Composition

You can choose to take the audition at several levels of the Academy:

Entrance examination for the bachelor's programme

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

Principal study (duration: 30 minutes incl. assessment)

The application must contain the following information:

  • The applicant's expectations towards the curriculum
  • The applicant's previous education and possible professional experience (please enclose documentation)
  • The applicant's previous artistic activities, if any
The applicant must submit 3-6 of his/her compositions together with the application form. (Each piece - whether in written form or as recorded material - must be made available in 3 copies - please note that the material will not be returned).

The applicant may be invited to a discussion with the examiners about the submitted compositions.

Assessment

1 mark is awarded according to the 7 point grading scale. The test will be passed succesfully, only if the applicant has achieved a minimum mark of 02 in the principal subject examination. If the applicant passes the principal study audition, he or she then takes further examinations in supporting subjects. These examinations are identical for all Bachelor's programmes.

Supplementary requirements

Written Theory Tests

  • Harmonization: Four-part homophonic harmonization of melody in major or minor (4 hour test with a piano at disposal)
  • Counterpoint: 6 hours with a piano at disposal. The applicant's own choice of either:
  • A 3-part imitation movement in Palestrina style (12-16 bars) with a given theme and text.
  • or
  • A 3-part fugue exposition in Bach style with a given subject which must be developed into a new entrance or cadence.
    or
  • 3-part dodecaphonic movement (12-16 bars) for three freely chosen instruments on the basis of a given twelve-note row.

On the application form the candidate must state which of the three tests of counterpoint he/she wishes to take. See examples on the test from the entrance examinations 2010 here: Harmonization, Fugue exposition, dodecaphonic movement.

Oral theory tests

  • Analysis: Discussion of a work or excerpts from a work. One hour preparation time with score and recording.
  • Score knowledge: The applicant must explain the standard arrangement of a classical full score and the use of transposing instruments.
  • Piano sight reading of a Bach chorale notated on two staves (or a movement with a similar degree of difficulty).
Oral theory tests are taken at the same time. Duration: approximately 30 minutes + 1 hour's preparation.

The theory tests are evaluated with one joint grade on the 7 point grading scale.

If the applicant passes the principal study audition, he or she then takes further examinations in supporting subjects: eartraining / theory. These examinations are identical for all Bachelor programmes. Furthermore an additional test in piano is required:

Piano for composers

  • J. S. Bach: A 3-part Invention, or another work of a corresponding nature.
  • Piece chosen by the applicant. Minimum requirement e.g. one of the more easy Classical sonatas or a Romantic or modern work with a similar degree of difficulty.
The admission candidate may demonstrate proficiency in improvisation and realization of chord symbols if he/she so wishes.

Duration: 15 minutes. The test is prohibitive.

Should the admission candidate prefer to demonstrate his/her level of musicianship on an instrument other than piano, the entrance requirements for that instrument as a major subject for the Bachelor level apply. In addition the applicant must make an audition in piano as a supporting subject at the Bachelor level. Both these auditions are prohibitive.

Entrance examination for the master's programme

The entrance examination consists of a audition in the principal study.

 

Applicants must submit 3-5 examples of their own musical composition (Each piece - whether in written form or as recorded material - must be made available in 2 copies - please note that the material will not be returned). The submitted compositions should document the applicant’s technical skills as well as his or hers degree of musical expression.

The applicants may be called for an interview about their submitted works.

 

Duration of the entrance examination max. 20 minutes (30 minutes including assessment).

 

The entrance examination is censured by two internal censors and a grade is awarded according to the 7 point grading scale.

 

Entrance examination for the advanced postgraduate (soloist) programme

Application fee

When you apply, you must pay a fee of DKK 500 into the following account:
Bank identification no.: 3001, account no.: 640 3727. Remember to always state your name – otherwise we can't see who has paid in the money.

For international transfers: 
SWIFT code/BIC: DABADKKK. IBAN no.: DK92 3000 0006 4037 27. Remember to include your name.

Form, content and assessment of the examination

The entrance examination consists of a principal study audition.

 

Applicants are requested to submit 4-5 works of different types. No less than 2 of those works must also be handed in as recorded form (Each piece - whether in written form or as recorded material - must be made available in 3 copies - please note that the material will not be returned).

 

The applicants may be called for an interview about their submitted works.

 

Duration of the entrance examination: 20 minutes (30 minutes including assessment). A grade is given on the Danish 7 point grade scale. The grade is awarded by an admissions commitee.