Entrance examinations for the candidates who choose Conducting (master’s degree):

Stage 1. Core subject examinations

• conducting two prepared symphonic pieces (a transcription for two pianos): one piece from the classical repertoire and one piece from the romantic or late romantic repertoire
• reading scores – discussion of the presented scores (defining the texture, style, instrumentation, up to recognizing the piece) and playing the presented score on the piano;
• an oral examination testing the area of knowledge required at the completion of the undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) programme in conducting;
• piano playing – presentation of a piece (from memory) allowing the assessment of the candidate’s piano technique. Sight-reading and playing piano transcriptions.

Stage 2. Supplementary examinations (it does not apply to the candidates who have completed a programme of study in the fields of composition and theory of music and conducting within the Polish system of musical education)

• harmony – an oral practical examination
1. A proposal of the functional interpretation and harmonization of the provided soprano.
2. Performing harmonization of the provided melody line on the piano (in four-voice or any other texture)
3. Performing the provided modulation on the piano (diatonic, chromatic or enharmonic – at the candidate’s option).
4. A harmonic analysis of a musical text fragment (classicism, romanticism – piano literature).

• ear training – an oral practical examination
An aural analysis of complex chord structures and harmonic patterns; voice performance of atonal melody and rhythmic exercises of considerable complexity.

• music literature – a written examination
Identification of an appropriate stylistic period or composer and a brief discussion of problems related to them – based on musical examples.