ITALIAN LANGUAGE

Foreign candidates who successfully pass their main subjects examinations and auditions are required to take an Italian Language test on September 16th 2019 (written test) and 17th (oral exam). It is mandatory to take both. All other certifications are not automatically accepted.

Monday, September 16th 2019 at 9,30am - WRITTEN TEST at Auditorium del Carmine

Tuesday, September 17th 2019 at 10,00am - ORAL EXAM (students who passed the written test only) - room and scheduling will be announced together with the written test results

FUNDAMENTAL SUBJECTS

Candidates who successfully pass their main subject examinations and auditions are also required to take entrance exams in four fundamental subjects:

  1. Sight Reading and Ear Training
  2. Harmony and Analysis
  3. History of music
  4. Piano Practice

Fundamental subjects entrance exams will take place from Thursday, September 12st to Saturday, September 14th 2019 as follows:

Thursday, September 12st
10:00 Harmony (written test).
from 10:00 Piano Practice (individual auditions).
from 14:00 Analysis (individual auditions - only with successful written test).

Friday, September 13th
10:00 Ear Training (written test).
12:00 Music History (written test).
from 14:00 Ear Training (individual test). For some students Eartraining individual test may be on Saturday, depending on the number of the students involved.

Saturday, September 14st
from 10:00 Ear Training (individual test). Continuation of the individual exams from Friday.

CERTIFICATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Candidates with final preacademic certification in one or more fundamental subjects issued by an Italian Conservatorio, Istituto Musicale Pareggiato or equivalent acknowledged EU institution will have to take exams for uncertified subjects only. For any certifications issued by non-EU institutions, the candidate must provide appropriate documentation, accompanied by certified translation, stating not only the names of the subjects, but also the program actually carried out in each of them. This documentation must be received by the Secretariat by August 24th 2019 and if positively evaluated, will allow the exemption in one or more fundamental subject exams.

DEBTS AND REMEDIAL COURSES

ENROLLMENT WITH REMEDIAL COURSE(S)

Eligible candidates with minor debts in Fundamental subjects can enroll as regular students (depending on availability for each Course) and will have to attend one or more remedial courses in order to fill formative gaps by the end of the first academic year (i.e. winter session of next a.y., Feb/Mar 2021 for studentes enrolled in a.y. 2019/2020), otherwise they will be dismissed.

ENROLLMENT AS CORSO SINGOLO CON DEBITI (SINGLE SUBJECT WITH REMEDIAL COURSES)

If formation gaps related to Italian language and Fundamental subjects are so wide to compromise the academic curriculum, the student is given the opportunity to enroll as Single subject with remedial courses. An examination board appointed by the Director will take into account the results for each student.

Students with severe linguistic debt and Fundament subjects debt will attend:

  • Italian language remedial course (annual course, compulsory attendance)
  • Main subject
  • Eartraining and/or Piano practice remedial course(s) (if needed)

If History of music and/or harmony remedial courses are needed, the student may access them only starting on the next a.y. after filling the Italian language gap.

Students with severe debts other than Language will attend:

  • Italian language strenghtening course (annual course, compulsory attendance, only for foreign students and only if needed)
  • Main subject
  • One or more Remedial courses according to the exam's result.

Students enrolled as Single subject with remerdial courses must fill formative gaps by the end of the first ACTUAL academic year (i.e. Feb/Mar 2022 for studentes enrolled in a.y. 2019/2020 as Single subject with remerdial courses and 2020/21 as first ACTUAL academic year), otherwis they will be dismissed.

FURTHER INFORMATION

You can also get in touch with Counseling services at Conservatorio. Please send an email to our Counsellor at: tutor@conservatorio.pr.it

FUNDAMENTAL SUBJECTS PROGRAMS

SIGHT READING AND EARTRAINING

Candidates for admission of Singing Bachelor Course

Written test
1. music dictation from a recorded track. Candidates will have to complete the missing parts of a partial transcription
2. music theory questions related to the dictation track

Practice test
1. rhythmic sight reading (one and two parts)
2. sight singing (with piano accompaniment)
3. sight singing (without piano accompaniment), with rhythmic variants on the same melodic line
4. sight singing on ancient clefs (with or without piano accompaniment)
5. sight singing with lyrics (with piano accompaniment)

Candidates for admission of Jazz and Pop Bachelors Courses

Written test
1. music dictation from a recorded track. Candidates will have to complete the missing parts of a partial transcription
2. chords and harmonic intervals identification (played at the piano)

Practice test
1. rhythmic sight reading (one part)
2. sight singing (with piano accompaniment)
3. sight singing (without piano accompaniment), with rhythmic variants on the same melodic line

All other candidates

Written test
1. music dictation from a recorded track. Candidates will have to complete the missing parts of a partial transcription
2. music theory questions related to the dictation track
3. chords and harmonic intervals identification (played at the piano)

Practice test
1. rhythmic sight reading (one and two parts)
2. sight singing (without piano accompaniment), with rhythmic variants on the same melodic line
3. sight singing on ancient clefs (with or without piano accompaniment)
4. piano sight reading of single lines from an orchestra score; candidates must know ancient clefs and transposing instruments

Teoria e Solfeggio certification (Traditional instrumentalists courses) is acknowledged.

HARMONY AND ANALYSIS

Written test
Harmony test (max duration: 3 hours)

Oral test
Analysis of one fugue out of two presented by the candidate.
Discussion concerning harmony subjects (modules I-VII) and analysis subjects (modules I-IV) from Syllabus di armonia e analisi.

Cultura musicale generale biennal certification (Traditional courses), compimento medio di Organo e composizione organistica and compimento inferiore di Composizione (Traditional courses) are acknowledged.

HISTORY OF MUSIC

1)    History of music core concepts:
a)    periodization b) oral/written traditions, handwritten/printed music, monody/poliphony, modality/tonality, syllabic/melismatic style
2)    Classical heritage in western music. The musical conceptions of the Greeks: ethos, Pitagora and sound/number relationship, spheres harmony, Greek tragedy.
3)    The Christian sacred music, Gregorian chant and Middle age secular singing. The birth of music writing. Guido of Arezzo.
4)    Birth and development of polyphony from the School of Notre-Dame to the XV century. Ars nova in France and Italy: Machault and Landini. Franco-Flemish composers in Europe: Dufay, Ockeghem, Desprez.
5)    XVI century: the madrigal and the search for an expressive integration between text and music. Luca Marenzio and Carlo Gesualdo. Claudio Monteverdi and Seconda pratica. Sacred music: Palestrina and the Gabrielis. Development of instrumental music.  Voices and instruments during Renaissance.
6)    The birth of Opera and musical dramaturgy: Court Opera vs. Impresario Opera. Claudio Monteverdi and Venetian Opera. Italian Opera structural featureslibretto and drama: aria and recitativo.
7)    Music and drama in France: from ballet de cour to tragédie lyrique by Lully and Rameau: air et récit.
8)    Ballet in instrumental music during the XVI and XVII century: the Suite. Frescobaldi: emancipation of instrumental music through the expression of affects. Development of Concerto from Corelli to Vivaldi.
9)    Opera seria and Opera buffa during the XVIII century. Italian Opera abroad.  Wien: Zeno, Metastasio, Calzabigi and Gluck, Salieri, Da Ponte and Mozart. The Singspiel.
10)    Johann Sebastian Bach, Friedrich Handel, Domenico Scarlatti.
11)    From Galant style to Classicism: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
12)    Franz Schubert. Romantic composers: Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt.
13)    The late XIX century: Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler.
14)     XIX century Opera in Italy and Europe: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti. Structural features of the early nineteenth century Opera. Giuseppe Verdi.
15)    German Opera: Richard Wagner.

Bibliography (one chosen)
D. J. GROUT, Storia della musica in Occidente, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1984 e rist.
E. SURIAN, Manuale di Storia della musica, voll. I-IV, Milano, Rugginenti, 1991- e rist.
M. CARROZZO – C. CIMAGALLI, Storia della musica occidentale, voll. I- II, Roma, Armando, 1997- 98 e rist.
P. FABBRI – M.C. BERTIERI, Musica e società, vol. I, Milano, Mc Graw Hill, 2012

Storia ed estetica musicale final certification (Traditional courses and Pre-academic courses) are acknowledged.

PIANO PRACTICE

a) a program at the student's choice with a duration of not less than 5 minutes including pieces of at least two different historical periods
OR
b) sight reading test with piano pieces as difficult as the section "a mani unite" of the method "A prima vista" by Jeremy Norris (ISBN 979-0-041-82896-1).

Pianoforte complementare triennal or quadriennal Italian certification (Traditional courses) is acknowledged.

Candidates for admission of the following Bachelors courses are exempt from piano practice test: Accordion, Classic guitar, Coaching, Harp, Harpsichord and historical keyboards, Jazz piano, Lute, Organ and composition for organ, Piano, Pop keyboards, Vocal chamber music for pianists.

Candidates for admission of the following Bachelor courses will take the Score reading test together with the main subject audition:  Choir conducting and choral composition, Composition,  Conducting, Orchestration for wind orchestra.

FUNDAMENTAL SUBJECTS TESTS SPECIMENS

Here you can download some tests specimens, in order to better understand the difficulty level for each fundamental subject:

Tests specimens