CWSA Auditions


Audtion Overview

Each student auditioning for a position at Claude Watson School for the Arts will be evaluated in dance, drama, music and visual arts. During a half day audition event, students will have approximately 50 minutes in each of the arts area. In each case, highly qualified CWSA staff will teach a mini lesson to all of the candidates. Candidates will then be presented with a task based on the lesson. Teachers will score each candidate based upon rubrics that have been created.


The CWSA staff has carefully created rubrics for each task based upon the achievement chart of the Ontario Arts Curriculum (The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1 – 8: The Arts – 2009 – Pages 34 and 35). Tasks will change based on the age of the children and tasks will change from year to year.  The audition process is different depending on the age of the candidate.


Students currently in Grade 3 (born in 2012)will be required to attend one half day audition sessions. That session will be divided amongst the four arts areas. 


Students currently in Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 (born in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 will be asked to attend one audition session.


When auditions have been completed, results will be combined to give each candidate a final score. Each of the four arts areas will be given equal weighting in the creation of the final score. Offer of Admissions to Claude Watson School for the Arts will be made based upon the audition score and an evaluation of the complete application package.


On the following pages we have provided examples of generic rubrics used in each of the four arts areas. Assessment rubrics used during the audition will be more detailed as they will pertain to the specific tasks that are not being published. All students auditioning for a particular grade will participate in the same tasks and will be assessed using the same rubrics.