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:

  • Snare-drum: rolls, open and closed in varying dynamics; two etudes from e.g.:
    • Fink - Studien für Kleine Trommel, Bd. III, IV or V
    • Knauer - Kleine Tromschule, Bd. I and II
    • Peters - Intermediate Snare Drum Studies Advanced Snare Drum Studies
    • Wilcoxon
  • Timpani: tuning, the playing of rolls and two studies from:
    • Knauer: Paukenschule, Bd. I and/or
    • Hochrainer: Etüden für Timpani, Bd. I, II (Doblinger)
    • N. Woud
  • Xylophone, marimba and/or vibraphone; scaled and arpeggios in key signatures up to four sharps and flats; two studies from i.e.:
    • Goldenberg
    • Friedman
  • Mallet technique (not obligatory, but would be much appreciated)
  • Performance piece e.g.
    • Peters - Yellow After the Rain
    • Molenhof - Music of the Day

For all suggestions applicable: Works of comparable or higher level are also acceptable.
It is recommended that the candidate have some ability in playing the piano. 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!

Please find examples of theory exams here.