Drum Audition

Our auditions give us the opportunity to find out where you are in terms of your instrumental ability, knowledge and technique. They also give us the opportunity to find out where you want to be, and for us to give guidance on how we may be able to help you get there.

What will I do at my audition?

You will be asked to play a rehearsal piece of your own choosing. Please ensure that your rehearsal piece is at least 1.5 minutes long and no more than 3 minutes long.

You must either play to a backing track, or with an accompanist, or unaccompanied. It is not permitted to play along with a full recording of the song which includes your own part. You can choose to bring your own accompanist, or if you wish to send notation and a recording in advance then the tutor will be happy to accompany you.

You should practice your piece with a metronome at home before the audition, to make sure your timing is solid. You can use a metronome in the audition as well if you want to, but you don’t have to.

When you are playing your rehearsal piece:

  • If you make any mistakes, play on! Try not to stop and repeat phrases.
  • Focus on the clarity of your notes and the tone production, not on being ‘flash’.
Audition Details


1 Hour


You will also be given some audition exercises as follow:

  1. Selection of drum Rudiments at a variation of tempos; (60bpm, 80, 100, 120), Rudiments to cover will be; single stroke roll, double stroke roll and paradiddles.
  2. Grade 4 single line notation reading exercise as directed by the assessor.
  3. Research basic Moeller technique through single stroke rolls, explain the basic principles to your audition tutor and demonstrate these.
  4. Play an improvised 16 bar sequence in 4/4 (groove and fills) with a metronome between 90 – 110bpm in 8th note Rock Style.
  5. Play an improvised 16 bar sequence in 12/8 (groove and fills) with a metronome between 65-90bpm in 8th note Rock Style.
  6. Repeat exercise 4 but in a contrasting style (i.e. a style which is markedly different from 8th note Rock Style).
  7. Groove recognition; Repeat a two-bar groove as demonstrated by the assessor.
  8. Name five famous drummers.
  9. Name five famous drum manufacturers.
  10. Play the assessor a rehearsal piece of your choice.