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Entrance exams for the start of studies in winter semester 2021/22

Application deadline: Sun., 07.02.2021

Programme for the entrance exam

Bachelor's Programme

Mon., 22.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)
if necessary:
Tue., 23.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)

 

Step 1: 

The application for the entrance examination is done via the application mask in MUKonline. All necessary steps for the application for the entrance exam are listed here. 

Step 2: 

The entrance examination is done by sending in application videos. Important information for a correct recording of your application video can be found here. 

The application video includes:  

 

  • Introduction video + artistic presentation  

 

Introduction video  

The introduction video takes max. 2 minutes, the language is either German or English

In this introduction video, please include your personal information (name, etc.)important stages of your education to date, important artistic achievements, your motivation for studying, why you would like to study at MUK and, if applicable, your teacher* wishes.  

Directly after the performance, you will start your video for the artistic presentation (without editing).  

Artistic presentation  

The presentation of your artistic program takes place directly after the introduction video (without editing!). You choose the program in your own orderThe specified examination program (without breaks/cuts) must be recorded in full length  
 
You have to take care of your own accompaniment. A submission without accompaniment is possible, but it is recommended to play those works with piano that include a piano part (or piano score).  
 
The choice of technical equipment is up to you, since it is in your own interest that sound and image quality are as representative as possible. 

Examination program: 
15-20 min, they must include:

  • 2 different styles
  • 1 fast and 1 slow movement  
  • 1 solo piece  
  • 1 movement with BC
     

You will be informed personally via e-mail about the result of your video application. 

 

Step 3: Optional on-site-audit (Decision of the examination committee after viewing the application videos)  

 

After viewing the video applications, applicants might be invited to an additional on-site audit at MUK.  

 

The date is 01.07.2021  

location: Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, Concert hall, 1010 Vienna  

 

Contents of the on-site audit:

 

  • Excerpts from the examination program will be selected on site by the commission.

 

  • Please make all organizational preparations (flight reservations, visa, etc.) in time to participate. You will be informed by e-mail at the beginning of March 2021 at the latest if you will be invited to this optional on-site audition. 

Master's Programme

Mon., 22.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)
if necessary:
Tue., 23.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)

 

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 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. 
 
Fulfilment of the admission requirements in terms of quality are based on the requirements of graduating with a BA in the Early Music degree at the MUK. Admission with a degree qualification that is not relevant to the subject (not an “Early Music” Bachelor’s degree) may be linked with the condition that academic achievements from the Bachelor’s degree have to be completed in addition to the Master’s curriculum (see §10 of the Study and Examination Regulation of the articles of association). 

 

Step 1: 

The application for the entrance examination is done via the application mask in MUKonline. All necessary steps for the application for the entrance exam are listed here. 

Step 2: 

The entrance examination is done by sending in application videos. Important information for a correct recording of your application video can be found here. 

The application video includes: 

  • Introduction video + artistic presentation  

 


Introduction video  

The introduction video takes max. 2 minutes, the language is either German or English

In this introduction video, please include your personal information (name, etc.)important stages of your education to date, important artistic achievements, your motivation for studying, why you would like to study at MUK and, if applicable, your teacher* wishes.  

Directly after the performance, you will start your 1st video for the 1st round of the artistic presentation (without editing).  

Artistic presentation  

The presentation of your artistic program takes place directly after the introduction video (without editing!). You choose the program in your own orderThe specified examination program (without breaks/cuts) must be recorded in full length  
 
You have to take care of your own accompaniment. A submission without accompaniment is not possible. 
 
The choice of technical equipment is up to you, since it is in your own interest that sound and image quality are as representative as possible. 

Examination program:  
20-25 min, they must include:

  • 2 different styles
  • 1 fast and 1 slow movement  
  • 1 solo piece  
  • 1 movement with BC
  • 1 slow movement with own ornamentation in Italian style 1st half 18th century (Upload or link the notes in the examination program) 

 

You will be informed personally via e-mail about the result of your video application. 

 

Step 3: Optional on-site-audit (Decision of the examination committee after viewing the application videos)  

 

After viewing the video applications, applicants might be invited to an additional on-site audit at MUK.  

 

The date is 01.07.2021  

location: Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, Concert hall, 1010 Vienna  

 

Contents of the on-site audit: 

 

  • Excerpts from the examination program will be selected on site by the commission.  

 

Please make all organizational preparations (flight reservations, visa, etc.) in time to participate. You will be informed by e-mail at the beginning of March 2021 at the latest if you will be invited to this optional on-site audition. 

 

Bachelor's Programme IGP

Artistic part of the examination
Mon., 22.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)
if necessary:
Tue., 23.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)

Educational-practical part of the examination & colloquium
TBA

 

The entrance examination serves to check the following
a) the motivation to study
b) the educational, artistic and personal competence of the candidates.

The entrance examination is divided into four parts; the positive assessment of the first and second parts is a prerequisite for admission to the further parts of the examination.
 

 

1. Online Application

The following documents must be included in the online application:

  • A short biography with an overview of the qualifications, competences and main areas of activity acquired so far.
  • Letter of motivation with details of personal expectations and objectives
  • Programme (prepared pieces) for the artistic examination part (= part 2)
  • Programme (prepared pieces) for the pedagogical-practical examination part (= part 3)


More information on the online application can be found here.
 

2. Artistic part of the examination

Entrance exam in central artistic subject (approx. 20 minutes):

  • Performance of an artistic programme with at least two pieces of different styles and characters on the historic instrument. (For Historic Violoncello, performance of a mandatory piece, see below for info)
  • Sight-reading
  • Listening to and understanding (comprehension) of simple melody and chord sequences by singing in response / playing in response; completion of a melody on the relevant instrument
  • Performance of simple cadenzas on the harpsichord
  • Suitability interview based on the letter of motivation

Suggested literature for the entrance examination for Bachelor’s degrees at the level of difficulty of:

  • G. P. Telemann: Sonatas, scores from Kleine Kammermusik and duets
  • J. J. Quantz: Sonatas
  • G. F. Handel: Sonatas
  • J. B. de Boismortier Sonatas
  • J. M. Leclair: Sonatas
  • J. M. Hotteterre, L. de Caix d'Hervelois, F. Philidor: Suites and sonatas

 

3. Educational-practical part of the examination

Applicants must demonstrate their educational-practical abilities and potential by showing their practical piano and vocal skills in a presentation:

a) Singing and chordal accompaniment

Singing and simultaneous chordal accompaniment (with lead sheets) at the piano. Applicants are given five songs from the field of popular music to prepare (see here)

b) Accompaniment at the piano

Applicants prepare the accompaniment of three pieces (or single movements) which they may choose from the beginner and intermediate literature for their own instrumental or vocal musical subject (in the piano, organ, accordion, guitar, harpsichord and historical keyboard instrument subjects, accompanying three pieces or single movements of their own choice from the beginner and intermediate literature for an orchestral instrument of their own choice).

Practice-oriented simplifications of the accompaniment parts are permissible, if not desirable. Applicants are required to name the pieces when they submit their musical programme at the time of registration. They must submit four copies of the scores to the Examination Panel at the examination.

c) Sight-Singing

Singing a simple song in German.

 

4. Colloquium

For testing cognitive and linguistic skills.

The panel will discuss and reflect with the applicants on the results of the previous parts of the examination and will examine their individual educational potential as well as their objectives and suitability for the course.

Sample questions for the colloquium are available here.
 

 

Proficiency in German:
Applicants whose native language is not German also have to prove their proficiency in German. They need to prove that they have at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, at the latest upon enrolment.

Preparatory Course

Mon., 22.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)
if necessary:
Tue., 23.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)

 

Step 1:

The application for the entrance examination is done via the application mask in MUKonline. All necessary steps for the application for the entrance exam are listed here.

 

Step 2:

The entrance examination is done by sending in an application video. Important information for a correct recording of your application videos can be found here.

The application video includes:

  • Introduction video + artistic presentation

 

Introduction video

The introduction video takes max. 2 minutes, the language is either German or English.

In this introduction video, please include your personal information (name, etc.), important stages of your education to date, important artistic achievements, your motivation for studying, why you would like to study at MUK and, if applicable, your teacher* wishes.

Directly after the performance, you will start your 1st video for the 1st round of the artistic presentation (without editing).

Artistic presentation

The presentation of your artistic program takes place directly after the introduction video (without editing!). You choose the program in your own order. The specified examination program (without breaks/cuts) must be recorded in full length

You have to take care of your own accompaniment. A submission without accompaniment is possible, but it is recommended to play those works with piano that include a piano part (or piano score).

The choice of technical equipment is up to you, since it is in your own interest that sound and image quality are as representative as possible.

Examination program:

  • Performance of an artistic programme with at least two pieces of different styles and characters of the candidate’s choice.
  • Interview
  • Examination of German proficiency for applicants who are non-native German speaker


You will be informed personally via e-mail about the result of your video application.

Certificate of Performance

Mon., 22.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)
if necessary:
Tue., 23.02.2021, all day
Concert hall (Singerstraße 26, 2nd floor, 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.

ATTENTION: Please note that due to the current COVID19 situation, the application processes and entrance exams will take place in a modified form. For many studies, video submissions are provided which either replace or supplement the entrance examination on site.  Please inform yourself in detail about the correct application process for your desired studies.


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