The conditions for registration to the official and artistic Master’s degrees are included in Article 15 of the Royal Decree 1614/2009, of October 26th.
- Master’s in Classical and Contemporary Music Performance, in Jazz and Modern Music Performance, in Chamber Music Performance, and in Composition applied to audio-visual and scenic production:
- 1st term: from the beginning of March to the end of May
- 2nd term: the first fortnight of September
- Master’s in Opera Performance: from the beginning of July to the end of November
(Check the web page regularly for the specific dates of each call)
- Master’s in Classical and Contemporary Music Performance: 100
- Master’s in Jazz and Modern Music Performance: 50
- Master’s in Chamber Music Performance: 50
- Master’s in Composition applied to audio-visual and scenic production: 25
- Master’s in Opera Performance: 25 (depending on the opera cast selected for each edition)
The Master’s degrees are aimed at students who have finished the Bachelor’s Degree, as well as at professionals who possess equivalent Bachelor’s Degrees, with a high level in the instrumental or vocal techniques and with knowledge of the stylistic and aesthetic implications of the repertoire. These students wish to deepen their knowledge in the performance or composition field regarding their specialization in repertoires determined by the different specializations offered.
They must be talented and have the ability and the motivation to carry out an ambitious musical career. The students also must have an awareness of an artistic personality allowing them to develop the study of a repertoire that takes full advantage of their talent.
The interest of the proposal of the Master’s degrees lies in need to deepen into the knowledge of specific repertoires for each musician. Once they have completed the Bachelor Degree –with a complete but general training– they must develop tools to design and specify their future personal style while working on these repertoires, from theoretical and technical knowledge, and with their contribution to the performing criteria.
As Art. 15 of Royal Decree 1614/2009 disposes, the student must be in possession of the Bachelor of Music or an equivalent degree issued by a Higher Education institution of the European Higher Education Area empowering the access to artistic/official Master’s degrees by the country issuing the degree (or by a country outside the European Higher Education Area with the prior verification that the degree certifies a level of equivalent studies).
The Center establishes different admission procedures. It will be necessary to pass an audition, or an Admission Test, to access the Master’s degrees in Performance studies, in which the candidate must perform a repertoire previously prepared. Applicants for the Master’s Degree in Applied Composition will have to send scores and recordings of four pieces in a different format as a representative sample of their work as composers. The candidates will have the previous advice of the Master’s Director, if they request so, to choose the right repertory for the audition.
Likewise, candidates to the different Master’s programs will have to hold an interview in which they will explain their motivation and their expectations to take the degree. This interview is aimed to know the artistic maturity of the candidates and the adaptation of their complementary musical training according to the objectives of the Master’s Degree.
The audition and the interview will get marked in whole numbers, from 0 to 10. The Admission Test will also include the evaluation of the academic record.
In the case of students with specific educational needs derived from a disability condition, they will have to pass a specific adapted test that will mainly contemplate their ability to achieve the Master’s objectives. It will also serve to contemplate the possible needs of adapting the format of the individual, as well as collective, lessons.
The places are limited and, if necessary, those responsible for the Master’s Degree will award them according to the results of the admission process. They will propose alternative teachers to the other candidates.
The candidate who does not have a document accrediting the B2 level in English will have to take the corresponding linguistic competence test.
The website will publish the announcement of the admission process to the Master’s studies annually, specifying the deadlines and procedures for the applications’ presentation and the required documents.
The Center will reserve an adequate number of places for the students with disabilities. The reserved places for these students remaining uncovered will be accumulated to the offered ones by the Center for the students without a disability, in each one of the calls.
The students will formalize the pre-enrollment on-line in the standard model established for this purpose.
During the pre-enrollment period to the Master’s Degree, applicants must complete the registration form that can be found on the Center’s website and deliver it together with the student’s curriculum vitae and the certificates of the alleged studies.
The Center’s Secretariat will send the pre-enrollment documents to the Academic Committee of the Master’s degrees. They will assess the applications and will return them to the Secretariat once they have evaluated the candidates to summon them to the Admission Test.
– Curriculum vitae
– Motivation letter
– Photocopy of DNI (Passport in case of being an international student)
– Photocopy of the Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (if available)
Repertoire and exercises for the Admission Test:
Master’s in Classical and Contemporary Music Performance
Performance of a repertoire that includes at least 4 works or full movements with a minimum total duration of 30 minutes. The pieces performed can be chosen according to the type of repertoire in which the candidate wishes to specialize preferably.
Master’s in Jazz and Modern Music Performance
Performance of a concert for about 30 minutes, consisting of a selection of standards of the jazz repertoire including at least one piece of the following styles: Swing / Be-bop, Bossa Nova, Ballad and Contemporary (an original composition may be included).
The ensemble is free (trio, quartet, etc.), but the candidate will always have a leading role. In the polyphonic instruments (guitar and piano), one of the pieces must be performed soloist style, with no rhythm section.
Master’s in Chamber Music Performance
The candidates will perform in full ensembles with significant experience in rehearsal and performance in bands. The candidate ensembles will perform a repertoire made up of two or more pieces or full movements, and it will have a duration of approximately 30 minutes.
The students’ admission in individual enrollment will be subject to the possibility of including them in suitable ensembles, depending on the availability of each course. For the candidates requesting the individual enrollment, the Admission Test will consist of an individual audition where the candidate will have to perform a repertoire of two or more pieces or full movements, and it will have a duration of approximately 30 minutes.
Master’s in Applied Composition
The access to this Master’s Degree requires passing an exam that will consist of an analysis test, a harmony test, and two composition tests.
For the analysis test, the Center will propose a score and an audition piece that will have to be analyzed, describing its structural, stylistic and expressive characteristics clearly and with detail. For the harmony exercise, the applicant will have to harmonize a short tune melody.
For the first composition test, the applicant will have to write a musical passage developing a given start. Various options in different styles will be proposed, and the student will have to choose two of them. In this test, stylistic coherence will be valued above originality. Secondly, the candidates will have to configure a short piece (between 30 and 40 seconds) from a static image (photography or painting) where it will be evaluated, especially, the instrumentation and the color relations and expressions between music and image. In the event of the applicants not living in Barcelona, the preselection phase can be done online.
In the event of applicants not living in Barcelona, the selection process can be done online. The person in charge of the Master’s Degree will expose the Composition exercises required in this case.
Master’s in Opera Performance:
Performance of arias or passages linked to the role that the student wishes to perform in the opera selected for each call. Specific indications will be published at the beginning of the pre-enrollment period.
In justified cases, students not living in Barcelona will have the option to send a video recording with the repertoire via email or postal mail. In this case, the interview can be held via video conference.
The video recordings must have acceptable sound quality and allow seeing clearly the participation of the candidate in the performance.
The recordings must be sent through a link from services such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive or similar. Recordings for downloading or temporary links will not be accepted.
The Center will call this test with enough anticipation and coordination with the admission period. Applicants who take this test will be qualified as pass or fail. The passing of the Admission Test will entitle him/her to the enrollment for the Master’s Degree in the academic year of the call.
Comunication of the results:
By resolution of the Academic Committee, the Center will publish the list of the offered places awarded. Those interested may claim the Academic Direction within three days after the official publication of the relationship of the places awarded. After verifying the allegations made by the interested applicant, the direction will proceed to raise the corresponding proposal to resolve the claim.
Communication about the start of the enrollment period:
When the admission period is completed, the Student Service and the Center’s Secretariat will provide the necessary advice to formalize the enrollment.
The enrollment will be made once the student receives the communication that he is apt to start the chosen Master’s Degree.
Admitted students will be able to study full-time or part-time. A full-time student will enroll in 60 credits at the start of studies. Part-time students must enroll at the beginning of their studies in at least 14 credits (40 in case of the Master’s in Opera Performance).
When, according to the previous sections, a student has to leave the studies initiated, he/she cannot enroll again in the same studies until the following year.
To pass a course, a student will have a maximum of two ordinary calls. The student will have a third special call when there is some justification that prevents him/her from taking the assessment in the corresponding call.
The maximum period of permanence for the Master’s is two years full-time and three years part-time.
To guarantee equal opportunities, it may be considered a reduction in the minimum number of enrolment credits for students with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. It will be done at the request of the interested person and considering duly justified personal circumstances.
Exceptions to the general rule of permanence may be authorized at the request of the student, on an exceptional basis and due to duly justified reasons (family, work, illness, accident, etc.), in compliance with the effects outlined in the present legislation.
The periods of permanence, generally established for the Master’s degrees, necessarily presuppose the maintenance of the degree offer. If this is not the case, the rules of examination applicable to the extinction of the degree will be applied.
Admission and tutorial sessions
On the first day of class, there will be a welcome session for students, where they will receive information about the objectives, academic requirements, evaluation system, support and guiding tutorials and the general services offered by the Center (library, computers, instrument classrooms, computer resources available to students, etc.)