Keyboard Instruments

Keyboard Instruments

CONTACTS

Head of Programme: Univ.-Prof. Michael Posch (interim.)
Johannesgasse 4a, 3rd floor – Room 3.08, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-460
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 460
E-mail: m.posch(at)muk.ac.at

Vice Head of Programme: Univ.-Prof. Klaus Sticken
E-mail: k.sticken(at)muk.ac.at

TEACHERS

Piano:









Doris Adam
Karl Barth
Prof. Roland Batik
Gerhard Geretschläger
Univ.-Prof. Thomas Kreuzberger
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Kropfitsch
Univ.-Prof. Jura Margulis
Univ.-Prof. Markus Prause
Dr. Otto Probst
Univ.-Prof. Klaus Sticken

Organ:

Mag. Michael Gailit

Accordion:

Univ.-Prof. Grzegorz Stopa

Academic Certificate Programme "Certificate in Chamber Music":

Univ.-Prof. Amiram Ganz
Univ.-Prof. Luca Monti

 

MAJOR SUBJECTS

  • Piano   
  • Accordion
  • Organ
  • Academic Certificate Programme "Certificate in Chamber Music"

Piano, Organ, Accordion

Bachelor's Programme
Duration: 8 semesters
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Minimum age: 17*
Recommended age limit: 25

Non-degree programme
Duration: 2 semesters
No age limit


Preparatory course
(for highly gifted young students)

Age limit: 10–18*

Master's Programme
Duration: 4 semesters
Degree: Master of Arts
No age limit


Certificate of Performance (CoP)
Duration: 2 semesters
Degree: Certificate
No age limit





Academic diploma programme in Chamber Music for Ensembles

Duration: 4 semesters
Degree:
Certificate
Minimum age:
17*
Maximum age:
No age limit

* Admissibility is based on the applicant’s age.

ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS BACHELOR'S PROGRAMME

The admission exam serves to ascertain the suitability of the applicants taking their previous knowledge and skills into account.

In order to pass the entrance exam, all portions of the exam have to be passed. Furthermore a college place has to be open for the student to be accepted. For the student to be put on the waiting list (until the end of the semester in question), it has to be probable, that a college place is going to free up.

The admission exam consists of the following sections:
• instrumental audition,
• An interview (If the candidate is a piano major, this is required for the student to be allowed to the 2. round of the artistic recital)

Proof of German language proficiency: After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".


Piano - Bachelor's Programme

Instrumental audition:

1. Round
• J. S. Bach: 1 prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier or 2 inventions for three voices or 1 other major work
• 1 etude of virtuoso character (difficulty level of a etude by Chopin)
• 1 movement of a classical sonata (except W. A. Mozart KV 545 or L. v. Beethoven op 49 or op. 79)
• Sight-playing and a short improvisation task

2. Round (the 1. round has to be passed in order to join the 2. round)
• The other movements of the sonata chosen for the 1. round
• 1 representative work of the Romantic era
• 1 impressionistic piece
   or
   1 piece of the classical modern style
   or
   1 contemporary piece
• Rehearsal of a piece, which is handed out before the 2. Round

All works (except for the contemporary and newly rehearsed pieces) must be played by heart. The recital can be interrupted at any time.

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s musical interests and to predict the candidate's ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.


Organ – Bachelor's Programme

The audition may be cut short by the Board of Examiners. Applicants are not required to play from memory.

Instrumental audition:
• A piece from a period up to approx. 1750 (with the exception of J. S. Bach)
• Johann Sebastian Bach:
   - An important work chosen by the applicant
   - A representative choral prelude
• A piece from the Romantic period
• A modern piece
• 6 choral movements with short improvised intonations

The recital can be interrupted by the examining board. Playing by heart is not necessary.

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s musical interests and to predict the candidate’s ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.


Accordion — Bachelor's Programme

Instrumental audition:

1. A programme of 15 — 20 min. duration consisting of works from various stylistic periods, taking the following minimum requirements into account:
• A piece composed prior to 1800 (degree of difficulty of the inventions and symphonies by Bach)
• An original composition for a single-tone manual accordion
• A virtuoso piece (transcriptions are accepted)
2. Sight reading of a piece with Free-Bass-Manual

The recital can be interrupted by the examining board.

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s musical interests and to predict the candidate’s ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.

ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS MASTER'S PROGRAMME

The prerequisites for admission to the master’s programme are the applicant’s successful completion of a bachelor’s programme or an equivalent degree programme at a post-secondary educational institution in Austria or abroad and successfully passing the admission exam.

In order to pass the entrance exam, all portions of the exam have to be passed. Furthermore a college place has to be open for the student to be accepted. For the student to be put on the waiting list (until the end of the semester in question), it has to be probable, that a college place is going to free up.

Proof of German language proficiency: After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".


Piano — Master's Programme

Instrumental audition:
1. Round
• 1 piece of the candidate's choice
• 2 preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  or 1 major piece by J. S. Bach (e.g. suite, partita)
  or 1 prelude and fugue by Bach and 2 sonata by Scarlatti
  or 1 suite from Händel
• 1 virtuoso etude of the candidate's choice, of the romantic, resp. late-romantic era (e.g. Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Moszkowski, Rachmaninow, Skrjabin)
• 1 etude of the 20. or 21. century (e.g. Debussy, Strawinsky, Bartok, Prokofjew, Ligeti, NOT Rachmaninow)

The 1. round should take no longer than 25 minutes.

2. Round
• 1 sonata by L. v. Beethoven (except op. 14, 49 and 79)
• 1 representative piece of the romantic era
• 1 impressionistic piece
   or
   1 piece of the classical modern style
• 1 contemporary piece

All pieces (except for the contemporary) have to be played by heart. The recital can be interrupted by the examination board.

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate's musical interests and to predict the candidate’s ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.


Organ — Master's Programme

Audition of compositions from the specified groups.
The audition may be cut short by the Board of Examiners.
Applicants are not required to play from memory.

• A piece from a period up to approx. 1750 (with the exception of J. S Bach)
• Johann Sebastian Bach:
   - An important work chosen by the applicant
   - A representative choral prelude
• A representative piece from the Romantic period
• A representative piece from the Modern period
• A one-movement improvisation of approx. 6 minutes. Applicants are free to choose the style, form and theme.

The selected theme is to be presented to the Board of Examiners directly before the exam.

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s musical interests and to predict the candidate’s ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.


Accordion — Master's Programme

A programme of 20 — 25 min. duration consisting of works from various stylistic periods, taking the following minimum requirements into account:

• A piece composed prior to 1800 (degree of difficulty of the Well-Tempered Clavier I or II)
• Original work composed after 1975 (degree of difficulty of: De Profundis by S. Gubaidulina, Auf Flügeln der Harfe by N.A. Huber, Tears by B. Lorentzen, Fantago by J. Tiensuu)
• A virtuoso piece (transcriptions are accepted)

The recital can be interrupted by the examining board.

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s musical interests and to predict the candidate's ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.


ADMISSION/ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS PREPARATORY COURSE

From the age of 15, the admission requirements the major subject are equivalent to the requirements for the admission exam for the bachelor's programme.


Piano

Until reaching the 15th birthday:
• A virtuoso etude
• A piece by J. S. Bach
• An audition piece or a movement from a sonata or sonatina

From the age of 15:
• J. S. Bach: 1 prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier or 2 inventions for three voices or 1 other major work
• 1 etude of virtuoso character (difficulty level of a etude by Chopin)
• 1 classical sonata (except W. A. Mozart KV 545 or L. v. Beethoven op 49 or op. 79)
• 1 representative work of the Romantic era
• 1 impressionistic piece
   or
   1 piece of the classical modern style
   or
   1 contemporary piece

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s knowledge of German, the candidate's musical interests and to predict the candidate’s ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.


Organ

Until reaching the 17th birthday: an audition on piano or organ

Piano: interpretation of three works from different stylistic periods of the degree of difficulty of:
(1) A three-part invention by J. S. Bach
(2) A piece from the Viennese Classic period
(3) An etude with a medium degree of difficulty

Organ: interpretation of three works from different stylistic periods of the degree of difficulty of:
(1) A prelude and fugue by J. S. Bach
(2) A choral prelude from the Baroque period
(3) A piece from the Romantic or Modern period

From the age of 17, an audition of a repertoire equivalent to the admission exam for the bachelor's degree programme.

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s knowledge of German, the candidate's musical interests and to predict the candidate’s ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.


Accordion
Until reaching the 16th birthday:
(1) A piece composed prior to 1800
(2) An original piece using the right-hand manual
(3) A second original virtuoso piece or virtuoso transcription

From the age of 16, the admission requirements for „Accordion” as the major subject are equivalent to the requirements for the admission exam for the bachelor's degree programme.

Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s knowledge of German, the candidate's musical interests and to predict the candidate's ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.

ADMISSION/ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME "CERTIFICATE IN CHAMBER MUSIC"

The admission exam serves to ascertain the suitability of the applicants taking their previous knowledge and skills into account. All exam sections are taken individually by applicants except for chamber music exams. All portions of the exam have to be passed.

The exam consists of:
Practical section: Presented works must classify as pure form chamber music (i.e. accompanied solo works will not be accepted).
Interview: The conversation is conducted with the chairman and is made to determine the candidate’s musical interests and to predict the candidate’s ability to study, paying particular attention to the interests and resources of the university.