Main Studies Exam Requirements

Main Studies (MIX101) exam requirements BA

  • Piano

    The student performs in at least one student evening or class concert during the study year, participates in master classes as an active contributor and audience member, visits at least one student evening as an audience member.

    Terms 1-2:

    • A polyphonic work
    • An extended composition or a part thereof (in the 1st term preferably Viennese classics: a sonata, piano concerto, variations, etc., by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
    • Freely chosen etudes and compositions. 4 etudes, incl. 2 concert etudes (Chopin, Liszt, Rahmaninov, Skryabin, Debussy, Ligeti, etc.), 2 can be instructive (Czerny, Clementi, Moszkowsky, etc.)
    • 1st term: independently prepared work(s) of Estonian music, min. 5 minutes.
    • Examination E1, E2 (duration: 20-30 min) Perform from memory:
      1. A polyphonic work
      2. An extended composition or a part thereof


    Term 3:

    Plan for the 3rd term can be chosen freely.

    • Performance of 1 etude in a public concert, can be instructive (Czerny, Clementi, Moszkowsky, etc.).
    • Independently prepared 2 sonatas by Scarlatti.
    • Examination E3 (duration: 20-30 min). Perform from memory a freely chosen programme consisting of works in the concert repertoire.


    Term 4:

    • Performance of 1 etude in a public concert, can be instructive (Czerny, Clementi, Moszkowsky, etc.).
    • Examination E4 (duration: 20-30 min) Perform from memory:
      • A polyphonic work
      • An extended composition or a part thereof
      • 3 concert etudes (Chopin, Liszt, Rahmaninov, Skryabin, Stravinski, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Prokofiev, Ligeti, etc.).


    Term 5

    • Perform independently prepared piano works by the Romantic-era composers with a duration of at least 5 minutes.
    • Learning and refining the program for the Bachelor’s examination. Examination E5 (duration: 20-30 min): Perform from memory a program, which preferably includes compositions from the program of the Bachelor’s examination.


    Term 6
    Bachelor’s Degree Examination (MIX111)

    • A polyphonic work.
    • Two extended compositions in different styles, one of which can be a composition for piano and orchestra, or a part thereof.
    • A piano composition of an Estonian composer.

    The compositions should be played from memory; program duration 40-55 min.

  • Harpsichord

    Term 1:

    • Compositions by English virginalists, early Italian dance forms, French suites.
      Learning about the specifics of different styles and forms, early fingering, ornaments, free sound.
      Repertoire: Farnaby, Locke, Valente, Picchi, Storace, L. Couperin, Chambonnieres, etc.


    Term 2:

    • German polyphony and variations, Italian toccatas and sonatas, French suites.
      Refining technical skills, articulation in polyphony, imaginative and improvisational figuration of toccatas, agogics.
      Repertoire: Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Böhm, Bach, Frescobaldi, A. Scarlatti, D. Scarlatti, F. Couperin, etc.


    Term 3:

    • English sonatas and suites, Spanish batallas and tientos, German fantasies and suites.
      Spanish ornaments, modes and musical forms, figuration of fantasies, refinement of various ornaments.
      Repertoire: Arne, Purcell, Croft, Cabezon, Cabanilles, Froberger, Fischer, Telemann, Muffat, C. P. E. Bach, etc.


    Term 4:–

    • classical and early sonatas, French suites by Bach, French character pieces.
      Use of different registers, styling of characters, development of polyphonic thinking, refinement of technique, achieving a beautiful tone.
      Repertoire: Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Soler, Bach, Duphly, Dandrieu, Balbastre, etc.


    Term 5:

    • modern repertoire, suites and variations by Dutch composers, concertos by Bach. Learning about modern techniques and register options, learning the Dutch style, development of concert soloing skills.
      Repertoire: Ligeti, Tiensuu, Penn, Francais, Sweelinck, Fiocco, Bach, etc.


    Term 6:
    Bachelor’s Degree Examination (MIX111)

    Compositions by representatives of different styles, incl. 2 extended compositions (sonata, suite, concerto, etc.), a composition by Bach and a modern composition. Program duration 50-60 min.

  • Organ

    Baroque (French, German, Italian), Romanticism (German, French), modern organ musing, Estonian organ music. Overview of the styles of organ music through the centuries. Introduction to the principles of registration, different periods and schools.
    Works to be performed from notes. A student performs at 6-8 class concerts.
    During three study years, the student should refine the performance of the following:

    • at least ten compositions from the pre-Bach era
    • at least 4-5 major compositions by Bach
    • 1 trio sonata
    • 8 chorale preludes by Bach
    • 2 Romantic-era sonatas
    • 1 piece by Reger, 1 by Liszt, 2 by Franck, 1-2 by Messiaen, 1-2 European works of the 20th century
    • 7-8 compositions by Estonian composers.


    The student should have an idea of concerts for organ and orchestra and be familiar with the differences between organs of different eras.

    Term 6:
    Bachelor’s Degree Examination (MIX111)

    • A major composition from the Baroque era.
    • An extended composition by J.S. Bach.
    • A major composition of Romanticist music.
    • A composition by an Estonian composer.
  • Accordion

    Term 1-2:

    The student participates actively in the work of the department and performs in at least 2 concerts during each study year.
    At least 7 compositions should be refined for performance. The program should include the following:

    • Baroque-era keyboard music
    • polyphony
    • an extended composition or parts thereof
    • character pieces

    For examinations E1 and E2, perform at least 3 compositions, about 10 min.

    Term 3-4:

    has the same requirements. Duration of E3 and E4 programs should be about 15 min.

    Term 5-6:

    is used to prepare the program of the Bachelor’s examination.
    Duration of E5 program should be about 20 min and it should consists of at least 4 compositions, including: 1 polyphonic composition, 1 extended composition or parts thereof, and original music for accordion. The examination programs should be performed from memory, except for large modern compositions.