Jazz-Composition & Arrangement

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

Application deadline: Sun., 07.03.2021

Programme for the entrance exam

Bachelor's Programme

The entrance examination is used to check the aptitude of the applicant in terms of their knowledge of jazz theory, composition and improvisation talent, instrumental skills, musical ear.

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 preferred teacher.

Directly after the introduction, you will start your artistic presentation (without editing).
 

Artistic presentation

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

The candidate is invited to play with piano, bass and/or guitar accompaniment; playback apps or an accompanying band are 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 programme:

  • Performance of two jazz standards (two pieces of varying styles) on an instrument to show jazz interpretation and improvisation abilities
  • Submission of five
    original composition examples with audio samples and score or leadsheets (also midi) and/or
    original arrangements and score for different instrumentations with audio examples (also midi)
  • A list of jazz standards learned by heart

 

If necessary due to the number of applicants, selected applicants will be invited to a second online round. This will take place live, but online. The applicants can present themselves with a band/piano accompaniment or a playback.
 

Date 2nd round if necessary:
26.04.2021 - 30.04.2021, full day

Master's Programme

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.
The entrance examination is completed as part of an overall board examination and is used to check the aptitude of the applicant in terms of their instrumental / vocal skills, musical talent, musical ear, knowledge of music theory.

 

Step 1:

The application for the entrance examination is done via the application page 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 preferred teacher.

Directly after the introduction, you will start the artistic presentation (without editing).
 

Artistic presentation

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

The candidate is invited to play with piano, bass and/or guitar accompaniment; playback apps or an accompanying band are 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 programme:

  • Performance of two jazz standards (two pieces of varying styles) on an instrument to show jazz interpretation and improvisation abilities
  • Submission of five original composition examples with audio samples and score or leadsheets (also midi)
  • Submission of five original arrangements and score for different instrumentations (including polyphonic pieces from octet to big band) with audio samples (also midi)
  • A list of all compositions & arrangements already written
  • A list of jazz standards learned by heart
     

If necessary due to the number of applicants, selected applicants will be invited to a second online round. This will take place live, but online. The applicants can present themselves with a band/piano accompaniment or a playback.
 

Date 2nd round if necessary:
26.04.2021 - 30.04.2021, full day

 

Certificate of Performance

 

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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