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Entrance exams for the start of studies in winter semester 2020/21

Application deadline: Fri., 02.02.2020

Programme for the entrance exam

Bachelor's Programme

Mon., 24.02.2020, 09.00–18.00
MUK.podium (Johannesgasse 4a, 1010 Vienna)

The entrance examination is used to check the aptitude of the course candidate in terms of their instrumental skills, musical talent and maturity.
You must successfully pass all parts of the examination to be admitted to the course. Sheet music and instruments must be brought to the entrance examination by the candidate. An accompanist will be available.

An interview on the study motivation is also part of the entrance examination.

Central artistic subject:
(The programme must be performed by heart.)
• 1 étude from: J. S. Bach — M. Grandjany: 12 études for harp, op. 45 or N. Ch. Bochsa: 50 études, op. 34 or F. J. Dizi: 48 études for harp
• 2 solo pieces, e.g.: F.J. Nadermann – a sonatina from Seven Progressive Sonatinas, op.92
• G. Pierné: Impromptu-Caprice
• C. Saint-Saens: Fantaisie
• C. Salzedo: Chansons dans la nuit

The programme must be performed by heart and must include three different stylistic eras.

Another examination of the musical ear and of music theory knowledge will take place at the start of the first semester as part of a classification in the Aural Training and Composition courses only for those candidates who have been admitted to the course.

Master's Programme

Mon., 24.02.2020, 09.00–18.00
MUK.podium (Johannesgasse 4a, 1010 Vienna)

Prerequisite for admission onto the String Instruments Master’s degree course is a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree in the same field of study or an equivalent qualification as well as successfully passing the entrance examination. The director of studies can link admission to the course with the condition that specific courses beyond the syllabus must be completed or that written essays must be submitted. The student can be set a deadline to fulfil these tasks. If no deadline is set, the conditions must be fulfilled before the end of the course.

General Information and guidelines for the entranc examination:
The entrance examination for master’s degrees consists of an artistic part (approx. 10-15 minutes of pure playing) and a brief interview. During the examination, some of the prepared pieces will be selected. At least 2 different eras and genres will be chosen from the presented repertoire.
You should prepare pieces from at least 3 different eras, including one piece from the 20th / 21st century and at least one solo. The total prepared playing time should be about 40-45 minutes (violin, viola, cello) or 35-40 minutes (double bass, harp, guitar).

The individual pieces should be performed by heart in line with the customs of performance (e.g. solos, concertos, etc. by heart – sonata with piano not by heart). Avant-garde music can be performed by heart, but does not have to be. The committee should be given a copy of the sheet music of the prepared pieces at the entrance examination (single copy).

The board of examiners is made up of at least four lecturers from the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and the Programme Director or Deputy Programme Director as the chairperson.

Central artistic subject:
•    A concerto for harp and orchestra (in its entirety)
•    A sonata or multi-movement piece for harp (one movement / piece or several movements / pieces, approx. 10-15 minutes of pure playing)
•    An artistically demanding piece of your own choice (solo, performance piece, etc., approx. 10-15 minutes of pure playing)

Bachelor's Programme IGP

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Preparatory Course

Mon., 24.02.2020, 09.00–18.00
MUK.podium (Johannesgasse 4a, 1010 Vienna)

General musical aptitude test and performance of an étude and a performance piece of the candidate’s own choice as well as examination of German proficiency for non-native German-speaking candidates.

Certificate of Performance

Mon., 24.02.2020, 09.00–18.00
MUK.podium (Johannesgasse 4a, 1010 Vienna)

If you cannot join the exam on the given date, an individual exam date can be arranged.

The admission exam can be done directly on site in Vienna or by submitting respective application videos and serves to determine applicants’:
    a) motivation for undertaking the programme of study
    b) artistic proficiency (corresponding to Master’s level entry)
    c) artistic and personal suitability
The admission process is split into three parts – applicants must be successful in Part 1 in order to progress to the next stage.

1. Submission of a short biography (including language skills), covering letter, repertoire list and an audition programme:
•   Short biography: applicants should provide a written overview of the qualifications they have gained so far, their (language) skills, and the areas their activities have focused on.
•   Covering letter: applicants should describe their personal expectations of the programme and what they are looking to get out of it. Applicants should also state their current artistic activities and skills and those they are aiming to acquire.
•   Audition programme for Part 2: a programme for the artistic presentation that makes up Part 2 (corresponding to Master’s level entry).

2. Artistic presentation:
In the artistic presentation, applicants should demonstrate their instrumental proficiency and level of artistry. The programme should be put together by the applicant her/himself and should give as strong an impression as possible of her/his artistic qualifications. Instrumental proficiency should be at least that needed for Master’s level entry.

3. Colloquium:
Together with the applicant, a panel will discuss and reflect on the results of Parts 1 and 2 of the admission exam and examine the applicant’s individual and artistic potential as well as her/his personal goals and suitability for the programme.

Information required for all applicants

Schedule might be possibly altered even in the short term! Regarding that please look up this section of the website regularly. Thank you.

Applications for studying at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna can be submitted online at anytime; they will be reserved for the next admission period. Applications submitted after the application deadline can no longer be considered for the subsequent audition date.


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