*The College of Music, Mahidol University has been reviewed according to the MusiQuE standards in 2018

Audition Requirements – Doctor of Music

Doctor of Music (DM)

Performance Major

Available instruments: Woodwind instruments, Brass Instruments, E. Guitar, Piano, Double Bass, Drumset


  1. Applicants will perform a 30 minute 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, arias from operas, etc). Piano accompaniment is required if necessary for the chosen repertoire.
  2. Orchestral wind instrumentalists should prepare 5 orchestral excerpts displaying a variety of styles.
  3. All scales and arpeggios, as well as sight-reading, may be requested.

Pieces: The applicant performs three pieces (from memory) as follows;
1. Choose one piece from the following list:

  1. Confirmation by Charlie Parker
  2. Joy Spring by Clifford Brown
  3. Cherokee by Ray Noble
  4. Stablemates by Benny Golson
  5. Stella by Starlight by Victor Young
  6. Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
  7. Yes or No by Wayne Shorter
  8. Giant Steps by John Coltrane
  9. The Sorcerer by Herbie Hancock
  10. Infant Eyes by Wayne Shorter
  11. 26-2 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. Original arrangement is encouraged.

2. One original composition that can well demonstrate the applicants advanced abilities in the areas such as jazz performance technique, advanced rhythm, jazz harmony, and/or stylistic creativity.

Note: The original composition will be performed with accompaniment (must be prepared by the applicant.

For the applicant with drumset instrument, in addition to the requirement in 2 above, he/she must also be able to demonstrate a brief performance of his/her original composition on the piano as well. The piano demonstration may be performed with or without accompaniment and does not have to contain improvisation part.)

3. One advanced jazz tune of the applicant choices. The selected tune should be of contrasting style to the first two tunes.

Composition Major

Scores (Submitted with application form)

Three (3) original compositions with full paper scores and recordings of at least two of the pieces.

Oral Exam

Applicants will give a 10-15 minutes formal presentation of 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. The committee will follow the presentation with questions. 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 exam will be done entirely in English.


(1) The Composition and Theory faculty will discuss the submitted works with the applicant.

(2) Applicants will be required to demonstrate basic musicianship on the piano, including playing scales and arpeggios in all major and minor keys (two octaves), and simple chord progressions in all major and minor keys.

Conducting Major

1. A high-quality DVD of the applicant conducting a wind ensemble, an orchestra, or a choir (The video must contain 30 minutes of music, which includes both rehearsal and live performance. It must be recorded within the past year, and have the conductor facing the camera.) (Submitted with application form)

2. An analytical paper of a major work for wind ensemble, orchestra, or choir written in an academic style

3.Conducting Examination

Contents: Major topics in conducting. This will include major composers and literature in the major area (wind ensemble, orchestra, or choir), knowledge of instrumental practice in the major area, common performance practice, transposition skills, and trends in ensemble performance/conducting.

Format: Written exam with short answers and short essays.

Study Sources:

Green, E. (2004). The modern conductor, 7th ed. London: Pearson.

Battisti, F. & Garofalo, R. (2000). Guide to score study for the wind band conductor. Los Angelos: Meredith Music.

Battisti, F. (2002). The Winds of Change: The evolution of the contemporary American wind band/ensemble and its conductor. Los Angeles: Meredith Music. [for wind ensemble area only]


Contents: After the prescreening process, the selected applicants will be invited to conduct a live ensemble on campus. The faculty will contact the applicants directly and assign the works to be conducted. The auditionees must demonstrate their conducting technique, rehearsal skills, and the thorough knowledge of the score. The interview will take place on the same day. The auditionees will be asked to demonstrate their excellence in musicianship and general musical knowledge.

Format: 20-30 minutes podium time with the live ensemble. The auditionees will be asked to conduct and rehearse the ensembles.

English Proficiency

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).

TESTOperated By Mahidol UniversityOthers
Doctoral (Pass)500615
Masters (Pass)60480545


Remark : The Graduate School now requires every upcoming student to take an English proficiency test, regardless of his/her nationality, the country of his/her previous institution, and the language used in the study of his/her previous degree. In additions, the applicant must provide the English score along with other application documents within the deadline of each examination round.

Music Theory and History Placement Exam

All applicants are required to demonstrate general music proficiencies in basic music subjects, such as music theory and music history.

subjects, such as music theory and music history. (exception of applicants in Music Business Major of the Master of Arts program)

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.)1. Jazz Proficiency Exam


2. General Exam Information

  • All applicants must take the proficiency exams.
  • Students who do not pass the exam(s) must take the respective basic course(s), which will be assigned by the Admission committee.
  • Students must take any assigned basic courses the first time they are offered and for zero credit hours.