Typical folk music instruments include:
schwyzerörgeli button accordion, dulcimer, folk music accordion and yodelling.
Candidates are required to
Performance of up to five pieces capable of demonstrating the musical breadth and technical ability of the applicant. Applicants are required to play from memory.
Improvised accompaniment or singing of a second voice.
Other instruments: clarinet, violin, piano, double-bass, etc.
For these instruments, use is made of the classical or jazz profiles entrance procedures (in consultation with the study coordinator in folk music). In addition, further skills from the folk music genre must be shown:
Performance of three stylistically different folk music pieces. Applicants are required to play from memory.
Sight reading of a simple piece of folk music.
Improvised yodelling accompaniment: applicants are required to perform five prepared pieces covering a variety of styles, including at least one traditional Naturjutz, one harmonically more sophisticated yodelling song, as well as a newer yodelling composition without text. In addition, applicants should be able demonstrate that they can improvise a second voice to a simple natural Naturjutz. Applicants wishing to have accompaniment provided by the School should indicate this when applying and send the sheet music (with desired key) to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10 days before the examination date.
The theory tests are open to persons passing the practical tests. For requirements see
musicianship entrance tests for classical music or jazz (only in German). Theory tests in the classical profile are envisaged to take place on the same day. Candidates in the jazz profile are invited separately.