Classical music - Bachelor

The entrance examination consists of an audition in a main subject and tests in general subjects. For some main subjects, there will be secondary main subject tests. If the applicant fails to pass his/her audition in the main subject, he/she will not be tested in the general subjects.

The audition in main subject is evaluated by:

  • 1 internal head of examiners – the principal or his/her deputy
  • 1 external examiner
  • 1 internal teacher from the department of the main subject.

Duration: Unless otherwise indicated the audition takes approximately 30 minutes including evaluation.

Evaluation of the audition: The candidate is given three individual grades on a scale of 7 for:

A: chosen piece, etudes and scales
B: forwarded assignment
C: Prima Vista

For the test in main subject, the applicants will have to bring along their own ensemble. If required, the academy may assist in finding accompanists.

The test is only considered “passed” if the applicant has achieved a minimum of 02 in each of the three disciplines.

The written test in aural training and music theory is evaluated by 1 internal teacher from the aural/theory department.

Duration: Approx. 2½ hours

Evaluation is given on a scale of 7

The test in piano as a general subject is evaluated by 2 internal teachers from the piano department.

Duration: Approx. 10 minutes.

Evaluation is given on a scale of 7

Piano and guitar are exempt from the examination in piano playing as a general subject.

SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS

ACCORDEON

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

  • Principal study audition
  • Supporting subject: aural studies / theory test

PRINCIPAL STUDY

A list of repertoire for the entrance examination must be enclosed with the application form.

  1. All major and minor scales and triads played with both hands to the full range of the instrument (unisono)
  2. Transcription chosen by the applicant, e.g. J.Ph. Rameau: "La Livri" or Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata K. 169.
  3. Original piece from the 20th century chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. W. Solotarjow: "Monastere de Firaponte", or L. Kayser: Arabesque No. 10, or N. Bartow: ”Barn Dance”
  4. A proposed task which is which is emailed to the admission candidate 7 days before the entrance examination takes place.
  5. Sight reading of a not too difficult composition.

The chosen pieces must contain slow as well as faster varieties of movements.

BASSOON

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in two octaves must be played legato (slowly) and staccato (fast).
  2. L. Milde: 50 Concert Studies for Bassoon, Op. 26, No. 1 (Book 1).
  3. G.P. Telemann: Sonata for Bassoon and Continuo, 1st and 2nd Movements.
  4. An assignment of the degree of difficulty as, for instance, E. Elgar: Romance for Bassoon and Piano. TO BE PLAYED BY HEART
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading in the bass and tenor clefs.

CLARINET

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in two octaves must be played legato (slowly) and staccato (fast).
  2. C. Rose: 40 Studies, No.1.
  3. Niels W. Gade: Fantasy Piece No. 2.
  4. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, Weber: Concertino. TO BE PLAYED BY HEART
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading.

DOUBLE BASS

  1. 8 scales and triads in two octaves, chosen by the applicant, of which 4 in major, 2 in harmonic minor and 2 in melodic minor.
  2. 2 studies, chosen by the applicant, where the compass reaches at least thumb position (octave G).
  3. 1 st movement of a double bass concerto of the same degree of difficulty as Dragonetti, Pichl, Capucci, Hoffmeister, Cimador or a piece of an equivalent degree of difficulty (with piano accompaniment).
  4. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination. The forwarded assignmentmay include examples from theorchestral literature.
  5. Sight-reading.

FLUTE

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in two octaves must be played legato (slowly) and staccato (fast).
  2. Two of Joachim Andersen’s »Instructive Exercises«.
  3. J.S. Bach: Sonata in E Major, 1st and 2nd Movements.
  4. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, Philip Gaubert: Introduction et Allegro Scherzando, Gabriel Fauré: Fantaisie Op. 79 or Georges Enesco: Cantabile et Presto. TO BE PLAYED BY HEART.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading.

GUITAR

  1. All scales in two octaves.
  2. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, from the Renaissance or Baroque of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, J.S. Bach: Prelude in D Minor, BWV 999, or L. Milan: 6 pavanes.
  3. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, from the classical or romantic period of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, F. Sor: Minuets, F. Tárrega: Estudio en forma de minueto or M. Giuliani: Rondo, C Major from Sonatina, Op. 71, No. 1.
  4. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, from the 20. cent. of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, from H. Villa-Lobos: Preludes or Vagn Holmboe: 5 Intermezzi.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading of a not too difficult composition notated in the G clef such as F. Sor: Studies, Op. 60 No. 12.

The options under items 2-4 must include slow as well as fast movement types.

The examinations under items 1-4 must have a total duration of 15-20 min.

HARMONIKA

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

  • Principal study audition
  • Supporting subject: aural studies / theory test

PRINCIPAL STUDY

A list of repertoire for the entrance examination must be enclosed with the application form.

  1. All major and minor scales and triads played with both hands to the full range of the instrument (unisono)
  2. 1 etude chosen by the applicant
  3. 2 pieces – one of them original composition for harmonika - from the classical repertoire between baroque and the 20th century chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. N. Bartow: “Three characteristic Dances” or G. Katzer: “Toccata”
  4. A proposed task which is which is emailed to the admission candidate 7 days before the entrance examination takes place.
  5. Sight reading of a not too difficult composition.

The chosen pieces must contain slow as well as faster varieties of movements.

HARP

  1. All triads and scales to the full range of the harp.
  2. Bochsa: Quarante Etudes Faciles, O. 318, Book 2, one of following etudes: No. 31, 37 or 38.
  3. F.J. Naderman: Sonatina No. 7 Prelude and first movement.
  4. Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. Sergiu Natra: Sonatinia for harp
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight reading.

HORN

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in one octave must be played legato and staccato.
  2. A study by C. Kopprasch.
  3. C. Saint-Saëns: Romance, F Major.
  4. An assignment of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, L. Cherubini: 1st Sonata.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading and transposition in Eb

OBOE

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in two octaves must be played legato (slowly) and staccato (fast).
  2. W.B. Ferling: Study No. 19.
  3. C.Ph.E. Bach: Sonata, 1st and 2nd Movements.
  4. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, of the same degree of difficulty such as J. Haydn: Concerto, 1st Movement. TO BE PLAYED BY HEART.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading.

ORGAN

  1. An assignment, chosen by the applicant of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance:
    • Buxtehude: Præludium, fuga og ciacona C-dur, BuxWV 137. 
    • V. Lübeck: Præludium E-dur.
    • J.S. Bach: Præludium og fuga C-dur, BWV 545.
    • F. Mendelssohn: Sonate c-mol.
    • C. Franck: Prélude, fugue et variation.
    • P. Hindemith: Sonate II.
    • J. Langlais: fra Hommage à Frescobaldi: Fantaisie eller Thème et variations.
  2. a list of 5 minor works from different  stylistic periods (e.g. chorale with melismatic c.f., simpler trio movement). The examiners select  1 piece of which the admission candidate is notified 3 weeks prior to the entrance examination.
  3. A previously preperred  chorale with pedal from Den danske Koralbog played with prelude and performed as: a. Choral playing (1 manuar + pedal) b. Melody playing (2 manuals + pedal)
  4. A proposed task which is send to the admission candidate 10 days before the entrance examination takes place . Same degree of difficulty as Franz Tunder: Præludium i g (Bechmann 2), Buxtehude: Ein feste Burg, BuxWV 184 eller J.S. Bach: Præludium og fuga c-mol, BWV 533. 
  5. Sight-reading: An organ composition without pedal, and one of the more easy chorales with pedal
  6. Prima Vista harmonization: The applicant is given a 2-period chorale, the first period with 4-part harmonization, the second with melody alone which must be harmonized on the spot (with pedal)

If the applicant passes the first main subject test, he/she must take a supplementary written theory test: 4-part harmonization of a simple modulating chorale in four periods. The examination lasts 2 hours with piano

PERCUSSION

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys over 2 octaves must be played on a key instrument (xylophone, vibraphone or marimba).
  2. An assignment for snare drum, chosen by the applicant, e.g. Børge Ritz: Dansk Tapto (Danish Tattoo) (not published), Gert Mortensen: March Cadenza (Southern Percussion), Einar Nielsen: Etude Classique (not published) (all three may be played in extracts).
  3. An assignment for timpani, chosen by the applicant, e.g. selected movements from Robert Muczynski: Three Designs for Three Timpani or a work for multipercussion, chosen by the applicant.
  4. An assignment for a key instrument, chosen by the applicant, for example Paul Creston: Concertino for Marimba, 1st Movement (G. Schirmer), Mitchell Peters: Yellow After the Rain (Mitchell Peters), Povl Smadbeck: Rhythm Singing (Mallet Arts)
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination. The forwarded assignment may include examples from the orchestral literature.
  6. Sight-reading for snare drum and key instrument.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the setting up of percussion, the duration of the examination is extended to 45 min., including the discussion of the examinee’s performance/ setup.

PIANO

  1. Scales and broken triads and tetrads in all major and minor keys.
  2. A study, chosen by the applicant.
  3. A polyphonic composition by J.S. Bach (e.g. Prelude and Fugue from The Well- Tempered Clavier).
  4. A fast and a slow movement from a sonata from the Viennese Classical period.
  5. A romantic work or a work from the 20th century.
  6. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  7. Sight-reading of the degree of difficulty as, for instance, Robert Schumann: Album für die Jugend, No. 11 ’Sizilianisch’.

The works under items 1-5 must have a total duration of 15-20 min.

RECORDER

  1. All scales and triads (major and minor) unsing the instrument to its fullest range.
  2. An etude from Frans Brüggen: 5 Etudes for Finger Dexterity.
  3. A sonata from the High Baroque eriod chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. G. Ph. Telemann: Sonate in C major from Der getreue Musikmeister.
  4. A modern piece chosen by the applicant similar in difficulty to e.g. Hans Martin Linde: Music for a Bird.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight reading.

SAXOPHONE

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in two octaves must be played legato (slowly) and staccato (fast).
  2. W.B. Ferling: Study No. 16.
  3. J. Ibert: Aria.
  4. An assignment of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, A. Caplet: Légende. TO BE PLAYED BY HEART
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading.

TROMBONE, BASS

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in one octave must be played legato and staccato.
  2. Lew Gillis: 70 Progressive Studies for the Modern Bass Trombonist, Nos. 51 and 52.
  3. Lebedev: Concerto, up to and including cadenza.
  4. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, one or several move-ments from a sonata by J.E. Galliard.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading in the bass clef.

TROMBONE, TENOR

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in one octave must be played legato and staccato.
  2. Robert Müller: Technical Studies, Vol. 3, No. 10, G Minor.
  3. 1 st and 2nd Movement from N. Rimsky Korsakov: Trombone Concerto.
  4. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, of the same degree of difficulty as, for instance, Alexandre Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading in the bass and tenor clefs.

TRUMPET

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in one octave must be played legato and staccato.
  2. From P.-Fr. Clodomir: 70 Little Studies, Op. 158 (IMC 13 89), one of the following studies: No. 63, 64, 65 or 66.
  3. Hummel: Concerto in E Flat Major, 1st Movement, the exposition (bar 63 till bar 146) played on a B trumpet.
  4. An assignment, chosen by the applicant.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading and transposition in A and C.

TUBA

  1. All scales and triads in major and minor keys in two octaves must be played legato and staccato.
  2. 2 studies, one from each of the following collections: M. Bordogni (Roberts): 43 Bel Canto Studies and C. Kopprasch: 60 Selected Studies, Vol. 1, Nos. 1-30.
  3. Edward Gregson: Tuba Concerto, 1st Movement.
  4. An assignment, chosen by the applicant, of the same degree of difficulty as , for instance, Troje-Miller: Sonatina Classica.
  5. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination.
  6. Sight-reading.

VIOLA

  1. 8 scales and triads in three octaves, chosen by the applicant, of which 4 in major, 2 in harmonic minor and 2 in the melodic minor keys
  2. 2 studies:
    a) one from B. Campagnoli: Caprices, Op. 22
    b) one from R. Kreutzer: Studies Nos. 5-42 or another study of at least an equivalent degree of difficulty.
  3. 1 st movement of a viola concerto of at least the same degree of difficulty as Hoffmeister or K. Stamitz: Viola Concerto in D Major or a concert piece of an equivalent degree of difficulty.
  4. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination. The forwarded assignment may include examples from the orchestral literature.
  5. Sight-reading.

VIOLA DA GAMBA

  1. 8 scales and triads in three octaves, chosen by the applicant, of which 4 in major, 2 in harmonic minor and 2 in melodic minor.
  2. 1 study of the same degree of difficulty as Simpson
  3. 2 pieces in tablature of the same degree of difficulty as Hume, Corkine, Manchester Gamba book
  4. 2 movement of a gamba sonata of the same degree of difficulty as Bach Sonata in G Major or a piece of a similar degree of difficulty of G.P. Telemann, C.Hoffler, J. Schenck, A. Kühnel, D. Buxtehude (with harpsichord accompaniment).
  5. A short french suite for viola sola or with b.c. of the same degree of difficulty as Marais, Caix d'Ervelois, De Machy, Du Buisson, Morel, Cappus
  6. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entranc examination. The forwarded assignment may include examples from the orchestral literature.
  7. Sight-reading.

VIOLIN

  1. 8 scales and triads in three octaves, chosen by the applicant, of which 4 in major, 2 in harmonic minor and 2 in melodic minor.
  2. 2 studies of at least a degree of difficulty as R. Kreutzer: Study No. 6-42. One study must include double-stopping such as R. Kreutzer: No. 28-42.
  3. 1st movement of a violin concerto of at least a degree of difficulty as Mozart: G major or a concert piece of an equivalent degree of difficulty.
  4. A forwarded assignment which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination. The forwarded assignment may include examples from the orchestral literature.
  5. Sight-reading.

VIOLONCELLO

  1. 8 scales and triads in three octaves, chosen by the applicant, of which 4 in major, 2 in harmonic minor and 2 in melodic minor.
  2. 1 study of the same degree of difficulty as D. Popper or Duport.
  3. 1st movement of a cello concerto of the same degree of difficulty as Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major or a piece of a similar degree of difficulty (with piano accompaniment).
  4. A forwarded assignment, which is usually sent to the applicant’s e-mail 7 days prior to the entrance examination. The forwarded assignment may include examples from the orchestral literature.
  5. Sight-reading.

VOCALS

  1. An aria.
  2. A German lied.
  3. A song by a Danish composer with Danish text.
  4. Two assignments selected by the applicant him/herself.
  5. A forwarded assignment handed to the applicant after the exam. The applicant will have 40 min. for preparations with piano and relevant dictionaries.
  6. Sight singing of a not too difficult vocal composition with accompaniment (with or without text).

The works under items 1-4 must be sung from memory and must have a total duration of 15-20 min.

Other Principal Subject Examinations for Singers:

After test 1-6 an indicative examination is given in German and Italian with a view to proficiency assessment: Examination at an elementary level consisting of recitation and translation of a 10-20 line text in each of the two languages.

Classical Music - Master

QUALIFYING EDUCATIONS:

  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer from SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from another Danish academy of music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from an institute of further and higher education abroad at a level corresponding to SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music

SUPPLEMENTARY REQUIREMENTS:

The applicant must pass an entrance examination with a programme chosen by the applicant with a duration of 35 minutes and a level corresponding to a bachelor degree.

The applicant is responsible for any instrumental/accompanist. But if required, SDMK can assist in finding accompanists.  

Classical music - ADVANCED POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

Having passed a master's degree, students with a high talent for solo performance may apply for admission to the 2-year solo advanced postgraduate diploma. 

The admission requirement is a passed Master's degree from a Danish or foreign music conservatory or equivalent qualifications, as well as

• Project

• Practical test

•Conversation

One month prior to the practical test, the applicant submits a project description (in electronic form) containing a plan for how the study time is planned, stating the repertoire that will be studied as well as sketching the form and content of the debut concert.

The practical exam includes a self-selected program and ends with a conversation in which the applicant elaborates partly on his motivation to apply for admission to the soloist program and partly presents the aforementioned project description. 

 

For instrumentalists, the following applies in the practical test:

Applicants choose their own program of 35-40 minutes effective play time. 

It is emphasized that the repertoire reflects the applicant's special artistic talent, technical skills and solo potential. In addition, emphasis is put on showing stylistic breadth balanced according to the applicant's abilities. At least one chamber music piece which shows the applicant's ability
to enter into chamber music collaboration with other musicians is required. However, this does not apply to church musicians.

For singers, the following applies in the practical test:

The test takes place over 2 rounds (same day).

Round 1 (for everyone): a self-selected program of 20 minutes effective playing time is performed.

Round 2 (for selected): a self-selected program of 20 minutes effective playing time is also performed.

It is emphasized that the repertoire reflects the applicant's special artistic talent, technical skills and solo potential. In addition, emphasis is put on showing stylistic breadth balanced according to the applicant's abilities. At least one chamber music piece which shows the applicant's ability to enter into chamber music collaboration with other musicians is required. However, this does not apply to church musicians.

 

JAZZ/POP - Bachelor

All applicants are urged to express themselves within musical genres and difficulties comfortable to them. The various pieces may be different in a sense of style and character, but this is no demand. Furthermore, the academy has no advance priorities of definite styles or kinds of music within the jazz/rock field – neither regarding solo playing/-singing, nor ensemble playing or improvisation. The purpose of the whole test is to show the musicality of the applicant – not only the proficiency.

For the test in main subject, the applicants will have to bring along their own ensemble. If required, the academy may assist in finding accompanists. For practical reasons, it will be necessary to use the PA-unit of the academy. A list of other equipment may be procured from the study administration.

The 1st part of the audition is a test in your main subject (concert).

After this test, the jury will select applicants for the 2nd part of the audition.

The 2nd part of the audition consists of tests in ensemble-playing with an appointed group, a written test and an individual oral test in eartraning, piano & singing.

The main subject will be judged by a committee consisting of:

  • 1 head examiner (rector or deputy)
  • 1 external examiner
  • 1 in-house examiner

1ST PART (CONCERT):

Duration: approximately 20-25 min. including voting.
Judgment: You are graded on a scale of 7.

The test is only passed if you achieve a minimum of 02 in the compulsory part.

2ND PART (ENSEMBLE):

The jury selects a number of applicants from the 1st part to go through to the 2nd part of the tests.
The academy will put an ensemble at the applicant's disposal, with which the applicant must rehearse 2 music pieces.

You will also be tested in:

  • melodic imitation
  • playing by ear/improvisation
  • sight singing/playing

Duration: approximately 25 min., including voting
Judgment: You are graded on a scale of 7.
Jury: 2 in-house examiners

The test is only passed if you achieve a minimum of 02.

SUBSIDIARY SUBJECTS:

A collective written theory test.
Duration: approximately 45 min.

Judgment: You are graded on a scale of 7
Jury: 2 in-house examiners

The test is only passed if you achieve a minimum of 02.

INDIVIDUAL TEST IN EARTRAINING, PIANO & SINGING:

Duration, including preparation and voting: approx. 30 min.

  1. eartraning - including notationproficiency
  2. rhythmic imitation
  3. sight playing (30 minutes preparation is given)
  4. a song to the applicant's own accompaniment (duration: 2 minutes)

Judgment: You are given 3 individual grades on a scale of 7 for the following:

  1. eartraining & rhythmic imitation
  2. piano
  3. singing

Jury: 2 in-house examiners
The test is only passed if you achieve minimum 02 in each of the three tests.

Jazz/pop - Master

QUALIFYING EDUCATIONS:

  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer from SDMK - Danisk National Academy og Music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from another Danish academy of music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from an institute of further and higher education abroad at a level corresponding to the SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music

SUPPLEMENTARY REQUIREMENTS:

The applicant must pass an entrance examination with a programme chosen by themselves with a duration of 20 minutes and a level corresponding to the concert part of the bachelor project.
Also, the applicants undergo a short interview where they can elaborate on their motivation for applying to this specific class.

The judging committee consists of:

  • 1 head examiner (coordinator)
  • 1 internal examiner

Duration, including voting: approx. 30 min.

For the test in main subject, the applicants will have to bring along their own ensemble. If required, the academy may assist in finding accompanists.
Judgment:You will be graded on a scale of 7

Jazz/pop - ADVANCED POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA

REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for the two-year soloist education is a passed master’s degree from a Danish or foreign music academy or equivalent qualifications, as well as a

  • Project description
  • Entrance examination (performance)
  • Interview

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

One month prior to the entrance examination, all Applicants must send, by e-mail,  a project description outlining a predisposed study plan including a 2-year plan for project presentations for each semester.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION:

Applicants must perform a self-chosen programme of approximately 35-40 minutes. Emphasis will be put on a high instrumental/vocal and artistic level.

INTERVIEW:

The entrance examination ends with a short interview in which the applicant elaborates on his/her motivation to seek admission to the soloist education and also presents the aforementioned project description.

Jazz/pop Composer - master

QUALIFYING EDUCATIONS:

  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer from SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from another Danish academy of music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from an institute of further and higher education abroad at a level corresponding to SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music

SUPPLEMENTARY REQUIREMENTS:

The entrance exam for jazz/pop composer falls into two parts.

1. Concert

2. Test in composition

Concert

In the entrance exam, a self selected program of 20 minutes duration is presented. The applicant must demonstrate his/her skills in relation to theme presentation, accompaniment and improvisation. In addition, at least 2 minutes of unaccompanied solo play is performed.

If the applicant obtains a grade of 7 or higher, he or she goes on to a test in composition.

Test in composition

The applicant's own compositions are submitted (duration of at least 15 minutes) in either a score or a lead sheet format supplemented with audio documentation. In addition, a test is taken in motivational development, where the applicant chooses 2 different ones based on 5 submitted subjects.

The applicant is given 30 days to compose the following:

  • A composition in leadsheet format (2 systems can be used) with min. 32 and max. 50 bars.
  • A composition printed in score format for an optional solo instrument. The composition should last at least 1 minute

 

Assesment: The applicant will be graded on a scale of 7.

Folk music - bachelor

The entrance exam consists of an audition (concert) in a main subject and tests in general subjects.

The audition in main subject is evaluated by:

  • 1 internal head of examiners – the principal or his/her deputy
  • 1 external examiner
  • 1 internal teacher from the department of the main subject.

Duration: Unless otherwise indicated the audition takes approximately 30 minutes including evaluation.

The applicant plays a diversified programme at his own choice. The programme must include unaccompanied solo playing as well as ensemble playing, and at least one of the pieces must be a traditional Danish dance melody. At the examination, special attention is paid to musical expression and comprehensiveness, a firm sense of rhythm, as well as technical competence.

For the test in main subject, the applicants will have to bring along their own ensemble. If required, the academy may assist in finding accompanists.

Duration: 10 min.

SUPPLEMENTARY TEST.

  • Playing by ear: The applicant is tested in imitatingamelodyconstructedfor this purpose. Duration: app. 5 min.
  • Playing seconds: The applicant shows the ability of improvising by making seconds to the melody played under point 2a. If the main instrument is bass or drums/percussion, an accompaniment is made to the melody. Duration app. 5 minutes.
  • Sight singing/playing of a short melody.

ORAL EXAMINATION IN GENERAL SUBJECTS.

  • Singing:
    An unaccompanied Danish song/ballad chosen by the applicant is song by heart in Danish. The song must be suitable for singing without accompaniment. Text interpretation and musical expression is emphasized.
  • Piano:
    A written piece with melody, figuration and bass line is played as:
    1. Score playing (melody and bass)
    2. Figured accompaniment of the melody played/sung by the examiner.
    3. Figured playing with melody.
  • Oral test in aural proficiency/music theory.
    1. Imitation of triads and seventh chord.
    2. Auditive analysis of short, harmonious sequences.
    3. A sung melodious imitation of 3-5 short phrases. The last phrase to be sung by note names.
    4. A rhythmic imitation of 3-5 short phrases which are sung or clapped while holding a pulse with the foot.
    5. Unaccompanied sight singing of a simple melody.
    6. Rhythm reading, sight performance of examples of a 1-line system.

    Preparation: 15 minutes of preparation are given for item b. Total duration of the test: app. 45 min.
     

  • Written Test in Aural Proficiency.
    1. Transcription of a played melody.
    2. Interval listening within an octave – upwards, downwards, and simultaneous.
    3. Triad listening: major, minor, augmented, diminished and sus in root position and inversions.
    4. Seventh chord hearing: maj7, 7, m7(b5), o (dim) in root position and inversions.

    Duration: 75 min.
     

  • Written Test in Theory.
    1. Interval reading
    2. Chord reading (triads and seventh chords) as well as notation acc. to figuration. To be read and noted in bass- as well as treble clef.
    3. Scale/mode knowledge (all modalities as well as the three minor types) To be noted in bass- as well as treble clef.
    4. Harmonious analysis of a short movement (figuration- or function analysis)
    5. Harmonization of a melody.
    6. Preparation of a part for a melody.

    Duration: 90 min.

Folk music - master

Entrance requirements for the master programme as instrumentalist or singer:

QUALIFYING EDUCATIONS:

  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer from SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from another Danish academy of music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from an institute of further and higher education abroad at a level corresponding to SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music

SUPPLEMENTARY REQUIREMENTS:

The applicant must pass an entrance examination with a programme chosen by the applicant with a duration of 20 minutes and a level corresponding to the concert part of the bachelor project.

The judging committee consists of:

  • 1 head examiner (coordinator)
  • 1 internal examiner

For the test in main subject, the applicants will have to bring along their own ensemble. If required, the academy may assist in finding accompanists.

Duration, including voting: approx. 30 min.
Judgment:You will be graded on a scale of 7

NORDIC MASTER IN FOLK MUSIC (NOFO)

QUALIFYING EDUCATIONS:

  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer from SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music 
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from another Danish academy of music
  • BA in music as instrumentalist/singer or corresponding education from an institute of further and higher education abroad at a level corresponding to SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music

Electronic Music and Sound Art - bachelor

On the bachelor level you'll acquire knowledge, skills and competences to become an electronic musician, composer, sound artist and entrepreneur on the artistic scene. The education aims to develop your special musical talent and your artistic profile.

The majority of our graduates work both as performers, teachers and project managers; therefore both artistic, educational and vocational subjects are included in the bachelor program. In addition, general technical and aesthetic subjects that support the music professional development are embedded in the curriculum.


When you apply you must submit the following:

Material

1.  

One or more artistic works of a duration of no more than around 15 minutes. The material must have been made by you. If others have participated in its production, this must be clearly stated. The material can reflect several aspects of your artistic work.

Please submit the material as audio files or a multimedia presentation.

 

 2. 

Written account of the submitted material. The written material must be no more than 2 A4 pages and contain an account of:

 

  • - The overall idea of the work(s)
  • - The potential you recognise in the material
  • - Your artistic experience -
  • - Your reasons for applying for admission to the programme


Material and formats
 

Entrance exam 

  1. You must make a technical exposition of your material. The exposition can last no more than 10 minutes. The purpose of the exposition is to demonstrate your technical approach in working with sound. The exposition must therefore give a presentation of a wide range of the techniques you use and should not focus on a single technical aspect of your production. You choose which techniques you want to focus on. The presentation must be made on a computer or the instrument for which the work is intended.
  2. The technical exposition will be followed by a thorough conversation about the material you have submitted. Focus will be on the artistic ideas behind the production, including sources of inspiration, target group and potential. The conversation will last no more than 10 minutes.

You must bring your own computer or instrument for the presentation. Mixer and speakers will be available.   

AFTER THE EXAMINATION

After the conversation you will receive one overall mark for your performance and the submitted material. The mark will reflect the degree to which you are considered ready to achieve the programme learning goals.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND SOUND ART - master

The Master's degree aims to provide you with specialized knowledge, skills and competences as an electronic musician, composer and sound artist at the highest artistic level. The program also aims at developing your own unique artistic profile.

Qualifications
 

  • A bachelor degree in electronic music from SDMK or an equivalent Danish or foreign music academy
  • A bachelor degree (in music) or equivalent from a institution of higher education  

 
Material
 

When you apply you must submit the following:

  1. One or more artistic works of a duration of no more than around 25 minutes. The material must have been made by you. If others have participated in its production, this must be clearly stated. The material can reflect several aspects of your artistic work. Please submit the material as audio files or a multimedia presentation.
  2. Written account of the submitted material. The written material must be no more than 2 A4 pages and contain an account of:
  • - The overall idea of the work(s)
  • - The potential you recognise in the material
  • - Your artistic experience 
  • - Your reasons for applying for admission to the programme

Material and formats Entrance exam

  1. You must make a technical exposition of your material. The exposition can last no more than 10 minutes. The purpose of the exposition is to demonstrate your technical approach in working with sound. The exposition must therefore give a presentation of a wide range of the techniques you use and should not focus on a single technical aspect of your production. You choose which techniques you want to focus on. The presentation must be made on a computer or the instrument for which the work is intended.
  2. The technical exposition will be followed by a thorough conversation about the material you have submitted. Focus will be on the artistic ideas behind the production, including sources of inspiration, target group and potential. The conversation will last no more than 10 minutes.

You must bring your own computer or instrument for the presentation. Mixer and speakers will be available.

AFTER THE EXAMINATION

After the conversation you will receive one overall mark for your performance and the submitted material. The mark will reflect the degree to which you are considered ready to achieve the programme learning goals.

Film scoring - master

When you apply for admission, you must attach the following:

One or more examples of material you have produced, though no more than 4 different examples. Your application material must concern composition, editing of music or music for film, TV or video. The material may reflect more than one aspect of your artistic work. Please submit the material as video or audio files.

A written description (no more than 1 A4 page) of the attached material. The description must account for: 

  • Your overall ideas and thoughts with regard to composing and editing music for film, TV or video.
  • Your artistic experiences.
  • Why you apply for admission to the programme.

Submission

When you fill in your application, you will be asked to upload material. The material must be uploaded in the following formats: 

  • Sound must be uploaded in WAV format (minimum of 44.1 kHz/16 bit)
  • Video must be uploaded in MP4 format (H.264/AVC)
  • Text must be uploaded in PDF format

Entrance Examination

The entrance examination consists of an interview focussing on the material you have submitted. The interview will focus on the artistic ideas behind the production. You must bring your own computer or instrument to the presentation. Mixer and loudspeakers will be available.