Classical Audition Requirement;
In-person live audition is required for all applicants wishing to be admitted into the following majors with classical guitar as the primary instrument: Classical Music Performance and Sound and Music Production major. Applicants are required to perform solo work(s) and/or etude(s) of their choice of at least 2 pieces. There is no minimum time limit, but the entire performance shall not exceed 10 minutes. Applicants are required to perform from memory. The selected works should be in appropriate level of difficulty from different style periods and from the standard repertoire for classical guitar by established composers, such as works by J. Dowland, J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, S.L. Weiss, J.K. Mertz, N. Coste, M. Giuliani, F.Sor, D. Aguado, A. Diabelli, G. Regondi, J. Arcas, F.Tarrega, A. Barrios, J. Rodrigo, I. Albeniz, E. Granados, M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, H. Villa-Lobos, L. Brouwer, W. Walton, T. Takemitsu, R. Dyens, H.W. Henze etc.
The audition committee is entitled to test sight-reading skill of applicants in the examination room by requesting applicants to perform materials randomly selected by the committee.
For non-Thai applicants residing outside Thailand, applicants are allowed to audition by video instead of auditioning in person. However, regarding audition repertoire selection, the same requirements mentioned above apply.
The video must show the applicant in full body throughout the entire performance. Applicants should appear in appropriate outfits. The video must also be in one continuous shot from beginning to end. Video or audio editing is not allowed in any circumstances. Applications are required to upload their video on YouTube website and provide the video link in their application form.
- Technic: Two technical exercises: (sing in a sustained vowel “Ah”)
1.1 Accompanied – Choose one from No. 11-15, Concone, Op. 9, 50 Lessons
1.2 Unaccompanied – No. 1, Panofka, Op. 85
(The applicant may be asked to sing in a higher or lower key according to the voice type.)
- Pieces: Three songs:
2.1 One classical selection; an aria or art song not in English or Thai
2.2 Two songs of applicant’s own choice
• If you have been studying classical voice for a longer period of time, we prefer you to sing songs from other periods and languages.
• You may chose songs from either classical or musical theatre traditions.
• You are encouraged to show your awareness of movement or dance and acting while performing the repertoire.
* 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)
- Typing your name, songs and composers in order to Description on Youtube/ Video clips
- The camera’s perspective must clearly show the whole body. (Drink water are allowed)
3. Recording the video: sound and balance of the instrument’s or backing track should be reasonably. Piano accompanist is recommended.
4. Summit a Public or Unlisted Youtube link of non-edited video
Scales of all major, minor keys (harmonic and melodic) in 4 octaves, hands together in parallel motion, 4 notes to M.M. 88.
Arpeggios of all major and minor keys in 4 octaves, hands together in parallel motion, 4 notes to M.M. 72.
Scales and arpeggios with the cadence must be performed by memory and will be randomly picked by jurors.
Example 1: C Major scale followed by the Cadence
Example 2: Cadence in C major key: I – IV – I64 – V7 – I
Example 3 Arpeggio followed by the Cadence in a key of C major.
Three pieces of the following items will be required to perform. (Do not take repeats)
- One Study/Etude from Classical or Romantic composer
- One solo piece from Baroque or Classical period (Choose one movement form multi-movement work)
- One solo piece from Romantic or 20th century period
- Everything must be performed by memory.
- If the candidate must take more than one round of audition, at least one piece (or more pieces) from following items needs to be changed.
A short piece in Simple Time Signature, in major or minor key no more than 3 sharps or 3 flats.
**Live auditions are preferred for overseas applicants. For applicants who are unable to audition live, Each applicant must pick three scales each from Major, Harmonic and melodic minor, 2 choices of arpeggios in Major and minor. Followed by playing of all required pieces. Applicants must upload a YouTube link and attach link with your application. Do not make separate tracks for each movement or piece. The entire audition should be recorded/filmed as one track with non-edited. Overseas candidates are exempt from sight-reading.
Woodwind (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone)
Applicants are required to take live auditions (resident of Thailand) or record audition videos (resident abroad) according to the policies set by the Woodwind Department
1) Perform two major scales 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.
Perform two contrasting selections that demonstrate your musical and technical strengths.
- The selections should be from the standard solo or etude repertoire.
- Contrasting movements from the same piece are acceptable.
- Total performance time of the technique and two selections should not exceed ten minutes.
- It is acceptable to perform partial selections to stay within the time limit if necessary.
- Performing with accompaniment is recommended, but not required.
For inquiries about audition repertoire, visit our website https://www.music.mahidol.ac.th/people , type “woodwind” in the search box, and email one of our faculty members.
Audition Video Recording Policy
Applicants who record and submit their performance video should carefully read and comply with the following:
- Videos submitted may not be older than one year.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The applicant’s full name, instrument and course of studies (Pre-College, BM, MM or DM) must be clearly indicated in the description.
- If the applicants do not comply with the above regulations, will be disqualified.
String (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass)
- 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.
- 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.
- The candidate may also be asked to sight-read a short passage. *
*If the audition is performed online this step can be skipped.
- Perform one major scale hands together in similar motion. Hands starting one octave apart. Range: 4 octaves.
- Perform one harmonic minor scale hands together in similar motion. Hands starting one octave apart. Range: 4 octaves.
- Perform one melodic minor scale hands together in similar motion. Hands starting one octave apart. Range: 4 octaves.
- Perform one major arpeggio hands together in root position, first inversion, and second inversion. Range: 4 octaves each.
- Perform three contrasting style 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, and one other piece.) Total performance time of the three selections should not exceed 20 minutes.
- The candidate may also be asked to sight-read a short passage. *
*If the audition is performed online this step can be skipped.
String (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass, Harp)
Guidelines for recording your audition video (In case resident abroad)
- 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.
- 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.
- Use a tripod or stand.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
2. The angle of the camera should be around the same level with your torso to get the best camera angle.
3. 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.
Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, French Horn)
- Technic: Perform three (3) major scales and arpeggios, in as many octaves as you can comfortably play. Also 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. Sight reading may also be asked.
- Pieces: Perform two (2) contrasting selections that demonstrate your musical and technical strengths. The selections should be from the standard solo or etude repertoire. Contrasting movements from the same piece are acceptable. 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.
* Noted: Online audition, Scales and arpeggios are chosen by performer choice and NO sight-reading
Snare drum: Perform one snare drum etude or solo from the following (or comparable alternates):
Anthony Cirone – Portraits in Rhythm
Mitchell Peters – Intermediate Studies for Snare Drum
Charles Wilcoxin – All American Drummer
Perform one etude or solo for 2-mallet (4 mallet piece is optional) from the following (or comparable alternates):
Morris Goldenberg – Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone
J.S. Bach – Violin Concerto in A minor (1st movement)
Paul Creston – Concerto for Marimba (1st or 3rd movement)
Perform one 2-drum timpani etude from the following:
Saul Goodman – Modern Method for Timpani
John Beck – Concepts for Timpani
Richard Hochrainer – Etudes for Timpani (Book 1)
Snare drum: demonstrate various rudiments on snare drum, slow-fast- slow
Marimba: 4 sharps, 4 flats – Two (2) major scales, two (2) octaves with arpeggios, ascending and descending
4 sharps, 4 flats – Two (2) minor scales, two (2) octaves with arpeggios, ascending and descending
Timpani: tuning 4th, 5th intervals
Sight-Read materials on marimba and snare drum
Brass and Percussion Guideline for making a recording (In case resident abroad)
1. Room setup for recording
- Camera position must be statically preferable as landscape view only
- Video should include performers, accompaniment (if any) and instrument
- Proper room condition (not too noisy surrounding clear background and good lighting).
- Dress properly
3. Testing VDO before making the recording
- Vision must be clear, undistorted sound (this could happen by the environment).
- Check the memory card and battery before making the recording.
- Video resolution setting should be at least 1080p 30fps.
- Recording with good sound quality, please consider external microphone.
4. Submitting a video
- Name your file as “Performer Name” before send.
- Please check that your video file(s) can be play without an error
- If you have more than one video, please put it together and submit in one link.
Thailand International Music Examination: TIME
1. How to apply with the TIME score
In order to study here, prospectus students should obtain a required result of TIME. The applicant will need to apply for TIME for Thai Music theory, Music Theory, and Aural training. Requirement will depend on the major areas of application.
If the applicant did not pass the TIME (<60%), but qualify for other areas, the applicant will be admitted to the college under condition and will be placed in the music foundation course. (entering the first semester, Intensive course in June 2024 or entering the second semester, Intensive course in October 2024).
However, applicant is allowed to re-take TIME and if the result is more than 60%, the applicant can submit the result for an update score (entering the first semester, until 30 April 2024 or entering the second semester, until 30 September 2024)
2. TIME Subjects to use for College of Music admission
|Program / Major||TIME |
|TIME (Western Theory)||TIME |
|Pre-College (M.4)||Western Music||–||submit Grade 9||submit Grade 9|
|Jazz||–||submit Grade 9||submit Grade 9|
|Composition||–||submit Grade 9||submit Grade 9|
|Popular Music||–||submit Grade 9||submit Grade 9|
|Sound and Music Production||–||submit Grade 9||submit Grade 9|
|Sound and Music Production |
(In case Thai music)
|submit Grade 9||–||–|
|Thai music||submit Grade 9||–||–|
3. Applicants can purchase an application form, handbook, and register at
1) TIME, branch MCGP Seacon Square Srinakarin Tel.: 02 7219894 – 7
2) TIME, branch MCGP Seacon Square Bangkae Tel.: 02 4582680
3) TIME, branch MCGP Siam Paragon Tel.: 02 1294542 – 6
4) College of Music Shop, Salaya Tel.: 02 8002525 # 2504, 2505
4. TIME exams are available both on-site and online. (Please check before applying)