Entrants should be prepared to answer questions on the following:
Keys and Scales
The recognition and writing of scales and their key signatures of all major and minor scales (both forms).
Recognition and writing of all diatonic (both harmonic and melodic) and chromatic intervals and their inversions. Treble clef or bass clef, with or without key signatures.
Understanding of modulation, as it occurs in melodies, to the dominant, subdominant, relative major or relative minor keys.
To harmonize a melody, up to eight bars in length, in four part vocal style using the following chords: I, Ib, II, IIb, IV, IVb, V, Vb, VI, VIb, VIIb and Ic cadential in major and minor keys as appropriate. In keys up to four sharps or four flats, in pianoforte or four part vocal style.
To harmonize cadences in four part vocal or pianoforte style in a given melody or unfigured bass, which may modulate to a related key. Each cadence is to be preceded by a suitable chord. Use of first inversions in approach chords of cadential progressions is encouraged.
To identify, show knowledge of, and provide examples of the following forms:
Minuet and Trio
Air with variations
Recitative and Aria in opera and oratorio of the late 18th century - i.e. Handel and Mozart.
To show a knowledge of the woodwind instruments of the symphony orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet in B♭, clarinet in A, bassoon), and to show a knowledge of the ranges of these instruments, and clefs used.
General Musical Skills
To write a melody to a four lined stanza of poetry, in major or minor keys up to three sharps or three flats, with words to be correctly written below the notes. Phrase marks to be included. Modulation optional. or
To complete a balanced eight bar melody from a given opening in major or minor keys up to three sharps or three flats. Phrase marks to be included. Modulation optional.