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

Audition Requirements – Master of Music

Master of Music (MM)

Performance and Pedagogy Major

(1) 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.

(2) Three (3) standard orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice that displays a variety of styles.

(3) All major and minor scales and arpeggios, as well as sight-reading, may be requested.

Applicants must prepare entire program listed below.

(1) One work from “12 Fantasies for Flute Solo” by Georg Philipp Telemann, to be selected from:

  • 2 in a-minor
  • 3 in b-minor
  • 4 in Bb-major
  • 7 in D-major
  • 8 in e-minor
  • 9 in E-major
  • 12 in g-minor

 (2) First and second movement from following works with Cadenzas

(a) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.1 in G-major, K.313

(b) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 2 in D-major, K.314

*Piano Accompanist Required

(3) One work from following pieces:

  1. a) Gabriel Faure: Fantaisie
  2. b) Geoges Enesco: Cantabile et presto
  3. c) Cecile Chaminade: Concertino, Op.107

*Piano Accompanist Required

(4) One work from following pieces:

  1. a) Paul Hindemith: Acht Stücke für Flöte allein (Movement 1,2 and 3)
  2. b) André Jolivet: D “Pour une communion sereine de l’être avec le monde” from “Cinq Incantations”

(5) Sight-Reading

*Piano Accompanist Required

(1) Scale and arpeggio test: prepare to perform

  1. Scale of all 12 major and minor keys, starting and ending from the tonic note, full-range, with legato and staccato articulation.
  2. Arpeggio of all 12 major and minor keys and inversions, starting and ending from the tonic note, full range, with one altissimo note; twice, the first time with legato and the second time with staccato articulation.

* Candidates have to perform the test from memory. While audition, the jury may pick any scale and its’ corresponding arpeggio from the major or minor keys.

(2) Etudes: selection from

                        Twelve Eude-Caprices, for Saxophone #7 by Eugene Bozza (Leduc)

            (3) Sight-reading

(4) Solo repertoire, the candidate may choose one of the following repertoire or other piece of an equivalent or higher level. Performance with piano accompaniment is required.

  • Concertino da Camera by Jacques Ibert (Leduc)
  • Prelude, Cadence et Finale by Alfred Desenclos (Leduc)
  • Concerto by Pierre-Max Dubois (Leduc)
  • Concerto by Henri Tomasi (Leduc)

Brilliance by Ida Gotkovsky (Fransaises)

(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.

** International/overseas candidates 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.

(1) Applicants will prepare a 20 minute recital which will include:

  1. One Etude by Villa-Lobos
  2. A prelude, a fugue or two contrasting dance movements by J.S. Bach (Koonce Edition) or S.L. Weiss
  3. A major 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 or contrasting movements of equal difficulty.

(2) Sight-Reading (maximum Trinity Level 4)

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

  1. Accompanied – Choose one piece from No. 1 – No. 4 from The Art of Singing (Twenty-Four Vocalises), Op. 81 by Heinrich Panofka
  2. Unaccompanied – J. Lyon, Vocal Studies, No. 12

(2) Six Songs:

  1. One aria from an oratorio or cantata
  2. One aria from an opera or operetta
  3. One German Lied by a representative composer
  4. One French song composed by Delibes, Franck, Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel, Faure, or Duparc
  5. One song in English composed after 1900
  6. 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 they may be asked to read excerpts of music from selected works.

NOTES:  The chosen pieces must be sung in the original language; simplification or arrangement of the original composition is not acceptable. All pieces must be performed by 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. Six Songs:

(1) Sing one operatic area or art song in foreign language that is not in English.

  1. One operatic aria or art song

(2) Sing five contrasting music theatre selections in English.

  1. One selection should be slow with a sustained vocal line.
  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 1970.
  4. One music theatre piece written after 1970.
  5. 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 seconds 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, or they may be asked to read excerpts of music from selected works.

NOTES: The chosen pieces must be sung in the original language; simplification or arrangement of the original composition is not acceptable. All pieces must be performed by 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.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.

3.Perform two contrasting selections of your choice from the standard solo and etude repertoire that demonstrate your musical and technical strengths. 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.accompanists.

(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

(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

(3)  Timpani: one solo piece, one orchestra repertoire

  • 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: Choose between 2 of the following 3 vocal songs: Dooiroop 3 chan, Khaekmon 3 chan, Phayasoke 3 chan

Thai Strings: One Solo Piece

Biphat: One Solo Piece

Thai Folk Music: Khaen, Pin, Bonglang (Lai Tang San or Lai Tang Kwang)

Music 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.

 Audition

(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. 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]

3. Audition

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.

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

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)
    • *Compulsory: Choose either Schubert Der Musensohn OR Claude Debussy, Il pleure dans mon coeur
    • 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) Sight-reading: Applicant will be asked for sight reading to be considered for Assistantship in accompanying

(3) 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.

** International/overseas candidates 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.

Jazz Studies Major (Saxophone, Trumpet, E. Guitar, Piano, E. Bass, Drum set)

(1)  Pieces – 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

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

  1. Scales: Major, Harmonic Minor, Jazz Melodic Minor, Blues, Mixolydian b9 b13, Altered, Lydian Dominant
  2. 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)

  1. Sight reading of melodies
  2. Sight reading of chord progressions (comping) (for guitarists, bassists, and pianists only)

            For drum set:

  1. 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).

TESTOperated By Mahidol UniversityOthers
MU GRAD TESTTOEFL ITPTOEFL iBTIELTS
Doctoral (Pass)500615
Masters (Pass)60480545
Minimum36400323

 

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. (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.