Tonmeister: Admissions FAQs
A. Applying to the Tonmeister course
A1. What are the Entry Requirements for Music and Sound Recording?
A2. What should I write in my personal statement?
A3. Do I have to have any sound recording experience to apply?
A4. Why do I need A-level Music to study Sound Recording?
A5. Why do I need A-level Physics to study Music & Sound Recording?
A6. Why do I need A-level Maths to study Music & Sound Recording?
A7. Why do I need a performance qualification to study Music & Sound Recording?
A8. I'm very enthusiastic about Music & Sound Recording, and I want to do the Tonmeister course, but I am not studying the right subjects so I am considering changing my A-levels. I don't want to change for no reason though so, if I change to Maths, Music & Physics, will you be able to offer me a place?
A9. I'm a mature student and/or already hold my A-levels but they're not at very high grades. Is it worth my applying?
A10. I've heard that you get thousands and thousands of applications, is there any point in me applying?
A11. I'd like to look round the Department and talk to staff and students before I apply. Can I arrange to do this?
A12. From my current course &/or past experience I have already covered much of the material from the first one or two years of the Tonmeister course. Can I go straight into the second or final year?
A13. I'm thinking of taking a "gap" year. Can I apply for deferred entry? Will it affect my application?
A14. Isn't it really expensive to study sound recording?
A15. I'm unlikely to achieve AAA for my A-levels, is there any point in me applying?
A16. Do you offer any scholarships or bursaries?
B. Entry requirements (with A-Levels or Direct Equivalent)
B1. Is (i) Music Technology A-Level or (ii) Music Theory Grade 5 OK instead of Music A-level?
B2. What if my school does not offer Music or Music Technology A-Level, or can't timetable it to avoid a clash with Maths and/or Physics?
B3. Are AS-levels OK instead of A-levels?
B4. I can't offer A-level Maths/Physics/Music but: I'm doing a Diploma / BTEC / etc. in Audio / Radio / TV / Music Technology / Pop Music etc. OR I'm doing an A-level in Technology / Electronics / Computing OR I have lots of experience in Music & Sound Recording. Can I still apply?
B5. I'm currently deciding what subjects to study at school; what advice can you give me?
B6. I'm already doing the 3 required A-levels but want to take a 4th. Which would benefit me the most?
C. Entry requirements (without A-Levels)
C1. Do you consider my qualifications/experience to be equivalent to the required A-levels?
C2. How can I tell whether I understand the relevant topics to A-level standard?
C3. What are the most relevant aspects of A-Level Maths?
C4. What are the most relevant aspects of A-Level Physics?
C5. What are the most relevant aspects of A-Level Music?
C6. I do not have Maths / Physics / Music knowledge to the required standard but am very keen to do the Tonmeister course. What should I do? Does it matter if I take an extra year or two to get the relevant qualifications?
C7. I don't have ABRSM grade 7 or 8 performance. Are there any other qualifications that might be considered equivalent? Do I still have a chance of successfully applying?
D. The interview day
D1. Why do you interview all candidates?
D2. What happens at an interview day?
D3. When are the interview days held?
D4. It's extremely difficult (or impossible) for me to come to Surrey for an interview, is there any alternative?
D5. I have been invited to audition, do I have to play any particular musical piece?
D6. What will the music test at interview involve?
D7. What will the sound recording test at interview involve?
D8. Should I send or bring examples of my recorded work?
D9. What will the additional Maths / Physics / Music tests at interview involve?
D10. How can I improve my chances? What experience do I need? What can I do to prepare for the interview? Can you offer me any additional information or advice?
E. Application process and timescales
E1. What happens after I apply?
E2. When will I hear about the outcome of my interview?
E3. I hold an offer, what happens next?
E4. I met my offer conditions, what happens next?
E5. I missed my offer conditions, what happens next?
E6. I was rejected after applying / after interview / after missing my offer, can I reapply?
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