Entrance Exam Requirements for BA Programme of Performing Art

Qualification:        

  • Classic Instrumental Music Performer
  • Classical Music Singer
  • Choral Conductor

Specialization:   

classical piano, organ, guitar, violinviola, cello, double bass, recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussions, voice, choral conducting

Entry requirements:

  • high school certificate
  • English language proficiency  
  • entrance examination in music performance
  • music theory and solfege skill (oral and written), piano

Application Process:

  1. The applicant will submit application materials for the major and the marked subjects in DVD format. If the Admission Board finds that application materials satisfy application requirements, materials the applicant may take the exam of the other subjects.
  2. The exam of the other subjects (solfege, theory of music, folk music) is via administered video conference. The applicant will be notified about the date and time of the exam.

ENTRANCE EXAM REQUIREMENTS
Choral Conductor

Major subjects: DVD

Conducting:

  • Conducting two optional choral pieces in different style and character chosen by the applicant. The applicant has to conduct either a choir or a vocal ensemble. Conducting recorded music or piano music is not acceptable.

Compulsory subjects:

Solfege, theory of music:

Written exam (dictation)

  • notation of a two-part Baroque (imitative) excerpt/material by dictation (6-8 bars)
  • notation of an one-part 20th-21st century  excerpt by dictation
  • notation of the soprano and bass (outer parts) of a Viennese Classical excerpt and indicating the chords by Roman numerals (about 8 bars)

Oral exam

  • material brought by the candidate: 4 pieces from the vocal literature of the period between the 17th century and the present day (choral works, short arias, songs). The pieces must be analyzed, sung and accompanied on the piano by the candidate. The titles and unmarked scores (without any inscriptions made by the candidate) of the works must be brought by the candidate.
  • sight-reading: singing a 18-19th century aria or song excerpt with piano (accompaniment is provided by a member of the Examination Board)
  • assessment of knowledge of the harmony and formal structure of the Viennese Classical period
    • playing chord progressions by figured bass or by dictation
    • complex analysis of a movement chosen from the material brought by the candidate (piano, voice)

Folk music:

  • singing 10 folk songs by memory from the candidate’s country, introducing the songs’ characteristic and ethnographic features. The titles and the scores of the songs must be brought by the candidate.

Piano compulsory instrument:  DVD

Performance of three piano pieces or movements by memory:

  • a piece by J.S. Bach (on the level of the two- or three-part inventions)
  • a sonata-form movement from the Viennese Classical period
  • a Romantic piece or a piece by Béla Bartók

Voice: DVD

  • a healthy, trainable voice is a requirement for entry
  • expressive performance of two songs/lieder by memory of contrasting character composed in different stylistic periods, with piano accompaniment. Pianist is provided by the Examination Board

ENTRANCE EXAM REQUIREMENTS
Classic Instrumental Music Performer
Classical Music Singer

Compulsory subjects:

Written test in Solfege

  • notation of an about eight-bar long two-part Viennese Classical excerpt (the tune may contain simple alterations and/or modulation)
  • notation and identification of 10 intervals on a given, identical lower note
  • notation and identification of 10 triads (major, minor, augmented, diminished triads in root position and in inversion) on a given, identical lower note

Oral exam in Solfege

  • sight-singing of a one-part vocal excerpt from a Baroque/Viennese Classical/Romantic piece ( the tune may contain alterations and/or modulation)
  • singing 10 folk songs by memory from the candidate’s country, introducing the songs’ characteristic and ethnographic features; the list and the sheets of the songs must be brought by the candidate

Written test in Theory of Music

  • notation of the outer parts of an excerpt of a J. S. Bach choral arrangement, its tonal and harmonic analysis
  • the formal and tonal analysis of a Viennese Classical movement given to the candidate at the exam

Oral exam in Theory of Music

  • playing typical 18th century chord progressions on the piano and/or recognising them by ear

Major subjects: DVD

Performing Art – Classical Piano  

  • a prelude and fugue by J. S. Bach
  • a complete Classical sonata
  • a virtuoso etude
  • a Romantic piece
  • a 20th century piece

Performing Art – Classical Organ 

  • a piece from the eras preceding J. S. Bach
  • a trio-movement by J. S. Bach
  • a work by J. S. Bach of medium difficulty
  • a Romantic and
  • a 20th century composition

Performing Art – Classical Violin

  • one etude with different character and technical task (Rode, Gavinies, Dont and Kreutzer etudes)
  • one Bach movement from a solo sonata or partita
  • a slow movement of a concert piece or concerto

Performing Art – Classical Viola

  • two etudes with different character and technical task (Hoffmeister, Campagnoli Rode, Gavinies  etudes)
  • one Bach movement from a cello suite, violin solo sonata or partita
  • a slow movement of a concert piece or concerto

Performing Art – Classical Cello 

  • two etudes of different character from the following volumes:

    • J. Merk: 20 Etudes
    • A. Franchomme: 12 Etudes, 12 Capricen
    • J. L. Duport: 21 Etudes
    • D. Popper: 10 Mittelschwere Etuden
    • D. Popper: Hohe Schule des Violoncellospiels, 1. volume
  • from J. S. Bach’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd Suites a Prelude or two dance movements
  • a slow and a fast movement of a concerto
  • a concert piece, possibly virtuoso

Performing Art – Classical Contrabass

  • two etudes with different character and technical task /Storch, Montag and Kreutzer etudes/
  • an outer movement of a concerto
  • two movements of a sonata

Performing Art – Classical Guitar  

  • • two etudes from the following list:

    • Carcassi etude /from op. 60. No. 20-25./
    • Sor etude from op. 29
    • Villa Lobos etude /from No. 1, 5, 6, 8/
  • • one piece from:
    • vihuela literature
    • international lute literature
    • a Fantasia by Bakfark
  • • two movements by J. S. Bach from the following:
    • Compulsory: J. S. Bach: Loure from Partita in E-major, a fugue or a dance movement of a J. S. Bach suite
  • • one piece from:
    • the works of Giuliani or Sor
    • the works of Tarrega, Albeniz, Granados, Malats etc.
    • the works of South-American composers (Brouwer, Barrios, Ponce, Villa Lobos etc.)

Performing Art – Classical Recorder  

  • a Baroque solo piece for recorder (alto)
  • a slow and a fast movement of a Baroque sonata (Bach, Händel, Telemann etc.)
  • a slow and a fast movement of a Baroque concerto (e.g.: Vivaldi)
  • a 20th century solo piece for recorder

Performing Art – Classical Flute  

  • two etudes of different character (Andersen, Köhler op. 75, Böhm)
  • a complete Baroque work
  • a fast movement of a concerto
  • a concert piece from a stylistic era different from the ones above
  • scales up to 7 sharps and 7 flats

Performing Art – Classical Oboe  

  • scales up to 7 sharps and 7 flats
  • two etudes of different character
  • a Baroque concert piece
  • 1st or 3rd movement of a concerto + cadence

Performing Art – Classical Clarinet  

  • one etude from Klose’s Études Caracterestiques
  • another etude from a different volume chosen by the candidate
  • a slow and a fast movement from a concerto
  • a character piece or a movement from a sonata

Performing Art – Classical Saxophone  

  • Etudes:

    • two etudes of different character (slow, fast)
    • one etude from Ferling-Mule: 60 etudes
  • One etude from the following volumes:
    • Pierre Max Dubois: 16 etudes brillantes
    • Lacour: 28 etudes
    • Eugéne Bozza: 12 etudes-caprices
  • Concert pieces - 2 pieces from the following list:
    • Andre Jolivet: Fantasie-impromtu
    • Pizarro Milhaud: Scaramouche
    • Lajtha László: Intermezzo
    • Schulhoff: Hot-sonata
    • Heiden: Sonata
    • Jules Demersseman: Fantasie
    • Paul Creston: Sonata
    • Jules Demersseman: Carneval du venise
    • Paul Creston: Rhapsody
    • Paule Maurice: Tableaux de Provence
    • Paul Hindemith: Sonata
    • Johann Sebastian Bach: Solo sonatas for violin

Performing Art – Classical Bassoon  

  • 3 etudes of different character, at least one from Volume 2 of Milde’s Concert Etudes
  • the Examination Board will choose one etude from the 4th-class material of secondary school
  • 1 complete Baroque sonata or concerto
  • 1st and 2nd movement of a Classical concerto
  • 1 concert piece
  • scales up to 7 sharps and 7 flats

Performing Art – Classical French-horn  

  • Instrumental range: from low F to high C’’’
  • Scales: major and minor scales up to 7 sharps and 7 flats in quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes, scales of thirds, triad arpeggiation, major scales in V7 chord arpeggiation and minor scales in seventh chord seventh degree arpeggiation
  • Transposition: E, E flat, D, C, G, A, B-horn
  • Etudes:
    • Gallay: 12 etudes: n. 7 etude
    • Maxime-Alphonse: Volume 3: n. 7 etude
  • Concert pieces:
    • First movement of a Classical concerto with cadence, by memory
    • Another movement of different style or concert piece by memory.
  • Sight-reading and transposition corresponding to the candidate’s level

Performing Art – Classical Trumpet  

  • scales up to 7 sharps and 7 flats as studied at secondary school
  • Etudes: from Bhöme’s 24 Melodic Practices etude n. 12
  • An etude chosen by the candidate from the 1st Volume of Maxime-Alphonse, or Brandt’s Orchestral Etudes
  • A slow and a fast movement from a Baroque sonata or concerto by memory
  • Another concert piece of a different style
  • Sight-reading and transposition from musical materials suitable for the candidate’s knowledge

Performing Art – Classical Trombone  

  • Instrumental range: from low F to high C’’
  • Kopprasch: 35th exercise
  • from Blazevic’s Volume 1 exercise 10, 22, or another singing-like exercise of the same difficulty (Bordogni, A. Lafosse)
  • two movements of a Baroque sonata (Vivaldi, Marcello)
  • A concerto or a concert piece by memory, suitable for the candidate’s level of knowledge

Performing Art – Classical Tuba  

  • scales up to 7 sharps and 7 flats as studied at secondary school
  • Kopprasch: Exercise n. 35
  • Blazevic: Exercise n. 20
  • 2 movements of a Baroque sonata /Vivaldi, Marcello, Gabrielli, Eccles/
  • a concerto or a concert piece
    • Options: Lebedyev: Tuba concerto or Gregson: Concerto 1st movement
  • Krotov-Blazevic: Concerto etude
  • • V. Williams: Concerto 1st movement
  • Wischendorf: Theme and variations

Performing Art – Classical Percussion  
Examining accurate and appropriate instrumental, technical and musical skills

  • Melodic instrument:

    • J. S. Bach: any movement from a cello suite
    • a four-stick concert piece
  • Snaredrum
    • Siegfried Fink: Snaredrum suite

      • Intranda
      • Toccata movements
    • or Juhász Balázs: Introduction and variation
    • or Bent Lylloff: Arhus etude for snare drum
  • Timpani: A piece chosen by the candidate for 4 timpanis
  • A piece chosen by the candidate, possibly with piano accompaniment
  • Sight-reading

Performing Art – Classical Singing  

  • 1 preclassical or Baroque piece
  • 1 Classical song or aria
  • 1 Romantic lied
  • 1 modern song

At least one of the pieces must be fast and cheerful.

Updated: 2019.01.30.


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