*The College of Music, Mahidol University has been reviewed according to the MusiQuE standards in 2020

Admission Requirements – Master of Music

Master of Music (MM)

Performance and Pedagogy Major

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
1. 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
2. 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)

3. Appendix
Example of cadences in three positions (C major)

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.

1. One Etude by Villa-Lobos

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

3. 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

1. Technic: In a live audition, applicants must prepare all major and minor scales and arpeggios. If making an audition video instead, record 3 major scales/arpeggios and 3 minor scales/arpeggios of your choice.

2. Pieces: 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.

3. Sight Reading
May be asked in a live audition only.

1. Two technical exercises: (sing in a sustained vowel “Ah”)
a. Accompanied – Choose one piece from No. 1 – No. 4 from The Art of Singing (Twenty-Four Vocalises), Op. 81 by Heinrich Panofka
b. Unaccompanied – J. Lyon, Vocal Studies, No. 12

2. Six Songs:
A. One aria from an oratorio or cantata
B. One aria from an opera or operetta
C. One German Lied by a representative composer
D. One French song composed by Delibes, Franck, Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel, Faure, or Duparc
E. One song in English composed after 1900
F. One song of the applicant’s own choice.
Note: One piece from selection A. or B. above must be in Italian language.

3. Following the audition, the applicants may be asked to do a sight-singing and aural skills test. The applicant will sight-sing one or two short pieces without an accompaniment. They may be asked to sing scales and/or short vocal passages, and/or to read excerpts of music from selected works.

4. A brief interview

NOTES: The chosen pieces must be song in the original language; simplification or arrangement of the original composition is not acceptable. All pieces must be performed from memory except the unaccompanied technical exercise 1.b. The applicants should provide their own piano accompanists. Required technical exercises and some songs from the lists A and B can be acquired by contacting the Voice Performance Department at the College.

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.

1. Six Songs:
(1) Sing one operatic area or art song in foreign language that is not in English.
A. One operatic aria or art song
(2) Sing five contrasting music theatre selections in English.
B. One selection should be slow with a sustained vocal line.
C. 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.
D. One classic music theatre piece written prior to 1970.
E. One music theatre piece written after 1970.
F. One music theatre piece of candidate’s choice that shows the candidate’s dance/movement skills.

2. Acting:
(1) Prepare two contrasting monologues in English (less than 4 minutes total).

3. Dance:
(1) 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.

4. Following the audition, the applicants may be asked to do a sight-singing and aural skills test. The applicant will sight-sing one or two short pieces without an accompaniment. They may be asked to sing scales and/or short vocal passages, and/or to read excerpts of music from selected works.

5. A brief interview
NOTES: The chosen pieces must be song in the original language; simplification or arrangement of the original composition is not acceptable. All pieces must be performed from memory. The applicants should provide their own piano accompanists. Required technical exercises and some songs from the lists can be acquired by contacting the Voice Department at the College.

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.

Thai Voice
1. Sing the a “Tap 1 Tap” set and 2 songs of your choice (Pleng Tao), with the songs being at least 32 measures each.
2. Consideration will come from the auditionee’s overall singing, which includes completeness and correctness of the performed repertoire, including the quality of sound and technique.
3. Sight read Thai notation and be able to sing with the Thai “Uean” style.

Thai Strings and Instruments, including Saw Duang, Saw Uu, Saw Sam Sai, Jakae, Kim, and Khlui Piang Aw
1. Play 1 song using the rhythmic pattern “Natapbropgai, 3 chan,” in 3 verses, with each verse being at least 32 bars.
2. Consideration will come from the auditionee’s overall performance, which includes completeness and correctness of the performed repertoire, including the quality of sound and technique.
3. Sight read Thai notation correctly in the “Natabropgai, 3 chan” rhythmic pattern.
4. The auditionee needs to have skill in improvising a melody heard from a Kongwongyai.

Pipaat Instruments, including Ranad Eek, Ranad Tum, Pii Nai, Kong Wong Yai and Kong Wong Lek
1. Play the song Drasannibat and 1 solo song of not less than 64 measures or 1 song with 3 verses with each verse being not less than 32 measures.
2. Consideration will come from the auditionee’s overall performance, which includes completeness and correctness of the performed repertoire, including the quality of sound and technique.
3. Sight read Thai notation correctly in the “Natabropgai, 3 chan” rhythmic pattern.
4. The auditionee needs to have skill in improvising a melody heard from a Kongwongyai.

Thai Drums
1. Play the song Drasannibat and Natap Pleng Chut Homrongyen with a Tapon Thai and play the rhythmic patterns “Natapsongmai” and “Natabropgai,” in 3 chan, 2 chan and 1 chan with a Glongkaek and Rammana.
2. Consideration will come from the auditionee’s overall performance, which includes completeness and correctness of the performed repertoire, including the quality of sound and technique.
3. The auditionee needs to be able to accompany songs in the “Natabropgai, 3 chan” rhythmic pattern.

Puenbaan Thai Instruments, including Kaen, Pin, Ponglang, Wote and Saw
1. Play the following song: Kaen – Laitangyao or Laitangsan
Pin – Laiboobalan or Laisutsanaen
Ponglang – Laigadengon or Laisutsanaen
Wote – Laisaonoiyikmae
Saw – Laihongtongkanonglam or Laiplengsiangsawsanglao
2. Consideration will come from the auditionee’s overall performance, which includes completeness and correctness of the performed repertoire, including the quality of sound and technique.
3. Sight read Thai notation correctly as notated.

Music Composition Major

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].

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:

  1. Scales and arpeggios in three (3) major and minor keys (two octaves).
  2. 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:

  1. Composition faculty will discuss the submitted works with the applicant.
  2. Composition faculty will ask questions pertaining to the presentation and audition.
  3. 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.

Conducting Major

– 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.)

1. Written exam
Format: Written exam with short answers and short essays.
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.
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]

2. Audition
Format: 20-30 minutes podium time with the live ensemble. The auditionees will be asked to conduct and rehearse the ensembles
Contents: After the pre-screening process, the selected applicants will be invited to conduct a live ensemble on campus. A College of Music instructor 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 with the conducting faculty will take place on the same day. The auditionees will be asked to demonstrate their excellence in musicianship and general musical knowledge.
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Piano Collaborative Major

1. Pieces
1. A complete substantial instrumental sonata
i.e., Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano
2. Vocal:(all in high key)
2.1 *Compulsory:
Choose either Schubert Der Musensohn OR
Claude Debussy, Il pleure dans mon coeur
2.2 Another vocal repertoire in different language from above (i.e., French, Italian, or English)
3. An etude by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, etc.
* An etude must be performed by memory.
* Applicants must bring their own partners for audition or contact College of Music
if you need us to provide vocalist and instrumentalist for you.

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 or online (live audition)

3. Sight-reading: Applicant will be asked for sight reading to be considered for Assistantship in accompanying
**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

1. 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
2. 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)

3. Appendix

Example of cadences in three positions (C major)

Jazz Major

1. Pieces – Choose one piece from the following list:
A. Confirmation by Charlie Parker
B. Joy Spring by Clifford Brown
C. Cherokee by Ray Noble
D. 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: Major, Harmonic Minor, Jazz Melodic Minor, Blues, Mixolydian b9 b13, Altered, Lydian Dominant
B. Arpeggios: Maj 7, Dom 7, Min 7, Min 6, Min 7 b5, Min-maj 7, Dim 7, Aug 7
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. Sight-reading (for all instruments except drum set)
A. Sight reading of melodies
B. Sight reading of chord progressions (comping) (for guitarists, bassists, and pianists only)
For drum set: A. Sight reading of snare comping with rhythmic patterns
Note: Evaluation Criteria – Auditions will be evaluated based on sound, intonation, time-feel, improvisation, authority, jazz vocabulary, artistry, technique, and overall musicianship

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).

TESTMU GRAD PLUS
(MU GRAD Test + Speaking)
Others
IELTSTOEFL-iBTMU ELT

Minimum

(Entrance Requirement)

403.032

84

(Except Doctoral Level)

Graduate Diploma/ 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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.