The goal of our BA programs in the field of classical music is to train professionals who shall be able to enrich and spread Hungarian and European music tradition via their performance as musicians. With the help of both the practical and theoretical knowledge acquired through the program they shall possess refined taste as well as technical knowledge in music. All those awarded a BA degree shall be ready and able to serve in orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles alike. They shall be able to become genuine actors of the culture sector in institutions engaged in music. They will have the necessary academic, technical and professional knowledge to get admitted to master level education in their field.
For a successful application please follow the steps below:
In all cases, the international relations coordinator forwards the application materials to the relevant admission committee. If the committee decides that on the basis of the application material the applicant should take an oral exam, the applicant will be interviewed in person or via Skype. A Skype interview will be conducted if the applicant's attendance is impeded and the examination committee offers them the opportunity to be interviewed via Skype. Applicants are given two possible dates for the interview, taking into account any time zone differences.
Parts of the entrance exam:
1. Aptitude test (instrumental and musical-theoretical)
2. Main subject practical exam
1. Parts of aptitude test on instrumental programmes
A) instrumental main subject audition - only for the instruments listed below
B) rehearsal class- only for the instruments listed below
C) musical-theoretical aptitude test - for all instruments
A) Main subject instrumental audition
The instrumental audition is held on a separate day from the theoretical exam.
B) During the so-called rehearsal class the examiners and the applicant participate in a joint main subject class of unspecified duration. Where appropriate, the committee may waive this lesson after the pieces have been performed, i.e. the main subject audition. Point A) cannot be omitted.
The instrumental main subject audition and rehearsal class are held in front of an entrance examination committee.
If the applicant fails any part of the aptitude test, the whole aptitude exam is 'unsuccessful'.
Concert-like audition, where (with or without the use of sheet music) the applicant performs 20 minutes of self-selected material from the repertoire specified in the entrance requirements.
C) Music theory aptitude test - compulsory for all instruments
Solfeggio written examination
- Musical notation of 7-8 beats of a Renaissance or Baroque period two-part piece in treble and bass clef, based on 6-8 dictations
- Musical notation of a one-part 20th century excerpt based on dictation
Solfeggio oral examination
- sight reading on the difficulty level of the maturation exam of secondary music education
Music theory written exam
- musical notation of an excerpt from a Bach chorale, based on piano dictation. Soprano and bass parts to be notated, chords to be represented in figured bass or scale degree notation
- developing a harmony exercise based on numbered bass.
Music theory oral exam
- knowledge of Viennese classical harmony and format. Triads and quadrants with their translations, simpler delays, typical alterations
- knowledge and recognition of classical forms and forming principles
- Singing (from memory) and analysing 30 freely chosen folk songs from the folk music of the applicant’s own nation. The scores shall be made available to the Committee.
Music literature oral exam
- general knowledge of music literature. Chronological knowledge, knowledge of major genres, forms and styles
- career orientation interview
Compulsory piano admission requirements (except for piano programme)
- two Bach pieces
- a movement from a classic sonata or sonatina
- a Bartók piece
- a concert piece
During the interview, applicants display their ability to interpret texts, and their speaking and communication skills, as well as their presumed career aptitude and musical literacy are assessed.
2. Main subject practical examination – PORTFOLIO – uncut video and audio recording
(The entrance exam material must be performed without the use of sheet music!)
PARTS OF THE ENTRANCE EXAM AND THEIR EVALUATION:
Assessment of the aptitude exam: “pass” or “fail”.
If the applicant fails any part (A, B or C) of the aptitude exam, then the whole exam is failed.
The applicant may fail at the interview – this is the fourth part.
Main subject practical exam: a maximum of 200 points can be achieved, which is doubled.
If the applicant does not have a language proficiency certificate, but on the basis of the oral entrance examination their language proficiency is sufficient to complete the relevant programme, the entrance examination committee may waive this criterion.