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Placement Video

Once accepted to the High School Conservatory, students must submit a placement video to be considered for partial, merit-based scholarships and to give the faculty the opportunity to evaluate your level in order to better prepare for each student’s individualized instruction.

Please see the below instructions for what to include, how to record and how to submit your placement video. Please use the highest quality recording equipment available to you. For best results, place your recording device on a stationary object, such as a table. Students must please submit placement videos within 14 days of receiving their acceptance email.

  • What to include

    • Start your recording device and state:
      • Your full name
      • The major that you have applied for
      • The campus where you were accepted (NY, LA or both LA & NY)
      • The date of your audition recording.
  • Performance requirements

    • Acting for Stage & Screen Programs
      Please prepare two contrasting monologues that are each 60-90 seconds in length. Monologues should demonstrate a connection to the character's emotional life, vocal clarity, clear physical choices, and a solid understanding of the text.
    • Musical Theatre & Pop Vocals Programs
      Please prepare two contrasting 60-90 seconds each (or 32 bars each) songs from Musical Theatre or Pop/Contemporary repertoire. The song selections should demonstrate engaged storytelling performed with proficient pitch, tone, diction and vocal clarity.
    • Dance Theatre Programs
      Audition Instructions: Please prepare 2 contrasting dance solos (each solo approx. 60 seconds in length). Styles may include: Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Ballroom, Hip-hop, Theatre Dance, World Dance, or Contemporary.

Please use the highest quality recording equipment available to you. For best results, place your recording device on a stationary object, such as a tripod or table. Prior to recording, test that you are in focus and well lit, and that your video is free from distracting background noise. Please note: If you are submitting for Dance Theatre programs, do not tape a close-up; please have your entire body (from head to toe) in the frame.

  • ONCE YOU ARE READY TO RECORD YOUR PERFORMANCE, START YOUR RECORDING DEVICE AND STATE:
    • The date you are recording your audition
    • Your full name
    • The city and country where you live
    • The program, campus, session and discipline for which you are applying
    • The titles of the pieces you will perform
    • When you are finished with your audition performance, please announce that you have reached the end of the submission, restate your name, and stop your recording device.

When your video audition is complete, upload your video to YouTube and update the privacy to UNLISTED (click here for instructions). Do NOT set the video as Private.

    • Please email your link directly to highschoolvideo@amda.edu with "AMDA Placement Video: Your name, campus, program, session, and discipline" in the subject line. For example: "Placement Video: Sally Smith, Los Angeles, High School Summer Conservatory (On-Campus), Session 1, Dance".
    • Please test the link before you send it. You can log out of YouTube and send the link to a second email address you may have or to a family member
    • If you have problems uploading your Unlisted video to YouTube, please go to here for help, or contact AMDA's High School Conservatory Office Directly at highschool@amda.edu