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)
During the practical exam the candidate will play the following works:

  • two studies of different character e.g.: Campagnoli - 42 caprices or Dont - op. 37 Kreutzer - 42 studies or Hoffmeister - 12 studies or Rode- 24 caprices

  • one short solo piece or two movements from a solo suite or sonata
    e.g.: Telemann - Phantasy Bach - from Cello suite, 1 or 2 or violin sonata/partita Britten - Elegy or Hindemith - Sonata

  • one performance piece e.g.: Hindemith – Trauermusik or Meditation or Glazounow – Elegy, J.Chr. Bach - Concerto (1st movement) Bruch – Romanze Telemann - Concerto in G Bloch - Suite Hebraique Bach - Gamba sonatas

  • contemporary work is always welcome

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 Music Theory Exam consists of

  • An aural solfège and eartraining test,
  • Combined with questions about general music theory
  • And music notation exercises (dictation)

The theory exam takes place before the practical part of the entrance exam and takes 45 minutes.


  • Being able to recognise and name intervals
  • Being able to recognise and name triads and inversions
  • Being able to recognise seventh chords
  • Being able to sing a melody and bass line from memory
  • Being able to notate a melody
  • Being able to notate the rhythm of a melody


  • Singing melodies a prima vista, with correct rhythm and accurate intonation
  • Singing in canon

Knowledge of general music theory:

  • Reading and writing rhythms in easy time signatures
  • Reading and writing in treble and bass clef
  • All major and minor keys, modes
  • Intervals and triads with their inversions
  • Dominant, minor, diminished, half-diminished and major seventh chord

Please find examples of theory exams here.