Information about theoretical entrance exam requirements

Theoretical Requirements

Written test in Solfeggio

Notation by dictation

  • A 2-part progression of 10 intervals
  • Chords of four notes with resolution (dominant seventh and diminished seventh chord)
  • A 2-part baroque imitation
  • Fragment of a one-part 20th century piece of music

Oral exam in Solfeggio

  • Sight-reading (fragment of a 18th century piece, normally a vocal piece, with the difficulty level of the cantata parts of J. S. Bach)
  • Competence of basic musical skills in practice (major and minor keys, modal lines, etc.)
  • At the oral exam the Examination Board normally discuss the mistakes made in the written test. (if there are any)

Written test in Theory of Music

  • Notation of the extreme parts of a – normally 8-bar – musical quotation from the late 18th century, tonal and harmonic analysis of this quotation.
  • Notation of the extreme parts of the fragment of a J. S. Bach chorale, its tonal and harmonic analysis
  • The same analysis of a fragment of a classical movement given to the candidate at the exam

Oral exam in Theory of Music

  • Playing typical 18th century harmonic patterns on the piano and/or recognising them by ear
  • Playing figured bass given to the candidate at the exam, adding treble part
  • Recognising the essential Viennese classical forms and formal elements: phrase, statement, binary and ternary forms, trio forms, types of sonata and classical rondeau forms

Piano as compulsary instrument (for non-piano majors)

  • Performance of 4 pieces from different stylistic eras by heart. The difficulty level should correspond with the level of the candidate’s previous piano studies (Bach, a classical sonata form movement, a piece by a romantic, 20th-21st century or contemporary composer)


Updated: 2019.01.15.

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