Admission to the Bachelor´s Programme Composition and Music Theory

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With the emphasis on Composition or on Music Theory

The admission to the Bachelor´s Programme Composition and Music Theory presupposes the successful completion of an entrance exam, which consists of a written and an oral part. You have to pass the written part, in order to be able to take the oral part.  

Two optional registration deadlines are provided each academic year for the entrance exam:

  • 3 June
  • 3 September

Please apply online according to the chosen application deadline. In the course of the online application you have to choose your desired main emphasis (Composition or. Music Theory). The choice of both emphases is possible.

>>> Important information about the changed entrance exam procedure due to COVID-19


Procedure of the entrance exam:


Part 1: Written exam (duration: 3 hours):

  • Aural exam
  • Music Theory
  • Instrumentation
  • Music History
  • Analysis
  • Harmony
  • Counterpoint


Part 2: Oral exam:

  • Testing piano skills
  • Main emphasis Composition: Submission of independent compositional attempts
  • Main emphasis Music Theory: Submission of independent music theoretical works (e.g. stylistic exercises and analyses)
  • Possibly carrying out further tasks set by the examination board


Here you can find a detailed description of the exam content.

All further information about the Bachelor´s Programme Composition and Music Theory can be found in the curriculum

The entrance exam is passed when all parts have been successfully completed.



Please mind: After passing the entrance exam you are not automatically admitted to the Degree Programme – the enrolment has to be done personally at the Registrar´s Office (Palais Meran, Leonhardstraße 15, ground floor) in time! See also "First steps to becoming a student"!

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