Admission Requirements for the Cross-Disciplinary Composition Division

Admission Requirements for the Cross-Disciplinary Composition Division

 

a.Written examination

Theory:
1.Intervals – identification and construction.

2.Triads – identification and construction.

3.Four note chords – identification and construction.

4.Inversion of triads and four note chords – identification and construction.

5.Diatonic scales and modes – identification and construction.

6.Transformation.

7.Reading and writing in F and G keys.

Harmony:
Writing and analyzing diatonic harmony according to a given bass and/or a given soprano.

Counterpoint:
Writing a free counterpoint to a given tune.

Analysis:
1.Analysis of the harmony / melody of a jazz piece.

2.Analysis of the thematic and morphological harmony of a light sonata (Haydn, Mozart).

Aural training:
1.Single voice diatonic dictation.

2.Two-voice diatonic dictation.

3.Dictation of a harmonic diatonic progression.

4.Rhythm dictation.

General:
Testing knowledge of basic concepts.

 

b.Personal interview

1.Major instrument examination – reasonable level of mastery of the instrument.

2.Testing of keyboard ability (without sheet music).
Piano performance of a classical work of equivalent to the standard of the Two Part Inventions of J.S.Bach, a Classical sonatina or short Romantic work (Chopin Mazurka or Prelude).
Optional: a jazz piece, including walking bass and improvisation or a rock/pop/folk piece arranged for piano.

3. Testing of aptitude of improvisation on main instrument or piano.

4. Solfeggio

5.Rhythmic solfeggio.

6. Presentation of a portfolio of creative works.

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