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Classical entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the classical theoretical entrance exam

 

Jazz entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the jazz theoretical entrance exam

 

Dates of entrance examinations

Click here for the dates of the entrance examinations

Entrance examination

The entrance examinations start in April. Students should be well-prepared for the exam; it is not possible to take a re-examination. The exam consist of two parts (please note: Classical and Early Music candidates will take the exam parts on two consecutive days):

1. Practical part for all candidates
Aptitude and suitability are tested with reference to the principal study. Candidates perform a programme of approximately 20 minutes' duration. Programme details are to be submitted beforehand. For full details of the entrance requirements for each principal study, please see thedepartment and principal subject of your choice under Study.

2. Theoretical part for candidates for the preparatory course and all candidates for the bachelor's degree programme. The theoretical part consists of the following parts:

A. 'solf├Ęge' (ear tests)
* ability to distinguish between and name all intervals, the usual scales and triads
* sight-read a melody, tap a rhythm
* write down a short melodic or rhythmic piece

Additional requirements for jazz candidates:
Ability to distinguish between and name the most usual seventh chords in root position and major and minor scales as well as Dorian, Mixolydian, pentatonic, blues and chromatic scales.

B. General music knowledge
*
evidence of theoretical knowledge of intervals, scales and triads.
* reading treble and bass clefs
* knowledge of meter and rhythmic notation

Jazz candidates are also required to show evidence of theoretical knowledge of seventh chords and symbolic notation.

N.B. Candidates are often surprised at the theoretical requirements of the entrance examination. To avoid this, applicants can find a model test on this site.

Those wishing to take up a wind instrument are advised to find out whether this will cause medical problems. Jazz voice candidates are required to submit a certificate by an ENT-specialist which states that the voice is healthy and fit for vocal training.

Assessment

During the entrance examination candidates will be tested for level of repertoire, technical skills, artistic abilities, development possibilities, ear tests and musical hearing.  If one of these aspects is considered insufficient, the candidate will fail.

N.B. In order to get an impression of the theoretical part of the exam, please view the theoretical test on this page.

Result

The examination result of the practical part is communicated to the candidate directly after the practical part. The result can be 'admissible to the principal subject' or 'rejected from the principal subject'. The board of directors (not the exam committee), will make the final decisions regarding the admissions. In addition to the results of the practical and theoretical exams (and for foreign candidates their command of the English language), the number of student places available per section will be taken into account. As soon as possible after the entrance exams the candidates will be informed if they will be admitted or not. During the summer holidays all admitted candidates will receive information on the start of the study year, the introduction day and the payment of the tuition fee.

Jazz pre-selections

For a number of jazz principal subjects, candidates will be selected beforehand. Please check here if your principal subject requires a pre-selection. For the admission requirements and the recording specifics (if required), please check the instrument of your choice.

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bass guitar no preselection no preselection no preselection recordings
double bass no preselection no preselection recordings recordings
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piano no preselection recordings recordings recordings
saxophone no preselection no preselection recordings recordings
trumpet no preselection no preselection no preselection recordings
trombone no preselection no preselection no preselection recordings
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Classical entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the classical theoretical entrance exam

 

Jazz entrance exam workshop

CvA Online offers a preparatory workshop for the jazz theoretical entrance exam

 

Dates of entrance examinations

Click here for the dates of the entrance examinations