Classical Piano admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

Admission requirements are the same for in person and online applicants unless indicated otherwise.

Main subject:

  • J.S. Bach: One prelude and fugue - from  the Wohltemperiertes Klavier series
  • One complete classical sonata
  • One significant romantic piece
  • One 20th century piece
  • One virtuosic etude

Only for BA applicants (not applicable to non-degree applicants):

  • One contemporary piano piece composed for the entrance examination – sheet music is made available one month before the entrance examination. 


All pieces are to be played from memory.

For online applcants only: the full audition programme must be recorded in one take, no cutting is allowed.



General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (diatonic triads and seventh-chords, their inversions; double dominant; sharpened subdominants with diminished seventh [#IIo7, #IVo7] and their inversions), knowledge of simple and complex forms (incl. compound ternary form [Trio form]).
Written examination:
1.) Dictation of a four-part harmonic progression (max. 15 chords), notation of all parts; indication of the harmonic progression with figures above or below the bass line (figured bass) or with Roman and Arabic numerals. (Played 6 times.)
2.) Writing out, in close voicing, of two four-part harmonic progressions (max. 11 chords) from Roman and Arabic numberals.
3.) Dictation of a Baroque imitative polyphonic excerpt (max. 8 bars, 4/4 time signature, generally moving in quavers; played 10 times).
4.) Dictation of a sequence including ten triads and seventh-chords (and their inversions) built on common bass note. The chords should also be named. (Played 3 times.)
5.) Indication of the parts of simple and compound binary and ternary forms of a musical excerpt given on the spot. Indication of proper keys, modulations, cadences and functions are also needed.
Oral examination:
1.) Playing (on the keyboard) of four-part harmonic progressions in close voicing (max. 11 chords) with appropriate voice-leading (after dictation).
2.) Sight-singing of the vocal part of a German romantic song – selected first of all from the works of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms (max. 12 bars).



  • Informal conversation about the folk music of the candidate's country.