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Entrance exams for the start of studies in winter semester 2022/23

Application deadline: Sun., 06.02.2022

Process:

1. Online application including video submissions 
(until application deadline)

2. On-site appointment for selected applicants
Thu., 07.04.2022 — Fri., 06.04.2022, all day

MUK.podium (Johannesgasse 4a, Ground floor, 1010 Vienna)

3. ONLY for IGP applicants: Educational practical part of exam incl. colloquium 
Thu., 28.04.2022, 09.00—20.00
(if necessary also Wed., 27.04.2022, 14.00—20.00)
Erkersaal (Johannesgasse 4a, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)

Programme for the entrance exam

Bachelor's Programme

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

The application videos include:

  • Introduction video + artistic presentation 1st round
  • Artistic presentation 2nd round

 

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 programme takes place directly after the introduction video (without editing!). You choose the programme in your own order. The specified examination programme of the 1st round (without breaks/cuts) must be recorded in full length.

Examination programme of the 1st round:

  • J. S. Bach: 1 prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier or 2 three-part inventions or 1 other major piece
  • 1 étude with a virtuoso character (with the level of difficulty of an étude by Chopin)
  • 1st movement of a classical sonata (except W. A. Mozart KV 545 or L. v. Beethoven op. 49 or op. 79)

If the 1st round of your entrance exam has been graded "passed", the commission will review your second video (uploaded in the course of the application) with the exam programme of the 2nd round.

Examination programme of the 2nd round:

  • The other movements from the classical sonata chosen in the 1st round
  • 1 representative piece from the romantic era
  • 1 piece from the impressionist era or 1 piece of the classical modern era
    or 1 contemporary piece

All pieces (except the contemporary piece) are to be performed from memory.

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.

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

 

On-site audit (for selected applicants)

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

Contents of the on-site audit:

  • See 2nd round of the artistic presentation. Excerpts will be selected on site by the commission.
  • Recital of a piece of sheet music provided before the 3rd round of the examination
  • Interview about study motivation 


Please make all organizational preparations (flight reservations, visa, etc.) in time to participate. You will be informed by e-mail in the middle of March 2022 at the latest if you will be invited to this optional on-site audition.

Note: 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

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

The application videos include:

  • Introduction video + artistic presentation 1st round 
  • Artistic presentation 2nd round

 

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 programme takes place directly after the introduction video (without editing!). You choose the programme in your own order. The specified examination programme of the 1st round (without breaks/cuts) must be recorded in full length.

Examination programme of the 1st round:

  • A piece of the candidate’s own choice
  • 2 preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavie
    or 1 extended piece by J.S. Bach (e.g. suite, partita)
    or 1 prelude and fugue by Bach and 2 sonatas by Scarlatti
    or 1 suite by Handel
  • 1 étude with a virtuoso character from the romantic era or late romantic era of the candidate’s own choice (e.g. Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Moszkowski, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin)
  • 1 étude from the 20th or 21st century (e.g. Debussy, Stravinsky, Bartok, Prokofiev, Ligeti, NOT Rachmaninoff)


The 1st round programme should not be longer than 25 minutes in total. If the 1st round of your entrance exam has been graded "passed", the commission will review your second video (uploaded in the course of the application) with the exam programme of the 2nd round.

Examination programme of the 2nd round:

  • 1 sonata byL. v. Beethoven (except op. 14, 49 and 79)
  • 1 representative piece from the romantic era
  • 1 piece from the impressionist era or 1 piece of the classical modern era
  • 1 contemporary piece

All pieces (except the contemporary piece) are to be performed by memory. 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.

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

 

On-site audit (for selected applicants):

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

Contents of the on-site audit:

  • See 2nd round of the artistic presentation. Excerpts 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 in the middle of March 2022 at the latest if you will be invited to this optional on-site audition.

Note: 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.

Bachelor's Programme IGP

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

ATTENTION: The programme to be prepared as well as the examination process (video or on-site audition) are identical to the requirements of the respective artistic bachelor’s programme. Please inform yourself on the respective page for the corresponding programme requirements.

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.
 

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

Applicants under the age of 15:

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 video for 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.

Examination programme:

  • An étude with a virtuoso character
  • A piece by J. S. Bach
  • A performance piece or a movement from a sonata or sonatina


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.

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

 

Applicants over 15 years:

The application process for applicants over 15 years of age is identical to the application process for the Bachelor's programme.

Certificate of Performance

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

The admission exam 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.

Note: An appointment for an on-site entrance examination may also be arranged  
as an option after arrangement with the head of the study 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 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.


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