Jazz Studies Entrance Exam
(Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drumset)

The applicant performs three pieces (from memory) as follows;
1. Choose one piece from the following list:

  • Confirmation by Charlie Parker
  • Joy Spring by Clifford Brown
  • Cherokee by Ray Noble
  • Stablemates by Benny Golson
  • Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
  • Yes or No by Wayne Shorter
  • Giant Steps by John Coltrane
  • The Sorcerer by Herbie Hancock
  • Infant Eyes by Wayne Shorter
  • 26-2 by John Coltrane
  • Windows by Chick Corea
  • Question and Answer by Pat Metheny

Note: The chosen piece will be played with accompaniment (must be prepared by the applicant) and consist of (at least) Head in, Solo 2 choruses, and Head Out.  Original arrangement is encouraged.

2. One original composition that can well demonstrate the applicants advanced abilities in the areas such as jazz performance technique, advanced rhythm, jazz harmony, and/or stylistic creativity.
Note: The original composition will be performed with accompaniment (must be prepared by the applicant.) 

For the applicant with drum set instrument, in addition to the requirement in 2 above, he/she must also be able to demonstrate a performance of his/her original composition on the piano as well.  The piano demonstration may be performed with or without accompaniment and does not have to contain improvisation part. The applicant must present a lead sheet of the piece to all judges.

3. One advanced jazz tune of the applicant choices.  The selected tune should be of contrasting style to the first two tunes and must be rearranged for at least a 5 piece instrument jazz ensemble. The applicant must present score and parts of the piece to all judges.
Note: The advanced jazz tune will be played with accompaniment (must be prepared by the applicant)
*** Note: Applicant must play everything from memory

For Video Recorded Audition (International Only):
The recordings must be divided into 3 separated files, (based on all the requirements above) including;
File no. 1 – Piece no.1
File no. 2 – Piece no.2 (with a separation file of lead sheet) 
File no. 3 – Piece no.3 (with a separation file of parts and score)

For each of the above files, each video recording should be of good quality and taken in one take without any editing.  Each file should be named to include [applicant’s name and last name + File no.].  The applicant’s face and fingers must be visible at all times.
*** Note: Applicant must play everything from memory

English Proficiency Requirement

All incoming students must meet an English language requirement. Applicants can submit a copy of the score report from one of the following exams (or * from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University, Salaya campus). 

(MU GRAD Test + Speaking)
(Entrance Requirement)
(Except Doctoral Level)
Higher Graduate Diploma 
(W=10, S=10)
(W=5.0, S=5.0)
(W=17, S=15)
(W=10, S=10)
(W=12, S=12)
(W=6.0, S=6.0)
(W=23, S=19)

W = Writing, S = Speaking

Music Theory and History Placement Exam

Basic Music Proficiencies
All incoming graduate* students are required to demonstrate general music proficiencies in basic music subjects, such as music theory and music history. For students that are unable to pass the exams, they must take additional review courses during the first year of study.  

1. Required Exams

Western Instruments1. Western Music Theory   2. Western Music History
Thai/Eastern Instruments1. Western Music Theory   2. Thai Music Theory and History
Jazz Instruments (M.M. and D.M.)1. Jazz Proficiency Exam

2. General Exam Information
(1) All new graduate students must take the proficiency exams, regardless of the student’s program or major prior to the Entrance Interview, with an exception of applicants in Music Business Major of the Master of Arts program.
(2) Students who do not pass the exam(s) must take the respective basic course(s), which will be assigned by the Admission committee.
(3) Students must take any assigned basic courses the first time they are offered and for zero credit hours.

3. Assigned Basic Courses after Music Proficiency Exams
The following table lists the basic courses that students must take if they cannot pass the Basic Music Proficiencies exams

TypeRequired ExamsBasic Courses from Basic Music Proficiencies
Western Instruments1. Western Music TheoryMSTC 530MSTC 635
2. Western Music HistoryMSCY521MSCY 648
Thai/Eastern Instruments1. Western Music TheoryMSTC 530MSTC 635
2. Thai Music Theory and HistoryMSTH512
MSCY 522MSCY 648
Jazz Instruments (M.M. and D.M.)1. Jazz Proficiency ExamMSJA 511
MSJA 512

Code detail:
MSTC 530 Western Music Theory Review
MSCY 521 Perspective of Western Music History
MSCY 522 Perspective of Thai Music History
MSTH 512 Thai Music Theory Review
MSJA 511 Perspective of Jazz History
MSJA 512 Jazz Theory Review
MSTC 635 Core Concepts in Music Theory
MSCY 648 Core Concepts in Music History

Tuition Fees
MajorYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4All Program
Music Performance (Plan A)213,000141,200229,00067,000650,200