Admission requirements for the Keyboard Instruments Division

Admission requirements for the Keyboard Instruments Division

Written Exam

  1. Note writing (pitch and duration) in treble and bass clefs. 
  2. Identifying and writing various ascending and descending intervals (perfect, major, minor, augmented and diminished); identifying and writing interval inversions; classification of intervals into consonances and dissonances within an octave.
  3. Mastering the circle of fifths. 
  4. One-part dictations in major or minor modes (in scales with no more than 4 flats or sharps).
  5. Identifying and writing numerous meters and rhythmic patterns.
  6. Identifying and writing triads (major, minor, augmented and diminished), and dominant seventh chords, in all types of inversions.
  7. Transposing a given melody.
  8. Explaining basic music terms (dynamics, tempo, articulation, form, texture, genre etc.)

Oral exam

  1.  Singing and identifying the following patterns:
    • Ascending and descending melodic intervals within an octave.
    • Triads and dominant seventh chords in all inversions.
    • Major and minor scales (including natural harmonic and melodic minor scales).
  2. Sight singing a diatonic melody.
  3. Rhythmic aspects:  Identifying and writing rhythmic patterns which include division and sub-division of the beat, triplets, rests and ties, in basic, duple and triple meters (2/8, 2/4, 3/8, 3/4), as well as in compound meters (4/4 and 6/8). 

Instrument examination – minimum requirements


Practical examination


1.Sight reading.

2.Work from the Baroque period:Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, etc.

3. Classic sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, in its entirety.

4.Romantic work:Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, etc.

5.Contemporary work.

When submitting registration forms for the examinations, applicants are requested also to submit the entrance examination program for approval by the head of the department.


1.Work from the Renaissance or early Baroque period:Frescobaldi, Froberger, Beard, etc.

2.Work from the French Baroque period:Couperin, Rameau, etc.

3.Work from the late Baroque period:Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, etc.


1.Work from the Renaissance or early Baroque period. 

2. Prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach or another work by Bach of a similar degree of difficulty.

3. Work by F. Mendelssohn or another Romantic work.


1.Work by Bach or Handel, or any other multi-part work. 

2.Athree-movement work from the Classical period (for example – the introduction to Rossini’s Barber of Seville). 


4.A folk music arrangement (such as Israeli or Romanian dances, etc), or a contemporary work in any style – jazz, light music, etc.