYBOARD

Perform one transcription of an entire pop/rock piano accompaniment of moderate difficulty (your own transcription or a published one). Examples  (any transcribed accompaniment of a similar level of difficulty will be acceptable): Billy Joel—She’s Always a Woman; Meatloaf—Heaven Can Wait; Chantal Kreviazuk—Actions Without Love.

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Perform two or three choruses on either a 12-bar blues progression or a rock groove (the backing track must not have the solo on it). Examples of accompaniments: Tracks 2-5 & 8 in Ralph Agresta’s Blues Jam Trax (New York: Amsco Publications, 1997) and Tracks 2-7 of Ralph Agresta’s Rock Jam Trax (New York: Amsco Publications, 1997), etc...


DRUMS

Accompany two pre-recorded songs, one a fast rock song and the other a ballad.


VOICE 

Perform either a pop ballad or a fast rock song to demonstrate interpretive ability (phrasing, dynamics, tone quality, subtlety of rhythmic presentation, breath control, etc.). Singers may accompany themselves, or use an accompanist.

Pre-recorded performances on instruments other than the ones specified above may be considered. Please contact us for more information.


Visit the Western Academic Calendar for course information on the Bachelor of Arts: Major in Popular Music Studies program.

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General Information:

The following items need to be submitted to the Don Wright Faculty of Music by February 15, 2018.

  • Questionnaire for the BA with Major in Popular Music Studies include a brief essay in which students are asked why they wish to enter the program and how it will help them achieve their goals.
  • Two Letter of Recommendation forms must be received by the Don Wright Faculty of Music.
  • Applicants must take the online theory placement test.
  • Book an Interview.
Odilla Van Delinder, Admissions Officer
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Western University
Talbot College, Room 210
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON
N6A 3K7

Phone: 519-661-2044
Fax: 519-661-3531
E-mail: ovandeli@uwo.ca