Preface

This guide is intended for students who plan to commence professional studies in music. The primary focus is on classical instrumental, vocal and church music studies. The specific requirements for composition and music theory, music education and conducting can be found in the the Admissions Guides (bachelor, master). Students aiming for these programmes can utilise suitable parts of the present guide.

The sample assignments exercise the skills in general musicianship that underpin professional studies in music. On the one hand, we describe essential basic skills that students should acquire before commencing their studies. On the other, we recommend further skills that enable students to deepen their understanding of music and even to work on demanding instrumental and vocal repertoire.

The entrance examination requirements for each programme are described in more detail in the 'How to apply' pages as well as the Admissions Guides (bachelor, master). For practical reasons, the entrance exam only covers a narrow sample of the musicianship skills that are essential for successful study in music. The aim of this guide is to describe the field more thoroughly. All assignments need not be mastered completely, but they illustrate some possible situations that students can face when they commence professional studies, and the materials that students should know how to work with. The content is based on teachers' experience of skills that help students to make the most of their studies, to cope with both studies and the working life, and to develop personal musicianship. Changes in the musician's field of work seem to increase the importance of these general musicianship skills.

The term ‘general musicianship skills' here refers both to skills taught in formal music-theory courses, but also to perceiving, learning and reading music in connection with practical music- making. For example, music perception can be enhanced by playing music by ear, by reading and following different kinds of scores, playing together, improvising, transcribing music and composing. In the best case, the study of music theory gives structure and depth to skills acquired in practice.

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