The entrance exam consists of a practical and a theoretical part. You will have to be successful in both parts in order to secure a place.

The practical exam (audition)
The practical exam consists of the following elements:

  • two studies of different character e.g.: Drouet - 25 studies: no. 4 / no. 10 / no. 14 / no. 15 / no. 20 Berbiguier - 18 studies: no. 4 / no. 14 Genzmer - Neuzeitliche Etüden, Band 1, no. 12

  • two (short) performance pieces from different style with a variety of techniques (legato, staccato, fast passages, melodic lines) e.g.: Godard - Allegretto and Idylle Mozart - Andante Chaminade - Concertino

For all suggestions applicable: Works of comparable or higher level are also acceptable. The evaluation of the practical part of the entrance exam will be in part weighed by the following factors:

  • previous music education

  • development prognosis

  • professional perspective

  • technical realisation

  • musical expression

The combination of these factors is also of essential importance. Not (yet) being able to perform the pieces on the list at an optimum standard is therefore in itself not a reason to prevent you doing an entrance exam!

The theory exam
The theoretical part of the entrance exam consists of three sections: a written aural (hearing) test, singing from sight / performing a rhythm, and a general written theory test. The theory entrance exam is taken before the practical entrance examen.

written aural (hearing) test:

  • identification and naming of intervals and triads with inversions
  • notating a melodic fragment
  • notating a rhythmic fragment
  • notating a short two-part fragment

singing/rhythm from sight:

  • the prima vista singing of some melodies
  • the prima vista performing of some rhythms

general written theory test:

  • notation of rhythm and pitch in treble clef and bass clef
  • major and minor scales
  • intervals and triads with inversions
  • dominant seventh chord

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