After you’ve applied to Douglas College, you’ll need to book your Music Technology entrance audition and assessments. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the audition process for Fall 2021 has changed.
The MTD Auditions have moved online and will be held in 3 separate parts:
- Audition Video
- MTD Assessments
Audition videos are required for all applicants and consist of your musical performance showing the MTD faculty what you can do.
To submit your Audition video, upload your performance to You Tube and send an unlisted link to email@example.com .
Audition video links may be submitted from March 26 – April 11, 2021 (for those with an April Interview date) and April 12 – 28, 2021 (for those with a May interview date). Video links receive outside of these two windows, will be disregarded.
All applicants are required to have a brief interview with the MTD Faculty after submitting their audition video.
Interviews will be held (via Zoom) on:
- Thursday, April 15th (nearly full) & Friday, April 16th
- Thursday, May 6th & Friday, May 7th
After submitting your Audition video and completing your interview, you will be sent links to the online MTD Assessments.
The Audition and Interview
The audition is informal. You are encouraged to play anything that will share with us your abilities in music. What do you love to play/sing? What do you do well? What would you like to do in an ensemble or recording session? A couple of contrasting selections will be perfect. There are no limitations on style/genre. If you play more than one instrument we encourage you to do more than one thing for us.
The Zoom interview is also informal. We will ask you a few questions about your background and goals during the allotted 15 minutes.
Music Technology Assessment
The Music Technology Assessment is a hands-on test, done in our Mac Lab. You can choose to take the test using either Pro Tools, Logic Pro or Ableton Live.
If you wish to prepare on your own for this test (and have access to a Mac and appropriate software) there are introductory guides available for three programs:
If you don’t have access to this software, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for the MTD Prep (Technology) course, offered through the Douglas College Community Music School. When you successfully complete this course you will not need to do the technology assessment.
Music Literacy Assessment (Theory)
Everyone coming into the Music Technology program will be given a music literacy assessment test.
If you have advanced theory and musicianship knowledge you can choose electives in place of one or both Contemporary Musicianship classes, in consultation with the program Coordinator.
If you have little or no theory knowledge will be asked to take a Basic Musicianship theory class. Results of this test will also be considered when making entrance decisions. The Theory Assessment will consist of the following:
Writing major and minor scales using key signatures or accidentals
- Naming triads and 7th chords
- Key signature
- Time signatures
- Rhythms and rests
- Common musical terms
If you need some theory help, you are strongly encouraged to sign up for the MTD Prep (Theory) course, offered through the Douglas College Community Music School. When you successfully complete this course you will not need to do the theory assessment.
Study resources for the Music Literacy Assessment
Any book on music rudiments can help you prepare for this test. There are also some online sites that can help test your knowledge of note names, intervals, scales and chords, such as Music Theory on 8notes.com