Testing Programm

A. String instruments

Violin major

Two pieces from different eras:

  • a classical concerto (e.g. W.A. Mozart Concerto No. 2 in D major KV 211 or J. Haydn Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob. VII a, 4)
  • an étude (e.g. Mazas, Kreutzer, Dont op.37, Rhode)

Viola major

  1. a movement of your choice (transcribed for the viola) from:
  • J. S. Bach: Partitas for violin solo (BWV 1001-1006) or
  • J. S. Bach: Suites for cello solo (BWV 1007-1012)
  1. the first movement of a viola concerto (without cadence) from the Classical period (e.g. F. A. Hoffmeister, C. Stamitz, F. W. Benda)

  2. a piece from the Romantic era (19th century) of your choice

The performance should include a lyrical piece of music.

Cello major

  1. Three pieces or movements from three different eras

  • J.S. Bach: two movements from a suite (adagio and allegro)
  • the first movement from a classical or romantic cello concerto
  • a piece of your choice (not an étude, preferably composed after 1960)
  • the performance should last at least 15 minutes
  1. Sight-reading

B. Woodwind instruments

Recorder major

  1. one adagio and one allegro movement from a recorder sonata from the 18th century (e.g. by Telemann, Händel, Marcello etc.)
  2. a piece/movement from another era (e.g. an early baroque or contemporary piece)
  3. Sight-reading

During the exam, the student should use both a descant and alto (or tenor) recorder.


Clarinet major

  1. Three pieces from different eras, including at least one adagio and one allegro movement
  2. Sight-reading
  3. Scales up to 3 sharps or flats


  • Danzi, F.: Sonata
  • Fromm-Michaels, Ilse: Stimmungen eines Fauns
  • Gade, N. W.: Phantasiestücke
  • Hindemith, P.: Sonata
  • Kozeluch L.: Clarinet Concerto
  • Osborne, W.: Rhapsody
  • Pleyel, I.: Clarinet Concerto
  • Saint-Saëns, C.: Sonata
  • Stamitz, C.: Concerto No 3
  • Weber, C. M.: Concertino


Flute major

  1. 1. Three pieces or movements from three different eras
  • The performance should include at least one adagio and one allegro movement
  • The performance should last a maximum of 15 – 20 minutes
  1. Sight-reading


  • Telemann, G. P.:12 Methodical Sonatas for Flute or Violin and Basso Continuo
  • Händel, G. F.: Eleven Sonatas for Flute and Basso Continuo
  • Mozart, W.A.: Sonata in C major KV 14 for flute and piano
  • Enescu, G.: Cantabile et Presto
  • Honegger, A.: Danse de la chèvre
  • Fukushima, K.: Requiem for solo flute


Saxophone major

  1. Compulsory piece (from Mule, Marcel: 18 exercices ou études d’aprés Berbiguer)
  2. Compulsory piece (from Flemming, Fritz: 33 Concertante Studies for Oboe)
  3. A transcription of a piece by J. S. Bach
  4. A short piece of your choice
  5. Scales up to four sharps or flats

C. Brass instruments

Horn major

  1. 1. Two pieces from two different eras, e. g. (it is also possible to play other pieces):
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van: Horn Sonata, Op. 17
  • Dukas, Paul: Villanelle
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph: Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIId:3, or Horn Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIId:1
  • Hindemith, Paul: Horn Sonata
  • Krol, Bernhard: Laudatio for Solo Horn
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 417, or Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat major, K. 447, or Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat major, K. 495
  • Neuling, Hermann: Bagatelle
  • Poulenc, Francis: Elégie
  • Saint-Saëns, Camille: Morceau de Concert, op. 94
  • Strauss, Franz: Horn Concerto, Op. 8, or Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 13
  • Strauss, Richard: Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11

Trumpet major

  1. 1. Three pieces or movements (a concerto, a sonata and an étude) from three different eras. They should have the same level of difficulty as the following pieces:
  • Concerto: e. g. by A. Arutjunian; A. Goedicke; J.N. Hummel, 1st movement; J.G.B. Neruda, 1st movement
  • Sonata: e. g. by E. Bozza, “Badinage”; T. Hansen, “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano”; P. Hindemith, Sonata, 1st movement; A. Goedicke, “Concert Etude”
  • Étude: e. g. by J. B. Arban, from “14 Characteristic Studies”; T. Charlier, from “Etudes Transcendantes”
  1. Sight-reading

D. Vocals, guitar, piano

Vocals major

  1. A minimum of three pieces from three different eras
  • including a lied, an aria (opera or oratorio), at the very least
  • Performance should last between 10 – 20 minutes
  1. Recital of a short piece of prose or poetry
  2. Sight-singing

Guitar major

  1. 1. A minimum of two pieces from two different eras
  • e.g.: Luys de Narváez: Diferencias sobre „Guardame las Vacas“; Silvius Leopold Weiss: Fantasie; Mauro Giuliani: Folies d’Espagne; Antonio Lauro: Suite Venezolana; Heitor Villa-Lobos: 5 Préludes / Choro Nr.; Léo Brouwer: Canción de Cuna / Ojos Brujos / Danza Caracteristica

            (at least equal to intermediate level II as per the “Guitar lesson plan“ for VdM
(Verband deutscher Musikschulen, Association of German Music Schools) / EGTA-D)

  • Performance should last between 10 – 20 minutes.
  1. Sight-reading: a simple piece from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical or Romantic period

                      (similar to Heinz Teuchert: My First Guitar Pieces)

Piano major

  1. 1. Three pieces or movements from three different eras, or in three different styles
  • J. S. Bach: part Inventions or a fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier. Alternatively, another piece of Baroque music or a Scarlatti Sonata
  • A sonata (1st movement) from the era of Viennese Classicism (Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn)
  • A virtuoso piece of music. Either an étude by Czerny, Chopin or Liszt, or a virtuoso piece of romantic music by Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, among others.
  • Performance should last between 15 – 20 minutes

E. Minor subjects

Piano minor

Applicants should prepare two pieces in different styles which are appropriate for their current level of proficiency. The pieces chosen for the exam should be of a similar difficulty to the following pieces:

  • J.S. Bach, Little Preludes & Fugues
  • M. Clementi, F. Kuhlau or the like, Sonatina or an allegro sonatina movement
  • R. Schumann, Album for the Young

Duration: approx. 10 minutes


Musical theory aptitude test

  • Reading music
    1. Naming notes in the treble and bass clefs, specifying the octave position
    2. Notating music in the treble and bass clefs
  • Intervals of up to a tenth
    1. Classifying the intervals into perfect, minor/major
    2. Naming intervals and specifying the quality (perfect, minor/major, augmented, diminished)
    3. Notating intervals
  • Scales
    1. Notating a major and a minor scale (natural, harmonic or melodic), identifying the half or whole-tone steps
  • Triads / tetrads
    1. Forming a major/minor triad
    2. Notating major and minor triads
    3. Forming a dominant seventh chord
    4. Notating a dominant seventh chord
  • Cadence
    1. Notating a perfect cadence in major or minor


Ear training aptitude test

  • Simultaneous and successive intervals in octave designation
  • Triad in root position: major, minor, diminished, augmented
  • Rhythm dictation
  • Melody dictation