The entrance exam consists of a practical and a theoretical part.

The practical exam (audition)
During the practical exam the candidate will play the following works: 

  • Two studies of varying character, e.g: Rode: 24 Caprices, Dont: 24 Etudes op. 35, Kreutzer: 42 Etudes (from no. 35 onwards)

  • (Parts of) three performance pieces

    • e.g. Concerto by Wieniawsky - no. 2 op. 22, parts 1 or 3 Concerto by Saint-Saëns - no. 3 op. 61 Lalo - Symphony Espagnol op. 21, part 1

    • e.g. part from Sonata: Brahms - op. 100 in A Beethoven - op. 12 no. 1 in D Grieg

    • e.g. Suk - op. 17 Saint-Saëns - Havanaise op. 83 Dvořák - Romance op. 11

  • Part from a sonata or partita by Bach and contemporary work is always welcome.

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 from 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.

Eartraining:

  • 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

Sight-singing:

  • 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.