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.

Practical section entrance exam
You prepare a programme of ca. 20 minutes of which about 15 minutes will be played during the exam. The works on the programme should be chosen from several style periods and serve the aim to evaluate your musicality, technical ability, level of stylistic knowledge and affinity with the performed repertoire.

At least on one of the following instruments the basic techniques need to be adequate:

  • Theorbo Kapsberger (preludio, Kapsperger) Piccinini (ciaconna), Robert de Visee (prelude) Melli (corrente detta la spenserata)
  • Archlute Zamboni (preludio) Kapsberger (corrente 2)
  • Baroque guitar: Sanz (espanoletta, preludio) Roncalli (part of suitte)
  • Vihuela: Fuenllana (2 voice polyphone piece) Milan (Fantasia 1, pavana)
  • Baroque lute: S.L. Weiss Suite in d - moll Prelude, Allemande Esajas Reusner Suite g moll: Allemande, Courante
  • Renaissance Lute: John Dowland: Preludium, Fortune; Francesco da Milano No. 1,16,22

From this can be selected: a simple polyphonic work, a rhytmically free piece (prelude, toccata or fantasie) a dance and/or a work with basso ostinato.

Theoretical section entrance exam
The theory section consists of:

  • a written hearing test
  • a written test in general music theory
  • an individual practical solfège test

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