Percussion - Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien
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Entrance exams in the summer semester 2019
(start of studies: winter semester 2019/20)

Application deadline: Fr., 15.02.2019

Programme for the entrance exam

Bachelor's Programme

Mon., 11.03.2019, 14.00 – 18.00
Percussion room (Johannesgasse 4a, 1st basement, 1010 Vienna)

Central artistic subject:
• Performance of an artistic programme (see below).
• Sight-reading
• Sight-singing of approx. 2 lines in major and / or minor key
• Suitability interview
• Optional content (e.g. playing of a melody, intonation exercise, improvisation)

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..

Artistic programme:
Pieces for the instrument groups of drumsticks, timpani and snare drum must be prepared. In addition, the performance can be given on multiple percussion (set-up) or on a drum kit.
Ideally, the programme will consist of two études (classical/rudimental) on the snare drum, two études (or short pieces) on 2 or 3 or 4 timpani, and one or two pieces for a drumstick instrument
(e.g. a piece for 2 drumsticks on the xylophone - and for 4 drumsticks on the marimba or vibraphone).
Further content: Drum roll on the snare drum at all dynamic levels; tuning of the timpani using the piano, with concert pitch A being provided.

Master's Programme

Mon., 11.03.2019, 14.00 – 18.00
Percussion room (Johannesgasse 4a, 1st basement, 1010 Vienna)

The condition for admission to the Master’s degree is a completed Bachelor’s degree in the relevant branch of study or an equivalent qualification from a recognised Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational facility, evidence of adequate German proficiency in non-native applicants, successfully passing the entrance examination and there being a place available on the course.

To ensure an equal footing, admission to the course can be linked with the condition that specific courses beyond the syllabus of the Master’s degree must be completed or that written essays must be submitted.

Central artistic subject:
• Performance of an artistic programme (see below)
• Sight-reading:
  For the entrance examination for the Master’s degree, a brief piece of sight-reading will be provided to candidates to check their sight-reading skills..
• Suitability interview

Artistic programme:
At least four pieces must be prepared, with at least one piece each for the marimba, timpani and snare drum. Further pieces can also be for any other instrument from the percussion family (prepared playing time: at least 30 minutes).
The programme selection should correspond to the candidate’s personal artistic focuses; special instrumental skills can also be taken into consideration, such as the frame drums, congas, djembe, drum kit, bongos, maracas, etc.

Bachelor's Programme IGP

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Preparatory Course

Mon., 11.03.2019, 14.00 – 18.00
Percussion room (Johannesgasse 4a, 1st basement, 1010 Vienna)

• Successful completion of the entrance examination in the central artistic subject
• Examination of German proficiency for applicants who are not native German speakers

Central artistic subject:
• Performance of an artistic programme. 2-3 pieces of your own choice should be prepared; (the requirements are measured individually according to the age and previous studies of the course applicant).
• Suitability interview

Certificate of Performance

Mon., 11.03.2019, 14.00 – 18.00
Percussion room (Johannesgasse 4a, 1st basement, 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.


The MUK consideres itself a progressive Music and Arts university, which creates cultural values in the fields of music, dance, drama and singing. The MUK is the only university in the ownership of the city of Vienna and unites the best international talents and prominent teachers.



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