Music @ Worcester, Oxford in 2018

Interview format

2x 30 min interviews, 3 hrs apart

Interview content

Materials given earlier, personal statement, deduction of musical period by ear, sightreading on piano

Best preparation


Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Understand your musical specialty

Remember this advice isn't official. There is no guarantee it will reflect your experience because university applications can change between years. Check the official Cambridge and Oxford websites for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests.

Also, someone else's experience may not reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they are quite interactive.

Interview Format

Number of interviews: 2

Skype interview: No

Time between each interview: 3 hours

Length of interviews: 30 minutes each

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

I was given material before the interview (an essay on European music and various scores of music) and then asked to analyse and discuss both in interviews.

How did you prepare?


What advice do you have for future applicants?

Looking back, what advice would you give to your past self?

I didn’t have resources. My school music teacher gave me a mock interview. Probably the most important advice I could give is to understand what your musical speciality is and understand where it fits into different histories and theories of music, particularly if mentioned in a personal statement. Hopefully the area would tie in with practical music performance/composition too.