Master of Music Program (M.M.)

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

1. Pieces – Choose one piece from the following list:

A. Confirmation by Charlie Parker
B. Joy Spring by Clifford Brown
C. Cherokee by Ray NobleD. Stablemates by Benny Golson
E. Stella by Starlight by Victor Young
F. Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
G. Yes or No by Wayne Shorter
H. Giant Steps by John Coltrane

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.

2. Technique

A. Scales: F Major, B Harmonic Minor, D Jazz Melodic Minor, Ab Mixolydian b9b13, A Altered Scale, C# Lydian Dominant, and E Blues Scale
B. Arpeggios: A Maj7, B Dom7, Ebmin7, Amin6, Bbm7(b5), Cmin-maj7, Fdim7, and Ab Aug7

Note: All scales and arpeggios must be played in all keys (2 octaves) with eighth note swing feel metronome clicking on beats 2 and 4 at 40-60 BPM. If the register is difficult for an instrument, such scales and/or arpeggios may be allowed to be played only to the reachable notes of each instrument.

3. Transcription: plays the transcription with metronome on beat 2 and 4 with tempo 60bpm.
– Trumpet: All the Things You are (Clifford Brown)
– Trombone: Lady Bird (Slide Hampton)
– Alto Saxophone: Donna Lee (Charlie Parker)
– Tenor Saxophone: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off (Seamus Blake)
– Piano: From Noreen Nocturne (Oscar Peterson)
– Guitar: Stompin at the Savoy (Jim Hall)
– Bass: Transcription for MM
– Drums: Transcription for MM

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


(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 632
2. Western Music HistoryMSCY521MSCY 641
Thai/Eastern Instruments1. Western Music TheoryMSTC 530MSTC 632
2. Thai Music Theory and HistoryMSTH512
MSCY 522MSCY 641
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 632 Music Theory and Analysis in Graduate Level

MSCY 641 History of Music in Graduate Level

Tuition Fees
MajorYear 1Year 2All Program
Jazz (Plan B)222,000177,500399,500

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