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Entrance exams

Programme for the entrance exam

Bachelor's Programme

At the moment there is no date fixed.

The entrance examination is used to check the candidate’s aptitude, with particular consideration of their prior knowledge and skills.

To pass the entrance examination, a rating of “Passed” is required in all sections. Admission also depends on the specific availability of a course place. Being placed on the waiting list supposes a probability of future availability (i.e. by the end of the semester in question) of a course place.

The entrance examination consists of the following examination sections:
• Artistic performance on instrument
• Suitability interview

Artistic performance on instrument:
• A piece of music up to about 1750 (except J. S. Bach)
• Johann Sebastian Bach:
   - An extended non-copyright piece
   - A colourful choral prelude
• A piece from the romantic era
• A piece from the modern era
• 6 choral movements with brief, improvised intonations

The performance can be interrupted by the board of examiners. You do not need to play by heart.

Suitability interview: The committee’s interview with the candidate is managed by the chairperson and is used to examine German proficiency of candidates who are not native German speakers and to provide the committee with information about the musical interests of the candidate and a forecast of their aptitude for the course, with special consideration of the interests (of the profile) and the university’s resources.

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

At the moment there is no date fixed.

The entrance examination for the Master’s degree is used to check the candidate’s aptitude for the specific requirements of the Master’s degree, with particular consideration of their prior knowledge and skills.

The condition for admission to the Keyboard Instruments Master’s degree is a completed Bachelor’s degree in a pertinent branch of study or an equivalent qualification from an Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational facility, as well as successfully passing all parts of the entrance examination.

To pass the entrance examination, a rating of “Passed” is required in all sections. Admission also depends on the specific availability of a course place. Being placed on the waiting list supposes a probability of future availability (i.e. by the end of the semester in question) of a course place.

The entrance examination consists of the following examination sections:
• Artistic performance on instrument
• Suitability interview

Performance of compositions from the stated groups. The performance can be interrupted by the board of examiners. You do not need to play by heart.


Artistic performance on instrument:
• A piece of music up to about 1750 (except J. S. Bach)
• Johann Sebastian Bach:
   - An extended non-copyright piece
   - A representative choral prelude
• A representative piece from the romantic era
• A representative piece from the modern era
• A one-movement improvisation of approx. 6 minutes. Selection of style, form and theme is frei.

The selected theme must be submitted to the board of examiners immediately before the examination.

Suitability interview: The committee’s interview with the candidate is managed by the chairperson and is used to examine German proficiency of candidates who are not native German speakers and to provide the committee with information about the musical interests of the candidate and a forecast of their aptitude for the course, with special consideration of the interests (of the profile) and the university’s resources.

Preparatory Course

At the moment there is no date fixed.

Up to 16th birthday: Artistic performance on piano or organ:

Piano Interpretation of three pieces of various styles in the manner and level of difficulty of
• a three-part invention by J. S. Bach
• a piece from the First Viennese School
• an étude of moderate difficulty

Organ: Interpretation of three pieces of various styles in the manner and level of difficulty of
• a prelude and fugue by J. S. Bach
• a choral prelude from the baroque era
• a piece from the romantic or modern era

From the 16th birthday: Artistic performance of a programme on the organ in accordance with the entrance examination for the Bachelor’s degree course.

Suitability interview: The committee’s interview with the candidate is managed by the chairperson and is used to examine German proficiency of candidates who are not native German speakers and to provide the committee with information about the musical interests of the candidate and a forecast of their aptitude for the course, with special consideration of the interests (of the profile) and the university’s resources.

Certificate of Performance

Dates for the entrance exam are arranged individually.

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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