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Placement Video

Once accepted to the High School Conservatory, students must submit a placement video. This placement video will be used for partial, merit-based scholarship consideration, as well as give the faculty the opportunity to evaluate each student’s overall level in order to better prepare for individualized instruction.

Please see the instructions below 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 tripod or table, and be sure to record in landscape (horizontal) mode. Students must submit placement videos within 14 days of receiving their acceptance email.

  • Performance requirements

    Please locate your chosen program and record only what is required for that specific program.

    • 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, and record in landscape (horizontal) mode. 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