Master of Music Program (M.M.)

Composition Entrance Exam

1. Composition Major Application Requirements:
Submit three (3) original compositions with differing instrumentations. Applications should include three (3) scores (double-sided and bound) and audio recordings of at least two (2) of the pieces [CD recording or digital file].

2. Composition Major Entrance Exam
1) Oral Presentation (In-Person or Videotaped for International Applicants)
Formal presentation (10-15 minutes) on a selected piece. The piece will be sent by email to the applicants one week before the exam. Applicants should be prepared to present their observations of the formal structure, melodic/harmonic elements, texture, orchestration, text setting, and any other aspects of the piece deemed important. Applicants are encouraged to use audio-visual aids (including playing piano or recordings of examples, Powerpoint or other presentation software, and/or projection). The oral presentation will be done entirely in English. 

2) Audition (In-Person or Videotaped for International Applicants)
Perform on piano or primary instrument:
a. Scales and arpeggios in three (3) major and minor keys (two octaves).
b. Simple chord progressions in three (3) major and minor keys.

3) Interview (In-Person or Video Interview for International Applicants)
All in-person exams, or International/Digital Applicants who pass parts A and B of the examination, will be interviewed as follows:
a. Composition faculty will discuss the submitted works with the applicant.
b. Composition faculty will ask questions pertaining to the presentation and audition.
c. The Composition and Theory faculty may test aural skills and musicianship, including interval or chord identification by playing a collection of pitches at the piano.

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
MSCY521 Perspective of Western Music History
MSCY 522 Perspective of Thai Music History
MSTH512 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 Composition (Plan B)222,000172,500394,500