Master

Performance and Pedagogy

Master of Music Program (M.M.)

Performance and Pedagogy Entrance Exam

Guitar

1. Technique: One Etude by Villa-Lobos

2. Pieces:

2.1 A prelude, a fugue, or two contrasting dance movements by J.S. Bach or S.L. Weiss

2.2 A complete multi-movement work from the Classical, Spanish-Romantic or Contemporary repertoire, for example, Frank Martin’s Quatre Pieces Breves, Ginastera’s Sonata Op. 47, Ponce’s Sonatina Meridional or a full work of equal difficulty.

*All selected etude and pieces must be played from memory

Tips for video recording:

  • Using the built-in microphone and camera of your smartphone or tablet is adequate.
  • The recording must include both audio and video of the performance.
  • Every piece must be recorded in one continuous take – no sound editing and/or enhancement.
  • The applicant should be well-dressed in the video.

String (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass, Harp)

1. Perform one major and one minor scale and arpeggios of your choice, in as many octaves as you can play. Perform them separate and slurred (legato), with as many notes per bow as you can comfortably play.

2. Perform one movement of your choice from Bach’s solo sonatas/partitas/suites for your instrument. (excluding harp)

3. Perform two contrasting selections of your choice from the standard solo and etude repertoire that demonstrate your musical and technical strengths. (for example, one etude and a one movement of a concerto or a sonata) Total performance time of the two selections should not exceed ten minutes. It is acceptable to perform partial selections to stay within the time limit if necessary (for example, exposition only). Performing with accompaniment is recommended.

4. The candidate may also be asked to sight-read a short passage. *

*If the audition is performed online this step can be skipped.

Guidelines for recording your audition video
Equipment

  1. You may use your mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Set your camera resolution to at least 720p. File format acceptable: MP4, WMV, MOV, MPG. Do not edit the recording in any way.
  2. Your phone or tablet should be set horizontally – put it in Airplane mode or Do Not Disturb mode to avoid interruptions – and tap the screen to focus.
  3. Use a tripod or stand.
  4. Be sure the device is at the right distance from you to frame the shot. Do not use the zoom function as this makes the image grainy or fuzzy.

Room

  1. Be sure the light is good. Try to minimize shadows on your face.
  2. Be sure the room is quiet. No background noise (television noise, other people practicing, dancing, cooking, etc.)
  3. Record in a spacious room to avoid unnecessary reverb.

Recording

Be sure you are in the centre of the frame
– For violin and viola, we need to see at least from the hips up, not just your face.
– For cello and bass, we need to see your whole body.

The angle of the camera should be around the same level with your torso to get the best camera angle.

Make sure that your music stand doesn’t block the camera.

Check your work before submitting it.

  1. Make sure your videos are right side up.
  2. Watch and listen all the way through to check if there is any problem with your recording and check your files’ name.

Woodwind (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone)

  1. Technique
    1) Perform two major and two minor scales and arpeggios (at least three sharps and flats) of your choice, in as many octaves as you can comfortably play.
    2) Perform a chromatic scale as high and as low as you can comfortably play.
    The focus should be on presenting a warm characteristic sound and an error-free performance at a moderate tempo.
  2. Pieces
    Perform two contrasting selections that demonstrate your musical and technical strengths.
    ● The selections should be from the standard solo repertoire, two contrasting movements from two different pieces or an etude.
    ● Total performance time of the whole selection will be fifteen to twenty minutes.
    ● It is acceptable to perform partial selections to stay within the time limit if necessary.
    ● Performing with accompaniment is required if necessary for the chosen repertoire

Audition Video Recording Policy

Applicants who record and submit their performance video should carefully read and comply with the following:

  1. Videos submitted may not be older than one year.
  2. The video should always be recorded from a fixed and wide camera angle with both applicant’s’ face and hands clearly visible in the frame. If memorization is required, it must be obvious from the video that the applicant is not reading the music.
  3. The video does not need to be in one take but it must be unedited. No editing of any kind including audio, visual, or subtitles. It is not editing if they are combining video and audio that was recorded simultaneously.
  4. It is highly recommended to take into consideration the quality of sound. Applicants should make sure that the volume level of the video is neither too loud nor too quiet and the background noise should be kept to a minimum. Applicants should try to record as high quality as possible.
  5. Applicants must upload the video to an online video platform such as YouTube and BiliBili and send the link to the admission office. Uploading a video as “unlisted” is recommended; this allows faculty to view the video when provided with the link but does not make the video public.
  6. The applicant’s full name, instrument and course of studies (Pre-College, BM, MM or DM) must be clearly indicated in the description.

For inquiries about audition repertoire, visit our website https://www.music.mahidol.ac.th/people, type woodwindin the search box, and email one of our faculty members.

Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, French Horn)

  1. Three (3) standard orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice that displays a variety of styles.
  2. Applicants will perform a 20 minutes recital of music that displays a high level of musical and technical proficiency. The works chosen should be from the standard repertoire, and from different time periods. Prepared works should include contrasting styles and include at least one complete major work (concertos, sonatas, etc.).

    *Piano accompaniment is required if necessary for the chosen repertoire.

Percussion

1.  Snare drum: technical demonstration and one solo piece.

  • All rudiments from PAS International Drum Rudiments.
  • Solo piece up to 5 minutes. Should be recital solo performance level.
  • Sight-reading may be requested.

2.  Marimba: two solo pieces

  • Baroque to Classical period piece with or without piano accompaniment. Up to 8 minutes.
  • 20-century original marimba piece (solo or with accompaniment). Up to 10 minutes. Should be recital solo performance level.
  • All scales and arpeggios, as well as sight-reading, may be requested.

3.  Timpani: one solo piece, one orchestra excerpt.

  • Solo piece up to 5 minutes. Should be recital solo performance level.
  • Orchestra Repertoire “#391 Piu Allegro of the 4th movement” from Symphony No. 1 (Brahms).

4.  Drum Set/ Multiple Percussion: technical demonstration (Drum set) and one solo piece (Multiple Percussion or Drum Set)

  • Basic Skills and Patterns (Drum set).
  • Solo piece up to 5 minutes (Drum set or Multiple Percussion). The music should be a published solo piece, with no improvisation, and be recital solo performance level.

More information Contact Email:  wannapha.yan@mahidol.ed

Voice

1. Two technical exercises: (sing in a sustained vowel “Ah”)

1.1 Accompanied – Choose one piece from No. 1 – No. 4 from The Art of Singing (Twenty-Four Vocalises), Op. 81 by Heinrich Panofka

1.2 Unaccompanied – J. Lyon, Vocal Studies, No. 1

2. Six Songs:

2.1 One aria from an oratorio or cantata

2.2 One aria from an opera or operetta

2.3 One German Lied by a representative composer

2.4 One French song composed by Delibes, Franck, Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel, Faure, or Duparc

2.5 One song in English composed after 1900

2.6 One song of the applicant’s own choice.

Note: One piece from selection 2.1 or 2.2 above must be in Italian language.

* If you need guidance on the classical selection or for the free choice options, please contact Voice Classic & Musical Theatre Department at the College.

For online applicants / Video Audition

1. All applicants are required to record the video clips of a performance in order. Previous Video recording are not acceptable. 

2. record a Long Take video end to end in the same clip and video editing is strictly prohibited.  Introduce yourself before starting the audition (Including name, applicant ID, department and audition round)

The camera’s perspective must clearly show the whole body. (Drink water are allowed)

3. Record the video and sound reasonably and balance the instrument’s sound and backing track accordingly. Piano accompanying is recommended.

4. Summit a Public or Unlisted Youtube link of non-edited video

Music Theatre

1. Two technical exercises: (sing in a sustained vowel “Ah”)

1.1 Accompanied – Choose one piece from No. 1 – No. 4 from The Art of Singing (Twenty-Four Vocalises), Op. 81 by Heinrich Panofka

1.2 Unaccompanied – J. Lyon, Vocal Studies, No. 1

2. Six songs:

2.1 Sing One operatic aria or art song in foreign language that is not in English. (Italian recommend)

2.2 Sing five contrasting music theatre selections in English.

1) One selection should be slow with a sustained vocal line.(Ballads)

2) One selection should be fast and provide a contrast in rhythm, mood, characterization, style, and approach. It may show special skills, such as comic timing, dramatic flair, ability with patter, or “belting” for women.

3) One classic music theatre piece written prior to 1960.

4) One music theatre piece written after 1960.

5) One music theatre piece of candidate’s choice that shows the candidate’s dance/movement skills.

3. Acting:

Prepare two contrasting monologues in English (less than 4 minutes total).

4. Dance:

The applicant will present a ninety-second to two-minute dance piece choreographed to a musical theatre repertoire. It can be choreographed by the applicant or by others. It is not necessary to sing while dancing the piece. The applicant is required to bring their own music and speakers to the audition.

* If you need guidance on the classical selection or for the free choice options, please contact Voice Classic & Musical Theatre Department at the College.

For online applicants / Video Audition

1. All applicants are required to record the video clips of a performance in order. Previous Video recording are not acceptable. 

2. record a Long Take video end to end in the same clip and video editing is strictly prohibited.  Introduce yourself before starting the audition (Including name, applicant ID, department and audition round)

The camera’s perspective must clearly show the whole body. (Drink water are allowed)

3. Record the video and sound reasonably and balance the instrument’s sound and backing track accordingly. Piano accompanying is recommended. 4. Summit a Public or Unlisted Youtube link of non-edited video

4. Summit a Public or Unlisted Youtube link of non-edited video

Piano

1. Pieces           

            1) One Prelude and Fugue from WTC Books I or II by J.S. Bach

2) A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, etc. ( excluding Mozart K 545, and Beethoven Op. 49 # 1 and 2, Op. 10 #1 and 2, and Op. 79)

            3) A substantial 19th or 20th century piece

            4) An etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, etc.

            * All pieces must be performed by memory.

2. Department Interview

An interview will follow the audition performance. Be prepared to answer questions about your previous performing and teaching experience, future plans, and career aspirations. The interview will be conducted in English.

*This can be recorded as video link

**International/overseas candidates and candidates who have a travel difficulty are exempted from LIVE Audition. Candidates must upload a non-edited, continuous playing of required pieces on YouTube/ Google Drive/ etc.  Then, send your links with your application.

Instructions for audition video

Please record a one-minute introduction video with these following information:

  • Your name
  • Your degree and your major
  • Your current school and teacher as well as your level in piano playing
  • others

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Recording Requirements:

  • Each piece must be uploaded as separate files
  • Recordings must be labeled with the name of the composer and work or movement
  • Recordings must be in these file format: avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
  • Recordings must not be edited, and genuinely performed by a candidate
  • Recordings must be up to date (not older than two years to the submission date)

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Appendix

Example of cadences in three positions (C major)

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). 


Test
MU GRAD PLUS
(MU GRAD Test + Speaking)
Others
IELTSTOEFL-iBTMU ELT
Minimum
(Entrance Requirement)
403.03284
(Except Doctoral Level)
GraduateDiploma
/Masters/
Higher Graduate Diploma 
(Pass)
70
(W=10, S=10)
5.0
(W=5.0, S=5.0)
64
(W=17, S=15)
84
(W=10, S=10)
Doctoral
 (Pass)
90
(W=12, S=12)
6.0
(W=6.0, S=6.0)
79
(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
M.A./M.M./D.M.Ph.D.
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
Music Performance and Pedagogy (Plan B)222,000177,500399,500

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