Entrance Examination

The examination tests are organized regarding these two main arguments:

  • THEORETICAL TESTS: Theory and Harmony arguments, progressive tests.
  • PRACTICAL TESTS: The candidate will be requested to play two tunes individually and in a combo, one of the tunes can be chosen by the candidate while the other will be chosen by the commission among the tunes listed at this address

Theoretical Tests Description

The theoretical test will be given before the practical test, allowing the commission to observe the general picture of the candidate’s knowledge. This test will be divided into two distinct sections:

1) Music Theory (approximate duration: 1 hour)

The written test is designed to demonstrate knowledge of interludes, scales, chords, chord symbols, etc. The test will focus on the following areas:

  • Demonstration of theoretical knowledge of interludes, scales and triads

  • Reading bass and treble clefs

  • Knowledge of metric and rhythmic notation

Candidates are also asked to demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the seventh chord and notation symbols.

2) Ear Training (approximate duration: 1 hour.)

The test, lasting about 1 hour, is intended to establish the ability of the ear to perceive harmonic groups, rhythms, melodies, etc. Every exercise will be proposed a maximum of three times. The test will focus on the following areas:

  • The ability to distinguish the names and the distance of the common intervals, scales and triads.

  • Sight read a melody, perform a rhythm.

  • Write a brief melodic or rhythmic piece.

Description of the practical tests (approximate duration: 20 minutes.)

The candidates can present themselves with their trusted accompanist. The following will be available:

Piano, drums, guitar, electric bass/double bass amplifiers, voice amplification system. It is also possible to use pre-recorded CDs (Aebersold; Music Minus One, etc.) or different informational supports used with the  Hi-fi stereo system’s auxiliary.

The candidates can opt instead to be accompanied by a rhythmic section provided by the Institute.

We recommend that the candidates that would like to be accompanied by a rhythmic section of the institute arrive at the test with the scores (multiple copies) with the melodic indications and the time signature of the proposed piece, in the key in which the piece will be carried out.

Description of the Test  (expected duration: approximately 20 minutes)

  • The candidate is requested to play (or sing) a traditional jazz piece chosen by the candidate, presenting the theme and followed by an improvisation on the harmonies of the piece, to then return to the theme with the finale. In the case of instruments such as piano, guitar, bass and drums, the ability to carry out a musical accompaniment in the style of the proposed piece.

  • Reading: the candidate will be asked to play on the instrument (or sing) a brief musical passage taken from scores from the jazz repertoire.

  • Motivational interview.


Aptitude and the adequacy are evaluated chiefly on the primary instrument.

At the conclusion of the admission exam, the commission will provide a grading classification for each instrument, with indications of points earned. The classification will be published with only the names of those who have qualified, those that have obtained a grade equal to or superior to the passing grade (18/30). Please note that the eventual passing grade obtained by the candidate is not sufficient to gain entrance or to be part of the requested instrument class because the entrance standards (number of available spots, organization of the institute, etc) vary for each academic year. This means that the candidate that has reached a passing grade will only be admitted to the specific class if his/her position in the admissions classification is sufficiently high to secure one of the available places decided by the Institute for that specific academic year. The grade, expressed on a scale of 30, is the result of the average of the theoretical test grades and practical test grades. The final average to qualify must not be below 18/30. In addition to the results of the practical exam and the theoretical exam (and a language assessment for foreign students), the number of available spots for each section is also taken into consideration. All candidates will be notified of their acceptance by Saturday, October 6th. Results will be communicated by telephone or by mail (or email).