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

Audition Requirements – Master of Arts in Music (MA – Music)

Master of Arts in Music (MA - Music)

Musicology Major

Written exam: Knowledge about research in musicology, common knowledge of Western music and Thai music history and theory, analysis of music pertaining to music of various contexts. 120 Minutes, essay questions (about 1 page per each essay)

Study Sources:  

Grout, D. J. Burkholder, J. P., & Palisca, C. V. (2006). A history of Western music. New York: W.W. Norton.

Music Education Major

1. A 15-minute high-quality DVD recording of the applicant teaching at least 2 students (Both the applicant and his/her students must be visible in the recording. DVDs of poor audio or video quality will be rejected) (Submitted with application form)

2. A written lesson plan for the DVD recording sample music teaching demonstration (Lesson plan should identify and explain class objectives and activities shown in the DVD recording.) (Submitted with application form)

3. Written exam (120 minutes) The applicant will be asked to write an assay that portrays his/her knowledge and understanding about music education. It must also reflect abilities to analyze, summarize, think critically, capture the key points, organize ideas systematically, and provide strong argumentation.

4. Group exam (120 minutes) In the group exam, applicants will participate in group activities to share their ideas, experience, and attitudes on education, teaching, and working. It aims to test teaching skill, co-operation, communicative skills, creativity, problem-solving abilities, management, and leadership. Also, the applicant is required to present ideas and concepts of his/her thesis topic.

Remark: the applicant must prepare to present the plan of the teaching (as appearing in the DVD), his/her music-related work experience, and research topic which he/she is interested.  The presentation will be approximately 15 minutes.

Music Therapy Major

1. Observation : Applicants must observe at least 5 hours of music therapy sessions with the therapy staff(s) from the College of Music. Also, they need to write their observation, which will be used as an application document, and submit it to the music therapy department afterward. Sessions are available at the College of Music. Please contact the Music Therapy Department to schedule dates and times for observation at musictherapymu@gmail.com or 02- 800-2525 (ext. 4113). This must be done prior to the Entrance Examinations

2. Written exam: Write the exam in Thai and English Language up to the question.


  1. Basic knowledge about music therapy
  2. Applicant’s definition and scoop of music therapy (What music therapy is and what its functions and roles are)
  3. What kind(s) of clients the applicant wants to work with, and why.
  4. Applicant’s opinions on ethics

Study Sources:  

Davis, W., Gfeller, K. E., & Thaut, M. (2008). An introduction to the theory and practice of music therapy (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill College.

Hanser, S. B. (1999). The new music therapist’s handbook. Boston, MA: Berklee Press Publications.

Wigram, T., Pederson, I. N., & Bonde, L. O. (2002). A comprehensive guide to music therapy: Theory, clinical practice, research and training. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

3. Audition and Interview Requirements: The session will begin with performance of the prepared works. The performance should last from 15 to 20 minutes. The applicant must perform the followings:

  • An instrumental piece on the applicant’s major instrument
  • A song with guitar accompaniment sung and played by the applicant
  • A song with piano accompaniment sung and played by the applicant

In additions, he/she will be interviewed and asked to answer questions on leadership and interaction with others.

Music Business Major

  1. The applicant submits paper on business concept (attached to the application form). The applicant can select one from the following topics (not over 10 pages) as follows;
  • Business Plan: Should include details and concepts of conducting music business, organization and characteristics of the business, together with the business goals, target group, sources of income, and breakeven period, etc.
  • Research Proposal: should include concepts or foundations of the research proposal, importance of the research questions, objectives, expected benefit, and tools to be used for problem solution or data gathering.
  1. Interview on music business topics

Content: explain the following issues: reasons for the applicants to pursue his/her education in music business, applicant’s background in music business, research topics which interest the applicant, and any other issues regarding the applicant that the interview committee should know.

Source of information: Business Journal, for example


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. (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.