Music Education

Master of Arts Program (M.A.)

Music Education Entrance Exam

1. Admission Requirements (attached to the application form)
1) Research Proposal: should include concepts or foundations of the research proposal, importance of the research questions, objectives, expected benefit, scope of the study, participants, and tools to be used for problem solution or data gathering.
2) A 15-minute high-quality Video recording of the applicant teaching at least 2 students (Both the applicant and his/her students must be visible in the recording. It should be non-edited. Videos of poor audio or video quality will be rejected)
3) A written lesson plan for the Video recording sample music teaching demonstration (Lesson plan should identify and explain class objectives, content, activities, materials, and assessment shown in the Video recording.) 

2. Major Entrance Exam
• Contents: Understanding of the scope of music education, fundamental music teaching and learning, music curriculums in Thailand and abroad, psychology of music teaching, principles and formats of music teaching, philosophy of music education, Assessment in music education, and knowledge of categories and scope of research in music education.

2. Exam methods
1) Onsite exam methods;
1. Written examination
• The examination committee sends the exam to the exam takers (PDF file)
• The examination committee clarifies details of the written exam and answers questions.
•  Written exam for a bachelor’s degree
2. Group exams
• All applicants do group exam in the same time.

2) Online exam methods; (For International student)
1. Written examination
• Applicants log-in to report themselves via webex system.
• The examination committee sends the exam to the exam takers (PDF file) via webex system.
• The examination committee clarifies details of the written exam and answers questions
• Written exam for graduate programs (Able to research the document)
• Send exam back within the time limit by E-mail.

– Have applicants print their answers in a Microsoft Word file using Ansanang New Font 16 and save as a PDF file.
– Applicants must log-in and keep their camera on for the duration of the exam.
– If applicants have questions, they can ask the examiner via webex.
– Applicants must submit the exam within the time limit. Submitted later, it may affect exam scores or examination disqualification.

2. Schedule for group exams
• Applicants log-in to the group exam via webex system.

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

Thai Language Proficiency Requirement for International Student
(only for MA and PhD)

Both MA and PhD programs at the College of Music, Mahidol University are Thai programs. For non-native Thai speakers, you will need to submit a proof of Thai language proficiency as below:

CU-TFL N + (Novice Plus)                  
Or Thai Language Proficiency Test from an accredited institutionCEFR A2


1. The CU-TFL is a standardized exam designed by the Sirindhorn Thai Language Institute to evaluate Thai language proficiency in speech, reading comprehension, listening, and writing. For more information regarding the CU-TFL, please contact Ms. Paveena Kanjanapayont at or by phone at 02-218-9481.
2. Novice Plus or CEFR A2 levels are equal to the abilities of primary and junior high school students in the Thai education system. 
3. For students with ID’s 65 onwards

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 majo 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 2All Program
Music Education (Plan A)173,000125,800298,800
Music Education (Plan B)176,600125,500302,100