Johann Strauss School of Music Admission Requirements

Johann Strauss School of Music Admission Requirements

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INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC COURSES

New students who are 6 or 7 years old by 31st December can only apply for the Introduction to Music I.

Only students who attended Introduction to Music I last year may apply for Introduction to Music II.


MUSIC COURSES

New students have to be 8 years or older by 31st December to choose a Music Knowledge and Understanding class and start playing an instrument with the exception of bass guitar, contemporary guitar, contemporary voice, classical voice, harpsichord, jazz improvisation and organ.

New students choosing to play bass guitar, contemporary guitar, contemporary voice, classical voice, harpsichord, jazz improvisation and organ have to be 13 years or older by 31st December.

New students choosing to play harpsichord should have at least Grade 3 (MQF Level 2) in Pianoforte while attending Music Knowledge and Understanding classes regularly.

New beginner students who wish to start play an instrument need to apply for a Music Knowledge and Understanding Preliminary class according to their age group first, and then choose their preferred instrument/s. Students will be accepted only for one instrument.

Music Knowledge and Understanding 8+ years or Jazz Knowledge and Understanding 13+ Years is obligatory for ALL students (both new and renewal) who wish to attend the Johann Strauss School of Music and play an instrument/s. Therefore, a student needs to apply for a Music Knowledge and Understanding or Jazz Knowledge and Understanding course first, and then choose their preferred instrument/s.

Students are exempted from Music Knowledge and Understanding or Jazz Knowledge and Understanding classes only upon presentation of certificate at MQF Level 4 (Grade 8) in Music Knowledge and Understanding or Grade 7 in Jazz Knowledge and Understanding or equivalent.

Students applying for Choir 8+ years need to be attending Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 2 or higher at the Johann Strauss School of Music Malta or present a certificate in music at MQF Level 2 or higher; sessions are 90 minutes long; students are split into groups according to age and skill.

Students who are 16+ years need to pay a fee of €34.69 per year per practical course and €34.69 per year for the Knowledge and Understanding course. Receipt payment must be presented upon the first lesson.

All new students are auditioned; the date and time of auditions is announced after mid-September; auditions are held between the last week of September and first week of October; students will be ranked and accepted according to available vacancies; accepted students should attend Music Knowledge and Understanding class according to the day and time applied for and will be provided with the performance lesson day and time by their respective teacher. Students will remain on the waiting list and called for according to vacancies within the respective scholastic year of application unless otherwise advised.


LEISURE COURSES

Adults students (25 years and over) only may opt to apply for the three-year leisure course in an instrument Leisure course students will not sit for examinations but only for informal assessments; Music Knowledge and Understanding classes are not obligatory for those adult students who have a basic knowledge of music.

Making Music Together for Leisure, Music Enrichment for Leisure, Playing Guitar Music for Leisure, Playing Recorder Music for Leisure, Reading Music for Leisure are one-year group courses for adult students over 25+ years only; no previous knowledge is required except in Making Music Together; choosing an instrument is not applicable for these courses except in Making Music Together.


CHOOSING THE RIGHT CLASS

New beginner students should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Preliminary according to age group.

Students who started late the last scholastic year or failed Music Theory Preliminary should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Preliminary according to age group.

Students who passed Music Theory Preliminary 8-10 years should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 1 according to age group.

Students who passed Music Theory Preliminary 11+ years / Grade 1 or failed Music Theory Grade 2 should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 2 according to age group.

Students who passed Music Theory Grade 2 or failed Music Theory Grade 3 should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 3 according to age group.

Students who passed Music Theory Grade 3 or failed Music Theory Grade 4 should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 4.

Students who passed Grade 4 or failed Music Theory Grade 5 should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 5.

Students who passed Music Theory Grade 5 or failed Music Theory Grade 6 should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 6.

Students who passed Music Theory Grade 6 or failed Music Theory Grade 7 should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 7.

Students who passed Music Theory Grade 7 or failed Music Theory Grade 8 should apply for Music Knowledge and Understanding Grade 8.

Students who passed Music Theory Grade 8 and Music Performance Grade 6 may apply for Diploma Musicology.

Students who passed Music Performance Grade 8 and Music Theory Grade 6 may apply for Diploma Performance.

Students who already obtained MQF Level 4 (Grade 8) or equivalent in Music Theory / Jazz Theory may apply for instrumental classes only through the Music Knowledge and Understanding Exempt Class.


 New beginner students taking Jazz Improvisation, Contemporary Guitar, Bass Guitar and Contemporary Voice are recommended to apply for Introduction to Jazz Knowledge and Understanding.

Students who failed Introduction to Jazz Theory should apply for Introduction to Jazz Knowledge and Understanding.

Students who passed Introduction to Jazz Theory or failed Jazz Theory Grade 4 should apply for Jazz Knowledge and Understanding Grade 4.

Students who passed Jazz Theory Grade 4 or failed Jazz Theory Grade 5 should apply for Jazz Knowledge and Understanding Grade 5.

Students who passed Jazz Theory Grade 5 or failed Jazz Theory 6 should apply for Jazz Knowledge and Understanding Grade 6.

Students who passed Jazz Theory Grade 6 or failed Jazz Theory 7 should apply for Jazz Knowledge and Understanding Grade 7.

Students who already obtained MQF Level 4 (Grade 7) or equivalent in Jazz Theory may apply for instrumental classes only through the Jazz Knowledge and Understanding Exempt Class.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Courses may be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the Director for Lifelong Learning and Early School Leavers.

Once your registration is accepted, you will need to follow the regulations issued by the Directorate for Lifelong Learning and the Visual and Performance Arts Schools.

  • Failure to comply with these rules could lead to you being asked to discontinue a course without the right for you to receive a refund of the payment for your registration payment.
  • Anyone who is found attending a course without having paid will be asked to leave, even if the participant is then ready to pay for the course.
  • The directorate does not assume responsibility if an educator terminates his/ or her service. The directorate will, however, take all the necessary measures needed to secure a replacement as soon as possible.
  • Participants can only apply for one course on a particular subject.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, participants are reminded that the lessons will be delivered in Maltese or English.