5. Exam contents, Jam Session

5. Exam contents


Structure of the exam

 

The entrance exam consists of two parts (A and B) having the finality of assessing the abilities of the candidates for studying Artistic Higher Education. Part A will be qualified as Pass or Fail, giving access to part B which computes the 100% of the final qualification.

Those applicants who own the Professional Degree will take a specific aural recognition and musical analysis exam instead of part A, as long as the title is of the same instrument to which it is applying.


 

◉ Content of the exam

 

‣ Specific exam for those applicants who own the Professional Degree

 

Exercise

Descripción

Peso

Score analysis

Analysis exercises of style, context, form, harmony, melody and arrangement from a score.

Duration: 45 minutes

50%

Aural analysis

Aural recognition exercises of style, form, harmony, melody and arrangement from an audio.

Duration: 45 minutes

50%

 


 

‣ Exam for applicants to music Performance major

 

Part A

 

Musical analysis

Exercise Description

Weight

Score analysis

Analysis exercises of style, context, form, harmony, melody and arrangement from a score.

Duration: 90 minutes

40%

 

Aural recognition

Exercise Description Weight
Aural analysis

Aural recognition exercises of style, form, harmony, melody and arrangement from an audio.

Duration: 60 minutes

25%
Melodic-rhythmic dictation

Transcription of a melody.

Duration: 30 minutes

15%
Harmonic dictation

Transcription of a chord progression.

Duration: 30 minutes

20%

 

Part B

 

Exercise

Description Weight
Performance

Repertoire made up of five music pieces of various styles and periods where the applicant shows his mastery of the instrument.

Duration: 40 minutes

40%
Working session

Sight-reading and simulation of a lesson where questions related to scales, arpeggios, transportation, chord voicings and accompaniment will be asked from a piece of the repertoire proposed by the applicant.

Duration: 30 minutes

30%
Improvisation

Improvisation on two rhythmic-harmonic backing tracks given by the center.

Duration: 15 minutes

30%

 


 

‣ Exam for applicants to music Pedagogy major

 

Part A

 

Musical analysis

Exercise Description Weight
Score analysis

Analysis exercises of style, context, form, harmony, melody and arrangement from a score.

Duration: 90 minutes

40%

 

Aural recognition

Exercise Description Weight
Aural analysis

Aural recognition exercises of style, form, harmony, melody and arrangement from an audio.

Duration: 60 minutes

25%
Melodic-rhythmic dictation Transcription of a melody.

Duration: 30 minutes

15%
Harmonic dictation

Transcription of a chord progression.

Duration: 30 minutes

20%

 

Part B

 

Exercise Description Weight
Performance

Repertoire made up of five music pieces of various styles and periods where the applicant shows his mastery of the instrument.

Duration: 40 minutes

40%
Pedagogical passage

Writing of a pedagogical passage based on a specific learning context and learning outcomes to reach.

Duration: 60 minutes

30%
Exposition

Preparation and exposition of a topic to value the teaching and communication skills of the applicant.

Duration: 40 minutes (30’ for preparation and 10’ for exposition)

30%

 


 

‣ Exam for applicants to Sonology major

 

Part A

 

Musical analysis

Exercise Description Weight
Score analysis

Analysis exercises of style, context, form, harmony, melody and arrangement from a score.

Duration: 90 minutes

30%

 

Aural recognition

Exercise Description Weight
Aural analysis

Aural recognition exercises of style, form, harmony, melody and arrangement from an audio.

Duration: 60 minutes

20%
Melodic-rhythmic dictation Transcription of a melody.

Duration: 30 minutes

10%
Harmonic dictation

Transcription of a chord progression.

Duration: 30 minutes

10%

 

Instrumental exercise

Exercise Description

Weight

Instrumental

Performance of a instrumental piece chosen by the center to show the mastering of the instrument.

Duration: 10 minutes

30%

 

Part B

 

Exercise

Description Weight
Sound analysis

Critic analysis on a audio clip referring to audio processing, timbres and sound spacing.

Duration: 45 minutes

50%
Tratamiento de audio

Edition and processing of a audio clip applying effects, reverbs and working with MIDI.

Duration: 60 minutes

50%

 


Check the evaluation criteria for part A and B at the following link: https://portaldogc.gencat.cat/utilsEADOP/PDF/8452/1860937.pdf

ⓘ Applicants must bring a mobile or tablet and headphones to listen to the audios of part A and the specific exercise for those who own a Professional degree. On the same day of the exam, some links will be provided to access the audios.

ⓘ As a guide, the center publishes a list of reference music pieces for each instrument. In any case, the repertoire is free even having the opportunity of performing its own compositions at an equivalent level to those proposed by the center. Stylistic diversity will be valued.

ⓘ Applicants must bring two copies of the scores of the chosen repertoire.

ⓘ The performance part can be performed with accompanying musicians provided by the applicant or, in exceptional cases (COVID restrictions or large geographical displacements).


 

◉ Reference repertoire

 

Electric bass

 

Daft punk – Get lucky

Dream theater – Erotomania

Juan Nelson – Steal my kisses

Marcus Miller – Power

Rafael Escoté – M’acabo això i marxem

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark necessities

Richard Bona – Playground

Rush – Circumstances

Stevie Wonder – For once in my life

Vulfpeck – 1612

Yes – Roundabout

 

Drums

 

The Beatles – Come together (Oz Noy version)

Kamaad Williams – Broken theme

Mongo Santamaria – Afro blue (Dereck Trucks Band)

Nigel Hall – Swagism

The Pineaple thief – Alone at sea

Stanton Moore – Everything I do gone be funk

 

Electric guitar

 

The Aristocrats – Bad asteroid

Andy Timmons – Pink champagne sparkle

Joe Satriani – Premonition

Mark Lettieri – Little minx

Nick Johnston – Poison touch

Rick Lollar Band – I’ve been driving

Robben Ford and The Blue Line – The brother

 

Piano and keyboard

 

Adele – Rolling in the deep (Dirty Loops version)

Brad Mehldau – Blackbird

Brad Mehldau – Exit music (for a film)

Britney Spears – Circus (Dirty Loops version)

Bruce Springsteen – I’m on fire (Aaron Parks version)

Cory Henry – Gotcha Now Doc

The Doors – Light my fire (Medeski, Martin, Wood and John Scofield version)

Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Seven days of falling

Hiatus Kaiyote – Molasses

Ibrahim Maalouf – Essentialles

Ibrahim Maalouf – Free spirit

Mongo Santamaria – Afro blue (Robert Glasper – Black Radio)

Roy Hargrove – Strasburg St. Denis

 

Sax

 

Ben Wendel – Soli

Bob Sheppard – Gazelle

Bob Reynolds – Down south

Chris Potter – Snake oil

David Binney – Arlmyn Trangent

Kamasi Washington – Desire

Michael Brecker – Slang

Miguel Zenon – Colobó

Rudresh Mahanthappa – On the DI

Steve Coleman – The tao of mad phat

Steve Lehman – Post-modern pharaohs

Yellowjackets – Boomtown

 

Violin

 

Didier Lockwood – Sleight of hands

Jimi Hendrix – Little wing (violin version)

Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo child (violin version)

Joe Deninzon – Contusion

Mark O’Connor – The devil comes back to Georgia

Michael Jackson (Rhett Price ft DSharp) – Beat it

Michael Jackson – Smooth criminal (violin version)

Santana – Europa (Tracy Silverman version)

Steffen Shackinger – The dixieland

Stephean Grapelli – Misty

 

Voice

 

Amy Winehouse – Moody’s mood for love

Björk – Human behaviour

Black Sabbath – Heaven and hell

Deep Purple – Speed king

Evanescence – Bring me to life

The Fugees – Ready or not

Halestorm – I get off

Hiatus Kaiyote – Nakamarra

Iron Maiden – Flight of Icarus

Jamie Cullum – Save your soul

Lady Gaga – I’ll never love again

Led Zeppelin – Immigrant song

Nathy Peluso – La Passione

Rihanna – Love on the brain

Screaming Headless Torsos – Vinnie

YEBBA – Evergreen

 


 

◉ Compulsory songs for the instrumental exam to music Sonology major

 

Electric bass

 

S. Bach – Cello suite Nº1 en Sol mayor

 

Drums

 

Estudi tècnic del llibre Nivell 8 de bateria (Escola de Música Jam Session)

 

Electric guitar

 

Deep Purple – Lazy (Intro and solo from 1:40 to 3:03 approx.); Hal Leonard Deep Purple Machine Head Tab Book ed. Hal Leonard.

 

Piano and keyboard

 

Rush – La Villa Strangiato (Core music publishing, piano edition)

 

Sax

 

Bob Mintzer (14 Blues & Funk etudes) – Shuffle de-funk

 

Violin

 

Kreutzer – Estudi nº 1 (42 studies for violin)

 

Voice

 

Blues for the Bean. Blues scattitudes de Bob Stoloff

 

 


 

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