Entrance Tests for Percussion

When you apply to the Master's programme in Performance, Classical music – Orchestra, you need to take an entrance examination test. Here is everything you need to know to complete the test.

Application code: KMH-19000

Test 1 – Digital audition

The first audition is digital. This test is a selection that determines which applicants will get to take Test 2.

Record a video with an etude, an orchestral excerpt, a solo piece, or a part thereof, on either Snare Drum or any Melodic Percussion instrument. The duration of your performance should not exceed 3 minutes and preferably should not include any of the material you have prepared for Test 2.

The Master's programme includes an artistic master thesis project. Write 1 A4 page with a preliminary project idea for the master thesis.

Write a brief CV where you present your education and other activities that are relevant to your application.

Make a repertoire list with the names of your prepared pieces for the entrance examination (including possible Test 2). Include your personal details and the programme, profile, and instrument for which you are applying. Your repertoire list should be in PDF format.

After you have submitted your application at universityadmissions.se External link. and once the application deadline has passed, you will receive more information via email about how to submit your test to KMH.

Instructions for the video recording

For your video to be admissible, you need to

  • Provide proof of your identity by showing a photo ID card together with your face in the video. State the name of the piece you will perform and the test code.
  • Perform your piece. Your face and your hands must be visible throughout the entire video. It should be easy to see both you and your instrument.
  • Record your video in one single uninterrupted take. No clips or other edits are allowed.
  • It is fine to make your video with a mobile phone, but make sure your setup allows you to record without too much room acoustic, distortion, or noise. All recordings should have good image quality with sharp focus and good light.
  • Allowed formats are MP4 or MOV. Try to keep the file size around 500 MB if possible.

If you do not follow these instructions, and we find that your video shows signs of modification, your audition may be disqualified from consideration.

Test code: LS 21.1b Huvudämne klassisk musik ork – Step 1
Assessment: The test is qualifying, and the result is evaluated on a pass (1) or fail (0) basis. The jury assesses your technical skill and musical performance.

Your result will be notified by email. All passing applicants will proceed to the next test.

Test 2 – Audition main instrument

This audition is conducted on-site on campus.

For this test, you are required to perform the following as listed below:

  • A free-choice solo on any instrument of your preference, with a maximum duration of 7 minutes.

The compulsory pieces (as listed below) consist of excerpts from works to be played on Snare Drum, Timpani, Tambourine, and Melodic Percussion.

Excerpts from the following compositions:

  • Melodic Percussion: Shostakovich - The Bolt and Mozart - The Magic Flute.
  • Snare Drum: Rossini - from the overture to La Gazza Ladra and Prokofiev - from Peter and the Wolf.
  • Timpani: Beethoven - excerpts from Symphony No. 9, Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphoses, Sibelius.
  • Tambourine: Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite.

Click here for the sheet music excerpts External link, opens in new window.

Duration of the test: Approximately 30-40 minutes.

Print and bring your CV, your repertoire list and your project idea for the master thesis and give it to the jury.

The jury can ask questions about your project idea and have a short conversation with you about your background and your plans in music.

Test code: LS 21.1b Huvudämne klassisk musik ork – Step 2
Test time: approx. 15–30 minutes
Assessment: The test is qualifying and a basis for selection. 0-50 p, of which 25 p are required for a pass. The jury assesses your technical skill and musical performance.