Tips for music theory

Below you'll find tips that help you prepare the music-theoretical part of your audition.

  • Musical hearing is something you can train and develop, just like playing an instrument.  Find a teacher who can give you lessons in at sight singing, reading rhythms, recognising chords etc. Make sure that your teacher is well acquainted with the admission requirements at Codarts.
  • Work with your instrument / singing teacher at subjects related to music theory such as reading rhythms, reading and playing chord schemes,  repeating melodies by ear, either singing, playing or writing down, playing a chordal accompaniment to a melody by ear.
  • During the Open Days at Codarts (in January / February of each year) you can sit a mock entrance exam with a theory teacher of your department.  You will be given feedback on your skills, and tips for further preparation.
  • There are several books, websites and programs to help you train your music theory and your musical ear.
    To mention a few:

    • Tipboek Muziek op papier, H. Pinksterboer
    • http://www.musictheory.net/ (website)
    • http://www.oscarvandillen.com/tools_for_students/ (website)
    • Virtual Music School – Fundamentals (DVD / website) (http://www.virtualmusicschool.org/fundamentals-dvd.html)
    • http://www.earmaster.com/ (software)